About SDSN Youth
In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), to generate practical solutions for sustainable development by mobilizing global scientific and technological expertise, including the design and implementation of the SDGs. Led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the SDSN is based at Columbia University in New York City.
In 2015, the SDSN launched its official youth initiative, SDSN Youth, to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth is based at the SDSN New York office and supported by 185 volunteers based around the world.
Want to learn more about SDSN Youth’s Impact on the World? Read the Youth Impact Report 2020!
About SDSN Youth Greece
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth – Greece has been included in the SDSN Youth Network since September 2016. It works closely and provides tangible support to SDSN Greece.
SDSN Youth focuses on amplifying the tremendous energy and capabilities of youth in generating broader buy-in for the UN Sustainable Development Goals by mobilizing recourse and building capacity to empower action. SDSN Youth Greece aims to empower the Greek Youth Communities, in order to create sustainable solutions. It provides a platform for young people from different backgrounds to connect and share ideas and experiences addressing the challenges of sustainable development. Our network’s priorities are youth mobilization on education and global cooperation, organizing and participating in youth events of the region as well as globally, sharing and creating best practices while inspiring young people.
SDSN Youth is based upon the belief that young people are the ideal agents to be at the forefront of the sustainable development movement: they are forward-thinking, creative, and come in large numbers. Young people make up nearly half the world’s population, the biggest generation we are yet to see – they are the most educated, charitable, and entrepreneurial amongst other age groups.
Sustainable development is a unique solution to global challenges. Our future and humanity rely on this. Sustainable Development Goals are the motivation and the answer we need to communicate to our Youth, in order to achieve Change and make Sustainability our reality. SDSN Youth- Greece Network aspires to be lead and contribute to Sustainability, by localizing the SDGs and promoting the SDSN Youth Initiative.
Educate the youth community about the SDGs and create pathways for achieving them. Connect young people globally (with researchers, academics, scientists) to exchange ideas, share experiences, and collaborate to achieve the SDGs.
Support young people in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the SDGs. SDSN Youth Greece is coordinated by a Network Coordinator, assisted by a powerful team of young volunteers.
- Christos Mavroeidis (March- today)
- Lydia Lekka ( September 2019 -2021)
Christina Christoforou Livani (September 2016 – July 2019)
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Christos is a 23 years old law graduate, serving as the Network Coordinator of UN SDSN Youth Greece. He is a trainee lawyer at a criminal Law Firm in Athens, Greece. His sincere interest in sustainability, energy and climate change led him to pursue an MSc in Law and Economics in Energy Markets, in Athens University of Business and Economics. Christos considers youth engagement and awareness of the SDGs of paramount importance and believes that the required change will come through impactful solutions implemented by the Youth. He has been a volunteer of SDSN youth Greece since 2020, and has participated in the Organising Committee as the FR & Partnerships Manager since 2021. He has been member of various youth organisations, and has represented them in international fora on Sustainability and Climate Change. He has, also, won a Climathon Award.
Yiannis Stamatonikolos is an undergraduate student at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has worked as Head of Management and Planning at the European Organisation for Strategic Planning, while he has done internships at the National Committee for Bioethics and Technoethics and, recently, at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, he cooperates with the National Authority for Higher Education, as a member of the Registry of Students that staffs its committees. He has participated in national and international conferences, speaking on the protection and exploitation of the environment, gender equality and urban development policies. He speaks English, Italian and German. His first contact with SDSN Youth was when he assumed the duties of Education Officer at the SDG Student NKUA Hub, while since April 2022 he has been appointed as Deputy Network Coordinator of UN SDSN Youth Greece. In the same month, he was selected to be one of the 12 evaluators of the Youth Member Committee of the SDSN Youth Global Innovation & Impact Awards.
Anastasia Papapetrou is an undergraduate student at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in the Department of Public Administration, majoring in Economics. At the same time she is the SDG Campus Coordinator at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences and has also been elected as the Organising Committee of SDSN Youth Greece. She has been a part of the Organising Committee of Climathon 2021 while being a part-time author at the Association of International and European Affairs. During her studies she has participated in numerous seminar series with the Institute of International Relations. The last few years, she has taken part in numerous Model United Nations in Greece and the United Kingdom.
Her vision on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, is based on initiatives of the European Union, such as the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan and the European Green Deal.
Christos D. Papadopoulos is the Head of Projects at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Greece. He is an alumnus of a Greek-French school of Athens and studies International and European Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also occupied in a major airline. Previously, he has worked at the General Censuses of Population and Buildings of the Hellenic Statistical Authority as a Head of Sector and has also been writing articles regularly in the columns of International and Cultural Affairs of a news website. He was a member of the Hellenic Youth Parliament for the XXIV Session and has participated in numerous student conferences, MUNs and other events. His knowledge and interest revolve around aviation, politics, international relations, history and art.
Chrysanthi Anyfanti is the Social Media Manager of SDSN Youth Greece. She is a Biology graduate from the University of Sussex with a proven interest in Marketing. During the second year of her degree, she completed a seven month marketing internship in a start up, Health Careers Greece. Ensuing, she decided to focus on her passion for sustainability and volunteered at ENACTUS UK as the Marketing Lead, a student led NGO which through sustainable projects aims to help achieve the 17 SDGs. At the same time, she was elected as the press secretary for her University’s Life Sciences society helping in organising and promoting academic events. During her time at ENACTUS she realised the importance of taking action against climate change. Now as a graduate she is continuing to follow her passion, spreading awareness regarding the SDGs and climate change through SDSN Youth Greece an organisation which is at the core of advancing the SDGs.
SDSN Youth AUEB students working on SDG’s project:
1. Eva Papanikolaki, 2nd year, ΟΙΚ SDG 7, 10,
2. Athena Skopeliti, 3rd year, DEOS SDG 9, 12
3. Irene Anaxagoras, 5th year, DEOS SDG 3, 8
4. Alex Ramiotis, 2nd year, OIK SDG 13, 15
5. Eleni Mav, MSc energy policy SDG 1,2
6. Dora Dimopoulou, 3rd year, DEOS SDG 4, 14
7. Koralenia Voulgari, 3rd year, DEOS SDG 5,6
8. Theodora Kolliopoulou, 3rd year, DEOS SDG 4, 16
9. Alexandra Moutsatsou, 3rd year, DEOS SDG 11
10. Angeliki Lelekou SDG 9, 17
11. Ioanna Bregianni: 5th year, DEOS SDG 13
Join SDSN Youth Greece
- Are you 18-30 years old?
- Are you based in Greece?
- Are you interested in the creation of solutions for a sustainable future and in contributing to Agenda 2030?
Then you should join our team in SDSN Youth Greece!
Being a volunteer in SDSN Youth Greece, you will have the opportunity to:
- Connect and collaborate with young people with different backgrounds
- Learn more about the SDGs and sustainable development
- Put your ideas into action and have an impact in the world
- Cultivate your soft skills and discover new talents
Simply, send us an e-mail to email@example.com and we will contact you.