80,000 Young people make a bold commitment to the world

Just 2 days after the Security Council passed a historic resolution on youth, peace and security, the world’s largest youth run organization – AIESEC, made a bold and ambitious commitment to the world.

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) which is a a sweeping 15-year global plan of action. As soon as the goals were passed, it was clear that the achievement of these goals will require the youth to take up an enormous role in leading it. 

For this, over 90 ​member​ presidents of AIESEC came together ​for AIESEC Youth Aciton Summit at the​United Nations to build and launchthree bold commitments that will ensure achievement of the SDGs:

  1. Create awareness of the global goals – Majority of the world doesn’t even know that the sustainable development goals exist – whereas the goals are for them. Hence, AIESEC will pioneer the responsibility of raising awareness about these global goals among its members, partners, collaborators and young people across the world.
  2. Foster engagement around the global goals – AIESEC believes that youth opinion is what makes the world spin. Hence, it commits to gather and amplify youth opinion on issues that matter to them. AIESEC also aims to facilitate global and local discussions that will help young people turn their opinions into actionable ideas.
  3. Take action on the global goals – AIESEC has been successfully running two worldwide exchange programs – Global Citizen (Short term volunteer exchange) and Global Talent (Long term professional exchange). After this summit, AIESEC commits to shape its programs around the global goals in a way that its accelerates achievement of the global goals.

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By making these three commitments, the world’s largest youth run organisation is sending a huge message to the world. The message is simple – there is no way that the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved without a youth-led movement!

Galactic Citizen – Volunteer on Mars

GALACTIC CITIZEN

Make your meaningless existence a little less depressing.

Discover yourself on the planet voted “2nd Most Habitable” by science.

IMPACT THE RED PLANET

AIESEC has been a historic provider of impactful international experiences for over 65 years and we’re going beyond global. Not satisfied with being in only 126 countries and territories, we’ve expanded our reach above the atmosphere. We’re searching for 50 young Earthicans to start this program in May, June, or July of 2016 and you’ll be on the red dot in the sky using untested futuristic teleportation tubes that may kill you. This is a volunteer (UNPAID) opportunity available to current students and recent graduates. Spend this summer doing something worthwhile and having a fun, albeit dangerous, time doing it.

Personal Development

Gain a better understanding of yourself by helping a little red planet. AIESEC will provide you with developmental sessions nightly as you cope with your impending doom.

Experiential Learning

How long can a human survive for on the Martian surface? What does death by volcanic hurricane feel like? Do evil space goblins exist? You’ll be the first to really know!

Community Impact

Connect with local Martians and learn about their culture. Be sure to disguise yourself, otherwise you’ll be sacrificed to their god Lrrr, the ruler of planet Omicron Persei 8.

Wondrous Adventure

Feel the rush from your lungs being flushed with carbon dioxide. See great sights like the face of mars and other over-eroded rock formations. Hear the sound of millions of miles of silence.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Interested in travelling to the new, new frontier? Mars has everything young people could want in a volunteer experience: quiet spaces for reflection, open skies for tanning, extreme radiation, low rent, and 9-foot-tall leech monsters that erupt from the ground with the setting sun. Check out everything you’ll need to know about your time on Mars

AIESEC does not cover dismemberment insurance, spacefare, or program delays caused by mutant-alien invasions.

Projects

  • Green on Red is a project based on the western edge of Olympus Mons that seeks to embody the red planet with environmentally friendly values. Volunteers will plant trees along the dusty valleys and hills that populate mars. Please be advised that because of wind gusts typically up to 500 mph that this project should only be taken on by those with no fear of dying alone on an alien planet.
  • Mars University is a non-profit educational institution founded long before time has words to describe. Volunteers here will be able to interact with native Martian children and teach them about Earthican cultural hallmarks such as baseball, arguing, and worshiping celebrities. Funding for this project has been provided by the Wong Family.

