6th Sustainable Development Goals Youth Summer Camp
Since the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly, UN Member States have taken voluntary actions to achieve this transformative agenda. However, the rate of global progress is not keeping pace with the aspirations of the member states, and societies are still confronted with daunting challenges such as climate change, inequalities, environmental degradation, energy crises, lack of public services, and most recently, COVID-19 pandemic that has drastically impacted societies at all levels. To address these problems, it is imperative for all stakeholders to take immediate action and accelerate initiatives. At this decade of action, one stakeholder – ‘Youth’ is of primary importance in forging leadership, ideas, momentum, and hope to facilitate change and build constructive solutions.
According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, young people hold the key to creative solutions, and as digital natives, they can drive innovation and accelerate progress. Young people are essential partners for development as they amplify outreach and multiply impact. Thus, youth actively striving to further advance their knowledge, skills and mindsets for sustainable development is vital to the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the Decade of Action.
Acknowledging the role of youth in sustainable development, organizations and governments alike have established strategies to raise youth’s awareness and capacity for the SDGs. For instance, “Youth 2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy” was launched in 2018 by the UN Secretary-General to enlarge the youth’s participation in peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development. It also seeks to strengthen the UN’s capacity to engage young people and learn from their innovative views, insights, and ideas in more ‘coordinated, coherent, and holistic manner’ . The UN also has a youth network, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth, for conducting peer-learning programmes to improve youth engagement and knowledge. With more opportunities to pioneer innovative solutions to address the world's biggest challenges, young people can be a major driving force for the implementation of the SDGs.
In this context, UNOSD has developed the capacities of youth on Sustainable Development since the office’s inception a decade ago. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, UNOSD began organizing the SDGs Youth Summer Camps annually to empower youth leaders to think critically and get engaged in implementing the SDGs. Since its first summer camp in 2017, UNOSD trained nearly 200 youth thus far.
The 6th SDGs Youth Summer Camp will be held In-Person at the Yonsei University International Campus, Incheon, Republic of Korea from Tuesday, 16 August to Friday, 19 August 2022.
Concept Note (updated as of 4 May 2022)
- No registration fee
- Those who successfully complete the programme will receive a certificate of participation.
- Accommodation and meals will be provided (*participants will be responsible for covering their own transportation to and from the venue).
The objectives of the SDGs Summer Camp will include but are not limited to the following:
- Build and enhance knowledge of the youth on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Foster youth leadership skills, with design-thinking, critical-thinking, and engagement through dialogues and exercises on SDG implementation specifically on SDG-4 (Quality Education), SDG-15 (Life on Land), and SDG-17 (Partnerships for the Goals);
- Provide opportunities for networking among youth; and
- Expand the host institution’s partnership with youth leaders for the SDGs.
- Any Korean nationals and foreigners born between 1994 and 2004 are eligible (up to 50 participants will be selected).
- The participants will be selected based on their motivation, capacities, and English proficiency while ensuring gender and geographical balance.
- Application Form: https://forms.gle/8FVssYvT7CWqPhRs5
- Application Period: Monday, 9 May to Tuesday, 31 May, 2022
- English Proficiency Test Score: Internationally and domestically accredited Tests (only TOEIC, TOEIC SPEAKING, OPIC, TOEFL, TEPS or IELTS) are accepted.
- Those who have completed education in English speaking countries are not required to submit English proficiency test scores. Instead, please attach a copy of graduation certificate as proof.
After the Summer Camp, the participants will be able to:
- Communicate on the role of youth in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
- Gain knowledge on SDG-4, 15, and 17 and its interlinkages with other SDGs;
- Understand design thinking methodology as a tool to accelerate effective SDGs implementation; and
- Apply design thinking to the development of prototype solutions to advance the SDGs.
This event will be organized by UNOSD, the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Design Factory Korea of Yonsei University, and the Korean Environment Corporation (K-eco).