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ABOUT


About

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ABOUT


About

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:

  • Advocate for the Goals, in ways most accessible and relatable to young people across different contexts;
  • Promote innovative ways of engaging their audiences and peers in the advocacy and realization of the Goals;
  • Contribute to a brain trust of young leaders supporting the UN and partners for key moments and initiatives related to the Goals.

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. 

 

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Criteria


Eligibility

Criteria


Eligibility

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:

  •  Their demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing sustainable development;
  •  The ability to command an audience, influence their contemporaries and inspire their constituents;
  •  Their personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership;
  • Their demonstrated integrity, commitment to the SDGs and core values of the UN.
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Selection Committee


Selection Committee

Selection Committee


Selection Committee

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

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Partners


Partners

Partners


Partners