SDG Youth Challenge

RCE Asia-Pacific SDG Youth Challenge

Today’s youth face extraordinary global challenges. Youth are bombarded with messages about their future and challenged to make positive change, yet are not often given the chance to constructively do so at a meaningful local level. The Asia-Pacific SDG Youth Challenge “Youth for the Goals” is an international youth-led project-based initiative run annually that connects youth leaders working in their own communities to a larger global platform that includes mentoring support and peer validation. The initiative aims to engage and empower local youth leaders with the opportunity to have a voice and implement their own place-based projects on issues that mattered to them. Each project was shaped by its youth leader and/or youth team to address the needs of their communities in line with the Challenge theme. Using a peer-peer learning model, youth drive change from a grassroots level incorporating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) principles. Supported by the Global RCE network the challenge has engaged directly with over 13,500 youth and 5,000 community members, delivered 39 individual sustainability youth-led projects across 9 countries over the last 2 years. This initiative is developed and led by the A-P Youth Regional Coordinators, Brittany (RCE Greater Western Sydney, Australia) and Emmy (RCE Yogyakarta, Indonesia). We encourage all youth to join us!

SDG Youth Challenge 2020

The 2020 RCE Youth SDG Challenge will be focusing on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG 15: Life on Land. We are welcoming project from any RCE's, universities or organisations interested in participating. Project choice is yours, new or existing, as long as it is in line with the Challenge theme and underpinned by education in some way (SDG 4). Projects must be led by a youth lead (35 years or younger), can be delivered by an individual or team (team doesn’t have to be youth exclusively) who are committed to the project and providing regular project updates from February – October 2020. Expressions on interest for the next SDG Youth Challenge are now open.

Download the SDG Challenge 2020 flyer PDF, 301.99 KB (opens in a new window) for further details and key dates.

SDG Youth Challenge 2019 (SDG 1, SDG 6 and SDG 10)

The Youth SDG Challenge 2019 commenced in February with a focus on SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. This years projects include clean-ups, photography workshops, youth/school conferences and workshops, technological and app innovations, registered training courses and disability e-sports. In total, 10 individual youth-led sustainability projects were delivered across the globe from youth in Australia, America, India, Malaysia, South Korea and Mexico. This year they collectively engaged over 8,000 individuals.

Download the final 'Youth for the Goals 2019: Social Equality' (PDF, 7055.18 KB) (opens in a new window)' report.

SDG Youth Challenge 2018 (SDG 13 and SDG 14)

The first Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Challenge focused on Goal 13 Climate Action and Goal 14 Life Below Water, using a global peer-peer learning model which was youth focused and driven from a grass-roots level. The challenge concluded with a Virtual Youth Summit providing the opportunity to share stories and projects online with a global audience celebrating their achievements. In total, the SDG Challenge involved 23 projects and engaged directly with 8,800 youth across the region in Malayasia, Vietnam, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Australia and Bogotá. This initiative has been recognised by the Global RCE Secretariat for a ‘Outstanding Flagship Award’ at the 11th Global RCE Conference in Cebu, Philippines in December.

Download the final 'Youth for the Goals 2018: Climate Action and Life Below Water (PDF, 8512.25 KB)' report.