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World Leaders Pledge to Save the Planet at Global Citizen

$100B Climate Pledge, $6B for Famine Relief, and Vaccine Justice at Global Citizen Live!

Official partner of Global Citizen through a joint program Elevating Agricultural Adaptation the BKMC attended Global Citizen Live in Paris. The 24-hour broadcasted festival spanning seven continents and bringing together over 70 artists, activists, and leaders raised more than US$1.1B, 157M trees, and over 60M COVID-19 vaccines.

While calling for leaders to make financial and political commitments to agricultural adaptation, the BKMC calls to direct such resources to CGIAR. At Global Citizen Live, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a €140 million pledge while Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, announced a €75 million pledge, and Meryame Kitir, Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, announced a €6 million pledge to CGIAR.

The BKMC is strongly advocating for more attention to the most vulnerable in the world, supporting smallholder farmers and climate change adaptation. Thanks to all joint efforts, several world leaders made pledges to commit to vaccine distribution, fighting hunger, education for all as well as battling the impacts of climate change.

Under the leadership of Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, the BKMC thanks Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of Netherlands, Minister of International Development Dag Inge Ulstein of Norway and Meryame Kitir Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium and so many more for their commitments to the most vulnerable in our world.

Check out Global Citizen’s impact report here to find out about the details. 

     

Eröffnung des ersten “SDG Dialogforum Österreich: Building forward mit der Agenda 2030”

Am 28. September 2021 wurde das allererste “SDG Dialogforum Österreich: Building forward mit der Agenda 2030” als hybrides Format im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien eröffnet.

Das Forum war das Ergebnis monatelanger Vorbereitungen und engagierter Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Kooperationspartnern: der Republik Österreich, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, SDG Watch Austria, und des Naturhistorischen Museum Wiens.

Als neues und innovatives Format bildet das SDG Dialogforum eine Grundlage für Partnerschaften zwischen Politik, Verwaltung, Zivilgesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft, ganz im Sinne von SDG 17 – Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele, in Österreich. 

Das Forum wurde von Karoline Edtstadler, Bundesministerin für EU und Verfassung eröffnet, und Begrüßungsworten von Margarete Schramböck, Bundesministerin für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Generalsekretär im Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Ban Ki-moon, 8. UN-Generalsekretär und Co-chair des Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Katrin Vohland, Generaldirektorin und wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin des Naturhistorischen Museum Wiens, und Thomas Alge, Geschäftsführer Ökobüro/ Steuerungsgruppe SDG Watch Austria beigetragen. Moderiert wurde die Veranstaltung von Ban Ki-moon Centre (BKMC) CEO Monika Froehler.

 
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„Der Schwung, der mit der Präsentation von Österreichs ersten Freiwilligen Nationalen Bericht zur Umsetzung der Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele SDGs gekommen ist, den gilt es jetzt aufrechtzuerhalten. Daher ist die heutige Veranstaltung ein weiterer Meilenstein auf unseren Weg bis 2030.“ – Bundesministerin für EU und Verfassung im Bundeskanzleramt Karoline Edtstadler

     
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Ich freue mich, dass Österreich in diesem Forum zusammenkommt, um darüber nachzudenken, wie sich COVID-19 auf die Fortschritte des Landes bei den SDGs ausgewirkt hat, und um Prioritäten für die Zukunft zu setzen.“ – 8th UN Secretary-General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Ban Ki-moon

 

Mit einem besonderen Schwerpunkt auf entsprechende Innovationen in den Themenbereichen:

  • Digitalisierung
  • Klimaschutz und Klimawandelanpassung
  • Frauen, Jugend und „Leaving no one behind“
  • Österreich im globalen Kontext

wurden Ideen, Lösungen und konkrete Fragen gesammelt von eingeladenen Teilnehmer aus der Zivilgesellschaft, den Bundesministerien, dem Parlament, der Wissenschaft und der Wirtschaft, zu den Hauptthemen des Freiwilligen Nationalen Umsetzungsberichts (FNU), welchen Österreich im Juli 2019 den Vereinten Nationen präsentierte.

