Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
The Young Leaders are 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Young Leaders will 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:
Successful nominees are expected to continue in their existing roles and serve as Young Leaders in an advocacy role. Being a Young Leader is not a full time role but an advocacy function which should complement existing work. The function is honorary, non-remunerated and does not entail speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth or the United Nations.
Every year, a new class of Young Leaders will be selected by public campaign.
Young people who are genuinely leading fantastic initiatives which support the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
They might be a chef, a designer, a campaigner or a blogger. They might know all about the Goals or nothing at all. The important thing is that they are leading an exciting initiative that helps to meet one of the Goals.
Young Leaders must be aged 18-30 on International Youth Day 2016 (12 August).
Successful candidates will be selected based on the following considerations:
Anyone can nominate! Just remember to tell us a little bit about yourself as well so that we can get in touch to learn more about your nominee.
No. But anyone can nominate you. If you think that you qualify, ask a friend, a mentor or a colleague to nominate you.
Great! Rest assured, we will be reading each and every nomination carefully. Here’s a breakdown of the selection process:
Today, the world is home to the largest generation of youth in history, with 1.2 billion aged 15-24 worldwide. What is more, this number is expected to continue to grow: between 2015 and 2030 alone, around 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.
In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must engage a generation of young people who know about the Goals, care about their success and actively works toward their realization.
We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change.
In 2013, the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, appointed Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as his first-ever Envoy on Youth and as the youngest senior official in the history of the organization. The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth has a mandate to harmonize the UN system efforts on youth development, enhance the UN response to youth needs, advocate for addressing the development needs and rights of young people, as well as to bring the work of the United Nations with and for youth closer to them.
To this end, the Envoy on Youth works with different UN Agencies, Governments, Civil Society, Private Sector Academia and Media stakeholders towards enhancing, empowering and strengthening the position of young people within and outside of the United Nations System. In addition, the Envoy on Youth is also the advisor to and the representative of the Secretary-General on youth related matters.
Sustainable development is commonly defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
For sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and are all crucial for the well-being of individuals and societies.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 internationally agreed goals to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. The Goals are unique in that they apply to all people and call for action by all countries - poor, rich and middle income - to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.
Yes! The Sustainable Development Goals is the formal title of the Goals agreed by member states at the United Nations, but many people call them the Global Goals for short.