Speaker:Sarah Swan, Marketing Manager, Media Cause
Description:Join this session to learn about the incredible power of technology to help raise awareness and support for any project, campaign or initiative you are working on, and how to turn social media into a tool that brings you a great advantage.
Kayla Colyard, Events Project Lead, SDSN-Youth
Mary Kate Costello, Senior Policy Analyst, The Hunger Project
Carly Kraybill, Global Advocacy Campaign Specialist, Habitat for Humanity
Andrew Wainer, Director of Policy Research, Save the Children USA
Sam Loni, Global Coordinator, SDSN-Youth
Extreme poverty remains one of humanity’s most urgent challenges but is also an issue where we know great progress can be made. From the early 1990s to the late 2010s, extreme poverty declined by two thirds, and those living on less than $1.90 per day fell from 26.9% percent in 2000 to 9.2% percent in 2017. However, this progress is not enough, considering some 783 million people still live in extreme poverty, with children and youth often disproportionately affected. Moreover, the poverty rates in certain areas are increasing, including areas suffering from fragility, conflict, and violence where rates climbed to 36% in 2015, up from a low of 34.4% in 2011. In addition, many have been thrown into poverty due to natural disasters, with $300 billion of economic value lost from disasters in 2017 alone. This panel will discuss the latest progress and pathways toward eliminating poverty and securing the key resources that people need to escape poverty, such as food, shelter, education, financial security, and economic opportunities. Particular attention will be paid to how young people can make an impact in this field, and help ensure that these resources become available to those in need as fast as possible.
Possible Discussion Points:
- Poverty rates have dropped considerably in recent decades. What has proved the most effective method for poverty reduction?
- On the other hand, some countries are still seeing very slow progress in ending poverty – what are the main factors giving these countries such difficulty? What strategies from successful countries can be transferred abroad?
- How in particular are children and youth impacted by poverty? What key resources must be provided to children and youth to ensure they escape poverty?
- How can the international community better work together to end poverty?
- 10% of the global population is undernourished, yet some countries waste up to a third of food produce. How can hunger and undernourishment be stamped out once and for all?
- How important is quality housing for ending poverty? Is there a proven best method of reducing homelessness?
- How is progress being made to increase public education access/success for those under the poverty line? Is targeting education an effective means of reducing poverty?
- How important are financial security and economic opportunities for ending poverty? How can these best be provided?
- Is good and stable governance essential for reducing poverty? What role can the private and NGO sectors play?
- Is $1.90 per day an appropriate benchmark for poverty? Or do modern times call for a new definition of poverty?
- What skills, knowledge, and practices do young people need to make an impact in this field?
Join hundreds of young leaders and changemakers from around the world at The Youth Assembly this coming August for a life-changing experience!
The Youth Assembly is a unique global platform that empowers the next generation of leaders and change-makers with opportunities to connect, learn, and take action on issues they care about.
Our most exceptional young leaders have the opportunity to amplify their voice at the global stage while aspiring social entrepreneurs with the best proposals compete for mentorship, resources, and seed funding.
This year, we are hosting the 24th Session of The Youth Assembly in Washington, D.C. from August 8-10, 2019 with the theme “New Horizons for Global Youth”.
What to expect at The Youth Assembly:
- Keynote Talks – Get inspiration from today’s trailblazers and influencers
- Thematic Discussions – Interact with panels of experts and leaders in various areas of inquiry
- Skill-building Workshops – Engage in in-depth discussions or activities to develop practical skills
- Impact Challenge – Finalists pitch ideas to a panel of experts for seed funding and mentorship
- Delegate Networking – Make connections with young leaders from all over the world
- Awarding Ceremony – Find out the winners of the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award and Impact Challenge
- Field/Site Visits* – Get an inside look into the workings of global and national institutions and organizations
- Special Events* – Make new friends or collaborators from members of our global community
*Only included in the Global Development Leadership (GDL) Series
Join this webinar to learn how you can join the movement of young leaders creating a global impact for a better world
As an organization with over 45 years of history, the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will discuss how it is accelerating youth leadership for action and calls upon others to join in this mission by sharing our approach to engaging youth and facilitating impact.
In this webinar, 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. Within the context of our four focus areas: Environment, Human Development, Peace, and Technology, we will discuss how youth can make a strong impact in each of these fields, and how we are applying our Theory of Change to try to solve some of these leading global challenges.
During this webinar, we hope to go deeper into this theory by showcasing 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.
Andrew Macdonald, Executive Director, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
Yumna Khan, Youth Development Specialist, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
– Why the world needs youth action
– How youth action can create the most impact
– How to launch a project of your own
– How FAF can help you create an impact in your community
Join this webinar to learn about the extraordinary impact that young people can and are having in peace-building across the world. Conflict often has a disproportionate effect on youth, yet youth are too often excluded from the dialogue on this topic. The U.N. has begun to try to change this, notably with the passing of Security Council Resolution 2250. This webinar will analyze the still-developing role of youth in building peace and justice and will have an additional focus on the non-violent ways that youth can actively engage with movements and initiatives to strengthen peace, justice, and institutions in their own countries and communities.
Hardy Merriman, President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Aubrey Cox, Program Lead, Youth, U.S. Institute for Peace
– How are the youth in particular affected by violence and conflict?
– How has the role of youth in building peace and justice been seen in the past, and how is this changing?
– What are the practical ways that youth can engage in peace-building in the world today?
– What nonviolent strategies can youth pursue to strive for progress and change without the risk of conflict?
Join this webinar to learn how one of the most hyped-up technological advances, artificial intelligence (AI), may in fact be entrenching gender inequality. With technology advancing so fast, such innovations offer immense opportunities, but also come with unknown risks and repercussions that must be better considered. The upcoming Youth Assembly will explore both the challenges and opportunities posed by the new technological era and the 4th Industrial Revolution. AI, in particular, is increasingly becoming part of people’s everyday lives but is also facing growing scrutiny due to its opaque nature and the risk of data-driven discrimination. This webinar will discuss these challenges, with a particular focus on AI and algorithms and their effects on gender inequality.
Speaker: Sarah Awan, Manager, Digital, PwC
– Does new technology pose more challenges or opportunities for addressing global issues such as poverty, inequality and human rights?
– How do artificial intelligence and algorithms work and how are they being applied?
– How is AI affecting gender inequality?
– How should we respond to cases where AI or other new technologies are doing harm?
- 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