Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
“Health Does Not Exist in a Vacuum: Systems-Wide Approach to SDG 3”
The workshop on Sustainable Development Goal 3 demonstrated, through interactive activity and discussion, that in order to meet the targets of this goal, health cannot be viewed as merely existing in a vacuum. There are multiple facets to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being. Therefore, we must have a multi-sectoral, collaborative approach to SDG 3.
“Unleashing the next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems”
The workshop focused essentially on what Echoing Green looks for in selecting early-stage social entrepreneurs for their fellowship program, tips on how to be competitive in their applications for fellowship programs, business plan competitions and incubators. The session also included a short interactive segment on how the delegates can craft their Bold Idea. The workshop also featured some of Echoing Green Fellows (grantees) who shared some insights and advice for early stage leaders.
Goal 14: Life Below Water
In this workshop the presenter discussed the objectives of SDG 14. The delegates had a lively debate on various ethical issues regarding international ocean governance. The highlight of this session was the trading of ideas on how these youth delegates could make an impact at home, in their communities.
Goal 15: Life on Land
The workshop focused on social issues and the environment. Juan Chebly works at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP programs aim to ensure the balance of life on earth by protecting the environment and its habitat. The Environment is crucial in providing food chains, fresh water, air and several components that impact our livelihoods, health and economies. The workshop helped the delegates to understand that climate change is the biggest threat to humanity followed by war.
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
“Solving the Water Crisis”
In this workshop, participants were challenged by activities and information regarding SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. They were asked to look at the issue of access to safe drinking water from a variety of perspectives and then challenged to come up with solutions from that perspective. It was an active participation workshop with lively discussion on real solutions for the modern world. This workshop was facilitated by LifeStraw.
“Think Thank to Sustainable Development”
The session discussed various challenges to sustainable development, including environmental challenges, poverty alleviation, and education. The speaker discussed four categories: Water, Food, Energy, and Environment. The delegates brainstormed different challenges surrounding these categories and subsequently proffered different sustainable methods to solve the issues. The workshop was an interactive session whereby delegates came up with real life sustainable recommendations to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
“Naming and Faming: Building Integrity in Your Communities”
The workshop highlighted the need for peace, justice and strong institutions through accountability and partnerships. The Accountability Lab prepares a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. The presenter discussed a project that his organization started in Nepal “Nepal Integrity Idol”. A reality TV contest that aims to change the corruption and incompetence that pervades in Nepal’s civil service. The Integrity Idol will be held in Pakistan and other countries in the following years. The workshop helped delegates to understand different narratives and context to hold their governments and leaders accountable without shaming.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
“What Does Belonging Look Like?”
This interactive, digital media and arts-based session was presented by TakingItGlobal. It provided youth the opportunity to explore the different forms and ways belonging is perceived within our communities. The workshop involved a discussion of various examples of belonging, drawing connections between individuals and larger communities. Through the workshop, youth had the opportunity to directly express their own perspective of what belonging means to them. In addition, youth delegates brainstormed and discussed the ways to overcome isolation and foster social connectedness within their respective communities to tackle the targets of SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
“Youth Leadership to Achieve SDG 2: Key Resource of #GenerationZeroHunger”
The interactive session not only explored currently youth-led efforts toward Goal 2, but also attempted to mobilize drive, commitment and action for additional implementation immediately. For the majority of the session, the 100-150 youth in attendance had the opportunity to join one of four focus group discussions: young women’s economic empowerment, technology and innovation, linkages between WASH and nutrition, and climate change to exchange experiences, challenges, successes and ideas. Each group presented key findings, and in closing, many youth committed to actionable deliverables to employ upon their return home.
“Learn, Lead, and Change the World”
The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honors organization, to connect scholars with enriching experiences, scholarships and resources to advance their academics, personal growth and career interests. Active in education, health, social justice, peace, environmental, economic and poverty issues, NSHSS scholars are significantly contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop session showcased five NSHSS members who are enthusiastically transforming their vision for a better world into reality.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
“Global Partnerships in Social Entrepreneurship- An Eco-System of Sustainable Support and Opportunities”
The Resolution Project, Echoing Green, and Atlas Corps each play a crucial role in the development of young entrepreneurs. The panel discussed the opportunities afforded by each of their programs as well as the compounded value of their efforts through collaborative partnership.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
“Empowering Women in Latin America through Technology and Open Data”
The speakers explained that the investment in youth is relatively low in Latin America compared to public and private investment in post-secondary education in emerging countries in Southeast Asia. Employment opportunities are limited for young people, especially young women, even for those with education. The workshop focused on the projects of Morrison Technologies. The organization provides IT education to young women so they can become certified technicians.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
“Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe resilient and sustainable”
Dr. Alexander Mirescu moderated this workshop which focused on the theoretical and empirical relationship between global development challenges, including climate change, urbanization, gender equality and poverty reduction. Isaac Preciado shared his unique experiences in private sector, helping Latin American cities achieve the targets of SDG 11. Amanda Colombo’s talk gave evidence to the fact that youth are a key player and active stakeholder in advocating cities, even in the US, to become more resilient and sustainable.
Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
“Lighting Up Lives, One Bottle at a Time”
This workshop was an invitation to join the Liter of Light global movement against energy poverty. During this session, presenters shared the story of how they rejuvenated energy through the use of plastic bottles and solar energy to lighting up lives in over 20 countries around the world. It also included a DIY activity to teach each delegate how to assemble a FLIP-BOT, one of the organization’s open-source solutions.