Thank you for your help in identifying solvable problems. One idea will be selected to become a featured track at the Global Engagement Forum: Live this fall.  The event will convene leaders and experts from across sectors to collaborate on implementing and scaling solutions.

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The Challenge

We invited you to submit a solvable problem to be considered for one of the collaborative action tracks at the next Global Engagement Forum: Live, a two-day event this fall that will bring together leaders from the private, public, and social sectors to develop cross-sector concepts that address urgent, yet solvable problems within the United Nations Global Goals.
Many of the world’s most pressing challenges identified within the Goals are inherently solvable because solutions have already been tested and proven on a smaller scale.
The submission entry period for this challenge has now ended.
  • Five tickets to this invite-only event
  • What Happened After the Global Engagement Forum: Live?  Read more here

What's Your Problem?

What’s your solvable problem? Here are a couple of guidelines. Keep in mind, you don’t need to have actually solved the problem or have everything figured out to apply.
  • Is this problem relatable? Can people fall in love with it?
  • Is it widely acknowledged? Have local communities, scientists, governments, nonprofits, companies, or academics recognized the challenge?
  • Have you seen this problem being solved somewhere else? What evidence is there?
  • What, if any, resources are available to solve this challenge? Technology, funding, or research? (Hint: It doesn’t need to come from your organization)

The submission entry period has now ended.

"Collaboration takes the head of a sage, the heart of a visionary, and the feet of an explorer."


Solvable Problems Within the Global Goals

The United Nations Global Goals provide a comprehensive vision for a sustainable future. However, their broad reach often leaves individuals, organizations, and governments wondering, “Where do we begin?” We believe that starting with a focus on specific, solvable problems, within the context of these Goals offers a path forward to create enduring, systemic change.
Below are three solvable problems collaborators from the Global Engagement Forum: Live focused on in 2017. Click each one to learn more about the nature of solvable problems.

The Youth Skills Gap

Preventable and Treatable Diseases

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-Being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Partnerships for the Goals

What is the Global Engagement Forum: Live?

The 2017 Global Engagement Forum: Live brought together 250 subject-matter experts, leaders from the public, private, and social sectors, and professionals from the field to address three solvable problems within the United Nations’ Global Goals—the youth skills gap, post-harvest food loss, and treatable and preventable non-communicable diseases. These participants spent two days in an immersive collaboration to develop cross-sector concepts to solve specific issues within these topic areas. As these individuals continue to advance solutions to the solvable problems, the Forum participants are truly champions of change.

Solvable Problem Stories