8th Vatican Youth Symposium

8th Vatican Youth Symposium 
15-17 December 2021 

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The 8th annual Vatican Youth Symposium is here!

Vatican Youth Symposium 2021 will convene youth leaders from around the world with the support of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth and CasinaPioIV. Join us to explore how we can build action and lead change for sustainable development!

Between December 15-17, the virtual Symposium will bring together some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders to connect with young people to take action for the #SDGs, and to shape a sustainable world for all. Speakers include leaders of civil society, faith communities, businesses, academia, celebrity activists and members of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates.

📍 Global Village / Lights, Camera, ACTION!
Wednesday, 15th December 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (ET)

The Global Village will provide participants with the opportunity to interact with peers from around the world, enabling them to gain broader perspectives on sustainable development and to share knowledge on their diverse set of cultures. Advocacy can be of various forms; and this year, we invited the production team of the ActNow Film, a feature film showcasing young people from around the world talking about their lived experiences of climate change, their hopes and fears, their climate pledges, and their demands of the COP Negotiators. The film delivers a message of inspiration and hope along the lines of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for youth to take up the mantle of change.

ActNow showcases the views and voices of 16-30 year-olds drawn from 35 countries and was produced by Cambridge Zero, Global Alliance of Universities on Climate, the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research and a large student team from across the world.

• Ms. Amy Thompson, Head of Policy Programmes and Communications, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath
• Ms. Amy Munro-Faure, Engagement Manager, Living Laboratory, Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge
• Mr. Jeffrey Opku, Co-Founder, Sustainability Week Accra
• Ms. Lizzie Coney, MA Wildlife Filmmaking Student, UWE Bristol

📍 Session 1 – Opening
Thursday, December 16, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am ET

In order to create a sustainable path for humanity, leaders of all ages must heed this call to action and be equipped not only with technical knowledge, but with a deeper understanding of ethical values, sustainable development, and 21st-century skills. The opening session will emphasize the critical role of youth leadership in instilling sustainable development movements around the world.

• His Excellency Monsignor Marcelo Sànchez Sorondo, Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS)
• Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
• Mr. Brighton Kaoma, Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth (SDSN Youth)
• Her Excellency Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

📍 Session 2 – Education for Sustainable Development
Thursday, December 16, 2021
8:30am – 9:15am ET

As disrupted education continues to affect millions across the globe we must reimagine and redesign education. This session will highlight the benefits of teaching 21st-century skills and global citizenship, sustainable development integration in school and university curriculums, and present strong cases of why transformative education is important not only to various stakeholders but to increase future leaders’ motivation and ability to act ethically.

• Ms. Amanda Abrom Manager, Global Schools, SDSN
• Ms. Annita Mwagiru, Project Lead, SDG Students Program

📍 Sesssion 3 – Youth Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology
Thursday, December 16, 2021
9:15am – 10:00am ET

This session will discuss the role of entrepreneurship and innovation for the SDGs, and the pressing need for technologies to continue to adapt to work alongside sustainable development solutions. Key topics will include youth-led innovation, the future of work in a post-pandemic society, sustainable business practices, and the role of technology in advancing sustainable development globally.

• Professor Muhammad Yunus. Founder, Grameen Bank
• Ms. Trisanki Saikia, Project Lead, Solutions Program
• Ms. Veenu King, 2021 Geneva Challenge Winners; Team Buyby
• Ms. Namita Datta, Program Head, Solutions for Youth Employment, World Bank
• Mr. Samuel Joy, Chief Executive Officer, Huntr

📍 Session 4 – Human Rights, Inclusion, and the Collective Samaritan
Friday, December 17, 2021
8:00am – 8:45am ET

COVID-19 has presented the imperative need to recognize both the ills and strengths that have been exposed and the urgent reforms that are needed to address future challenges. This session will discuss human rights and human dignity as a core to achieving the SDGs and “leaving no one behind.” Key topics will include community-based efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking, and social inclusivity in respects of race, sex, ethnicity and cultural diversity to which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

• Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, Co-Founder, The AntiSlavery Collective
• Ms. Asmita Satyarthi, Executive Director, Global Sustainability Network (GSN)

📍 Session 5 – Our Common Home: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Friday, December 17, 2021
8:45am – 9:30am ET

With the insurmountable pressure being placed on cities and communities, innovative, scalable solutions and measures are needed to respond quickly to the needs of its citizens. This session will discuss recent movements pushing to address sustainable development from an urban perspective. Key topics will include a holistic look at the innovations in technology and infrastructure that are making cities and their surrounding communities more livable, equitable, and sustainable.

• Ms. Ana Ynestrillas, Project Lead, Local Pathways Fellowship
• Ms. Aditi Rai, Senior Design & Strategy Executive, Godrej Properties Limited
• Mr. AY Young, Founder, Battery Tour and UN Young Leader
• Mr. Edwin Namakanga, Youth Climate Activist

📍 Session 6 – Closing
Friday, 17 December, 2021
9:30am – 10:00am ET

Speakers will come together to summarize the main takeaways of the Symposium. They will discuss the synergies between each of the thematic areas, the vital need to encourage and empower young people and Youth-led organizations to participate in the implementation, monitoring, and achievement of the 2030 Agenda into local, national and regional contexts.

• His Excellency Monsignor Marcelo Sànchez Sorondo, Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS)
• Mr. Brighton Kaoma, Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth (SDSN Youth)
• Ms. Gabriella Marino, Coordinator, Vatican Youth Symposium
• Ms. Kayla Colyard, Coordinator, Vatican Youth Symposium

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