TED Theater, Soho, New York

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
New York, NY

The Event

As part of Global Goals Week, the Skoll Foundation and the United Nations Foundation are pleased to present We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions on September 21, 2017 at TED Theater in New York.
The Sustainable Development Goals, created in partnership with individuals around the world and adopted by world leaders at the United Nations, present a bold vision for the future: a world without poverty or hunger, in which all people have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity, and where thriving ecosystems are protected. The 17 goals are integrated and interdependent, spanning economic, social, and environmental imperatives.
Incremental change will not manifest this new world by 2030. Such a shift requires deep, systemic change. As global leaders gather for the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in September, this is the moment to come together to share models that are transforming the way we approach the goals and equipping local and global leaders across sectors to accelerate achievement of the SDGs.

Together with innovators from around the globe, we will showcase and discuss bold models of systemic change that have been proven and applied on a local, regional, and global scale. A curated audience of social entrepreneurs, corporate pioneers, government innovators, artistic geniuses, and others will explore how we can learn from, strengthen, and scale the approaches that are working to create a world of sustainable peace and prosperity.

Meet the


Click on photo to read each speaker bio.



Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations



Captain of Moonshots, X



West Coast Correspondent, Devex



Head Curator, TED


Aung Din

Co-founder of Proximity Designs



Regional Executive Director, Camfed West Africa



Musician, Actor, Author, Campaigner



Member of The Elders, Former President of Mexico



Co-Founder and CEO, Align17



CEO, Global Witness

Governor Jerry


State of California

Her Majesty Queen Rania

Al Abdullah




Co-founder and CEO, Team Rubicon



Senior Director for Advocacy and Communications, Global Health Corps



CEO, Medic Mobile



Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva

Kate Lloyd


Producer, Shamba Chef; Co-Founder, Mediae



President & CEO, UN Foundation



Member of The Elders, former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights



Senior Partner, Impact, The Rise Fund

Dr. Mehmood


Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo



CEO, Social Progress Imperative


Professor Muhammad


Nobel Prize Laureate; Co-Founder, YSB Global Initiatives

Dr. Orode


Country Director, Africare Nigeria



CEO, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves



GRAMMY Nominated Musician & Activist, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves & Rocky Dawuni Foundation



Founder & Executive Director, Educate Girls



President and CEO, Skoll Foundation



President and CEO, Search for Common Ground

Main venue

TED Theater

Soho, New York


330 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013



Due to limited space, this event is by invitation only.

