2020 Student SDG Summit

Convening the Future Changemakers

Envoys is proud to host the Student SDG Summit on November 7th and 8th, 2020, for innovative students to take part in designing, testing, and iterating new ways to accelerate progress towards making substantial change in their communities.


The Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a more just world — for present and future generations. With concrete targets, the Goals aim to end poverty and hunger, expand access to health, education, justice and jobs, promote inclusive and sustained economic growth, while protecting our planet from environmental degradation. 

Action is producing results, but the worldwide pandemic requires a rededication of efforts to make positive change. Conflict, climate change, lack of access to essential health services, growing inequalities and significant financing gaps have limited the impact of global efforts. The people left behind continue to suffer the most, including those in small island developing states, least developed countries and landlocked developing countries.

Program Details

Over the course of 2 days, cohorts of students from around the world will gain inspiration from expert speakers and engage together in a virtual collaboration.

This program is designed for students aged 14-18. Teams of students joining this summit will be directly engaged in developing ways to accelerate progress towards realizing the SDGs on local, national, and global levels, presenting their projects to UN Youth Observer Dustin Liu.

This is a student-driven event, facilitated by Envoys. While educators are welcome to observe, student groups do not need to be accompanied by a faculty member to attend!

Regular Registration is now open!

To cover the associated costs of operation, the regular registration fees are set at the following levels:

Individual Student: $125 USD

Small Team (Maximum 4): $425 USD

Large Team: (Maximum 10): $850 USD

To register a larger group, please contact sdgsummit@envoys.com!

Participants in this summit will have the opportunity to further their project ideas through the United Nations Association, allowing them to find additional collaborators, present at UNA/UN conferences, and work on the SDGs in their local community with like-minded UN advocates.

Conference Sessions

Sessions will run
8:00AM to 12:30PM (Los Angeles)
11:00AM to 3:30PM (New York)
4:00PM to 8:30PM (London)

We meet virtually and discuss our unique communities and backgrounds, setting the stage for the sessions to come. We create usable norms to aid our processes for collaborative work, and make visible our respective learning goals.

We hear from subject-matter experts on selected SDGs, considering both the ‘big picture’ as well as examples of how real people and organizations on the ground make tangible progress around the world.

We look at existing models for accelerating progress on particular SDGs, analyzing their strengths and shortcomings. We then engage in a ‘remix’ session, editing existing materials to rapidly produce new creative works that expand on the strengths and invite new possibilities.

Following a ‘jigsaw’ methodology, participants break into groups to re-examine how their separate innovations are set up for success (or failure) according to cultural, psychological, institutional, professional, or political dimensions. Returning together, each group discusses how to adapt and expand on their designs in order to best ensure lasting change.

Each team shares their work, noting both the results and crystallizing the lessons learned along the way.

As a final step in the conference, participants come together in an act of collective learning, setting out a declaration of beliefs and actions that every member commits to achieving in the time to come.

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