In der Berichterstattung der Innovationspools wurden zwei konkrete Fragen an die Mitglieder der österreichischen Bundesregierung sowie ExpertInnen und Experten in der „Club 2“-Diskussionsrunde gestellt. Danach folgte die kulturelle Intervention, wo sich der Künstler, Filmemacher und Umweltaktivist Edgar Honetschläger Gedanken zu Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung machte. 


Die Club 2-Diskussion fand statt mit Karoline Edtstadler, Bundesministerin für EU und Verfassung, Leonore Gewessler, Bundesministerin für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie, Wolfgang Mückstein, Bundesminister für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz, Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Sonderbeauftragte des österreichischen Bundeskanzlers und Leiterin von ThinkAustria, der Stabstelle für Strategie, Analyse und Planung im Bundeskanzleramt, und Nicola Brandt, Leiterin des OECD Berlin Centre. Moderiert wurde die Club 2-Diskussion von PULS 4-Infodirektorin Corinna Milborn.

 
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„Wir müssen einen Dialog auf Augenhöhe etablieren, uns intensiv auf allen Ebenen damit auseinandersetzen, um eine Balance zu finden, wie man Forderungen besser ausgleichen kann.“ – Bundesministerin für EU und Verfassung im Bundeskanzleramt Karoline Edtstadler

     
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„Unsere Aufgabe als Politik ist es, die größte Transformation im Klimaschutz zu gestalten, vor der wir jemals gestanden sind…. Der Klimaschutz wird ein riesiger Digitalisierungsschub.” –  Bundesministerin für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie Leonore Gewessler 

     
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„Es ist die Aufgabe des Ministeriums für Menschen die Möglichkeiten zu schaffen, um gute Entscheidungen zu treffen, z.B. über ein verbessertes Herkunftslabel.“ – Bundesminister für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz Wolfgang Mückstein

     
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„Es ist ein Bewusstsein entstanden, dass man Krisen nur global lösen kann. Es muss mehr Bemühungen geben, den Impfstoff in alle Länder zu bringen, und insbesondere gefährdete Personen zu immunisieren.” – Leiterin des OECD Berlin Centre Nicola Brandt

     

Abschließend, wurden Schlussworte von UNODC Exekutiv Direktorin, Generaldirektorin UN-Office in Wien Ghada Waly und von BKMC CEO Monika Froehler geteilt:  

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„Ich bin Österreich, unserem Gastland, dankbar für das starke Engagement für die SDGs. Die UNO in Wien wird mit Ihnen allen für einen inklusiven, vernetzten Multilateralismus arbeiten, um eine gerechtere, nachhaltigere Zukunft aufzubauen.“ – UNODC Exekutiv Direktorin, Generaldirektorin UN-Office in Wien Ghada Waly

 

 

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„… Wir haben einen Planeten A. Wir haben keinen Planeten B. Wir haben einen Plan A und das sind die SDGs.“- CEO des Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Monika Froehler

       

Insgesamt konnte das Forum über 548 Teilnehmer (live und virtuell) begrüßen, und erreichte zusätzlich über 20.000 Zuseher durch diverse Streamings.

Das BKMC bedankt sich bei allen Kooperationspartner für ihren unermüdlichen Einsatz für den Erfolg des ersten SDG Dialogforums Österreich. Unser Dank geht auch an das Naturhistorische Museum Wien für die Ausrichtung des Forums.

Wir hoffen, dass das SDG Dialogforum Österreich nur das erste von vielen ist.

Um den Zugang zu dieser Veranstaltung inklusiv zu gestalten, wurde eine Interpretation von GebärdendolmetscherInnen und grafische Aufzeichnungen angeboten.

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Das Album zur Veranstaltung finden Sie unten. 

