- What are the root causes of climate change?
- How will climate change directly affect countries and communities?
- Will certain regions or groups be hit the hardest?
- What are the best ways for young people to take action to address climate change?
- What can I do to make a difference in my community?
This webinar will analyze the crucial importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for human development, and will cover how you can track progress and learn more about the SDGs in your own country, the importance of education for the SDGs, and how you can join the mission to spread education on the SDGs to youth around the world.
Sam Loni, Global Coordinator, UN SDSN Youth
Julia Guillemot, Project Lead, Global Schools, UN SDSN Youth
– How are the SDGs relevant to youth working in the field of human development?
– How can youth practically track the progress and impact of the SDGs?
– How important is education for achieving the SDGs and for human development in general?
– How can education be improved to advance progress on the SDGs?
– How can young people join efforts to educate others on the SDGs?
- What causes Air Pollution?
- How critical is the issue?
- Who is most affected by this problem?
- What can we do to #BeatAirPollution?
Satya S. Tripathi of India serves as the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Mr. Tripathi has since 2017 served as Senior Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Environment Programme. A development economist and lawyer with over 35 years of experience, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in Europe, Asia, and Africa on strategic assignments in sustainable development, human rights, democratic governance, and legal affairs.
He previously served as the Director and Executive Head of the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia, as well as for the UN Recovery Coordinator for the US$ 7 billion post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in Aceh and Nias. He also served as Chair of the Committees on Laws and Treaties for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004.
Earlier in his career, he served as a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance with the World Agroforestry Centre; and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests.
Mr. Tripathi holds Honours Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Commerce; and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Law from Berhampur University, India.
The Climate Action Summit of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in September 2019 will be one of the most important global climate action events of the year. The Secretary-General has announced that he wants to see “unprecedented youth and civil society mobilization and engagement” as one of the main outcomes of the summit.
The #ActionNow campaign is designed to help achieve this ambitious aim with the power of music and a combination of technology-facilitated local and global level mass mobilization activities.
At the ECOSOC Youth Forum side event, there will be:
- welcome by Polish Mission
- presentations and discussion on youth empowerment for climate action in the context of Agenda2030 and the UNFCCC process/Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
- a keynote presentation on the topic “Harnessing the power of music for Enhanced Climate Action” with Grammy award-winning artist Ricky Key from India
- a presentation of the #ActionNow campaign & the Earth Music Awards and youth climate action engagement information and ActionNow communication technology tools like cheerity.com
- presentation of partners (e.g. UNESCO MOST, EarthLanka, Earth Day Network, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, ..)
- a discussion of the #ActionNow youth and civil society mobilization plans with the audience (ECOSOC youth forum participants, partners of the initiative, delegates of missions, ..)
- participants of the event will learn about the UN SG Climate Summit and about innovative ways for youth and civil society mobilization for climate action
- the event will serve as a soft launch of the Earth Music Awards 2019 Call for Music
- the side event will be an opportunity for ECOSOC YF participants to become engaged in the initiative as musicians, local event organizers or outreach partners
As part of the United Nations Department of Global Communications’ Civil Society Chat Series, the session aims to introduce the importance and potential of youth action for the SDGs. As an organization with over 45 years of history, the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will showcase impactful youth projects and support others to join in this mission by sharing our approach to engaging youth and facilitating impact. We will discuss our Theory of Change and its 3 pillars, (Connect/Engage, Educate/Develop, Action/Impact), and explain how we implement these using an integrated approach.
In addition, we will discuss our four focus areas: Environment, Human Development, Peace, and Technology, including how youth can make a strong impact in each of these fields, and how we will apply our Theory of Change to try to solve some of these leading global challenges.
During this briefing, we hope to go deeper into this theory by using examples of actual youth projects on the ground, demonstrate how it can lead to the empowerment of youth to become the leaders and changemakers who will strive together to create a sustainable world free of war, oppression, exclusion, and poverty.