Young Changemakers Conclave convened in New Delhi

The 7th Annual United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave was held on Saturday, 28 January 2017, at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. 2000 students and young professionals gathered in the afternoon to hear a gamut of speakers representing sectors from the government, non-profit, corporate, media and entrepreneurship. The focus of the event was on the “Business of Change”, the role of business, government and social entrepreneurs in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Beginning with an introduction by UNYCC co-founders Samyak Chakraborty and Ira Trivedi, the inauguration ceremony opened with an address by Derk Segaar, Director of the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan. Addressing the SDGs and encouraging the youth to take ownership of the Goals, he said “These are your Goals. These are our Goals.” He expressed the opportunities for growth and change, such as in renewable energy and climate adaptation, facilitated by a changing global paradigm.
UN Resident Coordinator in Delhi Yuri Afanasiev introduced Ashok Amritraj, the newly appointed SDGs Ambassador for India, and engaged with an interesting conversation with him focussing on how India’s progress with the SDG agenda could be highlighted internationally.
In an engaging address, India’s Union Minister for Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad outlined the goals and accomplishments of the Government of India in expanding access to technology and overcoming the digital divide.
A wide variety of speakers from backgrounds as wide as education, health, marketing, advertising, dating apps, and condom companies connected their work with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Representatives from large corporations like Coca-Cola, Nestle, Indigo and others, discussed their companies sustainability policies and efforts towards giving back to the communities they work in. The Ambassador of Canada Nadir Patel also addressed the Conclave.
The event aimed at sparking interest and ideas by sharing existing activities around the SDGs, connecting the global agenda with local actors who must come together to make it a reality. As a massive outreach event witnessing youth participation and engagement, it was a roaring success.