Over 8,000 Applications Received for 2018 Class of UN Young Leaders for Sustainable Development

Following the period for sending the applications, for the 2018 class Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, more than 8,000 submissions from 184 countries were received by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

The UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, is a flagship initiative of the Envoy intended to recognize and engage exceptional young people who are leaders in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

A Selection Committee comprised of leaders from government, the United Nations, civil society and the private sector reviewed a short list of candidates in the past few months in order to determine the final 17 Young Leaders.

The “Class of 2018” will be announced ahead of the UN General Assembly high level week in September.

The members of the High-level Selection Committee are:

  • Crystal Barnes – Vice-president of Nielsen Foundation
  • Kate Robertson Founder, One Young World
  • Max Trejo – Secretary General, International Youth Organization for Iberoamerica
  • Romulo Dantas – Executive Secretary for Youth Empowerment, YMCA International
  • Samson Itodo – Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy
  • Shamma Al-Mazrui – Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates
  • Kathy Calvin – President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
  • Muzoon Almellehan – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Refugees’ Education Advocate
  • Ulla Tørnæs – Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark
  • Paul Polman – CEO Unilever, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
  • Richard Curtis – Co-Founder Comic Relief, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate

Successful candidates were selected based on robust criteria, including:

  • Their demonstrated achievements in promoting and advancing sustainable development and youth participation;
  • Their personal influence within their respective fields and reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership;
  • The ability to command an audience, influence their contemporaries and inspire their constituents;
  • Their demonstrated integrity, commitment to the SDGs and core values of the UN.