2023 Annual Gathering Call for Participation

* The Call for Participation is closed, but you can still join sessions. Find links to join sessions under each session block on the schedule page. *


Join us: 2-6 October 2023

UGC 2023 (Virtual) Annual Gathering Overview: 17 Rooms-UGC

Would you like to:

+ Help drive community action on a range of issues using the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a common language?

+ Bring together a cross-section of like-minded people engaged in concrete actions to spot connections and opportunities for progress across efforts?

+ Be part of a global network of leaders innovating new ways to generate action, share insight, and foster community for people and planet?

University Global Coalition (UGC) will devote its 2023 Annual Conference (virtual) to furthering plans and actions from universities around the world to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, utilizing the 17 Rooms process developed by the Brookings Institution and The Rockefeller Foundation.

We invite the UGC community to fill out the form below to express interest in joining one of the 17 action-focused working groups (or “Rooms”) during the week of 2 October 2023. During this week, Rooms will meet for a guided discussion focused on a particular SDG, during which they will determine one tangible action or outcome of their collaboration (such as a white paper, webinar, or development of a resource) that can be accomplished by Sustainable Development Goals Action & Awareness Week 2024 (4-8 March 2024). Inspirational keynote sessions will open and close the Annual Gathering, and a report out from all groups will close our time together.

Factors including the Room size, composition, external partners, and specific focuses within the selected SDG will be based upon responses to the Call for Participation. This Call for Participation is open to higher education students, faculty, and administrators of all levels of experience.

Note that all meetings for the 2023 Annual Gathering 17 Rooms-UGC will be virtual.


Participant commitment

Room participants’ total time commitment between September 2023-March 2024 is approximately 5 hours/participant. This time includes: a small amount of pre-work/reading in September, participating in the 17 Rooms process in October, and follow-up collaboration with your Room to make significant progress towards your stated objective by March 2024.

Fill out the form below to register your interest by 27 September 2023.


Important Dates/Timeline for participants (dates subject to change):

May 2023: Call for Participation Open

July-August: Moderators selected; Room organization

September 27, 2023: Call for Participation Closes

October 2-6, 2023: Annual Gathering/17 Rooms

November: 17 Rooms report complete

March 4-8, 2024 : Rooms share updates/results of their shared action during UGC’s SDG Action & Awareness Week

(As desired): Rooms continue as SDG working groups

October 2024: Annual Conference 2024: Sharing sessions from groups that have continued their work


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