Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GIResilience Project was selected as one of the 10 solutions for Solutions Summit 2018.

GIResilience Project Innovator:

Siria Gastelum- Project Manager Mexico…

In areas where organized crime is entrenched, criminals are often seen as providers and policy makers tend to overlook community responses that deal with criminality at a local level. When Siria Gastelum started working on issues related to organized crime, she felt a disconnect between the global discourse and the local realities of places like her own hometown in Sinaloa, Mexico. Siria started the Resilience Project to highlight the extraordinary work of ordinary people, living under the most arduous circumstances. Through research-driven workshops, dialogues, and participant feedback, the Resilience Project identifies the vulnerabilities of communities and highlights the factors that make communities resilient. The goal of the Resilience Project is not to focus on the eradication of crime in a particular area, but rather to incubate and develop existing local initiatives that mitigate the consequences of crime and violence and/or function as a prevention mechanism. Siria’s vision is the creation of a global network that connects resilient community leaders worldwide. To highlight their inspirational and impactful work, and develop resilience-based initiatives in order to protect and empower citizens, who have taken a stand against organized crime.

Solutions Summit is co-organized by shift7, UN Foundation, UN Local2030 and Global Innovation Exchange. It involves lightning talks by innovators and entrepreneurs selected through an open, participatory process, as well as in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with several acceleration partners helping to scale the work of the solution-makers.

We thank our acceleration partners for their time, guidance and commitment to supporting the innovators, including Accelerate2030, Acumen, Equal Innovation, Equator Prize, Humanitarian Tracker, MIT Solve, Salesforce, SDG Philanthropy Platform, Skoll Foundation, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Startup Bootcamp, University of Denver, Unreasonable Group, Walker Impact, World Bank Connect4Climate.

Thank you to the UN Solutions Summit 2018 sponsors for supporting travel for the solution-makers, and event production: American Institute of Architects, Barclays, Ericsson, Google, Schmidt Ventures, Consensys.

The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the adoption of the SDGs by all UN Member States. It showed that people already have extraordinary solutions in progress to our most complex challenges. Today the Solutions Summit format has been adopted around the world for gatherings to help solve local and global challenges.

Find information about the selected entrepreneurs, and more at:

Twitter: @SDGsolutions

Facebook: @solutions.summit

Instagram: @UNsolutionssummit

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Siria Gastelum Felix

Siria Gastelum is an Emmy Award winning journalist from Mexico. Siria started writing stories on organized crime in her own native state of Sinaloa when she was still a child. She directed a documentary on Jesus Maverde, the so-called patron saint of drug traffickers. She has worked on radio, television and print media in Mexico, the United States and Canada.

In 2008, she joined the United Nations Office in Vienna. She has worked at the International Narcotics Control Board and more recently at the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). In 2001 she received the UN 21 Award from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for the creation of the UN.GIFT.HUB, an online knowledge exchange platform on human trafficking.

Since May 2019, Siria is the Director of the Resilience Fund, a grant-making mechanism founded by the Global Initiative, building on its previous experience supporting community resilience against organized crime. The Resilience Fund identifies, incubates and replicates local initiatives from civil society in their fight against criminal governance and violence. The Fund is now present in 15 countries, supporting 23 projects in a variety of community-based responses

Siria has a BA in Communications Science from the University of the Americas-Puebla (Mexico) and a Masters of Journalism from Carleton University (Canada). She now spends her time between Mexico, Canada and India.

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