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The Global Solvers Co-Lab convenes emerging leaders from across sectors and geographies to learn, collaborate, and co-create meaningful solutions to advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a local level with the global context in mind.

Coming out of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a set of universal goals to address today’s urgent environmental, political and economic challenges and sustainably improve the lives and future prospects of all people sharing this planet. Governments, organizations, and institutions have subscribed to the SDGs since, yet significant progress towards meeting the goals has not been made. As part of the SDG Report 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urges: “Our challenge now is to mobilize action that will bring these agendas meaningfully and tangibly to life (by 2030).”

While the world is moving together, it seems that important factors are yet to be put into place in order for stakeholders across the board to work together as global citizens to tackle the big issues of our time.


The Global Solvers Co-Lab is the space where sectors, cultures, identities, and know-how converge into something “greater than the sum of its parts”. It’s a space to deepen understanding of complex global issues, grow capacity, build networks for impact, and broaden your impact horizons. It’s a space to pivot your passion, drive and expertise as you connect, collaborate and co-create hands-on with emerging leaders from across place, identity and field. It’s an opportunity to envision and help create a future that ensures lives of dignity for all.

Over the course of six days, emerging SDG advocates from across the globe gain a deeper understanding about selected SDGs, explore how they intersect, and develop strategies to mobilize meaningful actions in their communities and in their growing spheres of influence in order to generate impact locally and help push the needle on a global scale.

Global Solvers Co-Lab: 489 UN-limited (2018)

From 22-27 September 2018, the #CoLab489 convened 20 participants from 11 countries in Aubervilliers (France) to drive sustainable solutions connected to the following SDGs:

  • Quality Education (Goal 4),
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8), and
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Goal 9).

We called this combination of goals “489 UN-limited”.

HERE is a day-to-day account of what happened, narrated by the participants themselves … take a look and explore the many other exiting details about the #CoLab489!

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