In  2018, SDSN Youth worked to strengthen and expand its networks globally, with 19 regional/national networks coordinating over 100 individual team members across 30 countries and 600 organizational members across 80 countries. Our achievements are outlined below.


First edition of the Youth Investment Readiness Program:

The first Youth Investment Readiness Program was launched in early 2018 in partnership with Bayer AG and The program trained more than 50 young entrepreneurs (featured in the 2017 Youth Solutions Report) with the skills they need to attract investors and take their solutions to scale, with specific sessions dedicated to marketing, pitch development, revenue modeling, and developing a business plan.


Webinar with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC:

In February, the Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth, Siamak Sam Loni, hosted a webinar with the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Ms. Patricia Espinosa to discuss the importance of the Paris Agreement and actions young people can take in their communities to implement its targets. The webinar reached more than 7,000 people around the globe and was shared more than 150 times.

Partnership with Youth Opportunities platform:

As part of a shared vision to empower youth to take action on the SDGs, in February SDSN Youth partnered with Youth Opportunities to make the SDGs a search criterion through which young people can find opportunities on, where thousands of weekly visitors search for projects, events and programs to become involved with.

World Urban Forum and the success of the Local Pathways Fellowship:

In February, at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, SDSN Youth gathered 11 outstanding young urban leaders from different cities as part of its program, the Local Pathways Fellowship. The Fellowship creates a network of young thought leaders, urban planners, researchers and innovators from over 50 cities to advance local dialogue, collaboration and problem-solving around the SDGs and make their cities “smart, fair and sustainable.” Through a 12-month training program and peer-to-peer learning, the Fellowship empowered these young leaders to implement the SDGs in their cities through localized urban focused projects. Detailed information on how the fellows are hoping to transform their cities by 2030 can be found online for the following Fellows:


Launch of SDG Zone at the Global Festival of Action in Bonn:

The Networks Project Lead of SDSN Youth attended the Global Festival of Action in Bonn, where he announced the launch of the SDG Zone - a one-stop landing page for young people to find out about the SDGs. The platform aims to connect young people with the plethora of resources that already exist, reducing the barriers that stand in the way of young people trying to discover more about the SDGs.

2018 Happiness Festival in Indonesia:

The second annual Happiness Festival was recently held in Indonesia under the patronage of the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), SDSN, Project Semesta, and United in Diversity, or UID (the host of SDSN Southeast Asia). The Happiness Festival aims to ignite a global movement for happiness by combining social, ecological, and spiritual messaging around the SDGs.


Publication of the Know Your Goals global campaign report:

In April 2018, SDSN Youth released the #KnowYourGoals campaign report, which recognizes the efforts of 150 communities and organizations in localizing the SDGs. The report found that more than 150 events were organized in 38 countries and more than 10,000 people were involved.

Youth, Peace & Security Report:

In April, SDSN Youth celebrated the launch of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace & Security - a report submitted by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council, recognizing the importance of youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security. In submitting a thematic paper on the impacts of climate change on youth, peace & security, SDSN Youth had a lastingimpact on the Progress Study, which will drive policymaking for many years to come


Coffee Study Program with Lavazza:

The Coffee Study Program was initiated by Lavazza in early 2018 in partnership with SDSN Youth and Oxfam. The program gathered 4 students from different countries for a two-week immersive experience in Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable coffee development projects at Lavazza.


Launch of the Global Schools Ambassadors Program in 15 countries:

In June, SDSN Youth announced the appointment of 53 Global Schools Ambassadors operating in 15 countries across 6 regions, with the mission to integrate the SDGs in a school settings and coordinate local efforts to empower schools and teachers to educate children on the SDGs using a variety of tools and resources.

UNLEASH Innovation Labs 2018:

In June, SDSN Youth attended and supported the UNLEASH Innovation Labs in Singapore as a partner organization. SDSN Youth nominated expert facilitators to coordinate the Innovation Labs in Singapore, which hosted more than 1,000 young people from 150 countries, working for five days to generate ideas for SDG implementation.


Second edition of the Youth Solutions Report launched at High-Level Political Forum:

The second edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects that aim to solve the world’s toughest issues, was released on July 16 in New York during the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Like its 2017 predecessor, this year’s Report provides these initiatives with a powerful platform to secure funding, build capacity, communicate experiences, and scale efforts. In addition, the 2018 edition includes in-depth analysis of the multiple challenges facing youth-led innovation for the SDGs, and proposes a set of concrete recommendations for all stakeholders that can help create more integrated ecosystems of support for young change makers.


Jeffrey Sachs on #GenerationIB:

Professor Sachs joined the IB on Facebook Live to discuss #generationIB, the Sustainable Development Goals, and to offer inspiration to students as they take on the challenge of sustainability throughout their studies and their lives.


Retopia 2018 - Transcending barriers to energy access through renewables in association with SDSN Youth:

Powered by SDSN Youth, REtopia is an annual technical symposium of TERI School of Advanced Studies, with the mission to provide students with deeper understanding and knowledge gain about the various issues being encountered in the energy sector and how to go around themRetopia 2018 was inaugurated by Mr. Anil Jain, Secretary – Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Government of India) and co-chaired by Dr Rajiv Seth, Pro Vice Chancellor- TERI SAS, Mr. Amit Kumar, Senior Director- TERI and Dr Atul Kumar, Head of the Department- DoEE TERI SAS.

