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Theme: 17 Global Goals

This event occurred on
July 18, 2024
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa

TEDxJohannesburg, supported by the United Nations in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), brings you an unforgettable lineup of speakers and performers sharing ideas around the world's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This inspired partnership, harnessing the strengths of TEDxJohannesburg's idea-sharing platform, GIBS’ expertise in leadership and strategy, the United Nations in South Africa's regional strategic interventions and advocacy, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation's enduring legacy, was crafted to amplify voices and catalyse action. These goals provide a roadmap for addressing pressing global challenges and promoting sustainability as we approach the 2030 target. The event comes two months before world leaders descend on the UN HQ to attend The Summit of the Future to forge a new international consensus on “how we deliver a better present and safeguard the future.”

TEDxJohannesburgSalon: 17 Global Goals takes place on Nelson Mandela International Day, Thursday, 18 July 2024, from 8:30 am to 4 pm at GIBS.

The day promises to be an extraordinary affair, with four sessions featuring 17 changemakers - experts, thinkers, and doers - who will share their experiences, insights, and solutions for embracing, advancing, and embodying the 17 goals. The programme will open with a partners’ panel discussion, followed by an eclectic mix of speakers, artists, and performers from the partnership's extensive local and regional networks. Each champion will explore the theme through the lens of a specific goal. Together, through talks, poetry, music, and art, they will illuminate the limitless potential in the intersections, connections, and transitional spaces between them.

Expect the quintessential TEDxJohannesburg experience - a dynamic mix of incisive, fast-paced talks infused with profound wisdom, interspersed with moments of levity, and underpinned by a foundation of innovation. In true TED style, be prepared to have your mind challenged and expanded on issues at the heart of our survival.

Each of us has the power to shape our world and our shared future through the ideas we embrace and the actions we take. This responsibility, this opportunity, is firmly in our hands. Let's embrace it and cherish it. Together, let's ignite possibility and move towards a better world.

26 Mellville Road
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196
South Africa
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Organizing team


Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ithateng Mokgoro
  • Reshma Somaroo
  • Roche Mamabolo