17 young ambassadors for 17 global goals
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December 9th Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

For several years now, the United Nations Association of Sweden has trained engaged young people to become ambassadors in their local area for the 2030 Agenda. Ahead of the 2017–2018 academic year, 17 members of the UN Association between the ages of 18 and 26 were trained to participate in its ambassador programme.

During the year, the young people, who live throughout Sweden, will initiate, plan and implement a whole host of different activities aimed at spreading information about, and increasing engagement in, the 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals. Many of the young ambassadors go out and about to give presentations, and they are also encouraged to cooperate with local UN associations, UN schools and others.

NAME: Maria Gulamhusein (blog), AGE: 22, LOCATION: Gothenburg

”I want to create change and be part of developing our world. I’m striving for justice and peace. Without them, we cannot achieve development. I want to contribute to a better world, make a difference and inspire the generation of today and the generation of tomorrow. I want to inform people about the importance of integration and diversity for growing together. I want to reach out to people at home and around the world and spread knowledge.

Which is your favourite Global Goal and why?

I’m passionate about all of them, but if I can pick two they would be Goal 5 on gender equality and Goal 4 on quality education. I care about women’s rights because I am a woman myself, a Muslim woman, and we have lots of false and unrealistic ideals imposed on us by the media and society that do not fit in with our own self-image. I want to create confidence for both men and women to embrace themselves and others, rather than striving after the same characteristics and visual attributes.

Goal 5 is about doing away with all forms of discrimination of all women and girls everywhere and ensuring that we get rid of all damaging traditions, such as child marriage and forced marriage. These issues are present in my life, but I am passionate about them not only because they affect me, but also because I quite simply believe in equality for everyone. Access to education is a right that everyone in the world should enjoy. It is a powerful weapon for changing the world. In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

I have always been involved with questions regarding women rights, education and how to make the world a better place. When being selected for this mission it was a dream. I have always wanted to spread knowledge and to provide people with information regarding current issues and situations occurring in the world. If you work hard you will accomplish a lot, and that is the motto i strive with in life. Agenda 2030 is about 17 global goals which starts from eradication of poverty and ends with implementation and partnership. The goals are to opt for sustainable development, provide awareness of human rights for all, achieve equality and empowerment for all women and girls as well as obtain lasting protection for the planet and its natural resources. The two goals that I work with are mainly equality and education. My role is to spread awareness through seminars and visit different departments to talk about the global goals. In addition two projects will be launched next year about the agenda 2030.