Social Good Summit 2015 in Myanmar focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals

Sep 28, 2015

Participants at the Social Good Summit in Myanmar

To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar held a Social Good Summit specifically targeting how young people can engage with the global goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 overarching goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.

The Social Good Summit in Myanmar, held a day after the goals were adopted by 193 United Nations member states at the UN General Assembly in New York, included a panel discussion on youth and the sustainable development goals, followed by a brainstorming exercise on how youth could take the goals back to their communities. The Social Good Summit was held in Yangon on Saturday 26 September and was attended by young people who came from all over the country.
 
UNDP partnered with the National Youth Congress, United Nations Volunteers and United Nations Population Fund to organize the Social Good Summit in Myanmar, which is part of more than 100 Social Good Summits organized around the world to raise awareness Sustainable Development Goals in September.

“UNDP Myanmar’s aim for the Social Good Summit is to help make the new Goals a household name. Making the Goals well known will be the first important step in achieving this new development agenda,” said UNDP Country Director, Toily Kurbanov speaking to more than 50 youth attending the event.

The panel discussion included the following speakers: Thinzar Shunlei Yi, National Coordinator of the National Youth Congress, Htar Htar, Founder and Director, Akhaya Women, Kyi Kyi Seinn, Director of Youth Empowerment and Peacebuilding Program, and Si Si San, Leader, Youth Information Corner. The panel discussion was moderated by Sithu Swe, UNFPA National Programme Officer (Young People). It covered topics such as how the sustainable development goals were formed, rural youth, education, peace building and gender. Access to quality education was identified as a priority area of action by the youth.

In New York, coinciding with the Sustainable Development Summit where the Goals were adopted, the Social Good Summit takes place from 27-28 September, and considers how people and communities are using digital tools to plan for a brighter future by the year 2030. A wide range of speakers from across different sectors and backgrounds include: Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator;  Richard Curtis, Director, Writer, Producer, Founder Project Everyone; Graça Machel; Patti Smith, Musician and Activist; Charlize Theron, UN Messenger of Peace; and Jimmy Wales, Founder & Chairman Wikipedia & Wikimedia Foundation and many more.  

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About Social Good Summit
Each September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, UNDP Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation first partnered in 2009 to host the Social Good Summit in New York to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world. Now in its sixth year, the Social Good Summit continues to grow in impact and reach to unite global citizens to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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Shobhna Decloitre
UNDP Communications Specialist
email: shobhna.decloitre@undp.org

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