Rajiv Shah, Chandrika Tandon to address Global Youth Convening for Changeleaders

With water kiosks operating in the community, the responsibility of water collection has now shifted to the men of the household, with nearly 92% of water collection activities taken up by men on their bicycles or two-wheelers.
With water kiosks operating in the community, the responsibility of water collection has now shifted to the men of the household, with nearly 92% of water collection activities taken up by men on their bicycles or two-wheelers.

Over 500 young changemakers from 35 countries will connect virtually to share innovative ideas for change.

NEW YORK: On September 3rd, Safe Water Network will host a unique virtual youth convening of over 500 young global changeleaders. The event will bring together change drivers and spotlight their innovative and solutions-oriented work to help solve some of the most critical challenges the world is facing, including water, financial inclusion, opportunity-creation, sustainability, and climate change.

Speakers include global thought leaders Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of Rockefeller Foundation, Chandrika Tandon, recognized business leader and philanthropist, and Ravi Venkatesan, UNICEF Special Representative for Young People. Leading global organizations working in collaboration with Safe Water Network include Ashoka, The Better India, Devex, GYEM, O.P. Jindal Global University, and WaterLoop. The event already has had a significant global reach – with registrants coming from over 35 countries and 160 organizations – thanks to outreach organizations such as UNICEF Gen U and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The conversation will be led by young panelists, including Abigail Osei, Director of Program and Grants Administration at The Starr Foundation, who dedicates her time to planning programs for the Ghanaian youth community and Garvita Gulhati, Founder of Why Waste?, a non-profit organization changing mindsets, optimizing water usage, and preventing water waste.  Highlighted topics will include innovative solutions revolving around leveraging technology for change, creative problem-solving ideas, and community-building efforts.

Kurt Soderlund, CEO of Safe Water Network said, “Engagement from the next generation is essential in addressing today’s greatest challenges, including water and the environment.  Through this event we look forward to advancing dialog with like-minded youth so they are better able to influence and engage on the issues that will materially impact their lives in the decades to come.”

Young attendees can expect to learn more about the power of collaborative efforts and what they can to do help make a difference. The need is great and no one is too young to make a difference.

The event is free and interested people can register at https://events.safewaternetwork.org/vyc

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