Youth Ambassadors to help promote Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan

Posted June 10, 2021

Photo: UNDP Azerbaijan

Baku, 10 June 2021 - Seventeen young Azerbaijanis have been selected as the country’s youth ambassadors for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Their names were officially announced at a ceremonial launch held today in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov, UNDP Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti, the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Intigam Babayev and Member of Parliament Mazahir Afandiyev.

Over the next two years, the 17 Youth Ambassadors will work on a voluntary basis to help spread the work about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting these goals on mass media, holding training sessions and presentations in various institutions, participating in regional, national and international events and other relevant activities.

Announcing the appointments, Deputy Minister Ahmadov emphasised the valuable role the ambassadors will play as torchbearers for the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. UNDP’s Fracassetti reiterated this message, adding that “Today’s youth are our best hope for a better tomorrow.”

The following young Azerbaijanis were selected following a call for applications and an interview process, with the focus of their SDG work:

Ms. Shargiyya Hasanova SDG 1: Zero Poverty
Ms. Bayimkhanim Mammadova   SDG 2: Zero Hunger
Ms. Amina Abdullayeva SDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing
Ms. Sevinc Nabizade  SDG 4: Quality Education
Ms. Saadat Aghayeva SDG 5: Gender Equality
Mr. Firuz Suleymanov SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
Ms. Laman Jalilova SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
Mr. Khayal Mammadli  SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
Mr. Samad Samadzada SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Ms. Seljan Ibadzade SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
Ms. Fatima Davudlu SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
Ms. Rabiyat Haydarli SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
Mr. Tural Maharramov SDG 13: Climate Action
Mr. Eldar Esgerov SDG 14: Life below Water
Ms. Gulsare Gasimova SDG 15: Life on Land
Ms. Lala Sultanli SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Mr. Haji Mayilov SDG 17: Partnership for Goals

The Youth Ambassadors initiative is part of a joint project for “Creating new platforms to support active youth engagement in global policy debates”. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNDP with the aim of supporting greater youth participation in decision-making.