The annual Social Good Summit, a unique gathering of global thought leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists, and influential voices around the globe, today announced the initial roster of speakers for its 2018 edition.

Taking place on September 23 in New York during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Social Good Summit will focus on how technology and innovation can help advance global progress for everyone, everywhere.

As the international community converges on New York each September at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss and tackle issues of global importance, the Social Good Summit showcases the voices and ideas of an international community of concerned citizens. Using the hashtag #2030NOW, the summit brings together influential and inspirational experts who are passionate about media and technology as drivers of meaningful change.

Confirmed speakers to date include:
* Uzo Aduba – Emmy winning actress, advocate, and Heifer International Ambassador to Africa
* Sonita Alizadeh – Rapper and activist
* Zubaida Bai – Founder & CEO of ayzh Inc. and UBS Global Visionary
* Kathy Calvin – President & CEO, United Nations Foundation
* Pete Cashmore – Founder, Mashable
* Nanette Cocero – Regional President, Emerging Markets, Pfizer Innovative Health
* Dennis Crowley – Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Foursquare
* Amber Heard – Actress, Activist and Human Rights Champion, UN Human Rights
* Padma Lakshmi – New York Times best-selling author, host/executive producer of “Top Chef,” and advocate for the UN Development Programme
* Andrew Lee – Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, Chief Investment Office Americas, UBS Global Wealth Management
* Monica Ramirez – Founder, Justice for Migrant Women
* Achim Steiner – Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
* Henry Timms – President & CEO, 92nd Street Y

The Social Good Summit is a part of Global Goals Week 2018, a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. Global Goals Week was originally piloted in 2016 by organizing partners Project Everyone, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Foundation.

As the world tracks progress against the Sustainable Development Goals, it has become increasingly clear that individuals, business, and governments must deeply collaborate — now more than ever — to ensure a world that is fair, just, and humane. The Social Good Summit is supported by a number of sponsors this year, including UBS and Pfizer, who share a commitment to advancing progress towards achievement of the Global Goals.

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