After a successful workshop with the then “Future Leaders” in 2015, the EU Policy Lab stepped up its work with these youths to organise two events this year: one for the Young Leaders and one with the Young Leaders for a broader audience during the EDDs. The first event on 10 June aimed at building a common understanding of interconnections between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Group discussion

Group discussion

We discussed their implementation in light of major future trends such as urbanisation, growing inequalities, migration or climate change and identified a number of challenges and opportunities that needed to be addressed in the short and longer-term perspective. While the Young Leaders already come with a number of proposals for action in their respective areas, the purpose of this workshop was to help them situate these in the context of multiple SDGs and of the forces that will impact their future implementation.

Visualising the session

Visualising the journey of the day

It was fascinating to see Young Leaders from different parts of the world identifying similar challenges and discussing strategies of overcoming them. At the end of the activities, we talked with some of the participants about the process and the way the session influenced their way of thinking. You can have a look at the video below.

After a day of intense exchange a number of cross-cutting areas for actions were identified:

  • Explore new development paradigms
  • Transform Mindsets
  • Activate Youth
  • Foster Entrepreneurship
  • Maintaining and strengthening social fabric in times of conflict / crisis
  • Reform partnerships
YL session 2

working on trends that will shape the future

These broad themes will serve as the basis for discussion at the EDD Brainstorming session. We will encourage the audience to engage with the Young Leaders and the JRC team in challenging and strengthening their actions and discussing other innovative approaches.

Please come and join us there!

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030: Co-creating key messages for policymaking with today’s Young Leaders, JRC Brainstorming session to be held on 15 June 2016 (16:00-17:15), Tour & Taxis, room B1.

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