Novus Summit

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NOVUS Summit
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Official emblem
Location(s)United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York, New York, U.S.
Years active2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
FoundersKunal Sood
Organized byUN DESA, Kunal Sood

The NOVUS Summit is an annual summit held in New York City. First held on July 17, 2016, the summit is a partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.[1] The Summit leverages Science, Innovation, and Technology to unite Humanity around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as set by the United Nations General Assembly.

NOVUS was founded by Kunal Sood as part of his capstone at the University of Pennsylvania.


The inaugural summit took place on July 17, 2016, at the United Nations General Assembly.[2] The event brought in thought leaders from the public and private sectors to highlight the dire need for accelerating the use of exponential technologies to solve some of world’s most urgent and pressing challenges. Among those featured were engineer Anousheh Ansari, psychologist Martin Seligman, Jacque Fresco, astronaut Scott Parazynski, Robert Swan, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo, Lakshmi Puri, Roya Mahboob, entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, Parisa Khosravi, Vikram Gandhi, Maye Musk, and the founder of the World Toilet Organization, Jack Sim.[3] There was also a performance by Ricky Kej.[4][5]

In May 2017, the annual conference produced the first-ever SDG Innovation event in partnership with the Office of the President of the General Assembly. H.E. Peter Thomson, the former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, headlined the event along with Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed.

During the July 2019 event, as part of the Summits’ aim to improve education worldwide, it honored Val Kilmer. Kilmer was given a symbolic award to honor his work with the TwainMania Foundation, which is dedicated to teaching art literacy and education to people around the world.[6] The charitable foundation was founded by Kilmer, whose inspiration is American writer, Mark Twain, who was the focus of his one-man show, Cinema Twain, and subsequent curriculum development. His mission is to educate American high school students to improve their critical thinking and media literacy skills and also develop an appreciation for democracy. In July 2020, the annual event, NOVUS Global X Impact: The Decade of Transformation, was convened as the organization's first virtual summit. This summit sought to lay the foundation for social impact as part of its Social Impact Revolution with various session talks live-streamed globally.[7]

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  1. ^ United Nations (2015) Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/70/1)
  2. ^ Khare, Sharad (5 December 2016). "In Dialogue With Peter Diamandis". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  3. ^ Ho, Olivia (18 July 2016). "Singapore's Mr Toilet among 17 honoured at international NOVUS Summit". The Straits Times. Singapore.
  4. ^ Stuti, Agarwal. "Bengaluru boy Ricky Kej performs at the UN General Assembly - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  5. ^ Papadatos, Markos (28 September 2016). "Interview: Kunal Sood opens up about TED Residency and book (Includes interview)". DigitalJournal.
  6. ^ Krame, Alex (3 June 2019). "Val Kilmer's TwainMania Foundation Challenges Students to Ask "What Is a Real American?"". Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ Sarkar, John (21 July 2020). "NOVUS Global X Impact Summit to bring world leaders together for '#WeThePlanet'". Retrieved 21 July 2020.