Over 150 young Mongolians gathered at the third annual Social Good Summit Mongolia, held last Saturday at IT Park, to address the challenges of today, share solutions and ideas, and examine the impact of technology and new media on global social good initiatives.

The Social Good Summit took place in over 80 countries around the world this year, giving voice to young people invested in engaging in local and global development concerns. The Philippine summit was also held on September 24. This year’s summit asked participants “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Mongolia partnered with the Center for Citizenship Education, IT Park, Mongolian Youth Council, UN Youth Advisory Panel, and UN Volunteers in Mongolia to anchor interactive sessions, presentations by and for young people,and the #2030NOW conversation on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The event explored how young people in Mongolia can contribute to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by UN member countries one year ago, and included talks on the theme “Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow”.

From the left B.Burte-Ujin, D.Enkhjargal, and Ch.Lodoiravsal
From the left B.Burte-Ujin, D.Enkhjargal, and Ch.Lodoiravsal

At the opening, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Mongolia Beate Trankmann gave a speech followed by “Young People Will Bring Sustainable Development” speech by professor at the National University of Mongolia Ch.Lodoiravsal. Bee Project initiator B.Burte-Ujin, General Coordinator of MONFEMNET National Network D.Enkhjargal also presented a speech on “How to Use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to Stop Gender Inequality” during interactive sessions.

During interactive sessions, participants submitted innovative ideas and engaged with three main topics of examination: “ICT – Responsible and Accessible Governance”, “ICT – Eliminating Gender Inequality”, and “ICT – Responsible Consumption and Production”.

Sign language interpreter at Social Good Summit
Sign language interpreter at Social Good Summit

More than 300 people applied to join this year’s Social Good Summit, but only half of the applicants were selected. Organizers livestreamed the main stage event for those who weren’t able to attend the summit. During the whole event, a sign language interpreter assisted people with hearing and speech impairment, enabling representatives of people living with disabilities to share their opinion without any difficulty.

A representative from the Mongolian Association of the Deaf, B.Ariunjargal commented, “Press and organizations broadcast and distribute information without a (sign language) interpreter. This is a form of serious violation against human rights. Two thirds of international televisions have news reported by sign language interpreters. Yet, not a single television in Mongolia meets this requirement.”

Each September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, UNDP Mashable, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations Foundation partnered in 2009 to host the first Social Good Summit in New York to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists, and entrepreneurs around the world. Now in its sixth year, the Social Good Summit continues to grow in impact and reach to unite global citizens to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

Below are videos of interactive sessions.

“Information and Communications Technology – Responsible and Accessible Governance”

“ICT – Eliminating Gender Inequality”

“ICT – Responsible Consumption and Production”