Details & Requirements

We have 50 positions available for students or recent graduates to volunteer on Mars for between6 and 8 weeks starting in May June, or July of 2016. Volunteers are able to preference what landmark, dried-up lake, or sand dune they would like to be placed in and the duration of their program.

  • Language Requirements: Excellent or native English; basic Martian is advantageous.
  • Background Requirements: You must be a current student of a US-based university or have graduated in the past two years. There is no specific requirements for class standing or academic major. Alien warfare tactics and experience working with Xenomorphs is preferred.
  • Visa Requirements: Earth citizens can volunteer legally on Mars without a visa for life and there is no entry requirements other than surviving the transit and landing.

 

Program Benefits

  • Advanced Cultural Immersion: Volunteering with AIESEC allows you to be fully immersed into Martian culture and experience life from a perspective beyond this world.
  • Multinational Peer Group: AIESEC is present in 126 countries and territories and young people from all of them will be volunteering on Mars on different programs.
  • Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with their own sleeping tube at the camp they will be working in. This camp will also include a state-of-the-art panic room and the film “Panic Room” on DVD for your viewing pleasure. There is no Netflix, Tinder, or Instagram on Mars, so please be prepared. Meals will be provided in pill form for the duration of your stay.
  • Outgoing Preparation: Our skilled and trained AIESEC members will prepare you for the journey of a lifetime with state-of-the-art space training inspired by movies like Gravity andThe Martian. Our partner organization, the Galactic Empire, will also train you on important skills like how to assume to fetal position and what to do if and when a xenomorph larvae injects you with an egg (prepare for death).
  • Return Logistics: Though this is a 6 week program, please be aware that currently there is no returnee integration strategy for volunteers. By the time you have passed through the interdimensional portal that may or may not be a literal passage to hell and completed your program, we hope that there will be a method to return you home. Otherwise, please be prepared to populate Mars with other the volunteers – a copy of Barry White’s Greatest Hits on Compact Disk is also available to volunteers.

Local Culture

The bright and vibrant culture of Mars has been known to Earthican kind since their failed invasion attempt in 1996. You may not remember this because the NSA wiped all human memory of this historic event. Though still somewhat hostile, many native Martians are ready and open to learn about humans and the delicious paste that can be made from their brain stems. Please do not yodel or play Bjork albums.
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Program Partners

AIESEC is working with a variety of partners to make this experience possible.

MARS Partners

Why the Sustainable Development Goals are relevant to all of us

Being part of the international youth-driven organisation AIESEC, you want to have impact on people’s lives and become a citizen of the world in every sense. The reason why United Nations is relevant to all of us is that the one thing that connects all AIESEC’ers: we like to engage people. By giving them the opportunity to undertake a voluntary or professional internship, young people embark on a journey in which they gain cultural comprehension and participate in projects that contribute to equality, human rights and democracy, cooperation in trade and education and economic empowerment.

The Millennium Development Goals were an ambitious set of eight incentives, ranging from eradicating world hunger to achieving environmental sustainability, agreed upon by all member states of the United Nations in 2000, as world leaders were convinced that the “time for global action” had come. The MDG Summit “launched important aid initiatives and generated unprecedented agreement by Member States on the importance of human rights in efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, as Mac Darrow states in his article The Millennium Development Goals: Milestones or Millstones? Human Rights Priorities for the Post-2015 Agenda. The aim of the 2000 agenda was to reach the objectives by 2015 to be followed-up by the sustainable development goals.

Remarkable achievements regarding some of the Millennium Development objectives included in the 2000 MDG agenda have changed the lives of many people. The eradication of hunger and extreme poverty, defined in the goals as people living on less than $1,25 per day, has been the most successful achievement as the MDGs as 1 billion people now have better living conditions than 15 years ago. Moreover, today more girls than ever are in school which proves that there has been an unprecedented effort to achieve universal primary education and to promote gender equality.

