After the success of the first edition, the Sustainable Development Festival returns from May 22nd to June 7th 2018, with over 700 events all over Italy, to spread the culture of sustainability and mobilize Italian society to achieve the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda in our country. The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile - ASviS), that brings together over 200 civil society organizations, organizes the Festival together with its members and with the support of its partners, over the course of 17 days, as many as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envisaged by the 2030 Agenda.

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The initiative constitutes a single large-scale, inclusive and widespread event. The 2018 edition will be even richer than the first one. Here is the overview of the most relevant initiatives.

The events programme


Conventions, debates, book presentations, exhibitions, film reviews, guided tours, flashmobs: these are the initiatives of the over 200 members of ASviS and of other civil society organizations that are active in Italy, aiming to raise awareness on the various aspects of sustainable development in line with the spirit of civil society involvement promoted by the United Nations. The calendar of all the activities can be found here.



Events organized by the ASviS Secretariat

May 22nd at the MAXXI Auditorium of Rome - The opening event of the Festival entitled “Italy 2030. Innovating, requalifying, investing, transforming: ten years to achieve a sustainable Italy”. The Conference aims at emphasizing the need for a decade of deep and persistent economic, social and institutional innovation, a vast renovation of material and immaterial infrastructures, a multi-year cycle of investments, both public and private, a complete transformation of the current development model, and a critical reflection on the meaning of the “culture of sustainability”, in order to bring Italy on a sustainable development path and to reach the SDGs by 2030.


May 31st at the UniCredit Pavilion in Milan – International Conference on the theme “SDGs, Climate and the Future of Europe”. The event, organized in collaboration with a network of European civil society representatives, will focus on the future of Europe, at a crossroads between confirming its role as the “world champion” of sustainable development and risking isolation and protectionism. The debate with international and European guests aims at developing a new narrative for future European Union policies based on the SDGs.


June 13th at the Aula del Palazzo dei Gruppi parlamentari of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome – The conclusion of the second edition of the Sustainable Development Festival. ASviS will present the proposals and results emerged throughout the 17 days to political institutions. The closing conference will be an occasion to discuss the next steps to undertake in order to guarantee the achievement of the SDGs and secure a future for this generation and those to come.

The national events

Each day of the Festival will see a national event dedicated to the key themes of sustainable development and to the various Goals of the 2030 Agenda, in order to draw the attention of the public and of the press. Rome, Palermo, Milan, Taranto, Turin, Bologna, Parma, Naples, Salerno and Bari are the cities that will host the national events of the Festival.

The Festivals within the Festival



Numerous initiatives will take place across the country thanks to the involvement of the “Cities for sustainable development”. Many Italian cities have in fact organized “Urban Sustainable Development Festivals”, by opening their squares and other public spaces to sustainability. Bari, Bologna, Milan, Parma and Turin are the main actors of this great mobilization.





Other projects within the Festival


Art, culture and sports

  • With the project ToWARD 2030: What Are you Doing?, the city of Turin, Lavazza and ASviS will launch an open-air project to talk about sustainability: the walls of the city will become canvasses on which each artist – from Turin, Italy and abroad – will interpret a Goal of the 2030 Agenda in his or her own style and aptitude.
  • The Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice and the MAXXI in Rome will offer paths in which the exposed works of art of their permanent collections will be reinterpreted according to the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs.
  • In Parma the art exhibition “Il Terzo Giorno” (The third day) will offer a new and unexpected view on the theme of sustainability, to better reflect on the themes of the environment and the relationship between humans and nature through an evocative and poetic narrative.
  • On the weekend of May 26-27, Sky Cinema will dedicate one of its channels to a marathon of films and documentaries on sustainable development.
  • Thanks to the collaboration with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Serie A football league, various initiatives will be dedicated to bringing together the worlds of sports and sustainability. Among these, on the last day of the Serie A Championship (May 19-20) the banner of the Festival will be brought in the stadiums by children just before the start of the games, while the video of the campaign “Senza di te lo sviluppo sostenibile non c’è” (without you there is no sustainable development) will be shown on the screens of the stadiums. Communication activities regarding the Festival will also be launched in occasion of the 2018 Golden Gala of athletics in the Stadio Olimpico of Rome.

Collaborations and partnerships

  • The “FORUM PA 2018 Prize”, promoted by Forum PA in collaboration with ASviS, will be awarded to innovative projects and solutions for the Public Administration and the territory on themes that recall the 17 SDGs.
  • Earth Day Italy and ASviS launched “Objective 2030”, a platform aimed at mapping the organizations involved in achieving the SDGs in Italy, favoring networking and encouraging the diffusion of ideas and projects.
  • For the Festival, Punto Sud will launch the European project “NOPLANETB” in Italy. The project will award 100 thousand Euros to finance projects on sustainable development in Italy.
  • Ongoing collaborations with Alitalia, CONI, European Sustainable Development Week, FICO Eataly World, Laterza, Seeds & Chips, Trenitalia will further enhance the Festival’s visibility.

Responsible consumption

  • An “ethical Cash Mob” organized by NeXt, Coop and ASviS will be launched in 12 Coop supermarkets throughout Italy to raise awareness on sustainable consumption and place sustainable development considerations at the center of consumers’ purchasing choices.

Training & Edutainment

  • The Alliance launched the e-learning course “The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals”, on its website to explain the 17 SDGs in easy and accessible terms.
  • In collaboration with the Regional Information Center of the United Nations (UNRIC), ASviS produced the Italian version of the “Go Goals!” board game to familiarize children with the SDGs from an early age.

Opportunities for the young

  • The second edition of the MIUR-ASviS contest, “Facciamo 17 Goal” (Let’s score 17 Goals) has been launched, involving Italian students of all ages to promote knowledge, the diffusion and the adoption of the lifestyles envisaged by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
  • Youth in action for SDGs” is the second edition of the call for ideas directed at young adults under 30 years of age and promoted by Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in collaboration with ASviS.
  • ASviS participates in the contest “Lavazza and Youth for SDGs”, a competition open to university students and their proposals regarding a sustainability project to be implemented in a country in which the Lavazza Foundation is present.
  • In collaboration with Fondazione Enel, Leonardo, the Sustainable Development University Network (RUS), UN-Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the University of Siena, ASviS launches a Summer School on sustainable development to offer high-level training. The Summer School will take place in Siena in September 2018.