Get out of Your Comfort Zone and Partner for the Goals!

Get out of Your Comfort Zone and Partner for the Goals!

I thought after being a member of AIESEC for five years and being on two Member Committee Executive Boards (MCEBs) would be enough for my leadership skill development…

Then, I signed up for a Global Talent Program and quickly realized I was wrong. I knew from arrival, this experience was going to transform me from the core, once again.

I am Edem Hlonu, former Member Committee President (MCP) of AIESEC in Togo 2016-17. After my term, I was in India for a whole year with the ACE Career Development Program powered by TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES (TCS) during 2018.

“Why India?”

“It is too far…”

There were plenty of worries from my friends and family across West Africa.

Living in Bangalore, a 12-million-souls-and-counting city was a truly challenging experience, as my entire home country has only 7 million inhabitants.

My first month had been just an introduction to their culture—I was shocked every single day!

How rich and how extremely poor people can be and still share the same city. You can tell the difference so clearly as the caste-system still exists. I was living near my fancy office, but the neighbourhood looked dirty and crowded everywhere.

There was a queue every place I went, no matter whether it was a small or big shop, a church, a restaurant or a barber.

“Spicy or chilly?” These are the only two options for food. As most of the locals are vegetarians, which is unusual where I come from, vegetarian cuisine was foreign to me at first. But later, I started to appreciate it, and even now, as I’m already back in my home country, I miss it dearly.

In India, prepare yourself not to eat beef.

The cow is one of their many, many gods. That is why you can see them on the street roam undisturbed. Every day is a festival for a god, so there are almost three holidays every month. Their culture is different from any culture in the world and I appreciate it. Men and women do not mix. To greet someone from the opposite sex, men can shake hands, but never should try to hug women in public!

I looked strange to most of the locals there. My blackness drew attention and people asked many things based on assumptions: “Are you African? Or wait, are you from Jamaica? Perhaps from South Africa?”

“No, I am actually from Togo.”

It was not much of my surprise that nobody knew where Togo was. Nevertheless, they were all curious to learn, so they asked me to explain.

The craziest request they had was to take selfies—like I was a superstar, even though I told them I was not— but they insisted to snap a photo right there on the street, while eating at restaurants, or wandering around at malls or markets. I even got used to it and started to enjoy it too.

Some of my colleagues even used to touch my hair to see how it felt, as I cleaned it differently. As most of them studied IT at school, I guess they had not been focusing much on geography. Therefore, I was often asked to teach them everything I knew about Africa. Burst some misconceptions, I might add, such as Africa was not a country, but indeed a diverse continent with more than 50 amazing countries!

But there was a lot to be learned too.

I visited Hindu temples and witnessed amazing wedding ceremonies, which I learned were an important event for not just friends and family, but the whole community and neighbourhood. So they share a lot of their joy. I have met some African interns from different regions of Africa too. So my internship not only enhanced my Indian cultural awareness, but I learned about other cultures and habits from my continent too. Things I had not known before.

Working at TCS, a top 3 global IT company, was challenging for me as I did not graduate from the field of IT or anything similar. I had skills in need to them in speaking two international languages fluently (French is the official language in Togo, and I learned English). They often joked: “How did you get to work in an IT company?” But also were curious by asking: “What will you do after the internship?” So to help me professionally with the job, TCS provided a 4 weeklong training course on IT and security, which I completed.

I became a Language specialist, supporting clients in IT. Working in a service desk project team looks sometimes like working in an emergency hospital. As things change suddenly in the field, and the tasks are diverse, the position made me more flexible. I needed to learn new things every day to update my knowledge as well, so it required me to be more patient and proactive.

The company is huge, with many employees, teams, processes, rules, leaders and organizations inside it. Apart from Indians, I was also working together with other interns coming from countries like Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Kenya, Namibia and Indonesia. We had a lot of fun with the project team during our team building days, and even in our free time.

Working on a crazy shift timetable, as our project was running 24/7, we were supporting Europe and North America. The time zones were different, therefore I had to work from 4 pm to 2 am, working sometimes on weekends as well.

I quickly learned to plan extra activities flexibly. I started going to the gym, doing Yoga, reading English books from the company library… which all were a new experience for me.

Every time I could, I planned short trips to visit numerous places across the giant country as India is. Sometimes I used my long weekends to get further.

At one point, I could travel to New Delhi, Mumbai, Pondicherry and Goa where Indian culture looks even more different than what I got familiar with living in Bangalore—India truly is a country of millions of cultures and religions.

I can clearly state from my heart, that going for an internship was one of the best things that happened to me. It changed my perception of life and shaped me into a better person, and an even better leader, which I thought I’d already mastered as an MCP.

Besides that, I had developed my professional and personal skills and network too. Now I know how to work in a multicultural environment and how to survive far from home. How to report to different leaders and how to be accountable for my responsibilities.

Now I had mastered how to plan differently and be more focused according to the priorities and the ever-changing environment I faced. How to handle change is part of my daily life as sometimes a process that I thought to follow might not work to solve one problem, so being a solution-oriented person, I learned to how to handle change.

Today, after India and year-long professional experience, I am a more self-aware and open-minded person who is more adaptable and welcome to differences and cherishes them from the heart.

I can give to my friends in Togo, who look up to me because I was able to live in completely different conditions on my own for 12 months. I learned how to motivate and condition myself to see the opportunities in everything. The experience truly shaped me in my very core.

After it, I could see my professional career differently. I am more comfortable in customer management and IT now, even though originally I had a background in Law.

I will always encourage young people to get out of their comfort zones and if it is needed, travel to the other side of the world to discover their true selves and find new horizons.

Travelling and working in a drastically different culture might be the best thing you can do in your youth that will positively impact your entire life.

© Edem Hlonu 2019 (edem.hlonu@aiesec.net)

  1. Career Development Program (ACE) by Tata Consultancy Services

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of #WAYSWF.

What More Can We Do? More of Course!

What More Can We Do? More of Course!

In 2016, to fellow former members, I wrote: “I was a member of the largest student organisation in the world 25 years ago. It made such an impact on me that I want to work with you all to reboot humanity. The Sustainable Development Goals cannot wait! Our alumni are the perfect group of empowered people to set the wheels in motion. Let’s go for it!”

I sincerely wanted to make an impact on humanity, even in the slightest. And if that means shouting from the rooftops, I will gladly stand up there with my megaphone.

I received the following reply of endorsement from a member of the Executive Board:

“We totally agree, which is why we have built an online platform and are working to link our members into a global network of leaders for a better world. Thanks for joining us!”

So, even after being an inactive member of AIESEC for many years, since the SDGs came into effect on 1 January 2016, in my own way, I have been persevering to further my passion for the promotion and execution of the Sustainable Development Goals as a member of AIESEC Alumni International. Accordingly, as a former active member in my childhood, I am determined to make a difference again. These publications attest to that conviction.

Strategically aligned, AAI has an active network all over the world including members with a grounded understanding of how to raise the potential of humanity for peace and rehabilitation collectively in an apolitical manner. Additionally, alongside the Global Goals sponsored voluntarily by the like-minded Member States of the United Nations, it provides a platform for fellow alumni to band together to launch projects to be bold and, as stated in its mission statement, “achieve peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential”.

Surely, in your heart of hearts, you yearn for the same?

– Lee Vallance

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of #WAYSWF.

The SDGs and You

The SDGs and You

Below is an episode excerpt from The Market and The Good – Sustainable Podcasts series with Chris Gassman produced by Management & Legal Associates(1), where doing well by doing good is the norm. Alternatively, follow the link(2) below to listen to the original audio version of it.

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Chris: What will the audience gain by listening?

Oğuz: I think there are millions of people in the world who have never heard of the SDGs before. At least they will notice and wonder about them. After that, they will search and learn more about what they are and what the UN and we are doing for them and why they are so important. And, they will notice what a person can do for another person’s life—how we can work together for one aim.

Chris: Why are you working on the SDGs?

Oğuz: Turkey has been a member of the UN for years. But since the Development Goals were announced, I have never seen them on the news, in newspapers or met any person who knows about them except AIESECers. I have journalist friends here, but even they don’t know. I want our people to notice and do something for a better world. That’s why I work on the SDGs to make people notice them.

Chris: What is your idea in brief?

Oğuz: I think the problem is quality of education. I think the education system must be more than teaching lessons. The system must include how to be a good and useful person for the world. We should learn what should be done when we face a problem. We should learn what should be done against poverty and war and how to act towards a woman and elderly people and so on.

Also, how to solve a crisis and problems; how to make a quality connection with people. If we can have a better education system in our countries, we can have better leaders, and they will lead us towards a peaceful world, I think.

Chris: What is your call to action?

Oğuz: If people have never heard about development goals, they can follow us on What are you still waiting for?. Also, on Facebook. “What are you still waiting for?” is our group. If they’re AIESEC alumni, they can check our articles. We have been writing articles about the Development Goals for two years on AlumNet. Also, there are many other articles on the Internet. There are lots of things about them online. They must check and follow and must be a follower of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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• Transcribed by Oguz@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Illustrated by Kriszti@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Edited by Lee@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Originally Aired on The Market And The Good

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Being an Ambassador is Cooler Than You Think!

Being an Ambassador is

Cooler Than You Think!

The Global Goal Content Team for AlumNet is looking for 17 Ambassadors to represent each goal with passion and conviction. Could you be one of them?

Below is an episode excerpt from The Market and The Good – Sustainable Podcasts series with Chris Gassman produced by Management & Legal Associates(1), where doing well by doing good is the norm. Alternatively, follow the link(2) below to listen to the original audio version of it.

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Chris: What will the audience gain by listening?

Lee: Thanks for having me on your show and offering me the chance to convey my thoughts on a topic I am very passionate about discussing with you. Your listeners will be left with a sense of urgency to rise with a start, shed their complacent attire of yesteryear and make an impact in a new wardrobe of glittering colours sporting their Global Goal Goggles(3) forward!

Chris: Why are you working on the SDGs?

Lee: A few years ago, I was at a turning point in my life as I felt that my contribution to the world at large was missing something; something significant that was staring right at me, but its brightness somehow blinded me. So, I rummaged through my proverbial closet to rediscover the key to what drives me. You see, being agnostic, I have always been reluctant to commit wholeheartedly to a single religion, even though I was searching for a guiding light to head towards in my world. Then, like a lightning bolt from above, I found it! It was my time at AIESEC when I was a student that opened my eyes to a bolder and brighter world through its association with United Nations ideals.

At last, I had an angle to make an impact! So, I hit the books! The more Global Goal-related courses I took, the more enlightened I became, convinced that I had to do what I could to make them prominent and influential in everyone’s lives. After all, the UN is at the mercy of its Member States and is not at liberty to draw from a bottomless wishing well of gold to fund worthy initiatives at will, so I took the plunge and decided to sincerely commit myself hook, line, and sinker to their gospel for the rest of my career.

Stop right there! I may have raised your eyebrows by implying that the UN was a religious organisation, but allow me to explain. In humanity’s heart of hearts, achieving the multi-stakeholder global agenda by 2030 is the MORAL thing to do. Commit to it, and you too will bring to the surface of your wishing well a deep purpose to your life. What are you waiting for, take the plunge!

Chris: What is your idea in brief?

Lee: Besides teaching Global Goal-related content to high school students in Japan, with fellow AIESEC Alumni International boosters, I volunteer as an editorial producer of Global Goal-related content, not only shouting from the rooftops but helping influence the world at large. Not only do we produce content online for AAI, which is online at whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space for all to read, but we are poised to publish offline, too.

On that note…

Hey you! Yes, I mean YOU. Whether you are a member of AAI’s AlumNet or not, there you will find subgroups corresponding to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. AIESEC alumni, consider following the ones you are most passionate and qualified to represent because the AAI Content Team for AlumNet is looking for 17 Ambassadors to represent each Goal with passion and conviction. We want you to keep us inspired by sharing personal stories, and informed by sharing information about initiatives that we want to endorse. So, with like-minded alumni of AIESEC, become a volunteer with us to produce articles and share relevant information with fellow compassionate champions of progressive social change for sustainable development.

Chris: What is your call to action?

Lee: So, what are you STILL waiting for? GET IN TOUCH!

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(3) http://cdn.worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/2017/08/WLL-Glasses-V3.pdf

What Are You Still Waiting For? Our World Is Dying!

What Are You Still Waiting For?

Our World Is Dying!

Below is an episode excerpt from The Market and The Good – Sustainable Podcasts series with Chris Gassman produced by Management & Legal Associates(1), where doing well by doing good is the norm. Alternatively, follow the link(2) below to listen to the original audio version of it.

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Chris: What will the audience gain by listening?

Colina: These are the Global Goals that directly address world issues. The UN has set the Agenda by 2030 to solve them so that we and our subsequent generations can live better on Earth. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if by 2030 there will be No Poverty, Zero Hunger, and everybody has Good Health and Well-Being? Also, ALL children will have access to Quality Education with Gender Equality; all human beings can have Clean Water and Sanitation, and Affordable and Clean Energy. We will all live in nations where their citizens will have Decent Work and Economic Growth, with Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Furthermore, together, we really can take Climate Action. These are most of our 17 SDGs embraced.

Chris: Why are you working on the SDGs?

Colina: 7 years ago, I went to Malaysia for an international student exchange, where I met my international friends. This experience was a turning point in my life when I got to know different cultures, people, and their countries good and bad things and understood that we shared common problems. That’s how and why we met, working on the Red Wave project to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Then, early last year, I saw AIESEC Alumni International was recruiting a content team worldwide to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the UN, I started to research what SDGs were and decided I should follow the initiatives on making this planet a better place and the next thing I knew I had become one of the AAI team.

Chris: What is your idea in brief?

Colina: The problems are being paid attention every day on the news and being spoken about at many conferences and among people. There we show our concerns and propose solutions. If successful, I think that the world would be a much better place to live, again. Isn’t it wonderful if by 2030 it transpires?

We, as part of the AIESEC Content Team, have been working for almost two years, writing many articles about the 17 SDGs, building milestones for a united world. We are achieving recognition with our book – a selection of our articles named: What Are You Still Waiting For? Our World Is Dying! (3) – as it is on its way to be published in Vietnam in English and Vietnamese. In this way, we can make many people in Vietnam get familiar with the SDG terms and real and current problems. Then, hopefully, they will come up with solutions in the form of projects.

Chris: What is your call to action?

I work in public relations in which I have the privilege to have my voice heard. I exert this advantage to speak up for other voices. In my opinion, the 17th Goal which is Partnerships for the Goals is the most impactful one because it’s obvious that I can not cover all the problems, yet all of us, holding hands to sort out one by one, little by little, and day by day can. Individuals, companies and organisations altogether will be able to achieve them by 2030 – according to the Agenda.

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• Transcribed by Colina@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Illustrated by Kriszti@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Edited by Lee@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Published by Colina@Whatareyoustillwaitingfor.Space

• Originally Aired on The Market And The Good

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of AAI.

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(3) http://bit.ly/whatareyoustillwaitingfor

1 for All, All for 1

Partnerships for the Goals

1 for All, All for 1

Every step towards solutions to pressing issues is more important than you may think. Committing time, effort, tears, sweat, plans and actions all for a better world is indispensable.

Do not say, “Even if I don’t do anything, there are seven billion more of us who will do something”. If everybody thought like this, no one would move even one step forward. Instead, such complacency would take us one step backward. Thus, before we knew it, we would be awakened from our slumber with a full-blown crisis knocking on our doors. Sound familiar? You bet!

Thankfully some of us are taking bold steps forward. Just a few weeks ago I found some compelling content online from influential people like Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, and Penelope Cruz reminding us that nature doesn’t need us but we need it. They focus on elements of it that are being adversely affected by our ruthless and careless conduct(1).

Even if these people have enough money to live in luxurious conditions for the rest of their lives, they step forward to show us what the world is facing, speaking on behalf of nature itself. Furthermore, they want us to react constructively.

I take seriously what famous people do for the world. I follow whether they use their fame for good or bad things carefully. Are they a bad example for youth by using drugs or hanging out with different partners every night? Do they always smoke? Alternatively, do they set an excellent example by visiting war children, orphans, or saying something useful about climate change?

Most of us are seldom in the spotlight; all the same, don’t belittle your lack of access to power and privilege. Please don’t dwell on your status, never think you are unworthy of doing great things. Just try. Do something to the extent of your abilities. Be an example to the people around you. Act altruistically, and you will soon find that sympathisers will follow you. One by one, step by step, together we will make the world a better place.

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(1) https://www.conservation.org/nature-is-speaking/Pages/default.aspx

How to Partner Up as An Individual for the Global Goals

How to Partner Up as an Individual for the Global Goals

It can be overwhelming to think about the massive needs of developing countries. Even if we consider only one person at a time to support, it is a challenge to see where and how to start.

This approach often leads our minds away from our purpose, which is to deliver even the tiniest action for a better world. So, take just one step with us today and learn about some possible ways to commit to a Partnership for the Goals.

Ultimately, to strengthen partnerships, individuals can contribute in five significant ways: Mobilise, Share, Serve, Provide, and Support.

Although appropriate actions vary depending on your circumstances, listed below are some possibilities to consider:

I. Mobilise: engage individuals around you, lobby your government for a case, or organise your company’s next outreach program.

