Proceedings of the 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium


Youth Leadership for Integral Human Development: Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals
Proceedings of the 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium

SESSION I - Welcome
The opening session of the Vatican Youth Symposium will look at the role of youth leadership in instilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement, and Laudato Si’ around the world.

Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS)

Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Special Advisor on SDG’s to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

SESSION II – Raising Global Awareness for SDGs
This session will discuss ways to raise social awareness of sustainable development in schools, communities, churches, workplaces, and other areas of life.

Hugh Evans – Global Citizen

Sam Loni – SDSN Youth

Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri – EDJA Foundation

Tomás Insua – Global Catholic Climate Movement


SESSION III - Education and Expertise for SDGs
This session will discuss ways to embed the concepts of sustainable development in school curricula, job training, and public engagement. Key topics will include climate change, modern slavery, sustainable supply chains, and other vital themes of the SDGs.

Grégoire Théry – CAP International

Alessandra Graziosi – Scholas Occurrentes

Camille Bangug – Millenium Campus Network

Yi Jun Mock – SDG Students Program

Kinsu Kumar – Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

Professor Fernando Reimers (Video Message) – Harvard University

Amanda Abrom – Global Schools Program


SESSION IV - Entrepreneurship & Innovation for SDGs
This session will discuss the role of entrepreneurship and social businesses for the SDGs, and will present several case studies.

Christina Myers & Dr. Aziza Khabbush – Omni Institute

Facundo Lugo – La Alameda Foundation

Yesika Aguilera
– Tespack

Filippo Veglio – World Business Council on Sustainable Development

Dario Piselli – Youth Solutions Program


SESSION V - Philanthropy & Financing for SDGs
This session will discuss mobilizing SDG financing and how youth can build systems and learn lessons from various sectors to achieve the necessary financing for SDG-related solutions.

Thomas Preiss – Common Goal

Vanessa Fajans-Turner – Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Djaffar Shalchi – Human Act

Lynn Zovighian – NEXUS


Updates from Previous Vatican Youth Symposiums Speakers in this session will share their experiences from the previous Vatican Youth Symposiums and elaborate on the progress and impact of projects since last year.

Gabriela May Lagunes
Sienna Nordquist
Molly Burhans
Anthony Bucci
Clayton Ferrara
Ixchel Yglesias
Mariana Ruenes
Obinna Nnewuihe

Closing Remarks
Speakers will come together to summarize the main takeaways of each session and discuss the synergies between each of the thematic areas. Participants will be asked to share on their experiences from the day and explain how they will adapt the lessons from this symposium into their respective projects and solutions.


Youth Leadership for Integral Human Development: Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 Casina Pio IV, Vatican City Youth leaders have an important role to play... Read more