A sus 30 años, forma parte de la primera generación de Jóvenes Líderes de la ONU y es oficial de Programas del Young Americas Business Trust.
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Para algunos jóvenes extranjeros que residen en Estados Unidos, la llegada de Donald Trump no significa otra cosa más que un impulso para seguir fomentando iniciativas que reduzcan la preocupación en temas de pobreza, desempleo, el cambio climático, las desigualdades e injusticias.
Es el caso de Teresa González, que con 30 años impulsa la creación de nuevas empresas que apelen a lo anterior. Esto, desde su posición como una de los 17 integrantes de la primera generación de Jóvenes Líderes de la ONU, formada en 2016 por iniciativa del enviado de juventud de la organización, Alhmad Alhendahui.
In the week leading up to International Women’s Day, Global Citizen caught up with Trisha Shetty, one of the key players fighting to change the law in India. Shetty is a lawyer, activist, and founder of SheSays — a nonprofit seeking to end gender-based discrimination and advance women’s rights in India. The organization’s educational website receives thousands of visits a day from abused women who have nowhere else to go for support.
In 2015, Samuel Malinga, at age 26, founded Sanitation Africa—a company engaged in turning human waste into briquettes for cooking and agricultural manure. For his innovative approach to waste management, Samuel has been recognized by several organizations, including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, a philanthropy that awarded him a grant to expand his operations. In 2014, Ventures Africa, a business and lifestyle publication, listed him as one of the 40 African innovators to watch. While visiting the United Nations headquarters in New York recently, Samuel shared his experiences with Africa Renewal’s Kingsley Ighobor.
Twenty-eight-year-old Samar Samir Mezghanni, a Tunisian Iraqi, is one of the 17 United Nations young leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), who have been chosen to engage their peers in implementing the SDGs. She has written stories for children on the SDGs and garnered two world records from Guinness, first at the age of 12, when she was declared “the world’s youngest writer”; then at 14, when she was declared “the youngest most prolific writer in the world.” In this interview with Africa Renewal’s Franck Kuwonu, Samar talks about her work to make the SDGs more accessible to youth, and the challenges and hopes of young people in Tunisia.
Rita Kimani, 25, is one of the young leaders designated by the United Nations to help promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among fellow youth. Through her initiative, FarmDrive, Rita is using data analytics and mobile phone technology to connect smallholder farmers with lending institutions in rural Kenya. She spoke to Africa Renewal’s Zipporah Musau about her project.
There is nothing more vibrant than a group of youth discussing the present and planning the future. Inventiveness, passion, diversity, hope and vision powered the spirit of the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters. We, hundreds of young and “young at heart” people, participated in an open conversation to voice our priorities and stand up for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our own realities. Most importantly, we witnessed the actions that other youth like us are leading out there, rain or shine.
Back in 2006, a Sheffield mathematician named Clive Humby coined a term that today, 11 years later, still applies. Humby did not only make the comparison because of the value of information hidden in raw data, but also because, just as oil, data needs to be refined, worked on, mixed and changed, until it becomes usable. Even though there are many industries which have been forever changed with the introduction of data systems, many world governments and their leaders, directors, ministers and presidents, do not place much value in innovating the way we can through progress with the use of data.
There are approximately one billion people worldwide living with disabilities, and by 2050 it is predicted that 66% of the world population will be living in cities. This will undoubtedly mean there will be a significant increase in the number of people with disabilities globally living in cities and needing to access their transport, facilities, and much more. However, many cities do not provide adequate access for people with disabilities. This is a problem for a multitude of reasons, including poor urban planning, lack of awareness of the issue, and a lack of governmental regulation.
“More people are confident that women can lead all spheres of our economy and young people are very supportive of this notion. Seeing this happen made me realize that we the ordinary, deem to make the extraordinary possible and we are the contributors for global sustainability.”
Presented with Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leaders Award in June 2016, for her work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community. Safaath Ahmed, women’s rights activist from the Maldives spoke to us about why the participation of women in all aspects of the political process is essential to building a sustainable world. [5 minute read]