Young Leaders for the sustainable development goals (SDGs), are change-makers from all over the world, who help lead the way to a more sustainable and inclusive future for all
The project is a flagship initiative of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth which recognizes the efforts of young people who are driving action and galvanizing others in support of the 2030 Agenda.
On a biennial basis, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth recognizes 17 young changemakers who are leading efforts to combat the world’s most pressing issues and whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the SDGs.
young leaders — between the ages of 18 and 29 years old — represent the diverse voices of young people from every region of the world, and are collectively responsible for activating millions of young people in support of the SDGs
Vanessa Nakate 23, is a climate activist from Uganda . She was the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda and founder of the Rise up Climate Movement, which aims to amplify the voices of activists from Africa.
Her work includes raising awareness to the danger of climate change, the causes and the impacts.
She spearheaded the campaign to save Congo’s rainforest, which is facing massive deforestation.
This campaign later spread to other countries from Africa to Europe. She is working on a project that involves installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools.
She holds a degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Makerere University Business School.
Vanessa was one of the young climate activists who were chosen to speak at the COP25 gathering in Spain, and she was one of 20 climate activists who penned a letter addressed a letter to the participants of the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling on them to stop subsidizing fossil fuels.