UN launches worldwide search for exceptional young leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Young Leaders will collaborate with UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to help end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequality.

The United Nations recently launched a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. Spear-headed by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Young Leaders Initiative will recognize on an annual basis 17 young leaders who are driving change to help realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

The initiative will showcase the outstanding leadership that young people are demonstrating to put the world on a more sustainable course.

Between 2016 and 2030, when the Goals aim to be reached, a new “Class” of 17 Young Leaders will be announced following an open call for nominations. During their term, the Young Leaders will work with the Envoy on Youth and the United Nations to help galvanize other young people around achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The first class of Young Leaders will be announced in September, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

"... We must engage today’s youth and empower a generation which knows about the Goals...and actively works toward their realization” - Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

“Last year Member States committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious agenda for people and planet. In order to achieve these ambitious Goals, we must engage today’s youth and empower a generation which knows about the Goals, cares about their success and actively works toward their realization”, said the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi.

Find out more about the Young Leaders initiative and the nominations, here.

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This news item is adapted from the UN Young Leaders press release dated, 15th June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York, NY USA. Get this and more information, here

 

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