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United Nations Global Compact to engage young business professionals in advancing the SDGs

06.02.2019 Share

Young professionals seen as key to driving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Global Compact announced two initiatives to engage young business professionals in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN Global Compact Young SDG Innovators Programme will activate future business leaders to rethink the business models of their companies by guiding them through a series of action learning workshops and providing them opportunities to access and apply learnings from global leaders on the SDGs and innovation.

“We are excited to help young professionals innovate new business solutions to address today’s global challenges,” said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact at the launch of the programme in Denmark. “This new programme provides a unique platform for young business leaders to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to shaping the sustainable businesses of the future."

The Young SDG Innovators Programme will be kicked off by Global Compact Network Denmark and implemented by Global Compact Local Networks in nearly a dozen countries around the world this year. It will create a global network of future business leaders equipped to design the businesses of the future and help large and small companies unlock new opportunities while delivering on the SDGs.

Also announced, is the annual search for UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers— business leaders who are using business as a force for good to advance the SDGs. Recognizing the creativity and innovative perspectives that many young business leaders can bring and the passion for sustainability that is characterizing the younger generations, the UN Global Compact will this year focus the search on young business leaders aged 35 and under.

The Young SDG Innovators Programme and the 2019 SDG Pioneers programme are both supported by the Tuborg Foundation and launched in Copenhagen at an event organized by Global Compact Network Denmark and the Tuborg Foundation.