“Yet for all the remarkable gains, I am keenly aware that inequalities persist and that progress has been uneven”, declared the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon in the Millennium Development Goals Reportissued in 2015. In addition, many voices, among which human rights activists, NGOs and public opinion, have pointed out the fact that many objectives remain ideals written on paper and not carried out in the field. For example, the gap between the rich and the poor is expanding worldwide and moreover, much has to be done to combat climate change and to create sustainable cities and urban development as these affect the poorest most.

“Yet for all the remarkable gains, I am keenly aware that inequalities persist and that progress has been uneven” – Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon

In a call for continued endeavour by all the UN member states towards a better world for all, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that “[e]xperiences and evidence from the efforts to achieve the MDGs demonstrate that we know what to do. But further progress will require an unswerving political will, and collective, long-term effort”. Especially in the light of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations proclaims that global actors among which nation states, NGOs and international institutions must show the durable commitment to implement the 17 newly adopted goals set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As a the largest NGO worldwide, AIESEC should and will aim to improve people’s live in many ways: by transforming remarkable AIESEC’ers into responsible future leaders, by encouraging youngsters to live diversity and to act sustainably, and above all by continuing to engage in projects that improve the lives of people.

Will you be part of this story?

Join the movement today on www.aiesec.si/youthspeak

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

We’ve been talking a lot about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) or the “global goals,” in 2015, and we’ve taken information from sources like the United Nations and The Guardian to help you summarize the SDG’s briefly.

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow, and expand on, the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2000, and are due to expire at the end of this year.

What are the proposed 17 goals?

1) End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2) End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

3) Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

4) Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5) Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6) Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7) Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8) Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

9) Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation

10) Reduce inequality within and among countries

11) Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12) Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13) Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14) Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15) Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

16) Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17) Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Within the goals are a proposed 169 targets, to put a bit of meat on the bones. Proposed targets under goal one, for example, include reducing by at least half the number of people living in poverty by 2030, and eradicating extreme poverty (people living on less than $1.25 a day). Under goal five, there’s a proposed target on eliminating violence against women. Under goal 16 sits a target to promote the rule of law and equal access to justice.

How were the goals chosen?
Unlike the MDGs, which were drawn up by a group of men in the basement of UN headquarters (or so the legend goes), the UN has conducted the largest consultation programme in its history to gauge opinion on what the SDGs should include.

Establishing post-2015 goals was an outcome of the Rio+20 summit in 2012, which mandated the creation of an open working group to come up with a draft set.

The open working group, with representatives from 70 countries, had its first meeting in March 2013 and published its final draft, with its 17 suggestions, in July 2014. The draft was presented to the UN general assembly in September.

Alongside the open working group, the UN conducted a series of “global conversations”, which included 11 thematic and 83 national consultations, and door-to-door surveys. It also launched an online My World survey asking people to prioritise the areas they’d like to see addressed in the goals. The results of the consultations should have fed into the the working group’s discussions.

Is the number of goals expected to change?
Those who have been involved in the process say no, although they do expect fewer targets. Many of the proposed targets are more political statement than measurable achievement at the moment.

In his synthesis report on the SDGs in December, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon gave no hint that he would like to see the number of goals reduced. In a bid to help governments to frame the goals, Ban clustered them into six “essential elements”: dignity, prosperity, justice, partnership, planet, people.

Amina Mohammed, the UN secretary general’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning, said it had been a hard fight to get the number of goals down to 17, so there would be strong resistance to reduce them further.

Member states will begin formal discussions on the content of the SDGs on 19 January, and are expected to meet each month until September. Any serious faultlines should be evident over the next three to four months.

How will the goals be funded?
That’s the trillion-dollar question. Rough calculations from the intergovernmental committee of experts on sustainable development financing have put the cost of providing a social safety net to eradicate extreme poverty at about $66bn a year, while annual investments in improving infrastructure (water, agriculture, transport, power) could be up to a total of $7t trillion globally.

