The 2022 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”.
By way of recognizing youth as the key player in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 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 2022 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellows.
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.
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In order to be selected as a Local Pathways Fellow, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application;
2. Be based in the same city throughout the entire duration of the Fellowship (February through November 2021);
3. Be fluent in English and the local language of the cities they represent;
4. Demonstrate a commitment to and a solid understanding of the concept of sustainable development;
5. Be able to commit the minimum of 5-7 hours each week on average;
6. Have a stable internet connection;
7. Have 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.
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 2022 Local Pathways Fellowship applications will be accepted until November 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
The selected fellows will be notified by January 24, 2021.
The Fellowship begins on February 1, 2021.
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