The winners of the first Youth4South Solution Awareness Contest has been announced

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the first global Youth4South Solution Awareness Contest aimed to promote the South-South Youth Leadership Initiative in advancing Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

The top three winners of the contest:

1st Place | Angelo Carlos Roxas, Improving Academic Performance of Underprivileged Students (Philippines, SDG 4: Good-Quality Education, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities)

2nd Place | Venuste Kubwimana: Water Kiosk in Schools (Kenya, SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 6: Water and Sanitation)

3rd Place | Aizhan Kul Mukhammed, Online Work Database for Youth (Kazakhstan, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)

In the framework of the Contest, individual young leaders or youth-led organizations from developing countries were invited to nominate their development solutions addressing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Development solutions were submitted in the format of a short YouTube video of up to 100 seconds and the top winning solutions were awarded Solution Awareness Trophies, of USD 5,000, USD 2,000, and USD 1,000 for the top first, second, and the third place respectively. The Solution Awareness Trophies will be used to cover travel, accommodation, and other relevant costs contributing to the demand-driven South-South knowledge exchange involving the winning youth leader/youth-led organization.

The winners were selected among 7 shortlisted development solutions based on the fulfillment of the relevance criteria.

The following 4 Solution Videos were also shortlisted during the Global South-South Expo:

Albert Albala: Local Benefits of Shea Butter By-Products (Burkino Faso, SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, SDG 2: Zero Hunger) 

Meder Dzhamanbaev: Business Trainings for Youth (Kyrgyz Republic, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth)

Mmekidmfon Umanah, Improving Hygiene and Healthcare for Youth (Nigeria, SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing Health, SDG 5: Gender Equality)

Anju Shrestha, Local Sustainable Products for Living (Nepal, SDG 7: Affordable Clean Energy, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities)

The winning development solutions were announced during the Global South-South Development EXPO 2017 that took place in Antalya, Turkey during 27-30 November 2017.

Again, congratulations to all those who participated in the Contest, especially in helping to better promote South-South cooperation and the role young people play in stimulating development, and to encourage cooperation and partnerships at various levels, from municipal and national to regional and global. United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation hopes that young people continue to do great work within their communities, as young people’s openness for change and diversity contributes to better active participation in intercultural exchanges and dialogue.