Climate Change · 23. September 2019
An interview by Ken Fullerton (YGC 2017). Learn more about the work of Sivendra Michael, a Young Global Changer from Fiji, who has designed programs to raise awareness for climate change issues.

Waste Reduction · 11. July 2019
Minerva Valier Camacho, a Young Global Changer from Mexico, is developing a new solution to minimize the global problem of plastic waste.

In The Spotlight · 27. June 2019
By Léonce Gamaï (YGC, 2019) Founded in October 2017 by a 21-year-old Briton, Invisible (Manchester) trains homeless people as tour guides and public speakers. The social enterprise of the Young Global Changer aims at having a global impact through local actions. “The YGC program and the Global Solutions Summit have been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I feel honored to have been selected to be part of such a prestigious program," says Alice Sparks at the headquarters of the...

Multilateralism · 20. June 2019
A commentary by Sabina Maria Ciofu (YGC, 2019) The Young Global Changers Summer School in Berlin was a truly global gathering of young changemakers. I had the privilege and honor to be selected to attend the program, where 90 young leaders from all over the world came together to brainstorm on solutions to the SDGs, in view of the G20 Japanese presidency. Throughout the sessions and panels, I quickly realised that the United States of America was massively under-represented in both the panels...

Multilateralism · 18. June 2019
A commentary by Rachel Kelly (YGC, 2019) Contributions: Jawhara Kanu, Laura Batalla Adam, Illimani Patiño and Tsetsegbadam Purevsuran (YGCs, 2019) In her keynote speech at the Global Solutions Summit, Chancellor Merkel emphasized the importance of supporting multilateralism while maintaining respect for national autonomy. The threats facing multilateralism today were highlighted, most notably the recent rise of populism and the potential for clashes between national and international powers....

Climate Change · 11. June 2019
A commentary by Karin Baba, Heena Gambhir, Eimear Duff, Stephanie E. Trpkov, David A. Trejo Pizzo (YGCs 2019) Climate change has put the globe in a state of emergency. At the Global Solutions Summit on March 18 and 19 in Berlin, once again, broad consensus was reached at least on one point: Researchers, policy advisers, members of the civil society, government representatives, dignitaries and the Young Global Changers agreed, that the battle cannot be fought individually. The whole world needs...

Waste Reduction · 06. June 2019
A commentary by Anna Volc, Brianna Kerr, Adrian Toth (YGCs, 2019) When we talk about a paradigm shift, we are talking about a complete reimagining of the systems that exist: social, economic and environmental. We, Young Global Changers participating in the summit, were both surprised and somewhat disappointed at the lack of discourse concerning the circular economy, a system that emanates paradigm change. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation, a UK-based charity focused on the circular economy,...

Gender Equality · 04. June 2019
A commentary by Aderonke Motunrayo Ige (YGC, 2019) With contributions by Ayaz Kado (YGC, 2019) From the shores of Africa, into the very core of American culture and to the heart of Europe, the problem of ‘gender-based violence’ has woven itself into our global narratives. Gender-based violence exists and is perpetuated in varying degrees and dimensions. Gender-based violence includes, but is not limited to, trafficking, labor and sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, workplace...

Health Care · 23. May 2019
A commentary by Daniel Ominde Okoth (YGC, 2019) Contributions: Backtosch Mustafa and Yassine Harzallah (YGCs, 2019) Before you can prevent something, you need to predict it. Meaning, you always need a good forecast of a future situation in order to know if and which preventive mesaures are needed. This is also true for health care. In West Africa predictive models have effectively been used for disease outbreaks such as the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Computer programs had analyzed data from...

Social Cohesion · 21. May 2019
A commentary by Rafaela Mae David (YGC, 2019) Contributions: Ana Alexieva, Rafaela David, Priyanka Kapar, Han Htoo Khant Paing, Alice Sparks (YGCs, 2019) The failure of societies to build narratives of trust among and within people is at the center of social and economic exclusions. At the Global Solutions Summit 2019 in Berlin, much time was given to addressing the topic of narratives, and moreover, the urgent need for new ones. Without trustworthy narratives, one can argue that social and...

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