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Samsung, UNDP partner with youth to accelerate Global Goals

  • Published at 06:27 pm November 10th, 2020
Máximo Mazzocco
From left, Máximo Mazzocco, Sadya Touré, Shomy Chowdhury, Tafara Makaza Courtesy

'Generation17 merges the power of Samsung Galaxy smartphone technology with UNDP’s platform to galvanize an entire generation of young people to achieve the 17 Global Goals in less than ten years'

In celebration of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary, Samsung Electronics Company Limited recently announced Generation17, an initiative in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to inspire action to achieve the Global Goals.

The Global Goals a set of 17 interlinked goals that provide a blueprint to achieve a better future by 2030, according to a press release. 

“Generation17 merges the power of Samsung Galaxy smartphone technology with UNDP’s platform to galvanize an entire generation of young people to achieve the 17 Global Goals in less than ten years. The initiative will elevate the stories and share the impactful work of young leaders who are already making considerable strides in support of the Global Goals,” the press release said.

Dr TM Roh, president and head of mobile communication business at Samsung Electronics, said: “We are excited to better connect these inspiring advocates to their peers, enable their generation to take bold action on the Goals, and make their voices heard loud and clear with the latest Galaxy technology and our shared vision. With a purpose as grand as the Global Goals, we strongly believe a collaborative, rallying effort will be imperative in sparking meaningful change.”

The 2020 cohort of Generation17 is made up of four trailblazers who are mobilizing communities from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to Mali and Argentina, to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our lifetimes. 

From Bangladesh, Shomy Chowdhury is a 26-year-old Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) activist seeking to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all through her global organization, Awareness 360, working across 23 countries.

Máximo Mazzocco of Argentina is a 30-year old who founded Eco House, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable development through education, volunteering, advocacy and environmental certification. 

Sadya Touré of Mali is a 23-year-old author who founded Mali Musso, an organization which empowers women through education to destigmatize gender-based violence. 

Tafara Makaza of Zimbabwe is a 24-year-old junior at Williams College, in Williamstown, MA, studying astrophysics who has launched diverse startups to build transportation, energy, agriculture, and education solutions.

Achim Steiner, administrator at UNDP, said: “Young people are advancing the Global Goals through their work as innovators, entrepreneurs, and advocates, and we must properly engage them today for the success of our global agenda tomorrow. They harness incredible power in advocating for positive, systemic change, and we must support them in their roles as torchbearers of the Global Goals. This initiative complements other initiatives across the UN system, strengthening the foundations for a UN that delivers with and for young people through the UN Youth Strategy: Youth2030.” 

UNDP and Samsung will provide mentorship, networking opportunities, and Galaxy devices to help broaden the reach of each of the young leaders’ voices and strengthen their organizations and businesses. They will also use the Samsung Global Goals app, which is preinstalled on the latest Galaxy smartphones, to show users how they can make a difference across the 17 Global Goals in their daily lives. Through educational content, the app aims to increase awareness of the Goals and has so far raised $1 million in donations for UNDP.

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