March 18, 2019 tedplayer1

Connected For Global Goals

According to the “Global Index of Slavery”, currently, there are 40,3 million slaves in the world.

“What can a single person change anyway?” We are all familiar with this question. It is a sentence we hear in the middle of a hot conversation or a slinking thought in our head once in a while. But we have to keep in mind that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and a single action will go a long way.

However, the more connected we are with our environment, societies and each other, the more impactful our actions will become. We should take every chance to think beyond individual actions and connect with each other to get louder.

On 25th September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), consisting of a set of bold Global Goals to tackle extreme poverty, climate change, stark inequalities, etc. throughout the world. However, according to YouthSpeak Survey, 55% of the Austrian youth are not aware of the SDGsmore than the half of our young population is not aware of the change they are capable of enabling, for a better future.

We, as youth, should make the change we want to see in the world, ourselves. The future depends on us. We should aim to reach every young person and equip them know their role and contribution towards achieving the change.

In order to commit and achieve the UNs Global Goals, AIESEC created the Youth4GlobalGoals initiative. In this context, YouthSpeak Forums are happening at a global level every year. In fact, since 2015, 93,000 delegates and 1000 partners are were connected in 300 forums to act towards the global goals.

All over the world during YouthSpeak Forum, delegates have the chance to share ideas, get inspired through the social connections and widen their perspectives with an open-minded network. Eventually create actionable plans in order to achieve our Global Goals by 2030.

In Vienna, once again, Youth Speak Forum, will take it a notch higher on 19th March with over 200 delegates and many partners.

By Asli Ertem