Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation
As an intern for the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation, I work in a number of different capacities. Over the summer, I organized, coordinated and executed an exhibition, here in Geneva, that featured artwork done by survivors of sexual violence in conflict. Survivors from around the world attended the exhibition, performed, and spoke about the dire need for systemic societal change in order to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.
I am currently working with our team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to collate and edit a handbook that details and promotes a holistic approach to care for survivors. This handbook is intended to be distributed to different conflict and post-conflict zones around the world where it can inform medical, psychological, legal and socioeconomic actors about the benefits and needs for providing a range of care options to survivors.
I have been with the Mukwege Foundation for almost a year now, and continue to be both challenged by and committed to the diverse projects to which I am asked to contribute.
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth
SDSN Youth is the global youth chapter of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, launched in 2012 by Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. With a global team of over 100 students and young professionals, and a membership base of 300+ organisations, SDSN Youth’s mission is to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solution and be the driving force of the 2030 Agenda.
In January 2017, SDSN Youth launch one of its flagship initiatives, the Youth Solutions Report platform, to address the difficulties that young SDG innovators face in securing funding, building capacity, communicating their experience, and ultimately scaling their efforts.
Through its activities and initiatives, which benefit from SDSN’s network of institutional partners, experts, private companies and media outlets, SDSN Youth facilitates the dissemination of promising youth-led solutions, giving them additional fora to showcase their work and opportunities to draw interest from potential supporters. In turn, this helps investors, donors and supporters better understand the multi-faceted role of young people in the 2030 Agenda.
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
The Graduate Institute’s Programme for the Study of International Governance and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), together with student co-authors, submitted a joint entry for the competition on Remodeling Global Cooperation.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, they are now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.
They aim to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
Topics:Overall Agenda 2030 & the SDGs
SDG Targets for Fostering Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
Agenda 2030 states that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” Peace is identified as one of five areas of ‘critical importance for humanity and the planet’ – along with people, prosperity, the planet, and partnership:
The new agenda recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions.
Factors which give rise to violence, insecurity and injustice are addressed in the agenda, with inequality, corruption, poor governance, and illicit financial and arms flows specifically identified. Leaders commit to redoubling efforts to resolve or prevent conflict, and to supporting post-conflict countries