SDSN-Youth took part at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. Isabel Pérez Dobarro, SDSN Youth´s UN Focal Point and Arts Twenty Thirty Project Lead, and Youth Solutions Report innovators, Victoria Erdel, spoke to students to highlight the role of youth in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
SDSN-Youth took part in the Youth Assembly in New York City. Siamak Sam Loni, SDSN-Youth’s Global Coordinator, spoke at the Opening Ceremony to explain the opportunities that SDSN-Youth offers young people worldwide and emphasize the role of youth as not only the leaders of the future but also the leaders of the present.
Scientific papers highlight how best performance countries in the SDG Index are far away from sustainable natural resources consumption. The environmental accountability methodology called "emergy evaluation" could analyze and foster solutions with less resources conceptions to achieve SDGs on the economic, social and environmental dimensions at the same time.
In Singapore, UNLEASH successfully convened 1000 change-makers to build solutions towards the SDGs. Teams pitched their solutions to experts, mentors, and peers and then showcased their answers to the public. Creating an ecosystem to support innovation will lead to scaling of implementable solutions that will critically address the global challenges around SDG 7 as showcased by UNLEASH 2018!
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.