UPG Sustainability Leadership is a movement that mobilises individuals and organisations to support positive citizen leadership on sustainability.
It is a movement that encourages and enables citizens at all levels to take positive action. A movement inspired by the UPG’s commitment to do what we can with what we have, rather than wait for someone else to act. It is a movement that embodies the notion that everyone can do something to make the world more sustainable.
UPG believes that sustainability includes BOTH the usual “green” issues such as planting trees, recycling waste, managing energy, protecting the oceans AND 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.
The flagship activity is the #UPGSustainability Leadership training program for 500+ young adults from across the globe every year. There are also activities for schools and institutions as well as for companies.
Launched in 2019, the UPG Sustainability Leadership program has been training young leaders from all paths of life and world regions to become champions for positive citizen leadership.
To date, 1000+ new UPG Sustainability Leaders from over 100 countries have successfully completed the training and a selected number among them have been presented with an additional opportunity a FREE, complementary and immersive 1-week experience at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership in the USA.
UPG Sustainability Leadership is FREE for young people thanks to the wonderful support of our Partners who believe in positive citizen leadership on sustainability. UPG Sustainability Leaders have commit to two actions to take within their communities or countries.
* Lead personal projects of their own choice that support at least one of the SDGs”
* Deliver training sessions to their local community
UPG Sustainability Leaders are already making a difference across the world:
UPG Sustainability Leaders
Are you a passionate citizen, aged 18 to 35, who believes your actions can support your local community and that every small positive action can make the world a better place? Then you are welcome to apply for our 2023 Program.
Do you want to be part of a global community of UPG Sustainability Leaders?
Do you want to get FREE training and the chance to spend an immersive 1-week experience in the USA (all costs covered)?
If your answer is YES, (or you know someone who would say yes!), then watch this space, subscribe to our social media channels on Instagram and/or LinkedIn – and apply once applications open later this year. Or join the UPG Community and stay ahead of this and our other activities here: https://unitedpeople.global/join
With the support of courageous people and organisations, a total of 1150 UPG Sustainability Leaders have been trained in three classes and over 120 of them were granted the opportunity to get an additional immersive training on Hurricane Island in the USA. Here, they live first hand what sustainability means and they are presented with different experiences to understand how to address the challenges of specific ecosystems in a sustainable way, exploring the local environment, understanding problems, challenges, and thinking about sustainable solutions based on field investigations.
UPG Sustainability Leaders are part of a worldwide network of young leaders from over 100 countries who create impact locally AND globally through their projects and mini-training sessions. They learn not only about the importance of the SDGs, but also how to use UPG’s Four Pillars to move from “ideals and goals” to “positive action”. And they learn from each other.
The curriculum of the 9-week intensive training encompasses a wide range of subjects including but not limited to – project management, stakeholder engagement, communication, digital communications, story telling, fundraising, and much more. Sustainability Leaders also explored how sustainability is related to economics, politics, law, culture, technology, education, and more.
“The goal of this training is to increase the capacity of UPG Sustainability Leaders to lead at least one project of their own choosing in their community. In addition, upon the conclusion of this training, UPG 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.”
UPG Sustainability Leaders have trained over 14,000 citizens worldwide through online and in-person sessions, and this is only the beginning.
“We started small and we focused on doing what we do with love. Today we are humbled by the impact that we are having around the world. We are inspired by the commitment of young people as well as by the quality of partners and collaborators that are working with us. Thank you! Together we are making the world a better place. Please let us keep building,” Yemi Babington-Ashaye. President, United People Global.
You can learn more by checking the 2019 Report
UPG Sustainability Leadership is the world’s largest and most comprehensive sustainability leadership training for young adults.
It is a free programme that mobilises people and organisations to support positive citizen leadership on sustainability. And this is possible thanks to the support of UPG’s partners and collaborators.
Check out the list of world class speakers and trainers for the 2021 UPG Sustainability Leadership Class
The following conditions apply to prospective candidates who are interested in becoming UPG Sustainability Leaders.
If you are interested in being part of the 2023 Class of UPG Sustainability Leadership then get prepared as the call for applications will be open soon!
Thank you for your interest in UPG Sustainability Leadership. Let us move together on the journey to a more sustainable world. Please contact us with any comments, questions, ideas and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.