2020 Student SDG Summit

Convening the Future Changemakers

Envoys is proud to host the Student SDG Summit on November 7th and 8th, 2020. This Summit brings together a diverse group of students to take part in designing, testing, and iterating solutions to some of the worlds most intractable problems. While learning about the various global issues that gave rise to the SDGs, we’ll learn about ourselves—and about how each of us can harness our leadership to make sustainable change in our communities.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 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 renewed effort 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, groups of students from around the world will gain inspiration from expert speakers and collaborate virtually on short, fun, and meaningful projects and collaborations. This program is designed for students aged 14-19.

Far from being a lecture or a simulation, students instead work directly to dream up new ways to accelerate progress towards realizing the SDGs on local, national, and global levels, presenting their final 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! Students participating in the conference will need the ability to log into a Zoom call and access Google collaborative products (Docs and Jamboard)

Registrations for this event have closed. If you would like to get on the waiting list for extra spots, please get in touch with us and we will get back to you promptly.

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

Students participating in the conference will need the ability to log into a Zoom call and access Google collaborative products (Docs and Jamboard)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are faculty/adults involved?

This event is designed for students only. The majority of spaces are dedicated to groups of students working independently in small groups. There will be targeted moments when adults can participate and check-in with their student delegations.

What are the exact times that students need to be connected?

Students are expected to arrive five minutes early and be present from 11:00 am-3:30 pm (Eastern Time).

How can I get help with a technical issue?

Participants can get help through our Tech Support page, which will be available by Friday, November 6th. There will be a Live Chat available throughout the program, as well as other contact options.

What are the student waivers all about?

Students will be asked to fill out a waiver acknowledging Envoys’ privacy policy and other key points. If you have any questions about the form, please contact us.

What if I registered but cannot longer attend?

We’re sorry you won’t be able to make it. All registrations are non-refundable.

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