By way of recognizing youth as the key player in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and building on the success of the past cohorts of the Local Pathways Fellows, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth) is recruiting its 2021 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellows. This article will show everything you need to know about the United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2021 program.
United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2021 Program
The Local Pathways Fellowship seeks to provide young leaders with a platform, a guiding framework for action, and connect them with leading development experts and practitioners:
- Guide and inform their work around their existing and future projects, and help them develop insights about local sustainable development challenges;
- Provide them with a framework for engagement with local stakeholders;
- Facilitate mutual learning and exchange of urban solutions;
- Support them in becoming local advocates that promote and advocate for dialogue and problem solving for sustainable development.
The fellows will take on a 10-month journey throughout which they will explore pathways for “localizing” the globally adopted goals and targets, exchange knowledge and ideas, and work to engage local stakeholders in a dialogue around pathways towards a better future for their fellow citizens.
The Local Pathways Fellowship is unpaid. The fellows will benefit from global visibility and exposure as champions for sustainable urban development, numerous opportunities to develop their expertise, as well as access to a vast network of SDG professionals and advocates.
The 2021 FELLOWS
The 2021 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellowship will bring together a network of 100 young thought leaders, urban planners, sustainability advocates, researchers and innovators from 100 different cities across the world to advance local dialogue, collaboration and problem solving around the Sustainable Development Goals and to make cities and urban settlements “smart, fair and sustainable”.
The LPF program is building on the success of the 3 cohorts under our belt. The Fellowship has recently expanded its team to increase the support and guidance provided for its fellows. The team has been constantly working on polishing the program curriculum that now focuses more on project development.
The 2021 edition of the program also leverages global networking opportunities for its fellows. It aims to foster even more collaboration among fellows through cooperative assignments and peer-to-peer feedback. The fellows will be working more closely with the wider SDSN Youth network to build local connections through the SDG Students Hubs and SDSN’s national and regional networks for a bigger impact.
The 2021 Local Pathways Fellowship applications will be accepted until November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The selected fellows will be notified by January 25, 2021, and the Fellowship begins on February 1, 2021.
In order to be selected as a Local Pathways Fellow, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application (exceptions may apply);
- based in the same city throughout the entire duration of the Fellowship (February through November 2021);
- fluent in English and the local language of the cities they represent;
- demonstrate a commitment to and a solid understanding of the concept of sustainable development;
- be able to commit the minimum of 5-7 hours each week on average;
- have a stable internet connection;
- A minimum of one year of professional or academic experience in development practice, urban planning, community engagement and advocacy, or similar;
- A demonstrated background in research, development practice, advocacy or similar fields would be considered a strong asset.
Candidates representing any city and country in the world are encouraged to apply, however SDSN Youth will make efforts to ensure diversity of regional representation among the fellows.
If you believe you meet the criteria, you can apply here.
For more information on the fellowship, visit the webpage for United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship 2021..