UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together youth from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of innovative ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. “UNLEASH Lab presented an innovative way of finding Sustainable Development Solutions and allowed participants to form long-lasting bonds,“ says Olive Mumbo, UNLEASH talent and SDSN Youth Network Coordinator.
The youth sector statement following the consultation emphasised that young people need to be seen as more than simply “tokens” in the sustainability movement. Our capabilities extend beyond advocacy and awareness raising. Australian youth and youth-led organisations are making significant contributions in many other avenues, including education, community mobilisation, social entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.
“The Indonesian government has shown a consistency in legitimizing the SDG agenda into the country’s national development planning and issuing Presidential regulation No.59 year of 2017. [The] support from BAPPENAS and SDSN [of the] Happiness Festival shows our government values [the notion that] the growth of a nation is linked to increased human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
The issue of plastic waste, especially plastic bags, at the moment is pressing to be resolved. With a national waste reduction target of 30% and waste handling of 70% by 2025, the role of various parties is needed to create a solution to solve the problem.
‘Young people are the leaders of tomorrow’. And yet… why can’t they be leaders for today? At the UN SDG Action Campaign Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, Project Leader (Networks) Yi Jun shared about some of SDSN Youth’s upcoming initiatives, and how they focus on empowering young people to take action on the SDGs today. In this article, he reflects on why students are a key constituency in the fight for sustainable development.
These young urban leaders are the inaugural Local Pathways Fellows, a network of young thought leaders, urban planners, researchers and innovators from over 50 cities to advance local dialogue, collaboration and problem-solving around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to make cities “smart, fair and sustainable”.