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Also called wahalahala. very solid, a little like those of garcinia—and a great number of stamens. Found on the slopes of the Navaka mountain. Department of Agriculture. The leaves of this species of hibiscus are often eaten as a potherb in the out-lying districts. This species of Calamus seems well adapted for the making of baskets, etc. Not yet identified sufficiently to classify. Grows in forests on limestone. It is a kind of dodder, and is much valued by the Kai Viti as a medicinal plant. Twyford and A.C.S. The whole plant is considered a cure for asthma. Usually known as the tavola or tivi. It is said to be best in conjunction with other plants, i.e., ngato (Pteris crenata) and lato (Rosea chiensis). Vehi is similar to the Tongan name fehi for this tree. Miss Isabella Sinclair (Hawaii) says the natives there call it pilikai and think highly of the seeds, for medicine. This species is common on the sea-beaches of most Fijian islands. Robert F. Kay, based in Honolulu, is the author of the original, award-winning*, Lonely Planet Guide to Fiji. Often called the Ipomoea Bona-nox, having gained the name because it blossoms at night, and makes the darkness fragrant with the perfume of its white flowers, which are very alluring to night moths, etc., and are a most attractive sight in the darkness. A yellow flower growing in Colo West. This is valued for its medicinal properties. The inflorescence is a catkin made up of a great number of minute flowers, which are followed by very definite and numerous fruits and finally seeds. After a while, she heard a leaf fall; then the large scale of the flowers; then a small unripe, and afterwards one full-grown and ripe fruit. The same as bakanivudi. This banana was first brought to the South Pacific by John Williams, known as the Martyr of Eremanga—he brought the plant from the Duke of Devonshire's garden at Chatsworth, to the Samoan Islands, from there the Revd. In Tahiti, it is known as the tuniua. This plant is also called wasalasala and wahalahala by the Colo West Fijians, who use it medicinally. This middle-sized tree has very soft wood. The ordinary grape vine, V. vinifera, belongs to this genus. The Fijians use the sap to dye their hair red or orange. According to Seemann this species of Piperaceae grows in the forests of Taviuni, Viti Levu and Kadavu, and can be found also in Tonga and the Society islands. This orchid grows best on either ivi or vesi trees. wainimate (medicine) used by Fijian women, though of questionable value. In Vanua Levu found in mixed forest. This plant is common on roadsides and other uncultivated patches, though more at home near the sea. The timber a little resembles oak. It is useful after an illness, as it has tonic properties. This tree is sometimes called both tavola and nativi, but as its seeds are inferior, it is more likely that the T. Catappa is the kind used medicinally. Called also dredre (laughing-water). The soil resources of the Fiji Islands / I.T. Among other things they make use of various leaves—the tavotavo, the soni, and the meme-vudinayalewakalou. From the bark and root a powerful purgative is obtained. This ground-orchid, which is also called senivaravara by the Fijians, is (according to L. O. Williams, Harvard University, Mass.) They boil these and drink the water, and apply the warm leaves as a poultice. Forty feet in height, fruit are ellipsoid, yellowish or yellow red when fully ripe. The physic-nut was introduced from the Tongan islands, but is now much grown in the Sigatoka district, where it has been extensively used as living hedges. Sometimes called uto-kogo; also uqo and qoqo. The young fronds are eaten by the natives. It is edible. This Fijian species is both large and conspicuous—its frond being about twenty inches across, and the stipes over a yard in height. Leaves heart-shaped, smooth and oblong stems. This name was evidently adapted from early traders, whose tobacco was appreciated by the Fijians. & Fiji. (To pinch or press—vasakinikini). Leaves of all these must be well pounded and boiled in water. By some the yasi is supposed to be the famous almug-tree, the wood of which was used in the building of Solomon's Temple. The speckles or spots are a dirty white. Perhaps the heaviest wood in Fiji; is of a reddish colour. As it is very mucilaginous it makes a good addition to soup. Fijian mothers use the leaves of this strongly-smelling bush, by soaking them in cold water, to increase the flow of milk from their breasts. Often seen uear Dacrydium elatum. This name probably means the banana of the wet month. the sinugaga is also considered good for sore eyes, though it is a poisonous plant. Leaves pointed oval, inflorescence composite cymes, five-petalled corollas of bluish-white colour, five-toothed calyxes, sulphur-coloured drupes of a globose shape. The wakiwaki as well as the bovu (Mussaenda frondosa) ranks among the mystery-plants of Fiji, and as such came into evil repute in early days, the missionaries quite properly discouraged their use among their converts. Perhaps the same as the Alpinia Boia, which grows to a great size in the woods of Viti Levu. But wagodro is more often used for the plant known as the rubus tiliaceus. Shrub. It is also esteemed as a sedative. Also varavara, in Vanua Levu. It is a large tree, mostly found near the sea. You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded. From Namara. They say a drink made of the leaves of the wakiwaki together with as equal number of leaves of the evu will cause sterility. The fruits are black and round in a cluster, often ten or more. Crinum Asiaticum (Amaryllideae) (Liliaceae), Terminalia Catappa and T. litoralis (Tivi) (Combretaceae), Cordyline jacquinii (Wright) Now called Taetsia sp. This small tree is known in Colo West by the name tarutaru—and in other parts is called uragogo, hence its botanical name. Long before 1800 the tobacco plant was a luxuriant weed. There are two species of “lemon grass,” Seemann calls these respectively the Andeopogon refractus and A. acidulatus, but the usual name is as given above. Pronunciation : case sensitive: see the pronunciation key for a guide on how to write the sounds; sounds can only be searched in names that have been assigned pronunciations * is a wildcard that will match zero or more letters in the pronunciation example: *lee matches names which end with the sound lee _ is a wildcard that will match exactly one letter in the pronunciation This strong-stemmed and deliciously-scented vine is in many ways similar to its congener, the warega, but it is accepted now as quite a different species. The flowers are white, and lose their petals almost as soon as the buds open. This is the same as the kidney or Brazilian cotton of English markets. The leaves are mixed with those of the capsicum and rubbed on parts painful from rheumatism. It is useful for hasty torch-making. The natives say that if the leaves are boiled they make a good poultice which will cure boils, etc. While this does not generally appeal to Europeans, the Fijians are passionately fond of the smell, which is of an abiding nature. Probably a new species, according to Kew. When cold this water was freely used