These change makers will work with Generation17’s first cohort of young leaders, who have already advanced 10 of the 17 Global Goals in more than 50 countries.
Samsung Electronics today announced that four additional young leaders will join Generation17, a joint initiative with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the 17 Global Goals, or Sustainable Development Goals. Together, they constitute an urgent call for action around the world to build peace and prosperity for people and the planet by 2030.
“We are proud to expand our mission and use our global reach and useful innovations to support a new group of inspiring young activists, who once again share Samsung’s commitment to delivering meaningful solutions that bring communities together. “, said Stephanie Choi, SVP & Head of Marketing of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “These four leaders are full members of the Galaxy community, and they have our full support and encouragement to continue to rally together to advance the global goals and help build a better future for all.
This group of Generation 17 youth leaders is made up of four visionaries who fight inequalities and human rights issues and educate their generation on global goals in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Is:
- Daniel Calarco (Brazil): A 23-year-old human rights activist who founded the International Youth Watch to create better opportunities for young people from marginalized communities.
- Nadine Khaouli (Lebanon): A 25-year-old community activist who is leading disaster relief efforts for Lebanon in response to the Beirut port explosion in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic through her organization Kafe be Kafak.
- Yejin Choi (South Korea): A 26-year-old cognitive therapist became CEO who founded DoBrain, an AI-powered mobile app that aims to improve early education opportunities for children with disabilities.
- Yurii Romashko (Ukraine): A 28-year-old transparency advocate who founded the Institute of Analysis and Advocacy think tank, which empowers his community to make more informed, data-driven decisions in their daily lives.
Over the next year, the introduction of these new change agents will strengthen the initiative’s inclusiveness and expand its global scale, as they spearhead problems hitherto unresolved but critical in the goals. global.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated intergenerational divisions around the world and, now more than ever, it is important that the younger generations have the opportunity and the resources to be heard and to actively participate in the Sustainable Development Agenda. ‘horizon 2030’ said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. “Together with Samsung, we are supporting more change makers as they build sustainable policies, communities and progress during this pivotal time. I look forward to working with this group of young leaders and exploring new avenues for a green and equitable recovery. “
Raising the voice of a generation
Generation17 was born in October 2020 with a mission to inspire a whole generation of young tech experts to achieve global goals in less than 10 years. Since its launch, an inaugural cohort of young leaders, including Máximo Mazzocco, Sadya Touré, Shomy Chowdhury and Tafara Makaza, have supported the effort, using support from Samsung and UNDP to broaden their reach.
In recent months, Samsung and UNDP have increased the visibility and impact of their work through mentoring with the UNDP Global Youth Program and the Global Policy Network, participation in global and regional development-related events. , such as the # Youth4ClimateLive series and the Karma Dialogue and Engagement with Country Offices and Partners.
Samsung also outfitted Young Leaders with the latest Galaxy technology to better connect them with their peers and educated them about their work on its global network using personalized content and the reach of its online channels. Illustrating the need to act together, Young Leaders leveraged their extended network to exchange ideas and best practices and collaborate for peer-to-peer engagement. Support for the first cohort will continue throughout the year, starting with participation in the 2021 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum.
The two groups of young leaders will immerse themselves in the transparent and connected Galaxy ecosystem and use their Galaxy devices to collaborate online and brainstorm innovative solutions to their common challenges, thereby addressing the diversity and complexity of global goals and expanding their network of powerful activists.
Young Leaders will continue to commit to the Global Goals using the Samsung Global Goals app, which is installed on over 100 million Galaxy smartphones and has provided over US $ 1.5 million in donations to UNDP. The app received an honorable mention in the SDG Action Awards and was honored for Software and mobile applications, Tech for a Better World in the CES 2020 Innovation Award. It was also shortlisted for the Reuters’ Responsible Business Awards for SDG Impact.