One in four people in the world today is aged between 15 - 29: that’s nearly 1.8 billion in total.
The world has an unprecedented opportunity to lay the foundations to build a better future for young people and to develop their skills. This becomes even more critical to sustainability when considering the potential skills and jobs that may be required in the future. 85% of the jobs which will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented.
ADSW is becoming a key contributor to the development and empowerment of youth in the UAE and around the world. The Youth 4 Sustainability Hub offers a platform for students, young professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to become educated about the future of the sustainability industry and engage with industry experts.
As a platform that brings together wisdom and knowledge, Youth 4 Sustainability aims to prepare youth to carry forward the sustainability agenda by ensuring that relevant and actionable information is passed down from our current leaders and experts to our future leaders.
A key element of the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub is the Climate Innovation Exchange, or CLIX, which is a unique marketplace connecting entrepreneurs and investors to enable partnerships that will power sustainable climate change solutions through knowledge, innovation, and funding.
CLIX is aligned with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s (MoCCE) strategy to enable the sourcing, funding and commercialisation of climate change solutions and technologies.
The initiative is focused on solving the world’s most pressing climate change issues by connecting local and global entrepreneurs (concepts, start-ups and innovative companies in different stages of funding), with an audience of potential and series investors (angel, seed investors and venture capitalists). The entrepreneurs will pitch conceptual ideas, new products and transformative business models that are aligned with the MoCCE’s three pillars of sustainability, namely air quality, clean mobility, and innovation in agriculture.
In 2018, CLIX received 312 applications from young innovators and entrepreneurs in 65 countries. Ten investors expressed their intent to invest $17.5 million in these innovations. The intended investment figure has the potential to grow to $45.5 million over a three-year period, according to the investors.
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Future Skills 2030
Another key feature of the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub is the Future Skills 2030: an engaging and interactive mentorship opportunity for students and young professionals to network with industry experts, and gain key skills to pursue a future in sustainability.
The Future Skills 2030 will take students and young professionals through a comprehensive journey, to explore the future of education, industry, business, and jobs in the context of sustainable development. The Future Skills 2030 will also demonstrate how the UAE’s national agenda, specifically the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031, is enabling the country to remain at the forefront of the changing global landscape by empowering youth to advance high-priority areas. The ultimate aim of the Exhibition is to prepare and equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in the future.
The Student Exclusive is another key element of the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub. The Student Exclusive is a unique youth-oriented event aimed at raising awareness about sustainability and inspiring students to get involved in renewable energy.
Hundreds of students from the United Arab Emirates will gather at the event to hear talks, performances and presentations about sustainability during the fourth Edition of the Student Exclusive of ADSW 2019.
The Student Exclusive Ambassadors Programme
As part of its Student Exclusive programme, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week invites young men and women from diverse backgrounds to become Student Ambassadors to support with its initiatives and events. This year-round programme encourages young people to:
Think critically: Ask questions, challenge existing practices and identify ways of overcoming barriers to improve sustainability.
Embrace change: Undertake new ways of working, collaborating and living.
Innovate: Be creative, explore new innovative ideas and bring fresh perspectives to global challenges. Young people often have direct knowledge and insights of issues that are sometimes not accessible to adults.
Become communicators: Through the power of social media, young people have the power to act and mobilise others both locally and internationally to be more sustainable.
Lead: When young people are empowered with knowledge and presented with opportunities, they can drive change and become examples that others can follow in their communities and countries.