It was amazing seeing The Student Ideas Challenge 2018 come to fruition during the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
As part of the Empretec Women In Business Awards it was designed to engage young people ages 8-18 years in exploring entrepreneurship as a key tool in achieving gender equality – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5). It was sponsored by impact investor Symbiotics SA.
Having worked in collaboration with UNCTAD to prepare the pack, we distributed it to over 200 schools and it was circulated via The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network to schools in Commonwealth countries, and via UN Women.
We invited young people, as future innovators and entrepreneurs, to respond to 5 challenges, linked to SDGs 2, 4, 5, 11 and 12; based on an approach for innovation challenges from Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® workshops for young people and UNCTAD’s Vision youth entrepreneurship training programme
#SDG2 How will you…feed 8.5 billion people by 2030 without doing any damage to the environment?
#SDG4 How will you…create inclusive education for all children using virtual reality?
#SDG5 How will you…use technology to achieve gender equality and end discrimination against women and girls?
#SDG11 How will you…create a sustainable city with no environmental harm to the planet, to revolutionise how 8.5 billion people live together?
#SDG12 How will you…stop clothes going into landfill by reinventing what they are made from?
The submitted posters and short videos from young people with their concepts, were featured in a display in the Pas Perdus in the Palais des Nations, outside the Assembly Hall as part of the World Investment Forum (WIF) 2018 from 22nd to 26th October 2018.
The voices of young people also featured during the Empretec Women In Business Awards ceremony on 25th October 2018, where they shared their ideas, hopes and dreams for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Magda El-Sadek @magdaelsade; Keli Sheng, Nerine Niessen and Mats del Bubba from International School of Geneva @EcolintGeneva; Marta Balañá-Vicente ; Natheir Ahmad Abu Dahab @IRA_Robotics ; Salma Abu Dahab @IRA_Robotics.
Watch the webcast of the ceremony
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