II. Share Knowledge: create awareness by discussing the SDGs with your circle on social media. Create data, blogs, visuals or articles.

III. Serve Expertise: guide AIESEC entities and/or organisations in the least developed countries. Travel there to see for yourself, or in the digital space. It is up to you.

IV. Provide Technology: set up a website for any appropriate business is the best thing you can do from a distance. If you travel there, make sure that, instead of your favourite jeans, you pack some power banks, wireless speakers, USB drives and anything else you deem essential. Better still, if you find a local NGO and ask about their needs in advance or contact someone nearby planning to travel to your target location for advice.

V. Support with Funds: donate directly to trustworthy organisations. Although I believe the best thing to do is get to know local AIESEC entities through their Facebook Pages and offer to advise them on financial management issues, if you are looking for hustle free but instant results, pay the internet service provider fee for their workspaces.

The United Nations clustered the most necessary actions under 19 categories(1). These are the targets of this Goal to be reached by 2030. Most relatable for governments or companies but some individual change agents will be inspired by them, so please follow the link below and start your journey to become a partner for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Call to Action:

1. Read more → sustainabledevelopment.un.org.

2. Discuss the following topic with your sympathisers: How can partnering for Sustainable Development Goals be facilitated by civil society with the private and public sectors?

3. Find a project and reach out to the host entity to support them with advice or funds to deliver it, especially West African ones as they are in urgent need of SDG-related developments.

4. Sponsor and motivate someone in your world to take a global volunteer project with AIESEC → aiesec.org/global-volunteer. I suggest one in the Benin Republic → aiesec.org/opportunity/870351.

5. Become a volunteer with us to produce articles and share relevant information with fellow compassionate champions of progressive social change for sustainable development.

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(1) https://www.globalgoals.org/17-partnerships-for-the-goals

17 for All, All for 17

Partnerships for the Goals

17 for All, All for 17

You show no mercy! You destroy! You kill! You separate! You discriminate! Alas, you are a human being, whatever happens to you, you do it to yourself, and you cry, you think, you never understand why it happens. Interesting!

You champion noble ideals like NO POVERTY and ZERO HUNGER, but you created them. Don’t you remember how you did so? For crying out loud, there is enough for us all to cover our basic needs! On top of these, you demand GOOD HEALTH and WELL-BEING. If someone is still starving, is it possible? You use religions for your benefit and belittle women by making them second-class citizens. You don’t value. You use other races as your slaves; even so, you are looking for GENDER EQUALITY and REDUCED INEQUALITIES. Isn’t it too late?

Radically, your whole history has advanced at war. What did you learn? Did you grasp any of it? But still, the bloodthirsty among us crave it! Believe me, we yearn for PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS. Is it that difficult to have them? We learn at school that peace is possible. Just prepare your children well for peace with QUALITY EDUCATION.

You are smarter than you have ever been in the past. You have powerful technology, even at your fingertips. It is cutting edge and advances by leaps and bounds. So, surely you can use AFFORDABLE and CLEAN ENERGY sources, can’t you? Still, some of you stubbornly stick to using outdated ways, such as thermal reactors. How many times must you be poisoned to understand they’re harmful? Have you never thought about LIFE ON LAND and LIFE BELOW WATER? What about the millions of living beings excluding yourselves who have just as much right to live here as you? Do you care?

Do you care about your descendants? Crucial CLIMATE ACTION is demanded urgently. Don’t forget that you have borrowed—I repeat, borrowed—the world from your grandchildren. Conserve nature, preserve and sustain CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION.

Human being! You are not that bad. I concede…

After many wars, you find ways to develop yourselves. So, I confess, you have exceptional talents. You decimated your factories; even so, you created INDUSTRY AND INFRASTRUCTURE with INNOVATION anew. Thanks to this, you obtain, maintain and sustain ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DECENT WORK. But is this enough for perpetual prosperity? Wisely, you know otherwise. Whatever you conceive, you aim for RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION. Thus, after many wars and ages, you give rise to towering SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES.

So, if you put your mind to it, you can do it. Don’t step back, you’re on the right track! You are not alone. Millions want to live in a better world. Run for peace, aim for a Goal, affiliate with people like you and create PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS. NOW!

