Youth Leaders from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao gathered for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2030 Project is a non-profit, youth-led, and volunteer-based sustainable goals initiative in the Philippines, driven by youth leaders from all over the country. It aims to create a network of young leaders and organizations to further advocacies and projects aligned with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. Its mission is to train the under-served and unserved Filipino youth by encouraging the creation of sustainable solutions in their own communities.

Recently, during the Global Goals month, hundreds of youth leaders from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao gathered for the Leaders Unite event, which was organized by The 2030 Project.

The Leaders Unit Summit featured 17 exceptional leaders from each major island of the Philippines, who are known as the SDG Youth Champions. They aim to create an impact in their communities through their advocacies, which are aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Aside from recognizing the 2018 SDG Youth Champions, the leaders also shared their experience through a series of panel discussions focused on ending poverty, tackling climate change, and fighting inequalities.

At the event, Leaders Unite 2018 and the 2018 SDG Youth Champions were also recognized by major government agencies, including the Office of the President and Office of the Vice President.

“I am delighted that The 2030 Project has spearheaded this event to create more awareness among our youth about the UN SDGs and to build a stronger network of youth leaders who will champion the interest of their communities. May this gathering further inspire the participants to become a pillar of support in our region and to pursue their respective advocacies in their localities. To this year’s SDG Youth Champions, I trust that you will continue to be agents of hope as you carry out endeavors that will redound to the benefit of our nation,” shared President Rodrigo Roa Dueterte.

“To the 2018 Sustainable Development Goals Youth Champions, congratulations! This event is a testament to your devotion in creating transformative change in your communities, sacrificing time and effort to stay to your advocacies. I am confident that you will further this culture of excellence as you continue to serve the country,” added Vice President Leni Robredo.

The 2030 Project is a great example of a youth organization that can pull off such a huge event with only collaboration and volunteerism.

With regard to the next steps of the organization, Miguel Lopez, founder and president of The 2030 Project, shared: “The third successful installment of Leaders Unite shows that the youth today is committed to creating programs that have greater social value. This is just the beginning as we have programs dedicated to scale up the leadership capacity of the recently elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Through this program, we can ensure that the new generation of SK will be focused on ensuring transformative changes in their barangays.”

The 2030 Project’s #OurGoals is a nationwide capacity training program, in partnership with local government units, which aim to train Filipino youth leaders, helping them to craft and execute sustainable programs for their communities.

For more information, visit The 2030 Project on Facebook: @The2030Project.

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