Inspirational figures from around the world to inspire young Swedes in Stockholm

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) have invited some twenty inspirational figures from around the world to Stockholm. At the #FirstGeneration Global Goals Forum on 5 October they will receive an award for their engagement in issues concerning fair and sustainable development, peace and climate change. Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér and Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will attend the forum.

Through the United Nations, world leaders have taken on the challenge of creating a sustainable and fair future through 17 common goals. The Global Goals are to be achieved by 2030. The Government has a clear ambition to achieve the goals both in Sweden and internationally. This is the background to the #FirstGeneration Global Goals Forum, which will take place on 5 October.

The Forum, co-organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sida, will give the leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to build global networks to exchange knowledge and experience, and recognition for their engagement for a sustainable world. The awards will be presented by State Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Ulrika Modéer. The inspirational figures come from countries including the Marshall Islands, France, Angola, Brazil, Rwanda and Sweden. Some 300 young Swedes are also invited to be enthused by and learn more about the Global Goals and the inspirers' work.

The Forum will be opened by Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér, and Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will take part in a 'sustainability grill'. The event will be moderated by presenter and YouTube star Clara Henry. She is Sweden's first youth ambassador for the Global Goals.

The #FirstGeneration initiative was inspired by the following quote by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: "We are the first generation that can wipe out extreme poverty and the last one that can halt climate change."

The aim of the initiative is to engage young people on issues concerning social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Contact

Sofia Karlberg
Head of Press Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Phone +46 8 405 50 10
Joanna Abrahamsson
Press Secretary to Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Hanna Björnfors
Press Secretary to Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 (0)72-500 92 11
email to Hanna Björnfors, via senior registry clerk