to sponge or scour the tongue. It is a pretty shade of pinkish-mauve. The inflorescence is a spike, but this plant rarely flowers. A white yam with red skin. They recommend that some leaves and pieces of the bark should be crushed and pounded well, then boiled in sea-water and taken internally, as a wainimate (medicine). Has a tuberous root, firm green leaves, very erect stem and whitish flowers. In India this plant is known as the dadakiriga or kiritala. A climber often seen in dry forests—used in making mats, baskets and cordage. Nadroga name for vesi. Flowers in a syme; the drupes are ellipsoide. Sometimes called the “false yagona,” also the Honolulu yangona. This was evidently an early variety, and grew in Rewa and Ovalau. will cure both rheumatism and kidney-trouble, as well as being a good medicine for children troubled with either aptha or croup. Sometimes it goes by the name of vesivesi. Female names Alitia Meaning noble kind. It has a repute as a hair restorer, in which connection there is a legend concerning a tevora and his eye-brows. A red hibiscus, also called vaudra, growing very commonly in the group of islands. It is quite probable that this plant has been introduced, as the name seems extremely like our “tobacco.” Seemann thought it might have been brought by the Manila men, since “Spaniards were the first whites who visited these islands.” Fijians prefer their own home-made cigarettes to smoking a pipe. It is called aturi, in Tahiti, and is also known in Fiji as cokamana. In India it is known as olindawel, where the juice of the green leaves is taken for purifying the blood, and the root for sore throat and rheumatism. Commonly called the “screw pine.” The Fijians make a tea of the leaves and drink freely as a remedy for diarrhoea. This is a most magnificent tree, and has been called by Parkins and others, Butonica splendida. It is from forty to fifty feet in height; has terminal cymes of pretty tubed, white flowers, greatly admired for garlands. Often has a girth of 10 feet to 12 feet. This plant is supposed to have special medicinal virtues. The drupes are blue-black. This is what in N.Z. The flowers are of a pale-purple hue, and much used by the natives for coughs and colds. Also known as wakabo. Hazlewood gives the same name to a shrub, which is often purposely planted by the Fijians, with the idea (perhaps correct) that the breadfruit grow best in its company. These are the Bau and Rewa name for a seedless species with a roundish fruit, and rough surface to leaves. Totolu means to ooze water. She directed him to gather a number, take the first to the family god and to the king; to eat no more red earth, but to roast and eat the fruit of the tree growing before them.”. Same as nakauwa. Medicinal. The name of this tree tarawau-ni-coqe means “tarawa of the barking pigeon.” It has medicinal properties, and Fijians consider that it is a cure for most aches and pains. It is said to relieve long-standing irritation. This shrub is found in Vanua Levu, and is seldom more than six feet in height. Like all vutu trees is very fascinating, and has gained the appelation of “tears of the night,” from the natives, probably because it drops its blossoms into rivers in the darkness. The flowers are green. Mead considered the Fijian name vesi was probably connected with the Malay word besi, which means “iron.”. The dark-brown timber is rather like rose wood, and makes nice furniture. The Fijians consider the verevere is a very useful medicinal plant, and use tea made from the leaves when suffering from bad internal pains. Name used in Bua for a pretty weed of red and yellow colour, seed in silky pappus. Grows well under trees, in light soil, and at a tolerably high altitude. This tree has an edible seed, which has been called the Fijian-almond, although Seemann rightly says, “it has only the shape and whiteness, but not the flavour, of the almond.” He adds, “the natives are very fond of the tavola as an ornamental tree, and frequently plant it near their houses and around their public bulidings.” It is of interest to note that lalis (native drums) are often made of the timber of the tavola—indeed its timber is said to make the best-sounding lalis. The breeze-loving banana, a good example of the natural poetic thought of the old Fijians. Used for food, but less valued than the via-kana. Bush or small tree, called by many names in the Fijian (Vao and Vavaoa). Possibly the same as the togatu. Also called dabici. A very beautiful climbing plant, with strong and flexible stem and rose-pink flowers, which are very attractive seen among the foliage of lofty trees. The fruit is black when ripe, and has one seed. Commonly called the rain-tree—is a very good shade tree—and has attractive pink flowers. I will die, and become food for him.’ The wife asked, ‘How will you become food?’ He answered, ‘I will pray to my god; he has power, and will enable me to do it.’ Accordingly he repaired to the family marae (temple) and presented his petition to the deity. One old native, wise in such things, explained thus how it was used by his matigali (tribe). This is essentially a woman's medicine. Flowers have salver-shaped corollas—seeds leathery. Both this species and the very similar wabitubitu, are very worthy of a place in our gardens, as these vines would look well on pergolas, as it is a plant of great beauty. Strange to say. Also totodro. The Geododrum species are now sometimes listed as Cymbidium. This was certainly introduced, but is now very freely grown for exportation. Has pretty, small leafage, and white flowers. Madraiwiwi, which means "sour bread ," was passed on from his grandfather, also Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi. This plant has big roots, often eaten by the natives baked like yams, etc. Known also as ravulevu. This fern is very commonly found in the bush, and is distinguishable on account of the blackness of its stems. This is drunk and gargled, also sniffed up the nostrils. Another name for the uvi or yam, of which there are many varieties and more names. Also called wavuka, etc. This is a species of kauvula that is indigenous in Vanua Levu. In Viti Levu and Somosomo Taveuni, often used as a pot-herb. This variety of Calanthe has a drooping habit. Sub-order Musaceae) (Scitamineae), Musa Chinensis or M. Cavendisii (Scitamineae), Blechnum or Lomaria sp. Found in Koronisau district, Colo West. A vine. This is the true banana, according to native diction, for dina means true. The gourds from this plant were formerly extensively used as containers for coconut and other oil, in place of bottles before these were introduced. Though like all other drugs, if taken in excess it has bad results on account of its excessive action on the skin, and may even super-induce elephantiasis, that terrible complaint, so prevalent in Fijian villages. The 2013 Constitution established Fijian as an official language of Fiji, along with English and Fiji Hindi, and there is discussion about establishing it as the "national language".Fijian is a VOS language. It goes by the name of ra in both Samoa and Tahiti. This yam has a prickly stem and climbs very high. A very aromatic herb. 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