Agenda 2030 STI Forum side event on youth empowerment for global challenges action through science, technology and innovation



First Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

New York, 6-7 June 2016

Side Event

Youth Empowerment for Agenda 2030 Climate Action through Science, Technology and Innovation

Date: 7 June 2016, 1:15-2:30 PM EDT; Venue: Conference Room 11, UN Conference Building, New York City

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Event description:

The event is responding to the guiding question 4) of the STI ForumHow can we deploy existing knowledge and new, innovative solutions and technologies and make them more readily available to those who need them?” with a particular focus on young people and their potentials and needs with regard to implementation of the sustainable development #Agenda2030 and with regard to transition to low-carbon societies as agreed to in the #ParisAgreement at United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22 in December 2015 in Paris.

The “Global Challenges Youth Centers” concept will be presented as globally coordinated local level entry points for youth engagement in Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement implementation and “Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship” as technology oriented large scale resource mobilization mechanism for youth led climate action.

The side event builds on

       Major Group NGO’s Rio+20 Issues Cluster on Innovation

       the GloCha conference 2014 “Sustainable Development, Innovation and Youth – Building the Knowledge Base and Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure for Youth Led Civic Engagement in Local and Global Sustainable Development Action” and

       the climate change session of 2016 ECOSOC Youth Forum and

aims to present and discuss concrete examples of youth empowerment for global challenges action through science, technology and innovation.

The outcomes of the side event shall help formulate a conceptual framework for youth focused technology facilitation and entrepreneurship capacity building in the context of Agenda 2030 based on blended financing from local and global public, market based and philanthropic sources and with a view towards identification of strategic social impact investment opportunities in the context of Global Challenges Giving Pledge initiative.


       Miroslav Polzer (IAAI and GloCha Foundation New York), Welcome & Overview IAAI GloCha Youth Initiatives

       Rosa Lizarde (World We Want 2030 PSG Co-Chair), WorldWeWant2030 – Giving Young People a Voice in UN

       Margo LaZaro (Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, UN NGO Representative of International Council of Women & Global Family), Empowering Youth Innovative Social Impact Projects with the SDGs

       Moa Herrgard (Major Group Children and Youth Science-Policy Interface Task Force) 

      Cleopatra Mbali Masinga (IAAI) – presentation of “GloCha Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurs” project initiative

–     Pedro Piqueras, PhD student at University of California – Riverside

       Douglas Ragan (Chief, Youth and Livelihoods at UN-HABITAT), Agenda 2030, Cities & Opportunities for Young People

       Minna Aslama Horowitz, St. John’s University, GloCha Fdt New York & GESCI ICT Innovation & Education incubator

Kenya (video message) – Creating enabling ecosystems for young social entrepreneurs in the context of Agenda 2030

       Tony Abdel ghany, social entrepreneur & Andrea Chaves, TYWLSA, Empowering Young Women through STI                                                                                                                                                                                         

Moa Herrgard

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