Open call for twelve young people to participate in an international sustainable development project

Capable youth catalyze holistic approach to sustainable development and green transition - Apply by 4th Feb!

A group of smiling young people hold a big flag of sustainable development goals
Youth are accelerators of sustainable development and future professionals. Photo: UNA Finland. Kuva: Suomen YK-liitto.

Join us to delve into sustainable development and advocacy in an international setting - Apply by February 4th!

The progress and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 are assessed through the United Nations' Voluntary National Review (VNR). Active participation of young people plays a significant role in ensuring an inclusive green transition that leaves no one behind.

We are now looking for twelve (12) enthusiastic young individuals to join us in learning about sustainable development, human rights, and advocacy with active young people from the Nordic and Baltic regions.

About the project

In 2024, the Finnish UN Association is implementing the Norden 0-30 program, bringing together youth delegates and ambassadors, members of the Sámi Youth Council, and other active youth from Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Estonia.

In this project participants will:

  1. Learn how the implementation of sustainable development goals and human rights-based approaches is monitored and reported in national voluntary reviews (Voluntary National Review) in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
  2. Understand how to engage in assessment work and influence it in their own country.
  3. Gain in-depth knowledge of the interconnections between sustainable development goals and learn how the Nordic countries are managing global SDG spillover effects and what the actions are to improve the current situation.

Additionally, participants will learn about the rights and challenges of indigenous peoples, particularly concerning the green transition's impact on Sámi land and natural resources. Participants will also acquire skills in using new digital tools to analyze the realization of sustainable development goals and compare them with recommendations from human rights treaty bodies. The project equips young individuals to produce their own material for advocacy and strengthens their networks in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Who can apply?

The application period is from January 15th to February 4th, 2024. To apply, carefully fill out the application form. The participating young individual should be between 16 and 30 years old, fluent in English, and committed to attending all events, training sessions, and advocacy activities organized by the Finnish working group. The project covers travel and accommodation expenses. There are no additional compensations. Twelve participants will be selected in the project, and the selection outcomes will be communicated personally to the applicants via email.


The project consists of four (4) components, implemented from March to September:

  1. International Conference in Helsinki, March 11-13
  2. Human Rights and Sustainable Development Training in Helsinki, April 25
  3. Workshop on Sustainable Development Advocacy / Hybrid Format / early June (exact dates TBC)
  4. International Conference in Tallinn, late September (exact dates TBC)

For questions and more information, please contact
Jenni Kauppila, project coordinator jenni.kauppila [ät] ykliitto.fi

In cooperation with:

UNA Sweden

UNA Iceland

Sillamae Society for Child Welfare


Logo of Nordic Council of Ministers
Projekti on saanut tukea Pohjoismaiden ministerineuvoston tukiohjelmasta Norden 0–30 (2024).