Photo: UN

Photo: UN

The Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth is looking for the next generation of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On a biennial basis, 17 outstanding young leaders from across various sectors are recognized for their agency, courage and ingenuity in finding lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. 

Throughout the two-year term, these Young Leaders will engage young people for the 2030 Agenda, not only through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks but through advocacy opportunities with the United Nations and its partners. 

Becoming a Young Leader is a title of recognition from the United Nations for young people who are excelling in their contributions to helping deliver on the SDGs in their communities.

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria: 

Leadership – Ability to influence and motivate others

Innovation – Uniqueness and ingenuity

Scalability – Potential to benefit others beyond their current scope of impact

Impact – Measurable outcomes directly linked to their work

Presentation – Inspire and motivate others through storytelling

Other factors that are taken into consideration are: 

Achievement – Commitment to promoting and advancing key areas of the SDGs

Influence – Commitment to inclusive and innovative leadership

Integrity – Commitment to core values of the United Nations

Young leaders actively support the following objectives: 

Advocate – Advocate for the SDGs in ways most accessible and relevant to young people across different contexts

Engage – Promote innovative ways of engaging their audiences and peers in the advocacy and realization of the SDGs

Build – Contribute to a brain trust of young leaders supporting the UN and partners for key moments and initiatives related to the SDGs

Applications for the 2022 Class are now open and will close on 7 April 2022. Young people from all over the world between the ages of 15 and 29 years are encouraged to apply.

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