SDSN Youth appoints the fourth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

SDSN Youth appoints the fourth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

The Local Pathways Fellowship is one of the world's leading training and research programs for young urban leaders on Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. It offers the knowledge and resources needed to empower them to take local actions for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda in their cities. 

                   

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The Local Pathways Fellowship is one of the world's leading training and research programs for young urban leaders on Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. It offers the knowledge and resources needed to empower them to take local actions for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda in their cities. 

In this rapidly urbanizing world, cities are forced to ask tough questions about how they can solve the unprecedented challenges ahead of them. COVID-19 has come to stress these challenges and the urge for change.

“At LPF, we're excited to welcome our 2021 cohort, which is composed of a rich set of  brilliant young professionals from different backgrounds in the urban development space. We're committed to equipping and inspiring these fellows to work collectively and promptly to preemptively address the future repercussions that we will face as a result of this pandemic,” said Ana Ynestrillas, Local Pathways Program Lead. 

The core component of the fellowship is a practically-oriented training program that teaches fellows about the major challenges faced by urban areas and guides them through the development of a solution to these issues in their cities - from local community initiatives to policy changes. 

The program is supported by its advisory board composed of Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN President, Aromar Revi, Director at Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and John Thwaites, Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Australia, who contribute with their thought leadership.

This year's edition adds to its curriculum a newly launched mentorship program designed to connect Local Pathways alumni with current fellows for knowledge sharing, project assistance, and networking purposes. Additionally, the fellows will be working more closely with the wider SDSN Youth network to build local connections through the SDG Students Hubs and SDSN's national and regional networks for a bigger impact. These new developments will allow the 2021 fellows to benefit from greater visibility and ultimately walk out of the fellowship with a concrete project that successfully localizes SDG 11.

Since 2017, LPF has successfully grown into a network of 253 fellows from 170 different cities who are leading change on the ground, this year adding a fourth cohort that gathers 103 young urban leaders from 80 different cities who are ready to make a bold impact.

To view the complete list of the 2021 LPF Fellows and their biographies, visit the Local Pathways Fellowship's website.

Additional information can be found at www.localpathways.org

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact: Yulia Lesnichaya, Project Officer, Communications at yulia.lesnichaya@sdsnyouth.org.

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