SDG Advocates session | Stage 1


Host: SDG Action Zone

The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth will announce the new class of Young Leaders for the SDGs on September 18. Dia Mirza, one of the Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates, was a member of the high-level selection committee that helped to choose the new class. Fitting with the theme of the day for the SDG Action Zone, Dia and Young Leaders all have expertise on climate, and will engage in an intergenerational dialogue centered around solutions for the planet. The moderated dialogue will elicit insights and solutions from both the Young Leaders and the SDG Advocates.



Dia Mirza
Actress and Producer, SDG Advocate & UNEP Regional Goodwill Ambassador, Indi

Dia Mirza is an award-winning Actor, Producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals. As a champion of nature, Dia Mirza dons many a hat with élan and ease. Today, Dia Mirza has become the voice of environmental and wildlife conservation in the country and a torchbearer for causes related to nature.

Mariama Djambony Badji
Co-founder & CEO, DNA SARL

Mariama Djambony BADJI is co-founder and CEO of DNA SARL, a construction company that offers living environments using natural and local materials. As a civil engineer and passionate about the environment, she’s currently working on the construction of safe, comfortable and eco-friendly housing. Since 2015, she has been volunteering with Africa Feliz Senegal, a non-profit association that aims to fight against poverty and irregular emigration through skills training for young people and women. They organize training in remote areas in Senegal to promote the empowerment of girls and women. In 2019, Mariama and her team trained 204 young people in Solar Installations, Serigraphy, Industrial welding and painting. Two years ago, she supervised the construction of a brand-new building entirely made with earth bricks at Polytechnic School of Dakar, the biggest polytechnic school of Senegal. Recently, she joined Let’s Build My School which builds classrooms in remote areas of the country using materials with a low environmental footprint such as earth or bamboo. Mariama firmly believes that environmental preservation will only be achieved through the commitment of everyone.

İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu
Founder, We Need To Talk

İlayda Eskitaşcioğlu is the founder of We Need to Talk, an NGO that aims to provide sanitary materials to rural women in Turkey (seasonal agricultural workers, Syrian refugees, and pre-teen) and destroy the stigma around it, in 2016. Along with her team, she is fighting against period poverty and period stigma in Turkey and the Middle East, by providing menstrual products to women and girls from vulnerable communities, and by starting honest and open conversations about menstruation. İlayda is a human rights lawyer and a PhD student studying international human rights law at Koç University in İstanbul, Turkey. She is a fellow at the UNESCO Chair for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development and a researcher at the Center for Gender Studies (KOÇ-KAM).She is actively working as a G(irls)20 ambassador, she is a Stanford AMENDS Fellow and a Global Shaper and her NGO was recently chosen as one of Turkey's "Changemakers". Through her gender equality advocacy, in 2019, İlayda became a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force, led by UN Women. Besides her activism on period poverty, her academic interests are international human rights law, business and human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, sexual and reproductive rights, and child labour.

Loay Radwan
CEO & Co-founder, G-Beetle

Loay Radwan is a co-founder of G-Beetle, a startup which aims to help farmers adapt with the aftermath of climate change and save water. His main motive is to provide people with a better quality of life and help make a change towards a prospering Earth. Loay aspires to become a renowned entrepreneur and dedicate his career towards solving environmental challenges. Loay Radwan has always been a devout believer that people should be there for each other - this is why he has built himself up to be a pillar of support for everyone around him. At a young age, Loay started noticing the various environmental issues that were present in his community. He thus decided to dedicate his life to taking action and changing this world into a better place. For this purpose, he chose to follow a career in Environmental Engineering, which allowed him to start his journey of activism, winning various competitions along the way. This led him to represent the Egyptian and African youth at the Youth Climate Action Summit last year and gave him the chance to speak to the world leaders about the climate crisis.

September 23, 10:45
10:45 — 11:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Planet, Youth

| Host: SDG Action Zone |, Dia Mirza (SDG Advocate & UNEP Regional Goodwill Ambassador), İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu (We Need To Talk), Loay Radwan (G-Beetle), Mariama Djambony Badji (DNA SARL)