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 17,500 youth and delivered 39 individual sustainability 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 2019: Youth for the Goals (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. For more on the 2019 Challenge, please download the 2019 SDG Challenge flyer (PDF, 253.5 KB) (opens in a new window) for details and key dates.

Join us for the 2nd Asia-Pacific RCE Virtual Youth Summit

To celebrate the end of another successful SDG Challenge, the RCE Asia-Pacific Youth will be hosting a 2nd Virtual Youth Summit 'Youth for the Goals: Social Equality' (for SDG 1, 6 and 10) on 25th September 2019. Joined by 7 youth representatives from USA, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and Australia we will here about their youth-led project initiatives around the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2019 SDG Youth Challenge in the fully online format. Download the draft program (PDF, 127.37 KB) (opens in a new window) for our speakers list.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, 25th September 2019, from 2.00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Please check your own time zone to compare.
  • VENUE: Online via Zoom webinar! Click this link to connect: (opens in a new window). The webinar will open 15 minutes prior to the session on the day.
  • AUDIENCE: Everyone is welcome to participate, not only youth! All you need is an internet connection and either a phone, tablet or computer to join in.

We can't wait to see your there (online)!

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.