SDSN Youth at the 73rd UN General Assembly:

SDSN Youth had an action-packed week at the 73rd UN General Assembly, hosting, organizing, and leading a number of events during the proceedings.

Localizing the SDGs: one-day workshop for the youth in Nepal

Reinstalling Hope and SDSN Youth organized a one day workshop on ‘SDGs and its Localization’ at one of the public school located at the rural site near kathmandu, Nepal. The major agenda of the Program was to disseminate the idea of Sustainable Development Goals and its importance to the students of Grade 9 and 10 of the School.

Nigerian Youth SDGs Symposium:

The Nigerian Youth Sustainable Development Goals Symposium was the first of its kind organized by SDSN Youth in Nigeria. The event brought together had 200 young leaders to introduce them to the 17 sustainable Development Goals, the SDSN Youth in Nigeria and as well taking the lead in the promotion, advocacy as well as actions towards achieving the SDGs.


Vatican Youth Symposium:

The 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium, which was jointly convened by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and SDSN Youth, brought together youth entrepreneurs, activists, and innovators for training in global development. The theme of the conference, which was Youth Leadership for Integral Human Development: Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals, motivated participants to recommit themselves to partnerships for the 2030 Agenda and to their role as youth leaders for a brighter, better future. While the knowledge shared in the halls of Casina Pio IV, the headquarters for PAS within the Vatican Gardens, catalyzed new ideas and inspiration for all of the attendees, the ripple effect of this year’s Vatican Youth Symposium touches communities around the world who are impacted by the work of the convened young leaders.

Youth Solutions Hub:

SDSN Youth announced at the Vatican Youth Symposium the launch of the Youth Solutions Hub (YSH). The Youth Solutions Hub is part of SDSN Youth’s efforts to support youth-led innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include the Youth Solutions Report and the SDSN Youth Investment Readiness Program. It is an online community-building platform that connects young sustainability innovators with experienced and dedicated mentors and experts from industry, businesses and academia. The goal is to equip innovators with the right tools and skill set, enhancing their capacity and enabling them to scale their solutions and ideas.

Local Pathways Second Cohort:

Local Pathways Fellowship Program has launched its second class of selected Local Pathways Fellows (LPF), which include fifty six young innovators, urban planners, architects, advocates, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders who are “championing local pathways for sustainable development” in more than 50 cities across the world. Throughout a 12-month learning process, the program equips the fellows with resources and a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with each other as well as with leading urban development experts and academics, fostering a participatory dialogue

Global Schools Program launches its first hub of SDG resources for schools and educators:

SDSN's first digital hub ofSDG resources for schools and educators was launched in October at theIB Global Conference in Vienna, Austria. Centralizing curriculums, lesson plans, videos, and educational activities, theGlobal Schools Program provides schools and educators with resources they need to get started with teaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementing them within their schools.

#GenerationIB campaign for the SDGs:

#GenerationIB was an online campaign which encouraged students to work locally or in global groups to showcase the ways they are working to find solutions for humanity's greatest challenges and help achieve the SDGs.The campaign was a partnership between SDSN Youth and the International Baccalaureate, generating more than 600 solutions from around the world for the SDGs.

Executive Workshop in Rome:

Following the conclusion of the 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium, SDSN Youth’s Core Team and Network Coordinators stayed in Rome for three days of intensive, productive workshops. The workshops offered a chance for SDSN Youth’s main team of staff and volunteers to update and refine their usage of apps, technology, and partnerships to accelerate our organizational work and make sure we are as accessible to youth around the world as possible.


SDSN Youth at this year's Youth Assembly:

SDSN Youth partnered with the Youth Assembly, a unique conference, that biannually, gathers youth talent from all over the world in New York City. On its 22nd Edition, the Youth Assembly, under the theme of New Grounds for Sustainable Development,” brought together 900 Youth Delegates from close to 100 countries. The meeting presented panels, workshops, and networking sessions with the goal of empowering young people and giving them the tools to develop their projects effectively towards sustainable development. Siamak Sam Loni, SDSN Youth’s Global Coordinator, was a speaker at the Opening Ceremony, which also included a keynote speech by UNSDSN Director Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.


Move Humanity calls for Billionaires' involvement in the SDGs with 14 events worldwide:

In December, SDSN Youth and Human Act partnered to raise awareness about the Move Humanity initiative, which aims to close the global financing gap for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilizing 1% of the richest individuals’ wealth towards the implementation of the SDGs. This could lift 1 billion people out of extreme poverty and save more than 6 million children per year from dying from preventable diseases before their fifth birthday. SDSN Youth organized 14 local events and 3 online campaigns between Nov 30th and December 16th. Countries, where events were held are Greece, Turkey (Ankara and Istanbul), Russia, Korea, Philippines, Bhutan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ecuador, Brazil, Hong Kong and Senegal. Canada, Sweden and Australia coordinated online campaigns to support the initiative.

SDSN Youth at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum:

After last year’s successful participation, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum invited SDSN Youth to participate in the 2018 Edition titled “The Paradox of Peace.” Isabel Pérez Dobarro, SDSN Youth´s UN Focal Point and Youth Solutions innovators: Victoria Erdel, founder of the Trafficking Dispatch, and Cristián Palacios, creator of Cartas por la Reconciliación, participated in this event.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible - SDSN Youth members, partner organizations, and supporters in achieving a better, more sustainable world for all.