Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017

What are the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards? They’re all about supporting and celebrating inspirational young people aged 35 or under from all over the world with existing initiatives, products or services that are tackling some of the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges!

In partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, in collaboration with Ashoka, Unilever is looking for innovative and scalable technologies or initiatives that are contributing to one or more of the following four categories:

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SDG Academy: Free course on Climate Action

SDG Academy is offering a free online course that explores climate solutions and some of the actions individuals and communities can take in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, decarbonize the economy, and ensure a safe and prosperous future for all.

In this 12 week course, taught by  professors and researchers from Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD), some of the topics covered in depth include:

Webinar: “Agriculture in Our Future: The Voice of Youth”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from experts about the role of youth in reshaping the future of food production and consumption, and their necessary inclusion in reforming the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Webinar brought to you by Youth Solutions Report partner, Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition.

Webinar: Jeffrey Sachs on Youth and Sustainable Development

On May 2nd (9am EST),  Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), together with Sam Loni (Global Coordinator, SDSN Youth), will be hosting an online webinar to discuss youth and sustainable development.

The webinar is a unique opportunity to learn more about the role young people can play in achieving sustainable development, and a chance to bring your voices and questions to the table.

#GOExplorer Twitter Chat with Sustainia

Youth Solutions Report partner, Sustainia, just launched its new digital platform – the Global Opportunity Explorer – offering direct access to the most innovative solutions and emerging market opportunities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a joint project between Sustainia, DNV GL and the UN Global Compact, the platform is the culmination of over 5 years’ research, across 45 markets, and features more than 300 solutions.

#FoodSustainability Twitter Chat with Barilla CFN

Just before Earth Day, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, in partnership with the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, hosted a Twitter chat on food sustainability to engage on some of the issues featured in its Food Sustainability Report . As part of my Twitter takeover for SDSN Youth, I shared a few policy suggestions and youth solutions in response to questions on global hunger, food waste, and sustainable land management.

Youth Solutions Report Portal Launched

This week, the youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network launched its online portal featuring 50 sustainable development projects led by young people around the world. You can now search projects across each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to learn more about the places they work in and the scale of their community impact.

Many of the projects included in the portal are also presented through the support of sustainability and social entrepreneurial partners like Ashoka, the Resolution Project, and Sustainia.

World Happiness Report 2017

This International Day of Happiness, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network released the 5th edition of its World Happiness Report featuring rankings of the 155 happiest (and least happiest) countries of 2017. The report also takes a closer look at what determines work happiness, effective ways to eliminate misery, and digs deeper at just how important health is over income.

Understanding happiness in all its global contexts is gradually being recognized in the international public policy sphere as a way of measuring social progress and its impact on other Sustainable Development Goals.

#GoodFoodMedia Twitter Chat with the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Today, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, together with Youth Solutions Report partner, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition hosted a joint Twitter chat to discuss issues associated with food waste and practical solutions to be applied.

As part of my Twitter takeover for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth, I shared a few food waste challenges, and possible suggestions, including one of our youth solutions, Too Good To Go: an app that connects hungry consumers with surplus food from restaurants, bakeries, and others.

#SustainiaLiving Twitter Chat

Earlier this week, Scandinavian think tank, Sustainia, and climate NGO, The Climate Reality Project (founded by former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore), hosted a #SustainiaLiving Twitter chat to examine some of our everyday choices and how they affect our creation of a more sustainable future.

As part of my SDSN Youth Twitter take over, I joined in on the conversation and shared a few examples from our recently launched Youth Solutions Report. From climate-smart agriculture to solutions addressing food waste, we hope to continue showing how young people are actively working to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality!