Sustainability and Youth Leadership Conference

Sunday, November 1, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020
Event Place: 
Online via Zoom

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is aimed towards 'transforming the world', targeting the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions. The Agenda emphatically expresses the commitment by states to take bold and transformative steps to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Youth inclusivity has therefore factored as an important feature of the SDGs. 

RCE Kano, the Centre for Gender Studies Bayero University Kano, and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Action on Climate Change are organising this two-day conference, whereby the focus of this second Digital Youth Forum will be on leadership, and is designed to complement the first Conference held in October 2020. It aims to achieve the following:

  1. Develop personal leadership skills among youth to improve prospects and build confidence.
  2. Improving capacity, competence and efficiency among youth in promoting the SDGs.
  3. Aiding the skills and capabilities of youth to play a significant role in all aspects of the polity, including leadership, governance and politics.
  4. Re-igniting the interest of youth in matters of national development; and dispelling the laid-back, lackluster attitude in such matters.
  5. Increasing youth understanding, awareness and engagement on sustainability and sustainability issues.
  6. Avail participants an opportunity to make networks and collaborations that will enhance their relevance as leaders, and serve as change makers.


  1. Overview and recap on the Digital Youth Forum series (Presenter: Safiya Ahmad Nuhu)
  2. Developing personal leadership skills among youth (Presenter: Dr. Hadiza Hamma)
  3. Design thinking: How to concretize your ideas through design thinking (Presenter: Ali Bukar Ahmad)
  4. Leadership in a digital era. How to optimize the use of communication devices and social media platforms for promoting a productive leadership in SDGs and youth climate advocacy (Presenter: Marie-Claire Graf)
  5. Youth as movers and 'shapers' of the polity: The imperative of youth engagement and involvement in leadership, governance and politics (Suggested presenter: Isma’il Buba Ahmed, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment)
  6. Social Entrepreneurship and Global Sustainability: How RCEs can Play a Part (Presenter: Dr Brittany Foutz, RCE Salisbury)
  7. "A development that leaves no one behind": Why inclusivity matters - projecting issues, developing strategies, advocating for change (Suggested presenter: Hauwa el-Yaqub)

Participation: Online via Zoom
Registration: Complete the form here
Questions: All relevant questions to be posted here

Further information on the Conference can be found here.