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The ageless pursuit of progress

The new Resilience Frontiers initiative is planning for life after the UN Global Goals are achieved: beyond 2030.

Innovators Magazine was in Songdo, South Korea, for this month’s launch programme, where those gathered engaged in some disruptive brainstorming to identify the next step actions that could offer a launchpad to securing a sustainable world for all post 2030.

My daughter dropped in at the end to say hello to some of the participants, passing out her connecting cards, which had a simple message supporting their efforts to build a world she and her peers would want to live in when they grow up. She was delighted to meet Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (IPACC), Laureline Krichewsky (UNFCCC), Alexandra Kriegsheim (UNFCCC), and Marc Buckley (UN SDG Advocate/Futurist). A bit of fun, yes, but it is vital the youngest voices have the opportunity to be agents of change. Greta Thunberg is an inspiration for all us, a teenager unwilling to let the climate crisis be characterised by soundbites and contradictions. It is the honest voices of informed youngsters that hold the key to inspiring a global movement of change agents committed to overcoming the myriad of challenges we face.

Asked about the improvements she would like like to see in the world, Holly said: “I’d like to live in a world that is healthy, where everyone has food, everyone has a home and nobody lies on the street.”

Holly and Marc exchange cards.

Holly’s connecting card.
Connection made.

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Resilience Frontiers is an interagency effort undertaken by the UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, EIT Climate-KIC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Water Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. 

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