APPLY: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Young Leaders Program 2020

Deadline: February 22, 2020.

Convened by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Young Leaders come together as a community to support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities with the UN and through their existing initiatives, platforms, and networks.

Following the historic adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations in September 2016 announced the inaugural class of the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals – 17 young change-makers whose leadership is catalysing the achievement of the Goals. From science to food to fashion to finance, the Young Leaders come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and help activate millions of young people in support of the Goals. Convened by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, these Young Leaders are recognized for their leadership and contribution to a more sustainable world.

The Young Leaders for the SDGs:

  1. Leverage and equip young influencers to galvanize their peers and industries in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in sectors, regions or areas with which we have limited existing influence;
  2. Recognise young people who are leading positive change in their communities and sectors, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old (all profiles you receive will have been pre-vetted to this end).

The Young leaders we are looking for are genuinely leading exceptional initiatives which support the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Successful candidates will be selected based on:

  • Their demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing key areas of the Goals
  • Their personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership
  • Their demonstrated integrity, commitment to the SDGs and core values of the UN

Whether or not the applicant is explicitly involved with the SDGs, it is important that they lead an impactful initiative that helps to achieve the Goals and/or galvanize young people in support of the Goals.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates are scored on aspects such as:

  • Leadership – Ability to influence and motivate others
  • Innovation – Uniqueness and ingenuity
  • Scalability – Potential to benefit others beyond their current scope of influence 
  • Impact – Measurable outcomes direclty linked to their work
  • Presentation – Ability to inspire and motivate others through story telling

They are then selected based on:

  • Achievement – Demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing the key areas of the SDGs
  • Influence – Personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership
  • Integrity – Demonstrated integrity, commitent

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