SDG Dialogforum Österreich


On 28 September 2021, the first-ever “SDG Dialogforum Österreich” took place in a hybrid format at the Natural History Museum of Vienna. The forum was the result of months of dedicated preparation and collaboration by the co-organizersthe BKMC, the Austrian Government, SDG Watch Austriaand the Natural History Museum of Vienna.  

To curate ideas, solutions, and concrete questions for decision-makers, the forum began with four separate breakout sessions or so-called “Innovation Pools” on the main themes of Austria’s Voluntary National Review (VNR), which was presented to the United Nations in July 2019: 

  • Digitalization 
  • Climate mitigation and adaptation 
  • Women, Youth and Leaving no one behind 
  • Austria in a global context

Following the closed session, the forum had an official opening segment, featuring speeches and video statements from Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister for EU and Consitution, Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digitalization and Economic Affair, Peter Launsky Tieffenthal, General Secretary at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, and Ban Ki-moon,  8. UN-Secretary-General und Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Katrin Vohland,  Scientific Director of the Natural History Museum Vienna, und Thomas Alge, Director of Ökobüro/ Steuerungsgruppe SDG Watch Austria. BKMC Monika Froehler moderated the event. 

After the opening, rapporteurs, pre-selected speakers on behalf of each of the four Innovation Pools, shared the outcomes of their discussions. In addition, they shared questions for the high-level decision makers gathered. 

With the close of the reporting, a cultural invention was presented featuring a video prepared by the artist and film-marker Edgar Honetschläger. 

Following the cultural intervention, the Club 2 discussion took place, featuring Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister for EU and Consitution, Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Wolfgang Mückstein, Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Special Advisor to the Austrian Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria, und Nicola Brandt, Head of OECD Berlin Centre. It was moderated by PULS 4-Information Director Corinna Milborn. 

The ministers and high-level representatives addressed the questions posed by the Innovation Pools and reflected on Austria’s efforts to implement Agenda 2030 to date. After the Club 2, a concluding statement was shared from Ghada WalyDirector-General, UN Office at Vienna and Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime. 

Overall, the event saw over 548 participants (live and virtual) and additionally reached over 20.000 through various streaming. 

The BKMC thanks all co-organizers for their tireless efforts to make the first Dialogforum Austria such a success. Additionally, we are grateful to the Natural History Museum of Vienna for hosting the forum. 

We hope this is only the first of many to come. 

Watch the full recording in German HERE.

Coldplay Supports the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Call for Climate Action

Coldplay’s call to action echoed the urging of Indonesian climate advocates, who co-signed a letter to President Joko Widodo, widely known throughout the country as Jokowi, to reaffirm Indonesia’s commitments to protecting rainforests from deforestation, investing in renewable energy, and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre is an official partner of Global Citizen through a joint program Elevating Agricultural Adaptation and will be attending Global Citizen Live in Paris, where we will see a massive call to action, spanning seven continents and bringing together over 70 artists, activists, and leaders in our push for an equitable end to the COVID-19 pandemic, relief for the hunger crisis, protecting the environment, and more. 

Join us to advocate for the climate resilience of smallholder farmers around the world by championing them and calling on world leaders to strengthen food security. Check out this link for actions you can take! 

Watch the livestream here:

Opening Week of the Women’s Empowerment Programme Latin America (WEP)

On July 12, 2021, we launched the Women’s Empowerment Programme (WEP) Latin America, which brings together 20 young women changemakers from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras and Peru. Cooperating with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Doha Declaration (UNODC) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA)the fully virtual WEP will take place between July 2021 and March 2022. Thanks to the financial support of the State of Qatar, the selected young leaders were equipped with Global Citizen Fellowships to embark on this journey together with the BKMC. From July to September the GC Fellows will take part in an intensive leadership trainingpreparing them to implement an SDG Micro-Project in the months to come 

Orientation Session 

The initial orientation session of the WEP gave an overview of the training programme and provided the opportunity for the fellows to meet and get to know each other. They shared their inspiring backgrounds as young professionals in international and environmental affairs, the education and NGO sector, as well as being founders of their own initiatives.

