Young people around the world are using their voice to make the Global Goals a reality.

We asked eight young leaders what kind of world they’d like to see by 2030.

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Trisha, India

“I want gender equality to be the norm. Where women go to school, have reclaimed their social life, and can access decent healthcare.”

As the founder of an NGO that supports women in India who have experienced sexual violence, Trisha has one goal: to put herself out of business.

“By 2030, I want organizations like mine to be redundant — we shouldn’t need to exist. Discrimination against women won’t be factored into every single part of their everyday lives.”

Her advice on inspiring others to act? A reality-check.

“Think about the issues that affect your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, your boyfriend. The second you do that, you’ll realize there are so many inequalities around you.”

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Tere, Mexico

“I want to see a world where everyone feels at home.”

Tere has taken the first steps to making this vision a reality — by literally bringing light into the lives of disadvantaged communities in Mexico. But it’s not your average solution. Used, plastic bottles are converted into light bulbs: a simple, low-cost idea that has transformed the way local communities live.

The one-liter bottles — which are installed on the roof of the house and filled with water — provide 55 watts of daylight with an average lifespan of 5 years.

“We’re leaving a lot of people behind if we think that electricity is the only energy source to use. We need to start thinking outside the box. We can use simple solutions to build extraordinary things, and include everyone in the process.”

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Dejan, Serbia

“I want to live in a world where the role of young people is recognized and celebrated.”

Having grown up in Serbia the 1990s, Dejan knows the value of a quality education.

“When I was nine years old, I had to stop going to school because of the war. Instead, we would hide in basements all day and try to protect ourselves from the bombs, and their aftershocks.”

It’s the harsh reality of war that so many children face today. But unlike some of his peers who never had the chance to return to school, Dejan was lucky.

“I grew up in a family that helped me understand the war — and that we were all working together to make it better. My mom was a school teacher, so she was around to give me some level of education.”

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Nikki, Canada

“I want to raise my kids in a world where there is no inequality for humans — whether its race, background, income, gender, or sexuality. We need to live in a world where we don’t judge each other.”

Indigenous rights activists Nikki Fraser has devoted her short — yet impactful — career to giving indigenous women in British Columbia a powerful voice. Her aunt and her cousin are among countless indigenous women and girls who have either died or gone missing.

For Nikki, the quest to achieve an equal world for women starts with a person’s attitude.

“Be open-minded. Educate yourself about your local indigenous people. Befriend people that you normally wouldn’t — like someone from the poor side of town. Just spread the good vibes.”

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Hannah, Germany

“I want to live in a world that’s just, fair and peaceful. A decent life where we can all develop to our full potential.”

In Hannah’s eyes, the Global Goals are achievable. What’s missing, she feels, is real cooperation and partnerships.

“We live in a closed-door society where it’s really strange to knock on your neighbor’s door to ask for something when you need it. Instead, we go to lengths to solve the issue on our own. Why?”

“We need to work together. None of us can do this alone — but at the moment were trying to find our own solutions. We need common solutions, and we need to work across borders.”

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Samuel, Uganda

“I want to live in a world where no child, no woman, nobody dies or suffers from waterborne diseases, and every home, every school, every person has access to decent sanitation they’re proud of.”

Toilets and technology. An unlikely combination — but one that has fueled Samuel’s entrepreneurial nous.

Growing up in an urban slum in Uganda, he saw firsthand the effects of poor sanitation on his community. So he developed a number of low-cost, innovative solutions to this problem, including a system that turns human waste into briquettes which are then used as cooking fuel, in the same way that firewood or charcoal is used.

“The moment you have clean water and sanitation, people don’t suffer from diseases, and time isn’t wasted treating diseases that could easily be prevented. If you’re healthy — you can do anything.”

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Rita, Kenya

“I want to see smallholder farmers actually depend on agriculture to make a living. Not just rely on it for survival — but to thrive.”

As a child, Rita saw her family in rural Kenya struggle as they sought to make a living from farming. Every season demanded back-breaking work, but yielded little results. With no access to any form of credit, it was impossible for local businesses to thrive.

So she took matters into her own hands, and essentially started a brokerage for farmers, giving them access to much-needed credit via financial lenders, and helping their businesses prosper.

“What we’re doing now to help farmers is something that hasn’t been done before. We need to start thinking and doing things differently.”

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Sarah, United Kingdom

“I want to see a generation of young people that know their place in the world and are doing things themselves — not waiting for permission.”

More than half of the world’s population is under 30 years old. Making sure they have a say in the Global Goals agenda is what Sarah does in her day job.

“Decisions are made, but they’re often made by people that have a very definite perspective, who think they are making a decision that is good for everyone. But that’s not always the case.”

“Young people need to be involved in the decision-making process. Because there are things that will inevitably affect their everyday lives.”

Want to learn more about the Global Goals? Visit undp.org/globalgoals

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