Global Compact Network South Africa launches Local Round for SDG Pioneers 2019
Johannesburg, 14 February— As part of the 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Network South Africa today launched its national search for young professionals (35 and under) who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Later this year, the Network will award a Young Professional as Global Compact Network South Africa SDG Pioneer. The selected young professional will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2019 UN General Assembly in September in New York.
In the spirit of giving young people a voice in building a sustainable future, the 2019 SDG Pioneers programme will highlight next-generation leaders’ actions to contribute to tackling the world’s most pressing problems in their professions. Global Compact Network South Africa welcomes the leadership of companies participating in the UN Global Compact to nominate young employees — 35 and under — to the programme and later on join them during the recognition.
“We are excited to help young professionals innovate new business solutions to address today’s global challenges,” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents. Change agents don’t sit around waiting for the future to happen. They create it. They do not choose the path of least resistance. They stay the course, also when they are ridiculed or fought. In the end — they win. They have the future on their side.”
“The SDG Pioneers Programme is a great opportunity for young professionals in South Africa to demonstrate how they are contributing and influencing their companies to embed and innovate on the Global Goals. As the Global Compact Network South Africa, we are honoured to facilitate this opportunity that recognises the ideas, ambitions and innovations of young professionals in participating companies”, says Dr Achieng Ojwang, Executive Director Local Network South Africa
Young professionals are also welcome to submit their own stories on contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration as a SDG Pioneer before Monday 15 April 2019 .
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The 2019 SDG Pioneers programme has partly been made possible with generous support from Tuborg Foundation.