SDGs, Global Citizenship, and SDG Micro-Projects: Turning Ideas into Action

On the 14th of July, CEO Monika Froehler introduced the mission and vision of the BKMC. The fellows subsequently voted on the strongest statements they would use to describe the concept of global citizenship and the relation between justice and the SDGs.   

Global Citizenship Education Expert d’Arcy Lunn then elaborated on how to turn ideas into action. After an inspiring session, the fellows felt more motivated to be changemakers for the SDGs. 

SDG Micro-Project Ideation Workshop

On the following day, the cohort got together for a workshop on SDG Micro-Project Ideation, facilitated by COO Katrin Harvey, Program Officer Viola Christian and Project Intern Anna Koessler. Split up into small teams, the fellows practiced their skills to spot a challenge, find a solution, and innovate an SDG Micro-Project.

With 10 weeks of intensive training ahead of them, the GC Fellows, now have a solid understanding on Global Citizenship, the SDGs and SDG Micro-Projects. We cannot wait to see what initiatives they will pursue as their very own SDG Micro-Projects.

BAN KI-MOON STAGE at the RELX INSPIRATION DAY

On June 22nd, RELX hosted the seventh SDG Inspiration Day in collaboration with several organizations including the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Global Citizen, UN Global Compact India, UN Global Compact UK. The virtual event explored the topic Mobilising Business for a Better World: Accelerating Business Action on the #SDGs. Watch all the sessions right here. 

This year the event hosted a Ban Ki-moon stage with opening remarks from the former United Nations Secretary-General himself. “We need everyone’s engagement. If we want this global roadmap to succeed by 2030, the contribution of businesses is essential. I am proud to have expanded and mainstreamed the UN Global Compact, which ensures that business is done both sustainably and responsibly.”…watch his full message below:

The same stage also hosted an interactive session moderated by BKMC CEO Monika Froehler joined by Youth Council Member of the World Humanitarian Forum and SDG Ambition Leader of UN Global Compact, Kenneth Kwok, Operations Consultant and Global Citizen Scholar Akosua Pepra, and Executive Director, UNGC India, Shabnam Siddiqui.

 

The session titled Mobilising future business leaders on the SDGs focused on the role of youth entrepreneurship and activism when it comes to achieving the 2030 Agenda. A key takeaway is to make the process of SDG implementation much general conclusion was that youth are seen as agents of implementation, but not seen as strategic partners who can join the decision table. Akosua demanded, “I think it is time to see youth as really important stakeholders in strategy and planning.”

Get more information about Relx Inspiration Day here. 

„Only the Beginning“– Closing of the ASEAN Youth for SDGs Webinar Series

Throughout a two-month period, 33 young leaders from the Southeast Asian Region took part in the ASEAN Youth for SDGs Webinar Series, organized by the BKMC in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). After participating in two webinars and one side event at the margins of the 14th UN Crime Congress, the ASEAN youth representatives were put in charge of planning their own SDG Micro-Projects during a one-month SDG Micro-Project Incubator phase. 

At the end of the Incubator, 33 SDG Micro-Project plans were submitted, accompanied by video pitches putting forth 33 innovative solutions to tackle local challenges and, thus, contribute to the SDGs.

On April 29th we celebrated the closing of the ASEAN Youth for SDGs Webinar Series. As a special highlight, each of the participants received their Certificate of Participation and a unique illustration of their SDG Micro-Project, designed by the artist Kat J. Weiss. The three most compelling video pitches were streamed during the event, demonstrating the immense potential that lies within to act as global citizens. Check out the illustrations at our online exhibition below:

     

Co-chair Heinz Fischer and UNODC Programme Officers Lulua Assad and Gilberto Duarte provided congratulatory remarks and the event provided the opportunity to reminisce about their learnings and experiences throughout the webinar series.

The cohort agreed that this was only the beginning and that the webinar series motivated them to actively contribute to the SDGs and turn their ideas into action. Congratulations to all! 

