On February 25-27, SDSN Youth participated in “Localizing the SDGs” Local2030 event. More than 150 leaders from around the world and the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed convened in Seville, Spain to review progress and lessons learned of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and chart new pathways to accelerate and scale up action at the local level. The event was convened by the Governments of Spain, Ecuador and Cape Verde in collaboration with Local 2030.

On February 26th, Local Pathways Fellowship Project Lead, Ana Ynestrillas, participated on the panel “Mobilizing Youth for Local SDG Implementation” moderated by Kaysie Brown and I am the head of policy at the United Nations Foundation. She joined Alfonso Polanco, Mayor of Palencia; Begoña Echevarria, Director General of Fundación Novia Salcedo; Viktor Ómarsson, Executive Vice President for Europe, Junior Chamber International; Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions; Kiara Kealoha, Associate of the Hawaii Green Growth; and Jorge Tellez Carrasco from the Andalusian Agency for International Development on a conversation that  highlighted the importance of empowering youth voices and action in decision-making and policies. Ana shared lessons learned and success stories from SDSN Youth´s programs and highlighted the importance of making the most out of the youth's creativity.

The theme of youth was an important theme throughout the High-Level Event. The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed hosted a twitter chat on the topic #YouthLocalizingSDGs. Ana and SDSN Youth participated in this live Twitter Q&A session sharing questions on youth representation in decision making.

This event reaffirms Spain´s commitment to the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap for the future and “a transformative action plan for people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.” Spain has established a Sustainable Development Council to support SDG implementation. Approving such a Council was one of Spain’s national commitments to the SDGs.

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Ana Ynestrillas is the Project Lead of the Local Pathways Fellowship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. A sustainable cities and innovation advocate, her background combines experience from the public, private and non-profit sectors at the intersection of smart cities, innovation ecosystems and sustainable urban development. She holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial engineer and a Master of Sustainability in the Urban Environment.