60 countries join Social Good Summit

Sierra Leone hosted its first ever Social Good Summit meetup in Freetown, where

UNDP takes the Social Good Summit around the world to over 60 countries making it a truly global conversation.

As the three-day Social Good Summit ended on 24 September, UNDP’s global network of country offices held an unprecedented number of meet-ups around the world.

From Bangladesh to Ukraine, Japan to Nicaragua, Kazakhstan to Colombia, people met up in more than 60 countries to discuss how new technology, innovation and social media can address the greatest challenges the world will face over the next generation.

This year, meet-ups focused on the #2030NOW theme – what we can do today to live in the world we want by the year 2030.

Sierra Leone hosted its first ever Social Good Summit meetup in Freetown, where 23 year-old Salton Massally, received this years’ 2013 UNDP Innovation Award for his community focused job site, www.careers.sl.

A meetup from Haiti was streamed live to the New York City hub. Participants discussed everything from mobile money and how popular music can educate and drive social good.

The audience in New York also tuned in to the discussion in Pakistan, hosted by the UNDP country office.

A panel of experts took on the topic of climate change and how new media and technology can be used to mitigate its effects by informing communities of disaster risk measures.

In all, the Social Good Summit brought together over 20,000 people and extended the conversation to over 103 million people worldwide through social media.

A slideshow of photos of the Global Meetups is available here, and click here to see more about the Social Good Summit.