“Empowering young people through skills development strengthens their capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, including poverty, injustice and violent conflict.”
– Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General (2007-2016)
10 July 2017 (New York, New York): Lovell Corporation is thrilled to announce our partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
In collaboration with United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (UNDESA-DSPD), United for All Peoples (UP), and with the support of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Kelly Lovell, Youth Mobilizer and CEO of Lovell Corporation will represent UNIDO on the World Youth Skills Day Panel at the 2017 High Level Political Forum.
Titled Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for achieving peace and positive social change for all, Lovell, UNIDO, UNDESA-DSPD and UP will take to the podium to discuss the importance of job creation and skills training for youth.
According to a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication focusing on Global Employment Trends for Youth, 73.4 million young people were estimated to be unemployed in 2015 (13.1% youth unemployment rate), with young females being comparatively disadvantaged in most developed and developing countries. With a mismatch between the skills that workers can offer and the skills requested by employers being one of the main reasons for increased levels of unemployment, youth skills training is critical to ensure the future prosperity of all.
Entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship led by young women and men has shown increased potential in responding to prevalent social and economic challenges. The proposed event aims to discuss how the academic fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can contribute to the empowerment of youth, with a special focus on young women and girls.
“Having just returned from discussing the importance of digital inclusion for girls with Heads of State and executive leaders of the Asia-Pacific at the Women Fast Forward W20 Consultation for the G20 meeting, I could not be more thrilled to contribute to this event,” Kelly Lovell shares. “STEM knowledge and digital competency are not just for youth who want to become the next developers, scientists and engineers of our world. These skills are getting integrated into the fabric of the workplace as digitalization takes over and will be necessary for any career pathway.”
As part of her talk, Lovell will be drawing on her experiences as a young, female founder and CEO of MyEffect Inc – a technology start-up that specializes in data solutions that help organizations engage the next generation through social action and measure their impact. Working with blockchain technology and self-adaptive computing, Lovell is no stranger to the pressure and challenges young women face in pursuing STEM careers. Drawing on her experiences, Lovell will discuss the necessity of youth employment, strategies to promote digital inclusion among girls, and the role STEM plays in creating new jobs in a world where innovation and new technologies play an increasing role.
In addition to sharing her experience in trailblazing a path for women in STEM through her own career, Lovell will also unveil a new partnership project between Lovell Corporation and UNIDO that aims to incentivize and track the skill development of young leaders and social entrepreneurs in their efforts to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The event is being sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations and the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations, and will include the participation of Disabled Peoples International (DPI) and Manhattan Multicultural Counselling (MMC).
The other speakers at this panel include: Hibah Kamal-Grayson, Senior Public Policy Analyst – Google; Melissa Sassi, Program Manager, Affordable Access Initiative – Microsoft; Zach Sims, Co-founder and CEO – Codecademy; Tracy Chou, Co-founder – Project Include; Mahrinah von Schlegel, Executive Director – Embassy 2.0; and Carol K. Kennedy, Educational Technology Consultant – Manhattan Multicultural Counselling.
“As a young woman entrepreneur, I never intentionally set out to pursue a career in STEM and become the CEO of a technology company. To me, technology was not the solution but a means to solve the social problem I was trying to address,” Lovell explains. “Technology, engineering, science and math are therefore not just career destinations, but are also building blocks to solve our world problems. This is why STEM education is so critical for girls and young social entrepreneurs of the present and future.”
The event will also be broadcasted live on 14 July 2017 at 9am-10:30am GMT-4 on the following platforms:
The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.
UNDESA is the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) seeks to strengthen international cooperation for social development, particularly in the areas of poverty eradication, productive employment and decent work and the social inclusion of older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, persons marginalized from society and development.
The main objective of the Division is to strengthen international cooperation for social development, in the context of the comprehensive and detailed framework of commitments and policies for action by Governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations provided by the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development.
The Division’s work is vital for the social pillar of sustainable development, in particular for SDG Goal 1 on “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”. It also serves as the secretariat of the Commission for Social Development, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
About UN High Level Political Forum
The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.
About UN Sustainable Development Goals
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
About Kelly Lovell
Kelly Lovell, an acclaimed Youth Mobilizer and Social Entrepreneur, is bridging the gap between business and community to create opportunities for the next generation to thrive. She is a 15-time award-winning thought leader, 3-time TEDx Speaker, and CEO of Lovell Corporation and My Effect Inc. With work featured in Forbes, INC., Globe & Mail, FOX News, and Entrepreneur, Kelly Lovell is sought out for her expertise in understanding and engaging with the needs of Millennials and Generation Z. Most recently at 23 years old, Lovell became a a 2016 Queen’s Young Leader and personally met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to receive an international award .
In less than four years, Lovell has grown her company portfolio to five distinct brands that harness media and technology to provide mentorship, skill-building, and entrepreneurship support for youth. Notable projects include: a short documentary film that profiles the stories of exceptional young leaders to combat ageist stereotypes that exist in media; a global education project that introduces students to key problems affecting today’s world through the lens of their peers across 59 different countries; and, a personal development platform that helps youth track the transferable skills they gain from community service and extracurricular leadership.
Her first book, The Power of YOUth, shares over 200 stories of youth aged 6 years-old to 30 years-old who are changing the world.
About MyEffect Inc.
My Effect Inc is a social enterprise that is creating engaged communities where people and impact come first. We are developing ICT and data solutions that help organizations engage the next generation through social action. Our software as a service platform offers tailored solutions for corporate social responsibility, millennial employee engagement and volunteer management. As a Collaborating Partner of Impact 2030, a current focus is supporting clients in tracking skill-based volunteering and social impact achievements of people toward the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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