Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 Goals and 169 targets agreed to by 193 UN Member countries to end poverty, promote social inclusion, and achieve environmental sustainability by 2030. They are contained in Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly, better known as Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (‘2030 Agenda’). These inclusive Goals are multifaceted and apply to all people, calling for action by all countries - poor, rich and middle income - to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Governments, civil society, the private sector, NGOs, and people like you and me are their key stakeholders and should work together to make them a success.

What is a youth-led Solution?

Youth-led Solutions are transformative projects and endeavours, ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to educational programs, and include research activities, charity initiatives and so forth, that showcase the innovative approach that youth are taking in solving the multiple challenges of sustainable development. If your project showcases good leadership, collective action and innovative solutions that are impacting the society and environment positively, you should fill out the form right now!


There are nine criteria your project must satisfy in order to be considered in the Report. For a more detailed explanation of each, please refer to the User Guide. 

  • Directly address at least one of the 17 SDGs, and take into account synergies and trade-offs with the others

  • Have been founded by a young person (between the ages of 15-30), be transformative and capable of showcasing the skills and creative mindset of the proponent(s)

  • Have a clear target audience and well-planned objective, including a structured time horizon and project outcomes

  • Be readily available, i.e. be in their implementation phase and operating for at least 18 months  to overcome initial barriers related to project administration and future viability [NB: participants will still be able to submit their projects if they are in their design phase and/or have not been operating for at least 18 months. These projects will be showcased in a separate section of the report]

  • Have a positive environmental impact

  • Have a positive social impact

  • Its impact must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable

  • Be financially viable

  • Be scalable

How will the Solutions be selected?

Our database is developed based on: (a) our outreach efforts to youth groups and communities; (b) our cooperation with SDSN Regional and National Networks, SDSN Youth’s Member Organizations, and other external partners; and (c) nominations and direct submissions through the Report’s website. The collected Solutions are then screened and reviewed by an Advisory Panel, comprising representatives from SDSN Youth, SDSN Secretariat and external partners, which will select 50 of the most innovative and successful solutions/ideas. Please note, not all Solutions included in the Youth Solutions platform will also be included in the annual Report. However, all of them will be supported through our activities.

What will be the benefits for the selected projects?

The Solutions contained in the platform and related Report are divided by sectors, regions, and SDGs they are targeting. They are showcased at high-level conferences and events (including the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2016, the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, and so forth), and are also featured online by our media partners as well as an interactive website that will help users explore them.

How will solutions be promoted?

The Solutions are not only showcased at international conferences and events, but also presented locally by SDSN Youth, its partners and members’ organizations. In addition, they are supported through networking opportunities and promoted through media channels and email lists. Finally, they are offered to participate in our Investment Readiness Programs, which connect them with leading experts and impact investors and allows them to refine their business strategies and better align them with the SDG framework.

By the end of 2018, SDSN Youth will showcase all the Solutions through an innovative online tool that we are creating together with SDSN, providing easy access to Solutions by investors, donors, supporters, institutions and private citizens.

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