On that note…

Hey you! Yes, I mean YOU. Here you will find subgroups corresponding to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Consider subscribing to the ones you are most passionate and qualified to represent because the AAI Content Team for AlumNet is looking for 17 Ambassadors to represent each goal with passion and conviction. We want you to keep us inspired by sharing personal stories and informed by sharing information about initiatives that we want to endorse. So, with like-minded alumni of AIESEC, become a volunteer with us to produce articles and share relevant information with fellow compassionate champions of progressive social change for sustainable development. So, what are you still waiting for? GET IN TOUCH!

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Recruitment For Global Collaboration

Recruitment For Global Collaboration

The coordination of any kind of operation which includes more than one party, to be honest, is challenging. Just think about the planning of a simple family event. Even reaching agreement on an appropriate date for it with your parents, grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles and so on is extremely complicated.

Likewise, humankind must enhance cooperation of all sectors, stakeholders and participants of our entire global society to eliminate all pressing issues of this planet. That includes every single country. Yes, it is like inviting even that one, extremely annoying cousin to your family event who no one likes and tends to ruin every gathering he or she has the occasion to attend.

Paraphrased into an everyday life analogy, that is an aim of the 17th and final Global Goal: to ensure multi-stakeholder partnerships for the betterment of the world. The more we would like to leave that one cousin behind, the less we are going to be satisfied with our global family. Thus giving more leeway for unexpected potentially damaging and destructive events. In other words, it is essential to leave no one behind, not only within our personal bloodlines but within our far-reaching extended global family of commonly compassionate companions with an equal stake in the fate of this planet.

It is clear, that without the willingness of all participants and such unwavering commitment to multi-stakeholder coordination, the UN alone won’t be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, even though it is in everyone’s best interests.

Partnerships of governments, civil society, private and public sectors, and individuals are required to harmonise their actions and prioritise mobilisation towards the implementation of the SDGs.

It is evident that this SDG has the most crucial role in the success of the realisation of the rest of the Global Goals. Therefore, it is everyone’s moral responsibility to find a way to contribute to it.

Yes, including you, your parents, significant others, friends … and me too.

Call to Action:

1. Read more → sustainabledevelopment.un.org

2. Discuss the following topic with your sympathisers: Why are partnerships for the SDGs extremely challenging for us? What can the role of each individual in them be? Specifically, what can you do?

3. Find a project and reach out to the host entity to support them with advice or funds to deliver it, especially West African entities as there is an urgent need to provide SDG-related changes there.

4. Sponsor and motivate someone in your world to take a global volunteer project with AIESEC → aiesec.org/global-volunteer. I suggest the one in the Benin Republic → aiesec.org/opportunity/870351.

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Sharing Together Through Sports

Sharing Together Through Sports

The motto “Share Together” inspired me to write this article:

Turkey is one of the candidates for Euro Cup 2024, and the country presented this motto to the organisation.

May a sports organisation create friendship between peoples and countries?

The 2018 World Cup is coming soon to Russia. Thousands of people from 32 countries supporting their national teams will be there. Different cultures, colours, languages, behaviours, and actions—it’ll be like the Global Villages from our AIESEC days, but much more conspicuous.

Our world is tired of witnessing wars, terror attacks, kidnappings, rapes, murders and other malicious deeds. More often than not, we need to breathe in fresh air, and sport may well be our saviour. If you can’t participate, watching one is no different from battling it out on the pitch, international tournaments are plantwide peace projects.

NBA finals, W.C. finals, F1, and Super Ball all have millions of spectators. And soon, in June, millions of people from all around the world will be watching the World Cup. Everyone will seemingly turn a blind eye to geopolitical undercurrents bubbling under the surface and converge around the TV; fortunate ones will flock to Russia to witness the spectacle firsthand.

Even if there are disagreements and disputes between fans, the World Cup will bring cheer to their faces. Cities of Russia will be abuzz hosting colourful people talking and making jokes with one another and sharing meals together, too.

Conceivably an Asian will meet an African for the first time and learn how to play African drums; the Brazilian samba could inspire an Egyptian person to sign up for dance lessons; a Japanese person could even teach a French person how to cook sushi; German and Mexican fans may even drink beer together. In one form or another, they will watch matches together. One side will win, one will lose, but their happenstance friendships could potentially last forever.

I remember vividly how Turkish-Korean friendship became stronger at the 2002 World Cup. We will never forget how they hosted us that time.

Even if there are only 32 countries there, other countries will be watching and wishing that potentially lasting friendships come true.

As our motto says, “Share Together” and make the world ever more peaceful.

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar