SDSN Youth

SDSN Youth started as an SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific initiative and was launched as a global initiative of SDSN in June 2015. SDSN Youth’s mission is to empower youth globally to create sustainable solutions. Through education and cooperation it aims to amplify the tremendous energy and capabilities of youth in generating broader buy-in for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

If you have any questions or want to get involved, email our Network Coordinator via

SDSN Youth AusNZPac’s Current Goals

📝 Create impact
We aim to create events and projects need to reflect the needs and concerns of young people. We want to build innovative solutions to sustainable development issues across the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region.

🤝 Build community 
We aim to foster a community of young people who are interested in advancing sustainable development in the region. We also want to connect young people to others across the world by utilising the SDSN Youth Network and organising networking events.

🧠 Capacity building 
We aim to be providing young people the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge that they need to advance sustainable development and innovate solutions to the issues that concern them.

💻 Connect young people to resources 
We aim to connect young people to resources, networks and people that they might need to create change in their community.

How are we creating an impact? 
Use the following links to learn about the event, initiatives and projects SDSN Youth AusNZPac have led:

🌏 Your voice at COP27 Position Statement | Asia-Pacific Youth
We led students from across the Asia-Pacific in writing a position statement about our priorities for COP27.

🏛️ Student Position Statement Workshop | October, 2021
We invited student leaders who are passionate about addressing climate change to share and collaborate on capturing the student perspective on the climate crisis and universities. 

🏛️ Student Position Statement Launch | March, 2022
You are invited to attend our launch event to hear from amazing student advocates and help us workshop how students and staff can use this position statement to advance climate action at their university.

📝Student Position Statement: The Climate Crisis and Universities 
Use our student position statement to create change on your campus! There are also further resources such as a workshop template and companion guide.

📢 How do we make our Climate Campaigns better? Workshop | April, 2022
Come along to hear from the coolest young people fighting for climate action and help them make their campaigns work better!

These are the key areas that SDSN Youth AusNZPac has worked on previously: 

  1. Supporting the work of SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, in particular activities and events around SDG Localisation.
  2. Providing national coordination for youth around the SDGs – including the Youth consultation towards Australia’s Voluntary National Review, Australian Senate Inquiry on the SDGs, and 2019 Youth Forum on the SDGs.
  3. Supporting local participation in global SDSN Youth programs, including Local Pathways Fellowship, Global Schools Program, and SDG Students Program.

AusNZPac Youth SDG Index Report

Towards an AusNZPac Youth SDG Index is a youth-led report that is the first in the world to use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework to measure young people’s progress towards sustainable development. The report found that young people were lagging behind the general population on many of the SDGs, showing the value and importance of using the SDGs to measure youth progress.


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