This September, the United Nations is announcing the inaugural class of the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the Goals.
From food to fashion to finance, the Young Leaders come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and help activate young people in support of the Goals.
Convened by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, these Young Leaders are recognized for their leadership and contribution to a more sustainable world. The Young Leaders come together as a community to support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities with the UN and through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks. Young Leaders will be expected to actively support one or more of the following objectives:
Each year, a new “Class” will be nominated through an open call for nominations and assessed according to robust selection criteria by a diverse selection committee.
The Young Leaders Initiative is powered by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in collaboration with our amazing partners. The Initiative is a part of the Global Youth Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015 and housed in the Envoy's Office.
What are the eligibility requirements to be a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals?
Nominees must be between 18 and 30 years old (as of August 12, 2016).
Successful candidates will be selected based on:
Members of the Selection Committee
Alaa Murabit – Voice of Libyan Women, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
H. E. Amina Mohammed – Environment Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Ana Saldarriaga – Former Global President of AIESEC International
Ashish Thakkar – CEO Mara Group, Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Council
Begumhan Dogan Faralyali – Chairwoman of Dogan Group
David Nabarro – Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Johanna Nyman – President of the European Youth Forum
Keisuke Honda – Footballer with AC Millan, UN Foundation Global Advocate for Youth
H. E. Kristian Jensen – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark
Lise Kingo – Executive Director of UN Global Compact
Paul Polman – CEO Unilever, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
Porta dos Fundos – Brazilian Comedy Troupe and SDG activists
Richard Curtis – Co-Founder Comic Relief, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
H. E. Sheikha Al-Zain Sabah Al-Naser Al-Sabah - Under Secretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait
Wael Ghonim – Entrepreneur and Internet Activist