From May 7 to 23, the new edition of the Sustainable Development Festival kicks off.

Now in its eighth year, it is the largest and most important Italian initiative aimed at mobilizing and bringing citizens, businesses, institutions and civil society organizations closer to the issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The Festival offers a unique opportunity for meeting and debate, focusing on the steps needed to realize the United Nations 2030 Agenda and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The strategic importance of this event has been recognized internationally by the UN itself, which has named it a finalist in the SDGs Action Awards for two consecutive editions.

The role of ASVIS

Promoter of the initiative is the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASVIS): a network established in February 2016, it actively engages more than 300 actors in the journey to implement Agenda 2030.

The main Objectives of the network are:
1. to promote a culture of sustainability at all levels, driving changes in people’s lifestyles, the organization of society, and economic models;

2. examine the prospects and potential for Italy under the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development;

3. participate in the formulation of shared strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by implementing a system to monitor progress at the local and national levels toward these goals.


In fulfilling its mission, the Alliance engages in outreach and education activities, organizing culturally oriented events, promoting the dissemination of scientific research, and engaging in daily dialogue with the institutional world.

Culminating event is precisely the Sustainable Development Festival: in seven years some 5500 events related to it have been held, including conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, performances, book presentations, documentaries and much more.

The 2024 Festival

Six main stages of the2024 edition:

  • May 7, in Ivrea, will be the opening event: a reflection on the role the private sector must play in facilitating the transition to sustainability
  • In Turin, May 9-11, during the Book Fair, the focus will be on the link between culture, communication and sustainability.
  • The third stage, on May 14 and 15, in Bologna, will focus on the future of cities and the role of companies in urban transition.
  • May 17, in Milan, an in-depth look at issues related to territories.
  • On May 21, in Palermo, space dedicated to the social implications of transition.
  • The conclusion, on May 23 in Rome, at the Hall of the Groups of the Chamber of Deputies, will allow the results and proposals that emerged from the mobilization to be presented to the institutions.

“For the sustainable transformation of our country to become a reality, it is essential that everyone-public and private operators, the public, the media and citizens-acquire a full awareness of the economic, social and environmental impacts of policies aimed at achieving this goal.” ASVIS president recalled, Marcella Mallen.

A not-to-be-missed event then, not least because of the leadership assumed this year by Italy as G7 chair.

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