Looking for some inspiration to turn your ideas into action? Have a look at our album of action here and check out the video about the ASEAN Youth for SDGs Webinar Series below:

 

“One planet, one future – engaging youths for #SDGs”

On March 26th, the Dewey Centre hosted the event “One planet, one future – engaging youths for #SDGs” from Beijing, China, in partnership with the BKMC. The event was the second session of the new Dewey Global Dialogues series engaging young people in China with renowned international experts to inspire a generation of future leaders acting and leading with passion and compassion to build a better future.

The online dialogue welcomed Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-chair and 11th President of Austria, Heinz Fischer as well as Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Kim Won-soo and BKMC CEO Monika Froehler. Selected BKMC Fellows and Scholars also joined the panelists to discuss the importance of inclusive policies and how youth can tackle the SDGs in their own communities.  

“The fight against #climatechange is a fight to change the mind & attitudes of billions of people around the globe. #Young people are taking great strides in this fight. We are on the right path but will we be fast enough?” Co-chair Heinz Fischer

The young delegates had the opportunity to present the work they do addressing the SDGs in their own communities. BKMC Fellows Fay and Daad as well as BKMC Mentee Nesrin talked about how individual action is very important in reaching the 2030 Agenda and creating inclusive policies that leave no one behind. The young women were also able to ask questions directly to BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer about his thoughts on the serious lack of representation of women, youth, and marginalized people in policies around the world. Check out the BKMC youth representatives SDG Micro-Projects here. 

The clear message of the event was that the great task of the next generation is to manage this progress and make it fair – leaving no one behind.

The BKMC is looking forward to its future cooperation with the Dewey Centre and to many more challenging dialogues in the coming year. Together we can inspire a future generation of leaders embracing culture, diversity, creativity, compassion, and innovation.

Watch the full event below: 

Stay tuned for more information on this initiative!

ASEAN YOUTH FOR THE SDGs

The ASEAN Youth for SDGs Webinar Series aims to  elevate the knowledge and skills of 33 youth  representatives to effectively contribute to the SDGs,  take action,  and become SDG leaders in their communities. The program boasts three stages including, two expert webinars, one high-level side event as well as an SDG Micro-Project incubation period.

Under the umbrella of the UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) “Southeast Asian Youth Empowerment Dialogue” the representatives took part in two webinars one focusing on the SDGs, Global Citizenship, and SDG Micro-Project Implementation, and a second interactive ideation session with brainstorming and group presentations.

   

On March 11, the young participants took part in a virtual side event connecting them with Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at UNODC Billy Batware, BKMC Global Citizen Scholar 2020 Barbara Nakijoba & Asia Coordinator for United Network of Young Peacebuilders Mridul Upadhyay. Gaining first-hand insights into the Kyoto Crime Congress the representatives discussed crime prevention through youth empowerment & global networks for SDG 16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

 

The last phase of the program was launched on March 17 by CEO Monika Froehler and Program Officer Viola Christian. The SDG Micro-Project incubation phase will allow the 33 ASEAN youth delegates to spot a challenge and suggest a solution related to the disruption of education in times of COVID-19, youth unemployment, the digital literacy gap in rural and urban areas, mental health, and inclusive growth.

Stay tuned here for all the updates.

The ASEAN Youth for SDGs Webinar Series is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and is funded by the Government of Japan.

Conversation with Young Global Citizens

BKMC COO Katrin Harvey joined a group of young global citizens from France, USA, and Canada to discuss the idea behind global citizenship and how youth can be involved.

On 21.12.2020, COO Katrin Harvey was invited to an interactive chat, as a part of the World Series organized by the Young Global Citizens, a cross-border initiative to educate pupils of every age about global citizenship. The international audience ranged from elementary school to high school students as well as their teachers, all interested in becoming more involved with the Sustainable Development Goals and tackling climate change.

