We see that many young people around the world have brilliant ideas and outstanding talent, carrying out social impact projects with local communities at the grassroots level. They are making an invaluable contribution towards reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Youth For Sustainability Dialogues (Y4SD) will offer these young people a platform to share their work with a wide audience of age peers and experts – educators, journalists, entrepreneurs, development professionals – around the world.
This platform that will help the youth examine challenges in their local environment, showcase their projects and initiatives, and come together as a youth movement that is truly ‘glocal’ towards the achievement of SDGs. Mentors and expert panels will be available to the participants for their guidance and help.
HOW WILL WE DO IT?
Every two weeks, we will hold a Y4SD session dedicated to specific SDG, which is chosen in alignment with the UN’s SDG Planning Calendar, Annual International Days or any other relevant or significant event. As many of the goals are interlinked and depend on each other, each session will include 2-3 secondary SDGs that provide a unique perspective on the main topic of the session.
Each Y4SD session will bring 2-3 young people, who give a short presentation on their project idea, implementation and impact. An invited expert from the field will listen and share their feedback with the teams.
Degendering STEM: Equality in Science
Women and girls continue to be excluded from participating in science. According to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in natural science, mathematics and statistics and in engineering, manufacturing and construction).
Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are prohibiting women from entering science related fields. This is leading to a loss of brilliant minds in science and is preventing a much needed female-perspective from shaping the STEM fields into something new and unexpected.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, we need to question how to get access to these fields to bright minds and how to encourage women to match their potential and opt for fields where they can excel.
SDG2: Sustainable Food Production and Food Security from the gender lens
CDF Kalindi College & MasterPeace Cameroon
The 16th of October is World Food Day. This year, the UN’s World Food Program received the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat a surge in global hunger during COVID19. How can we ensure that local communities have access to nutritious and healthy foods, producing it in a sustainable manner? How does this contribute to building peace? And finally, how might we empower women in the process?
When the UN created its global goals, various equality groups pushed for the rights and needs of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to be taken into account. These groups can experience multiple discrimination and violence, due to their intersecting LGBT status and gender. What can the youth do to change this? Can a focus on employment and (social) entrepreneurship be the solution?
SDG8: Traditional arts - a dependable source of livelihood?
Project Rivaayat & Helping Hand International
Practising arts that is handed down over generations is often not an economically viable option for artisans. New age materials, technology and cheaper rates are often drivers for the exodus. In absence of any organized activity in this sector and the products not being adequately remunerative, more and more artisans are taking up alternate employment. What can we do to support traditions and creativity while generating income? How can we marry the goals of sustainable income and safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage?
SDG4: Creating inclusive spaces for quality education and promoting innovation in learning
GNSD: Sister Schools & MasterPeace Nepal
The UN has proclaimed that education “plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies and contributes to the achievement of all of the other Sustainable Development Goals”, including improved health, gender equality and reduced inequalities. In this session, we’ll hear from two teams who are committed to providing quality education to hard-to-reach communities. What are the barriers for ensuring that all children have access to education, which is indeed one of their basic rights? How can we overcome resistance and barriers by authorities and teachers, and bring more innovation to educational spaces?
This year is like no other. Even before COVID-19 hit, violence against women and girls had reached pandemic proportions. Globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the past year. Meanwhile, less than 40 per cent of women who experience violence report it or seek help.
In April 2020, as the pandemic spread across the world, the UN Secretary-General called for “peace at home”, and 146 Member States responded with their strong statement of commitment. In recent months 135 countries have strengthened actions and resources to address violence against women as part of the response to COVID-19. Yet, much more is needed. For the 16 Days of Activism, UN Women handed over the mic to survivors, activists and UN partners on the ground, to tell the story of what happened after COVID-19 hit.
At this Y4SD session, let us hear from the youth, as we welcome our participants from India and Nepal.
We invited young people to pick up their cameras, think about the issues and solutions related to the UN’s SDGs in their local communities, and tell us that story in 3 photos.
The photos were evaluated by a panel of international judges and the winners got the opportunity to take a Masterclass with a renowned photographer. Top entries will be presented to the UNDP and UN as part of a coffee table book.
SDG4: Digital Education - Resilience in times of Crisis
CDF & MasterPeace Romania
The lockdown that ensued from the COVID-19 pandemic not only restricted our movement, but also halted education and learning for students across the world. With no schools to go to, outdated learning systems did not prove to be adaptable for the digital world post the lockdown. The pandemic brought to light necessary changes required in the pedagogy as well as curriculum to make learning more holistic, accessible as well as enjoyable. How can education be reinvented in a format to suit the post-Covid world? How can we use digital tools to empower both the teachers and the students?
Irene Tessa Koeswandini
Gopika and Gayathri
Dr. Amit Tuteja
Dr. Simi Mishra
Prof. Sapna A. Narula
Ashima Mathur Chauhan
Connecting Dreams Foundation (CDF) is working with youth across India, aiming to address the problems of the rural-urban divide in the country, as well as the deficit in percolation of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to the bottom of the pyramid.
The Kabataan sa Kartilya (KKK) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the development of the Philippines. It is also committed to bringing nationalism prepared for harmony, unity, and compassion. The organization envisions a community forged by passionate young leaders, participatory democracy, sustainable cities, deep sense of moral values from understanding history and patriotism.
The Global Network for Sustainable Development (GNSD) offers an Internet hub allowing individuals and organizations involved in sustainability and peace projects to connect with each other, and create partnerships enhancing sustainable development of communities at the local and global levels