AFRICAN YOUTH SDGs SUMMIT has been announced today as a finalist of the United Nations SDG Action Awards in the CONNECTOR category. The Awards recognize the most outstanding and innovative efforts to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The Awards are powered by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 21 March 2018, during the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, the world’s annual gathering to catalyze action for the SDGs, happening in Bonn, Germany (21-23 March 2018). For more information on the Awards, go to

The African Youth SDGs Summit series was started in 2017 with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Ghana Country Office) drawing 423 delegates from 25 countries for two days of interactive workshops and plenary sessions spanning across SDGs themes such as environment, gender, disability, economic and social development.

“The challenges we are facing are huge, but through this first edition we have we seen once again, that there are many people, businesses, organizations and governments creating positive change and having outstanding impact in their communities”, says Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.

“We need to showcase and celebrate these bold and creative change-makers, learn from them and connect them to ensure they can scale and inspire others. In this first year of the UN SDG Action Awards, we have had outstanding competition and all should be immensely proud of what they have achieved”, added Toomey.

Emmanuel Ametepey, the Convener of the summit expressed his hope of winning the ultimate award “Given that young people have often not been heard and their voices and aspirations not been given the needed attention and response, the Summit seeks to bring a new paradigm where governments, political, social and private sector leaders interface and create solutions on steps towards ensuring that the building blocks are solidly built for Africa’s sustainable development”.

The Awards draw attention to the need to learn from change-makers from across the globe and celebrate the most impactful and innovative achievements contributing to the global sustainable development movement.
The first edition received over 740 nominations from 7 continents and 125 countries, ranging from Zambia to Fiji, from Benin to Norway, from civil society and grassroots initiatives to public sector and municipal government projects, as well as private sector engagements. Finalists are being carefully reviewed by 12 prominent figures within the global SDG community.

The Awards recognize initiatives in seven categories: mobilizer, includer, communicator, visualizer, innovator, storyteller and connector