Hear from the students themselves:

“Hello! I am Jade and I am 12 years old from Blessed Sacrament School in Vancouver, Canada. 2 years ago we started working on a movement that would bring young people together to shape a better world. We felt even elementary-age students had something valuable to contribute, and talents and skills to share. Together, we created Young Global Citizens with our teachers and parents. Today we are leading series of interviews around the world to find out what it means to be a Global Citizen. A cause that I am passionate about is sharing about my culture, which is the Filipino culture. I am also a proud Canadian and I want everyone to feel welcome in this movement. That is what it means to be a Global Citizen, that we value and accept everyone.

“Hello my name is Sean, and I am 12 years old. Like Jade, I am from Vancouver where we started the idea of promoting positive values and making a difference. One thing I am passionate about is ocean life and water in general. I love fishing, I love swimming, and I love drinking water. I am worried ocean life is being devastated by climate change. That is why I am an active Young Global Citizen. I want to meet with scientists and learn real science and what science can do to find lasting sustainable solutions for our planet.”

Young Global Citizens is conducting series of Zoom interviews with business, cultural, political, and social leaders around the globe who are also trying to enact change. Their goal is to build a global coalition and report to Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau on our findings.

Watch the full event below:

Program Officer Julia Zimmerman & GC Scholar Ruvimbo Samanga at Goals Afrika Awareness Campaign: SDGs and Agenda 2063 for Africa

On February 15, 2021, BKMC Program Officer Julia Zimmerman and Global Citizen Scholar 2020 Ruvimbo Samanga joined as speakers at the opening ceremony of “Goals Afrika Awareness Campaign: SDGs and Agenda 2063 for Africa.”

Goals Afrika is an international NGO based in South Africa and operational in 14 African countries, that is aiming to achieve sustainable development in the regions of Africa by promoting citizenship diplomacy. Together with Goals Afrika Co-founder and Permanent Secretary David Kasibante, Youth Advocate for Sustainable Development Deon Shekuza and UN Resident Coordinator Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, BKMC Program Officer Julia Zimmerman and GC Scholar 2020 Ruvimbo Samanga joined for the opening ceremony of the campaign to discuss the SDGs, Agenda 2063 for Africa and the opportunities of instilling a ‘global citizen’ mindset and empowering women and youth for the realization of these ambitious agendas.

In her presentation, GC Scholar 2020 Ruvimbo Samanga emphasized that networks, financial funding, and partnerships are key enabling factors for women’s empowerment. 

“Education is the first stepping stone to empowering women” – Ruvimbo Samanga

She shared her personal journey with different women-led initiatives, the Rotaract Club, the UOOSA Space4Women + Space4Water and the Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Program 2020. All of these opportunities helped enable her participation in the ICT sector and made it possible for her to contribute to the SDGs through projects like her SDG Micro-Project ‘AgriSpace’ which provides farmers in Zimbabwe with agricultural data through Satellite Technologies for sustainable farming.

BKMC Program Officer Julia Zimmerman’s presentation centered on the importance of adapting a “global citizen mindset” for the achievement of the SDGs and the value proposition of empowering youth and women as active shapers of our collective sustainable future. She emphasized that achieving both the SDGs and Agenda 2063 should not be viewed only as a challenge, but also as an incredible opportunity for African communities.

“Women and youth are our greatest resources for achieving a sustainable future for us all.” – Julia Zimmerman

Creating supportive networks and partnerships and empowering women and youth as global citizen leaders, are great opportunities to advance Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 in Africa. Julia also presented some examples of the BKMC’s work, including the Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholarship Program 2020 which produced outstanding SDG Micro-Projects led by six African changemakers, and the three online courses offered by the Centre on the SDGs, Global Citizenship and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, which are all freely available on the website of the BKMC for interested individuals.

     

The Launch Campaign ended with an engaging Q&A and a call for more investment into women and youth in African countries.

Stay tuned for our next call for applications for the Global Citizen Scholarship Program 2021.

To find out more about Goals Afrika & Agenda 2063 in Africa click here