UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together youth from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of innovative ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. “UNLEASH Lab presented an innovative way of finding Sustainable Development Solutions and allowed participants to form long-lasting bonds,“ says Olive Mumbo, UNLEASH talent and SDSN Youth Network Coordinator.
The youth sector statement following the consultation emphasised that young people need to be seen as more than simply “tokens” in the sustainability movement. Our capabilities extend beyond advocacy and awareness raising. Australian youth and youth-led organisations are making significant contributions in many other avenues, including education, community mobilisation, social entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.
In Neyba village, I realized that to improve the life of small producers, we need to improve not only the cultivation or the agricultural technology, but also respond to the gender and age inequalities with an inclusion process that allows women and young people to work and grow in a sustainable way.
The statement serves to illustrate the potential for young people in Australia to lead the implementation of the SDGs, demonstrates the efforts already taken towards the SDGs, and offers recommendations on how the sector can be further supported to maximise its impact.
I never had confidence and strength in me, before taking this particular role. The SDSN Youth Initiative gave me the strength and power to see the world and beyond - I never thought I can do what I am doing right now.
Patricia Espinosa spoke at a webinar hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which is composed of 500 global sustainable development organizations from more than 70 countries.