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The Leadership 30: India’s first SDG oriented leadership program

A great opportunity for young individuals to become leaders to understand and spread awareness on Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were declared during the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. These goals are a universal call for action to protect the peace and prosperity of the planet and to make sure that we leave a better planet for future generations. These goals deal with presenting solutions to a wide range of pertinent problems like poverty, lack of clean water and sanitation, quality education for all, among other priorities.

These problems are widespread and their eradication can soothe an evident crisis across the globe. Thus, the goals hold a place of prominence and importance and are a vanguard to the current development model tightrope.

The Sustainable Development Goals

India has also taken a pledge to support and fulfil the goals by 2030. But, sadly, the implementation has been flickering. According to the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), India has been ranked 116 out of 157 nations on a global index in the past year. The index assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious 17 Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

The Leadership 30

The aforementioned sombreness took shape of an alarming conversation among a set of young individuals who were attending a United Nations Conference in Germany. The primary aim of these ignited minds was to work towards the preservation of cultural heritage, values and social capital and its future.

This discussion gave rise to a thought. Can youth contribute in furthering the fulfilment of SDGs, aiding to the processes implemented by the government and other non-governmental bodies? This thought gave rise to The Leadership 30.

The Leadership 30 is a development program that focusses on fostering 30 young leaders from across the country who would provide sustainable solutions for the community. As the first of its kind in India and only the second in the world, The Leadership 30 has immense potential to raise a resounding awareness on SDGs and their implementation.

The Leadership 30 team believes that massive change can be brought about in the country by focusing on the hinterland of our country. This can have a snowball effect that reaches out to the urban centres of the nations.

The Leaders originating from this initiative, would be innovative, with practical problem-solving skills and are expected to pave the way for a sustainable future. This can be achieved by guiding several NGOs, working in diverse sections of society, to work together as a tight-knit association.

The Leadership 30 team has indoor as well as outdoor activities like, field visits to a village, installation of basic amenities, making sure that people get food and shelter, etc. The core 30 leaders, will work with every NGO, for separate SDGs. This will give them a platform to explore and provide services to the necessitous.

The initiative is being supported by 15 NGOs from India including Humanity First Foundation, liter of light and many more, along with some International collaborators. Along with the 30 leaders, the program also wants to connect with a wider population as SDG Ambassadors. These ambassadors, can take actions, use their SDG ID Cards to utilise connections and create change in the community, irrespective of age and place.

The Fundamental ethos of The Leadership 30 program

Among the rapid strides that the program is taking, The Leadership 30 aims to enlighten at least 1 Indian out of every 10 people about SDGs. The current scenario is very marginal, nearly 1:1000.

“We listen and consume a lot of information, but we are not taking any action, small or large. We, as youngsters have responsibility to fulfil country’s requirements. To achieve the greater goal, we all need to come together and work as one. It is crucial for us right now, to encourage the ignited minds working for a purpose. More awareness, will bring more action oriented outcomes for a better world”, says Nivesh Raj, Co-Founder of The Leadership 30.

You can also become a part of the program. Visit The Leadership 30 website for more information.


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