Social Good Summit 2016

Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow. #2030Now


What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? This was the question posed by the 2016 Social Good Summit, held at Peking University on 18th September.

Jointly hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this lively and exciting summit brought together Chinese internet giants, celebrities, artists, NGO leaders, scholars and development professionals and explored topics such as; Champions of the Earth, Leaving No One Behind, Global Goals are our Goals and Impatient Optimists through a series of panel discussions and keynote speeches.

The Social Good Summit is a global event, hosted in over 100 countries and examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Across the globe the summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. 2016 was the fifth Social Good Summit to be held in China, hosted by UNDP and the Gates Foundation to highlight the importance of technology and innovation for sustainable development. 

17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development

A group of thought leaders including; celebrities, CEO’s, entrepreneurs and the heads of international organizations, introduce the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 2016 Social Good Summit

'Global Goals are our Goals'

Session 1

Last year, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and the public. This theme explored the global goals for sustainable development.

Moderated by: Zhang Wei- Chief Communication Officer UNDP, China


-          Agi Veres, Country Director UNDP, China

-          Deng Li - Marie Claire, Editor in Chief

-          Li Shi – Professor of Economics, Beijing Normal University

'We are Impatient Optimisits'

Session 2

Eradicating poverty and diseases, preventing loss of bio-diversity, sustainable management of water resources and environment all call for urgent actions.

This theme exploresd the concept of impatient optimists who are brave enough to face world challenges and are committed to make a change in their own field.

Moderated by: Li Yinuo-  Chief Representative, Gates Foundation China


-          Lu Chuan, Director 

-          Ji Shisan, CEO & Founder of Guoke

-          Shen Boyang, President of Linkedin China

'Leave No One Behind'

Session 3

While the world has made great efforts to end poverty and eradicate infectious diseases, many individuals continue to suffer.

This topic explored how we should ‘leave no one behind.’ 

Moderated by: Shen Min- Vice Secretary General, One Foundation


-          Huan Shitong, Senior Programme Officer, Gates Foundation

-          Meng Zhaoli, Deputy Dean of Tencent Research Institution & Chief Economist Tencent Foundation

-          Ma Wei Wei, Founder of Miguo

-          Xi Zhinong, Photographer & Founder of Wild China Studio

'Innovation Drives Change'

Session 4

The journey to an innovative world is long and winding, with many challenges ahead.

This theme explored how we can help contribute to making a change and ask ourselves ‘what we can do to make the world a better place?’

Moderated by: Zhong Sheng- CEO and Co-founder of BottleDream


-          Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of UNDP, China

-          Komoda Kazuho, Co-founder of Alesca Life

-          Sam Waldo, CEO & Co-founder of Mantra

-         Guo Zihong, CTO of Global Good

'Champion of the Earth'

Session 5

Climate change calls for urgent action. This theme will explored how we must take urgent action to protect our precious Earth.

Moderated by: Li Lin-  WWF Executive Program Director


-          Li Jungfeng, Director-General of National Centre for Climate Change Strategy & International Cooperation

-        Wu Kongju, Deputy Director of the Animal Management Department at Chengdu Panda Base

-          Li Yuan, CEO of China Merchants New Energy Group

Announcing of the UNDP Panda Names

UNDP proudly announced the names of their first global Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals, Qi Qi and Dian Dian. Qi means inspiration and Dian means enlightenment. Together, “Qidian” means the starting point of a new future: the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. Over 5000 submissions came from 116 countries around the world to help name the panda cubs, and help raise awareness of the goals.

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'Music to Inspire Action'

Session 6

Music is a powerful tool to inspire individuals to take action.

‘Pathway to Paris’ was a musical call for people’s actions to focus on SDGs, address climate change, promote gender and promote equality.

This theme explored how music can be used to inspire action in China.

Moderated by: Hao Yi- CEO, Great Wall Club


-          Yuan Shan Shan, Actress & UNDP Panda Celebrity Advocate

-          Lao Lang, Singer

-          Sun Amei, Director of Huayi Brothers Foundation

-          Moxizishi, Singer & music producer of the Yi ethnicity (via video call)

Music to Inspire Action

Collection of music videos that inspire action. Chinese Artist, LaoLang- ‘To Go Home’, Internation Artist, Pattie Smith- ‘People Have the Power’, Various Artists- ‘#What Really Really Want’ & International Artist, Beyonce- ‘I was Here.’ 

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Map of 2016 Worldwide Social Good Summits

Interactive map showing the locations of the 2016 Social Good Summits across the world.

Over 84 Summits in 10 days!

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