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SDG Pioneers "“ International Awards Program Launches in Canada to Recognize Young Professionals Committed to Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Published 02-25-19

Submitted by Global Compact Network Canada

As part of the 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) has launched a national search for young professionals (35 and under) committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Later this year, the GCNC will name one young professional as Canada’s 2019 SDG Pioneer. The awarded individual will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search for global SDG Pioneers and will be recognized during the 2019 UN General Assembly week in September in New York.

By giving young professionals a voice in building a more sustainable future, the 2019 SDG Pioneers program will create a platform for the next generation of leaders. This new outlet will highlight the actions being taken by young professionals in the workforce geared towards the 2030 Agenda.

The GCNC welcomes all senior leaders from the UN Global Compact’s participating companies to nominate their young professionals and have the potential to later join them during the local and global recognition ceremonies. 

Young professionals are also welcomed to submit their own examples for any contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration in the program. The deadline to apply for the Canadian program is April 1st, 2019. Learn more and view the application form.

“We are excited to help young professionals innovate new business solutions to address today’s global challenges,” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents. Change agents don’t sit around waiting for the future to happen. They create it. They do not choose the path of least resistance. They stay the course, also when they are ridiculed or fought. In the end — they win. They have the future on their side.” 

About the SDG Pioneers Program 

As part of the UN Global Compact’s Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the initiative recognizes a class of SDG Pioneers — business leaders, at any professional level, who are doing an exceptional job at advancing the 17 SDGs. The SDG Pioneers play an essential role in generating interest for the SDGs and how the UN Global Compact is empowering businesses to advance the goals. 

The 2019 SDG Pioneers program has been made possible in-part, with the generous support from the Tuborg Foundation. Learn more

About Global Compact Network Canada

The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC is spearheading the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration.


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The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with over 10,000 signatories in 130 countries committing to ten universally accepted principles. The Global Compact Network Canada builds the capacity of the Canadian corporate sector to embrace sustainable business practices.

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