The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the UN in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all by 2030. The SDGs emphasize the interconnected environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainable development by putting sustainability at their center.

The SDGs have proven a very effective communication tool for many cities and local governments. The UN SDG Action Campaign has created a series of resources to spread the news about the importance of Agenda 2030 for our common future. You can access them in our Trello Board.

One of these tools is what we call an “SDG corner”, a physical space where you can give visibility to the SDGs, record videos, organize dynamic animations, and even sit on them!

Organizing an SDG corner in your event can be very useful for networking purposes. Sometimes people may have only heard about the SDGs, but may not necessarily know what they mean. The SDG corner will allow you to communicate and interact with the audience thereby educating them about the SDGs and the work you do in an interactive way.

SDG corners were organized at the past United Cities and Local Governments congresses in Durban 2019 and Daejeon 2022 as well as during the Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Kigali in 2023. You can see some of the resulting videos on our YouTube channel.

We have prepared a short guidance about how to organize your own SDG corner. You can download the guidelines here or contact us at info(at)