UPG Sustainability Leadership

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UPG Sustainability Leadership

UPG Sustainability Leadership mobilises people and organisations to support positive citizen leadership on sustainability. We bring together people who are committed to impact and committed to getting there through positive action.

Learn more about the motivation and recent history.

Every individual and every organisation can play a positive role.

UPG Sustainability Leadership - Taking Action

UPG Sustainability Leadership is being built by citizens, UPG Champions. UPG believes that sustainability includes BOTH the usual "green" issues such as planting trees, recycling waste, managing energy, protecting the oceans AND that it also includes other issues that have been central to our societies for a long time such as: education, health, jobs, gender equality, sustainable consumption, sustainable production and more. For those who are familiar with it, UPG uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide.

This initiative is currently comprised of several activities which appear below and which are described further below.
Please explore and join any part of the initiative that you can contribute to.


Sustainability Leaders - LIVE!


Project 2
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Project 3
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UPG Sustainability Leaders

The flagship activity is UPG Sustainability Leaders program. This program begins with 60 people from around the world trained as Sustainability Leaders. Flights, accommodation and the training costs are covered; please read more in the section below. These 60 Leaders commit to two things within the communities that they inhabit:

  • Lead one project of their own choosing.

  • Deliver at least one mini-training session to others who are interested in positive citizen leadership on sustainability.

More Information about UPG Sustainability Leaders

UPG Sustainability Leaders are trained in partnership with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. Each training takes place on Hurricane Island (in the USA) and the flight, accommodation and the training costs are covered - Sustainability Leaders do not have to pay for this. The trainings are done for three separate groups or cohorts in June, August and September.

UPG Sustainability Leaders spend 5 days learning and preparing for their mandate. The syllabus includes training in project management, stakeholder engagement, communication, digital communications and much more. Sustainability Leaders also explore how sustainability is related to economics, politics, law, culture, technology and more.

The goal of this training is to increase the capacity of Sustainability Leaders to lead at least one project of their own choosing in their community. In addition, upon the conclusion of these trainings, Sustainability Leaders conduct a secondary wave of mini-training sessions within their communities; contributing to a ground swell of informed citizens taking positive action and demonstrating sustainability leadership.

Learn More about Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.
Learn More about United People Global.

Learn More about other activities that are part of UPG Sustainability Leadership.


We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Mother Teresa

“People do have power inside themselves ... what we do with United People Global is to enhance that, to embolden people to unite their strengths and their aspirations; transform this in movements led by people themselves to change their lives and to change the world they want to live in and, if you like, to change the world that they want to leave as a legacy to future generations.”

Graça Machel.

Chair of the Board, United People Global

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is thrilled to partner with United People Global to address climate change and environmental sustainability. This partnership engages young adult leaders in a process of identifying their own solutions suitable for their own communities,”

Bo Hoppin, Executive Director,

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

To leave the world a bit better ... to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Global warming and sustainability are challenges that provoke a lot of anger and frustration - on both sides. And rightly so. United People Global is helping people who care about these challenges to respond with positive action.”

Yemi Babington-Ashaye

President, United People Global.

“We all know climate change is a global problem – and for that it requires a global solution. This is an opportunity for people from across the globe, regardless of their nationality or circumstances, to be part of the most important discussion of this century; the unprecedented action needed to reach the Paris Agreement targets.”

- Sir David Attenborough

Naturalist and Broadcaster.

"We are driven by a sense of responsibility for present generations and future generations that will succeed us"

- Kurtyka Michal

COP24 President

"Even though many human activities that accompany the process of development may have destructive consequences, it is also within human power to enhance and improve the environment in which we live."

- Amartya Sen, Nobel Laurette


You demonstrate a strong motivation to become UPG Sustainability Leader
combined with strong capabilites and you also have initial ideas that can have impact.

Your age is minimum 18 years or maximum 35 years by 1st October 2019.


If you do not meet these criteria,

please do not worry, this is only one activity in the UPG Sustainability Leadership initiative and there are other activities that you can participate in. And there are also other ways to be part of the success of Sustainability Leaders.


Please see the following key dates:

  • March 13, 2019

    Launch of UPG Sustainability Leadership

  • April 27, 2019

    First round deadline for applications

  • May 15, 2019

    Second round deadline for applications

  • June 17, 2019

    First Cohort begins training

  • July 20, 2019

    Third round deadline for applications

  • September 2, 2019

    Second Cohort begins training

  • September 23, 2019

    Third Cohort begins training

UPG Sustainability Leadership - Join Us

There are several ways to be part of UPG Sustainability Leadership. At any time there are activities that you can either participate in directly or that you can help to ensure that the activity has more impact. Please select "Participate/Connect" below and let us have more impact together.  Thank you.

Learn More about other activities that are part of UPG Sustainability Leadership.

A special thank you to our Partners,

Supporters and UPG Champions who all make this possible.
Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us in any way.

Activity Partners