In its report last year, the committee said public finance and aid would be central to support the implementation of the SDGs. But it insisted that money generated from the private sector, through tax reforms, and through a crackdown on illicit financial flows and corruption was also vital.

When will the new goals come into force?

If member states agree the draft set of 17 SDGs at a UN summit in New York in September, they will become applicable from January 2016. The expected deadline for the SDGS is 2030.

What is AIESEC doing about this?

Young people will be the people who implement and carry these goals over the next 15 years, and this is why we need to engage them on these issues today. At the same time, we need to help decision makers understand what the global youth opinion is, and how we can work together to address these issues. Young people must understand the depth of these goals and how they will impact our lives and our common future.

In response of this youth focus around the post-2015 process, we recognised that more useful youth data was missing to help decision makers. So we launched YouthSpeak, a global youth movement and insight survey to help address some of the biggest challenges our generation is facing today. Global youth employment and education is a major topic, it is also two of the top three issues in the United Nations MyWorld survey answered by over 7 million youth. We are trying to answer how we can improve and address the education to employment journey and will include topics such as the future of education, transforming the workplace, entrepreneurship, and generation Y & Z. These insights will be collected from over 50,000 respondents across 100 countries and territories to help shape the youth opinions of youth around the age of 18-25 on their hopes and challenges in reaching their potential.

Through 2015, we will be attending high-level United Nations events, representing young people to employers and leaders, and inspiring millions of young people on pressing global issues and giving them a global platform to tackle them through our programmes likeGlobal Citizen and Global Talent. We will take all the 50,000 opinions and consolidate it into a global youth opinion report in July and utilize it to inform decision makers, leaders and young people on where we are today and where we need to go. The General Assembly in September isn’t too far, and this is why we you to take action now, we cannot wait for another generation to create this change.

Let your voice be heard and ensure that your youth opinion will be heard by decision makers. Take the YouthSpeak survey here.

To learn more about the SDG’s, you can view an interactive map here

Ban Ki Moon YouthSpeak

7 Facts about Millennials worldwide

Millennials are perhaps the most educated generation in all of human history, yet they face startling challenges in fulfillment, employment and making good life decisions. With the rapid rise of technology and intensity of globalization, the challenges millennials face today are unprecedented.

In a Deloitte report, millennials globally will make up 75% of the total workforce by 2025. It brings us to a key question of how businesses will integrate millennial talent.

Often coined the “me or selfie generation,” millennials are often positioned as “lazy, entitled, and narcissistic.”But there are always two sides to the story, and we believe that understanding millennials is the first step to creating constructive action to better help millennials develop more effectively, get employed, live fulfilled lives, and make a positive difference on society.

Here are some statistics from our first global YouthSpeak survey in 2013 before we relaunched this year.

Sample statistics on Millennials from YouthSpeak 2013 survey, with 25,000 respondents in 100 countries

  • Entrepreneurs are identified as the key role-models for millennials
  • Passion is the most desired trait in leaders
  • 80.5% stated that a company’s CSR affects their interest in working at a company
  • 68% stated that a company’s CSR affects their decisions in buying their products
  • Quality of Education and Corruption are the top two issues millennials care about
  • To make a greater impact on the world, millennials stated self-awareness, “getting to know more about themselves and what they stand for” is most important
  • Information gap: lack of understanding, information and awareness is what stops millennials from acting upon what they are passionate about

Millennials today are growing up, and increasingly having a say in the way society is run. Purpose-driven, socially-conscious, tech-savvy and entrepreneurial. Millennials are destined to shake up society and business for the better.

By understanding what motivates millennials globally, it will enable us to help others address social issues that surround the millennial generation.

Represent your country or territory in global youth voice and influence the UN post-2015 sustainable development goals.

