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AIESEC and the United Nations: Partnerships for Peace.

“National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world.  But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea. Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity.”

–  Secretary-General  of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon

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For the 71st anniversary of the United Nations, AIESEC celebrates Sustainable Development Goal #17: Partnerships for the goals. AIESEC and the United Nations have a rich relationship of mutual belief and passion towards achieving peace in the world.

AIESEC  firmly believes that young people need to be at the center of the global development process. And so AIESEC and the United Nations have been working together to ensure that the world that we create tomorrow is aligned with the needs of youth today.

1. Consultative status with ECOSOC

AIESEC has a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This means that we formally represent the  youth within the UN system and thus can attend various meetings and discussions related to our organization’s competence.

2. UNDP and UNV Common Projects

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AIESEC have common projects with UNDP in Asia Pacific, and UN Volunteers in West and East Africa to advance youth contribution to SDGs. In the latter, AIESEC and the United Nations Volunteer Programme have fostered the development of youth across Africa to develop a youth-friendly framework on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals at National and Regional levels. A workshop was organized early September in Senegal that gave a practical interpretation to the underlying principle of the United Nations’ ‘Leave No One Behind’ SDG Campaign.

Video: UNV and AIESEC harness Africa’s youth potential

3. UN Industrial Development Organizations

The UN specialized agency that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, together with AIESEC, work on the launching of competitions and the creation of a common Summit for the Presidents of AIESEC in Europe that will be happening during UNIDO’s 50th anniversary in Vienna next month.

4. Sustainable Development Goals Declaration


The AIESEC Youth Action Summit was held last December in the UN headquarters in New York where more than 120 AIESEC country directors and volunteers attended to ensure the support of the organization towards the Sustainable Development goals.

Speakers included the UN Deputy-Secretary General Jan Eliasson and Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi who highlighted the central role of young people to the achievement of the SDGs.

AIESEC launched its commitment and contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals, a commitment for young people to make the global goals happen.

The declaration can be found here.

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“Youth leadership and ownership is critical for the successful delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals…United Nations had long recognized the efforts of AIESEC in promoting peace and development through professional and cultural exchange.”

– Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, during International Congress 2015

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5. Memorandum with UN Habitat

This month (October), world leaders and representatives of member states gathered in Quito, Ecuador to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a brand new road map to deal with urban issues and a guide to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals particularly in the urban context.
The UN Habitat were one of the founding partners of Youth4GlobalGoals together with the Asian Development Bank and Pvblic Foundation.
As young people are recognized for the first time as stakeholders, a partnership between the UN Habitat (Human Settlements Programme), AIESEC, and YoutHab marks the beginning of youth “Urban Action”, a global campaign to encourage young people all over the world to take actions in their cities to advance the SDGs and support the New Urban Agenda. The UrbanAction campaign was launched with aforementioned partnerships this month.

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