Breakout session | Stage 2

Host: Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

If every young person started an SDG micro-project, the world would look drastically different in a year. We believe that to achieve real progress in implementing the SDGs, we need to catalyze all global citizens around the world, particularly young people and women. By spotlighting youth activism and highlighting individual initiatives taken by Ban Ki-moon Centre scholars and fellows (SDG Micro-Projects), the session seeks to empower young people to become agents of change, to spot problems and find solutions. The concept “SDG Micro-Projects” encourages thinking “glocally” and brings a local focus to achieving the SDGs as the scholars and fellows tackle challenges in their own communities. It should remove hesitations and perceived barriers of anyone who wants to make a difference but doesn’t know where and how to start. The SDG Micro-Project examples will show that it doesn’t take a big organization, budget or endorsement to make a real difference and help make the SDGs reality. The vision of this session is to inspire more young people and women to take action for the SDGs in their communities.


Julia Zimmerman - Moderator
Program Officer at Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Julia currently serves as a Program Officer at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, Austria. She is a dedicated young professional, an engaged change-maker, and a passionate advocate for sustainability, human rights, and gender equality with over two years of experience working for international NGOs and partnering with diverse local, regional, and international stakeholders. Julia seeks to use her career and voice to uplift and empower others and believes in the power of communication and the arts in changing hearts and minds.
Oyindamola Adegboye
Education Consultant at The Education Partnership Centre
Oyindamola Adegboye is passionate about strengthening Africa’s human capital – especially through educating the youth with relevant skills - to drive social and economic prosperity. She is currently works with the Consultancy unit of The Education Partnership Centre, Lagos, Nigeria where she is carrying out three capstone projects.
Alhassan Baba Muniru
Co-founder of Recycle Up! Ghana
Alhassan was a Ban Ki-moon Centre Global Citizen Scholar in 2018. He is passionate about the environment, education and youth empowerment and has dedicated a significant proportion of his time working on these issues. This is what led him to co-found the organization's Technology Without Borders Ghana and later Recycle Up! Ghana.
Farida Amiri
Founder of Peace Friends
Farida Amiri is a peace activist and peacebuilder from Afghanistan. With her grassroots initiative “Peace Friends” she established youth- and women-focused network mechanisms designed to promote and support peace-building activities, social gatherings within the context of Afghanistan.
Latifa AlWazzan
Founder / Executive Team Member at MW6INY Environmental Awareness Campaign / wazzanMath Social Enterprise
Latifa AlWazzan is a social entrepreneur in the field of education from Kuwait. In her work, she applies engaging methodologies to integrate the SDGs into every level of education. Having young students help her build a solar-energy powered greenhouse in the backyard of a public school in Kuwait was just one of her innovative projects.
Belinda Isimbi Uwase
University Student and Founder of GLOW VOICE
Belinda Isimbi Uwase is a passionate young activist from Rwanda who is currently pursuing her university degree in Seoul, Korea. Her SDG Micro-Project is in partnership with the organization she founded, “GLOW VOICE”, which seeks to empower young girls in high schools in Rwanda. She believes that it is her responsibility to teach other girls how to speak up for themselves and to know their true worth so that they can unleash their full potential.
September 24, 11:45
11:45 — 12:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Activism, Gender Equality, Leave No One Behind, Partnerships, Youth

| Host: Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens |, Alhassan Baba Muniru (Recycle Up! Ghana), Belinda Isimbi Uwase (GLOW VOICE), Farida Amiri (Peace Friends), Julia Zimmerman (Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens), Latifa AlWazzan (MW6INY & wazzanMath), Oyindamola Adegboye (Education Partnership Centre)