Take the Global YouthSpeak survey: bit.ly/youthspeakmovement

What Empowering Others Really Means

During the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland , Justin Trudeau – Canadian Prime Minister – addressed the world on the vitality of positive leadership.
Tackling the global refugee crisis , he broke away from the negative current of thoughts which admits that this human crisis is an “unwarranted burden”. This huge flux of migrants is a priceless source of diversity, a diversity which makes way for invention. For Trudeau , this is the time when we are transformed into positive leaders turning problems into positive solutions and helping communities thrive instead of fall. Why isn’t this common knowledge, you may ask !
Positivity is simply underrated and so is positive leadership; but the ability to lift people up in times of crises may just be the key to rescue your organization, start-up or government for that matter. It proves that no matter where you are , you will be able to empower those around you . How?

1. Adopt a set of values: Standing on a higher ground and being true to your principles will help you see the world clearer.

2. Know Yourself = Know others : knowing your weaknesses and strengths will help you shape a better version of yourself. It will also enable you to spot these same qualities in people around you

3. Be a Positive influence: Every step you take should reflect the positivity you believe in: Your circle of influence will get bigger and bigger .

Positive leadership creates a virtuous circle,” Justin Trudeau

 

In AIESEC , we staunchly believe in our organizational values. Tirelessly empowering others is what shapes us as leaders : leaders who are also self-aware and care about world issues. And with the abundance of cultures we experience on a daily basis , it is vital for us adopt different skins and lenses and select the best and the positive in what we have. This is where our organizational effectiveness lies.

“AIESEC gives an individual a chance to meet people from different countries. You work with them at local, national or international platforms. It gives you a chance to express yourself and this in return is empowering you as a global leader. Contribute for one AIESEC .”

 

After all, the paralyzing negativity surrounding the world is inhibiting youth potential. If we want to move forward , we need to create more positive leaders: Leaders who will act as a tide that raises all boats.

 

 

Education: Taken not Given

Education: Taken not Given

We know that education in developing countries is far from being perfect but till things change we need to do something about it, after all a lot of people quit school at early age and turned out to be even more successful that those who made it to the end.

If you think that this is another article about how you should work hard and push yourself to your limits in order to succeed, you are mistaken my friend.  This article is about being a lazy “smart-ass and make it in the real world by educating yourself.

  1. Embrace your laziness

Bill Gates said that he would rather hire a lazy person because he  will get the job done the easiest and the fastest way, and you know what, he was not bluffing . In fact, lazy people get the job done perfectly because they over compensate  for their laziness by making sure their work is different from anyone else’s.

So if you are lazy, don’t fight it! Embrace it and be smart about it 😉

  1. Confidence is more important than education

If you think that people only complain about their educational system in third world countries, you obvioulsy haven’t met any Harvard student! and you know what, they also complain, a lot ! So what makes them different from the others ? it is not the school itself but it’s the confidence that the school’s reputation gives them! So find your own confidence.

  1. Don’t go to famous schools

Nowadays, companies care less and less about the name of the school you went to, and they care more about your skills. So instead of investing in a very expensive education, litterally pick the cheapest school, because you don’t want to be indebt after you graduate.

  1. People’s skills are the best education

This one is the very important, my grandfather never had any education but how did he make it to build a successful life  ? because he learnt from others, being every day in the fields growing plants and in the market selling them, he didn’t need to have a marketing degree but he sold his vegetables and he was great doing it, because he learnt from his father.

So if you dont have any education stop crying about it and go learn from your father, your neighbour…

  1. Stealing ideas is not a crime

We all have that friend that has this crazy idea, he speaks about how he would start his own company, and this is a great lesson to learn, the lesson that dreaming is free. So if you think that his idea can be executed, just do it and prove to him that you are an action-oriented person and you don’t just do the talking but you are also ready to take the walk.

  1. Educate your self

Getting an education doesn’t require diplomas, and nowadays, thanks to the new technology, you find courses all over the internet, don’t hesitate to read and to enlarge your knowledge, education doesn’t end after graduation, it’s a life journey, and everyday there is new things in different fields so you need to stay up to date.

 

What do YOU think about education in your country ?