National Young Leaders' Conference on Sustainable Development, Philippines
Explain your project in details:
National Young Leaders Conference on Sustainable Development aims to make the Sustainable Development Goals campaign more localized and for youth leaders especially those at the grassroots to acquire the necessary knowledge and enhance the skills needed to participate in sustainable development initiatives. For 2017 NYLC, held in General Santos City last May 20- 23, 2017, 200 local youth leaders from across the country underwent leadership training, advocacy- specific discussions, policy- formulation simulation, and community engagement wherein they were given the venue to tackle issues they and their respective communities face and intellectualize policies aimed at addressing these issues. Specifically, NYLC aims to achieve the following objectives: 1. Improve local youth leaders understanding of Sustainable Development Goals; 2. Build the capacity of the delegates in conceptualizing policies gearing towards the realizations of the SDGs; 3. Engage youth leaders in designing programs tailored- fit to the needs of their respective communities; 4. Encourage the delegates to bring the SDG campaign to the grassroots; and 5. Foster ties and cooperation in future sustainable development initiatives targeted at the youth. By exposing the youth to realities at the local level, and by equipping them with "practical" knowledge and skills, to we will be able to develop their potentials to effectively act upon issues actually existing at the grassroots. Further, we will be able to unite all sectors of the society through the youth and take a more aggressive and proactive stance towards achieving these 17 Global Goals in the next 13 years which is hoped to bring about the inclusive growth and development we have all been dreaming of.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Divided into 4 clusters namely: People, Prosperity, Planet and Peace (after the essential elements of Sustainable Development Goals), the delegates underwent boot camps and discussions and were directed to draft policies to solve the issues encountered by the City of GenSan, as the model community, and its people, in relation to the SDG essential elements they are advocating for. Specifically, they were tasked to conceptualize 1 ordinance and 1 resolution per cluster during cluster intersessional meetings. All policies were then deliberated upon during the final session of Young Leaders' Council, composed of elected cluster representatives, for necessary revisions and amendments and for final approval. All approved policies were endorsed to the City Council of General Santos for further study and possible implementation. The delegates also got the chance to engage with and participate in activities in the community and know about best practices of the local government unit of, and private organizations and institutions in, the model community -- practices that are in line with the principles set forth by the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Sustainability and future plans
To widen our reach, we will be using the prize money to conduct Island- based Young Leaders Conferences (Luzon, NCR, Visayas, Mindanao) simultaneously in December 2017 as preludes to next years National Young Leaders Conference on Sustainable Development. Specifically, here are the details of the conferences: LUZON YOUNG LEADERS' CONFERENCE (Partner LGU: City of San Fernando, La Union) Focus on: People SDG 01: No Poverty SDG 02: Zero Hunger SDG 03: Good Health and Well- Being SDG 04: Quality Education SDG 05: Gender Equality SDG 06: Clean Water and Sanitation NCR YOUNG LEADERS' CONFERENCE (Partner LGU: TBD) Focus on: Prosperity SDG 07: Affordable and Clean Energy SDG 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 09: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities VISAYAS YOUNG LEADERS' CONFERENCE (Partner LGU: Tacloban City) Focus on: Planet SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action SDG 14: Life below Water SDG 15: Life on Land MINDANAO YOUNG LEADERS' CONFERENCE (Partner LGU: Valencia City, Province of Bukidnon) Focus on: Peace SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions We are open for possible collaboration with interested organizations and local government units for the aforementioned conferences. We vow to continually improve the program through feedback and evaluations we are getting from our stakeholders and delegates, which would make the NYLC more tailored- fit to the needs of the youth and youth leaders alike at the grassroots level.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Having been a youth leader since I was 14, through my election as one of the councilors of our village's Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) with a term of three years, I've had a lot of experiences especially in youth affairs and development. We have conducted such programs contributing greatly to the personal growth of our youth constituents as: Scholarship Program, Capability- Building programs, Socio- Cultural Programs, Sports Development and Physical Fitness. Being a Sangguniang Kabataan Councilor also inspired me to advocate for and promote inclusive and participatory governance at the grassroots level. From then on, I became very active, in one way or another, in societal affairs focusing on community and social development. Now, at 24, I have been active in advocating for SDGs 01: No Poverty, 04: Education for All, 05: Gender Equality, 10: Reduced Inequalities, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 16: Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions and Good Governance, as well as SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals. Just this January, I was able to attend the Asia- Pacific Youth Exchange, held at ADB Headquarters in Ortigas City, Philippines. There, I was taught about Sustainable Development Goals, released by the United Nations as replacement to the Millennium Development Goals, and acquire practical knowledge on how to solve issues that the SDG's are aiming to solve. I then focused on localizing the SDG Campaign for I believe that the best and the most effective approach would be the bottom- up approach. And with the trust, help and support of our team, the partner government institution, the Local Government of General Santos City and partner iNGO's Asia Pacific Youth Exchange, Urban Youth Academy and Asian Development Bank- Youth for Asia, NYLC was born.