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Nairobi, 6 February 2019 — As part of the 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Network Kenya today launched its national search for young professionals (35 and under) who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Later this year, the Network will award a Young Professional as Global Compact Network Kenya SDG Pioneer. The selected young professional will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2019 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

In the spirit of giving young people a voice in building a sustainable future, the 2019 SDG Pioneers programme will highlight next-generation leaders’ actions to contribute to tackling the world’s most pressing problems in their professions. Global Compact Network Kenya welcomes the leadership of companies participating in the UN Global Compact to nominate young employees — 35 and under — to the programme and later on join them during the recognition.

“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.”

“Business action is undoubtedly central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” says Judy Njino, Executive Director of Global Compact Network Kenya, “and there is no better catalyst of business action than the young professionals pushing the boundaries in each and every company.”

Young professionals are also welcome to submit their own stories on contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration in the programme before 15 April 2019. ###


About the SDG Pioneers Programme

As part of UN Global Compact Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the initiative recognizes a class of SDG Pioneers — business leaders working at any level of a company, who are using business as a force for good to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Pioneers play an important role to drum up interest in the Global Goals and in how the UN Global Compact is empowering businesses to advance them. In 2019, the UN Global Compact will recognize a number of young professionals (35 and under) working at any level in a participating company of the UN Global Compact who are advancing the SDGs.



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