AT A GLANCE
LEADERS aims at developing a global partnership of organizations working with young people interested in environmentally friendly societies and capable to act locally to enable a better environment and life for all. This project works on enabling young people to acquire skills and enhance their employability, but also promotes a better intercultural understanding among youth in the world.
Through this global partnership, the partners will facilitate the exchange of best practices, skills and knowledge relating to the Seventh Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on environmental sustainability.
LEADERS aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Improving the mobility of young people and youth workers, as well as youth employability;
- Promoting youth empowerment and active participation;
- Fostering capacity-building for youth organisations and structures in order to contribute to civil society development;
- Promoting cooperation and the exchange of experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-formal education;
- Contributing to the development of youth policies, youth work and the voluntary sector;
- Developing sustainable partnerships and networks between youth organisations.
The selected youngsters will take part in a training event on 17th – 21st June 2014 where they will learn ‘green skills’ that they will then be able to apply to their local communities.
These participants will return to their countries and regions, where they will initiate local active groups involving other young people (from July until November 2014). Those local groups will then identify the local needs and develop ideas for grassroots activities with an environmental character. They will then implement those activities in schools, local gatherings and associations where they will raise the understanding of other youth on these specific issues in their region/city/community.
To conclude the project, a final conference will take place in Senegal in November 2014 bringing the partners and participants together to strengthen the youth network and stimulate intercultural learning and tolerance. The participants will present their grassroots projects focusing on environmental sustainability, highlighting the green skills developed by the participants and their ideas for other projects and activities locally as well as globally.
ABOUT THE MDGs
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The UN is also working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda. (www.un.org/millenniumgoals/)