By Mayowa Adeniran |
Abideen Olasupo, the Executive Director of Brain Builders International (BBI), a youth-centred non-profit that promotes civic engagement, has been listed as the only Nigerian among the 12 global ambassadors for Youth Power Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiative.
Olasupo, who has eight years of experience in youth advocacy, has often called for accountability in governance, climate action, and social research.
Restless Development, a youth-led development agency based in the United Kingdom, announced the inclusion of Olasupo as they stated that the Youth Power campaign was borne out of the need to accelerate the achievement of the Global Goals or SDGs, adopted by the UN in 2015, and to call on world leaders to end poverty, reduce inequality, and combat climate change by 2030.
“We have made progress but nowhere near enough. We are running out of time. Young people stand ready, and united, to take the lead in making the Global Goals a reality.
“As the youth-led climate strikes have shown, collective action from young people is already changing things for the better. Young people are fighting FOR fairness, justice, and the environment. They are fighting AGAINST inequality, persecution and climate change,” the group said.
The campaign is expected to bring youth activists together, support and connect local grassroots campaigns with funding, amplify youth actions that are creating change, and develop tools to help young people everywhere track the development goals as well as hold their leaders to account.
Prior to his appointment, Olasupo, through BBI, had begun efforts towards localising the SDGs across Nigeria and Africa. He was also one of the ten Goal-Keeper Steering Committee Members working with CIVICUS and Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation to give over $870,000 grant to start-ups with SDG targets.
BBI translated the SDGs into major local languages in Nigeria, including Arabic, and won Digital Leaders Award of “Not-for-profit Organization of the Year” for the initiative.