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University Scholars Leadership Symposium
Description/achievement of initiative

The future of the world lies in the hands of the younger generation, they can contribute heavily to the United Nation's landmark 2030 agenda and the achievement of its Sustainable Development Goals. They have a very important role to play in changing the world. Young leaders need to have space to participate in the translation of the agenda, to build a better world with no one left behind.

Implementation methodologies

When a young person has the desire to change the world, the next steps can be daunting. Colossal issues like climate change, hunger or inequality may seem too overwhelming for an individual. At our program, we will guide them and help them put their fears aside, and inspire them to start meaningful initiatives of their own. As we strongly believe youths should be the Change Movers if we hope to achieve the SDG Agenda in 2030. We will gather 1,200 youth leaders from 80+ countries to Thailand on August 1 to 7, 2018 and attend a training program on SDGs. The program will focuses on building leadership qualities and an understanding of the various SDGs, and to prepare them to be an SDG Youth Advocates. The theme of the event is " Inspiring Confidence, Inspire Change " and we hope to achieve training 1,200 youth leaders to step forward to be an SDGs Youth Advocate. Only with the participation of our emerging world leaders, can we reach the 2030 agenda.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the important role of youth in achieving the agenda, and calls for action against the challenges faced by young people that limit their economic and social inclusion. Globalization has had a profound impact on the lives of young people, causing tension between traditional and modern expectations, values and norms. The support systems that young people have relied upon have eroded because of changing family structures and migration due to education and employment opportunities. These challenges are compounded by inadequate access to education, employment, and sexual and reproductive health services. In addition, many young people are left out of decision-making processes, which contributes to their marginalization and exclusion. As a social group, young people face major challenges that are increasing in complexity, with young men and women experiencing them differently. Yet today, young people are more connected, more creative, more informed and more persuasive than any previous generation. Young people are responding to the challenges of the day with innovative approaches, contributing fresh ideas, creating the world they want, and driving human development for themselves, their communities and their societies. Provided they are given the opportunity to develop their skills through access to education, decent work and adequate health care, and to participate in decision-making processes, young people have emerged as a tremendous resource for development across the globe. The youth of today can contribute to improving the social, political and economic fabric of society. The Organisation will set it priority on youth empowerment for sustainable future and will design a program to complement and reinforce the UN SDG Strategic Plan by deepening the focus on youth across all areas of work. We will commit to :- a) Supporting capacity development of young people and youth organizations; b) Mainstreaming youth issues across all development planning; c) Exercising influence through leadership and empowerment; d) supporting national youth policy development and implementation. We will organize two large-scale event to create a platform for the youth to understand more about the Sustainable Development Goals and Peace Building Efforts.

Partner(s)

Government of Thailand and various UN Agencies
Progress reports
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 16
Goal 17
December 2018
Goal 16
On-Going
Goal 17
On-Going
Goal 4
On-Going
Goal 5
Financing (in USD)
500,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Asssign Staff on the ground to supervise it development
In-kind contribution
Building Library for remote School and contributing teaching material to rural schools
Other, please specify
Sending Volunteers to teach in the schools

Basic information
Time-frame: May 2018 - August 2018
Partners
Government of Thailand and various UN Agencies
Countries
Contact information
Janice Leong, Executive Director, janice.leong@humanitarianaffairs.asia
United Nations