Calling Young Change Makers : UN Secretary-General Is Looking For The Next Generation Of Young Leaders

young change makers : UN envoy
Achieving the 2030 global goals agenda requires the equal inclusion of all young people! YOUth have the power to forge a better future !
From food to fashion to finance,  the young change makers are contributing to a more adjust and sustainable world. Every two years, 17 outstanding young leaders from across various sectors are recognised for their agency, courage and ingenuity in finding lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.Join them in fighting for a better planet and society ! 


ABOUT The “Young Leaders For The SDGs’ Flagship Initiative

On September 19,2016, the office of the UN Secretary – General Envoy on youth unveiled the inaugural class of the young leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalysing the achievement of the goals. 
Throughout the two-year term, these  young leaders will engage young people for the 2030 Agenda, not only through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks but through advocacy opportunities with the United Nations and its partners. Becoming a Young Leader is a title of recognition from the United Nations for young people who are excelling in their contributions to helping deliver on the SDGs in their communities.

Who Can Participate : 

Candidates are selected based on following criteria : 
  • Leadership – Ability to influence and motivate others 
  • Innovation – Uniqueness and ingenuity 
  • Scalability – Potential to benefit others beyond their current scope of impact Impact – Measurable outcomes directly linked to their work 
  • Presentation – Inspire and motivate others through storytelling
Other factors that are taken into consideration are : 
  • Achievement – Commitment to promoting and advancing key areas of the SDGs 
  • Influence – Commitment to inclusive and innovative leadership 
  • Integrity – Commitment to core values of the United Nations
Young leader actively support the following objectives : 
  • Advocate – Advocate for the SDGs in ways most accessible and relevant to young people across different contexts 
  • Engage – Promote innovative ways of engaging their audiences and peers in the advocacy and realisation of the SDGs
  • Build – Contribute to a brain trust of young leaders supporting the UN and partners for key moments and initiatives related to the SDGs. 
Learn more about the former classes of Young Leaders for the SDGs: 2016 Class, 2018 Class, 2020 Class.
Applications for the 2022 Class are now open and will close on 31 March 2022! Young people from all over the world between the ages of 15 and 29 years old are encouraged to apply. 

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