Ten youth in Jordan selected as “SDGs Advocates”

(Amman, 6 August 2017) – As part of the United Nations’ awareness raising activities on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Communications Group in Jordan (UNCG) had launched a photo competition on social media targeting youth during the month of June. The competition, which was open for one month, gathered more than 200 registrations and 35 photo submissions from youth in different parts of the Kingdom. Based on predefined criteria, a UN evaluation panel was formed which selected ten youth as winners of the competition.

On 6 August, the UNCG held an awarding ceremony for the youth, with the participation of His Excellency, Mr. Imad N. Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation in Jordan. During the ceremony the ten youth were selected as “SDGs Advocates” in Jordan, and committed to promoting the SDGs in the Kingdom, and assist the Government of Jordan and all stakeholders in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. The ten young winners will undergo a series of capacity development programmes on different topics, which will equip them with skills that would facilitate the promotion of the global goals, among extended youth networks, in schools and universities.

During his welcoming remarks, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, Anders Pedersen, addressed the guests: “I really hope everyone knows what a champion on the SDGs you have in His Excellency the Minister. I have been working in the country for six months, and I am really impressed to see that I am in country that is clearly committed to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. And we have to be clear that this is something we cannot take for granted, it is not happening all over the place, it is happening in Jordan, and it is happening because we have the champions. It is also very opportune that we have this event tonight, since Jordan was one of the countries that voluntarily presented its achievements on the implementation of the SDGs in the United Nations in New York just one month ago. Jordan is now used as one of the cases that others are expected to follow on how we can promote further the SDGs”.

He also congratulated the youth and encouraged them to engaged with the UN and all stakeholders in the achievement of the SDGs. He also stressed the importance of youth inclusion, participation and empowerment in the promotion and implementation of the sustainable development agenda in Jordan.

During his remarks, the His Excellency Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mr. Imad Fakhoury, highlighted that the Government of Jordan sees youth as key partners in development, and ensures that their voices are heard and represented in all national forums and committees, and sustainable development taskforces. His Excellency continued by saying “in the coming years we will rely on our youth to be with us in every step taken for the achievement of the global goals at the national and local levels, i.e. the provinces and municipalities”.

The ceremony included an exhibition that showcased all submitted photographs, which constitutes the beginning of a series of exhibitions which will take place in different locations of the country.

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