Half of the world’s population lives on USD 2 a day or less. The 8th UN Sustainable Development Goal promotes decent work for all.

Photo: UNDP

Robots taking humans jobs in Europe, a slave market in Libya, child labor in Brazil, youth unemployment in Spain…our society is globally affected by job insecurity and vulnerability. While the global unemployment rate stands at 5.7 per cent, having a job doesn’t guarantee decent conditions and earnings. Young women are the most vulnerable group, with a larger chance to be neither in employment nor in education.

This situation affects the global political and economic stability – labor productivity has been slowing down since 2010, which represents a negative living standard and real wages progress worldwide. Indirectly, it will affect human impact on the environment, education levels, violence, and migration. It’s all connected.

Yet, there are good news. Despite remaining a huge concern, the number of working children has declined from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012, and it’s even better for girls with a 40% decline versus 25% for boys.

According to the UNDP, better labor conditions require access to financial services and aid for trade. The former has increased by 55 per cent in the last five years, while investment in trade-related infrastructure, banking and agriculture has reached USD 53.9 billion in 2015. Trust funds for the least developed countries are also running their second phase now up to 2022.

In addition to the work of governments and transnational institutions, the creation of quality jobs still remains one of the biggest challenges for all economies. Many organizations are working to qualify people and provide them with skills and access to better jobs.

One of Horyou’s active organizations devoted to the SDG 8 is Association Flamme de la Gloire. Based in Morocco, it provides support and social services to vulnerable communities. Through workshops and internships, it helps to improve the quality of access to work. It is focused on the development of tourism and cultural activities, as well as agricultural cooperatives within the country, constantly concerned with the sustainable aspects of these activities.

In Brazil, NOUS Educare provides educational development programs to strengthen human potential, based on anthroposophy. Through workshops, lectures and activities, it helps its participants to gain confidence, strength and skills to face the new labor scenario which is unfolding for all workers.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps promote decent work and economic growth in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

The 5th Sustainable Development Goal concerns nearly half of global population – girls and women are still far from having the same opportunities and privileges as men

Photo: UNDP

Internet and social media are full of hashtags concerning women’s challenges in our society. The most recent one was #metoo, in which women shared their personal stories about harassment. The idea was to prove a grim reality – believe me if you are a man, almost every female on the planet has a sad story to tell about it. If you are a woman, you already know how it feels.

From corporations in the developed world to slums in the poorest countries, we share the same vulnerability. Since we’re born, our gender defines our challenges – we are going to face more difficulties to access education; if we get into the job market, our salaries will be lower; we are more exposed to violence and forced marriages; we have poorer access to health services. Women empowerment is urgent, and we, regardless of gender, should work together to promote it.

We need more representation: according to the UNDP, in 46 countries, women hold 30% or more in national parliament seats. Globally, women’s participation in single or lower houses of national parliaments reached 23.4 percent in 2017, just 10 percentage points higher than in 2000. It’s not enough.

We need more education: in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school.

We need equal opportunities: in the corporate world, women are underrepresented in managerial positions. In the majority of the 67 countries with data from 2009 to 2015, fewer than a third of senior- and middle-management positions were held by women.

We need liberty: only half of women in reproductive age make their own decisions about consensual sexual relations and use of contraceptives and health services.

We deserve respect: A fifth of women of reproductive age have suffered physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey, made in 2016.

Association El Khir promotes cooking workshops for women in Morocco

The SDG 5 defends the end of all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. In 2014, the UN Women launched the campaign He for She, inviting men to join the fight for equal opportunities – since then, the discussion has improved and many debate spaces were opened in media, companies, governments and civil society. Many organizations have been working towards the same goal. The Horyou community has great examples of NGOs and projects that support women and create an empowering environment for them to overcome difficulties and thrive personally and professionally.

One of the active members of our platform is Association Féminine de Bienfaisance El-Khir, based in Morocco, which promotes better life condition for women in the country, supporting their independence by providing them with legal assistance and career opportunities through education.

One of the activities of Fundação Laço Rosa during Pink October

In Brazil, Fundação Laço Rosa, yet another active nonprofit organization in our platform, empowers women with breast cancer, by helping them with self-image issues and to create bonds to overcome the disease.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps promote women empowerment in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

Written by Vivian Soares

A filosofia de trabalho da ONG Frutos do Amanhã é a solidariedade humana. Com atuação em comunidades em vulnerabilidade social, a organização usa a cultura, educação, respeito e cidadania para modificar as vidas de crianças e famílias em situação de risco. Membro ativo da nossa comunidade Horyou, a fundadora da ONG Heloisa Morais falou com o nosso blog sobre suas iniciativas e planos para o futuro.

Atividade promovida pela ONG Frutos do Amanhã

Quais são as principais inspirações para o trabalho da organização?

Temos um lema que vem inspirando e servindo de mantra para que possamos seguir em frente: Educação, Respeito e Disciplina.

Quais foram os projetos mais bem-sucedidos de 2017?

Executamos vários projetos como oficina de idiomas, capacitação escolar, danças culturais, capoeira, oficinas e ballet. Posso destacar dois como os mais bem-sucedidos, que foram as oficinas de Artesanato e Geração de Renda e o Ballet Sonho de Menina.

Ballet Sonho de Menina

Quais são os principais projetos da ONG Frutos do Amanhã para 2018?

Queremos ampliar nosso projeto educativo, melhorar e ampliar nosso espaço físico e buscar apoio para poder atender a famílias que se encontram na fila de espera para participar de nossas atividades.

Que tipo de impacto a organização deseja causar para o mundo?

Transformar crianças que vivem em situação de risco em cidadãos através da educação e cultura.

Oficina realizada pela ONG

Qual a importância de participar de uma rede social do bem social como a Horyou?

Fomos convidados em 2015 pela Horyou, que nos esclareceu sobre o funcionamento da rede, e desde então estamos ativos na plataforma buscando apoio para os projetos.

Vivemos em uma era de constante transformação. Quais são as mudanças positivas que você deseja para a sua comunidade e para as gerações futuras?

Estamos em uma região carente como muitas espalhadas pelo mundo, se com nossas ações conseguirmos livrar algumas crianças do tráfico de drogas, que hoje está sendo o primeiro emprego de crianças e adolescentes, será uma grande vitória.

The 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal relates to education and change. How to implement inclusive and quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning, to build a fairer society.

Children in Pakistani School. Photo: UNDP

Malala Yousafzai was only 12 years old when she wrote a moving blog article about her life in Pakistan under the Taliban regime. Her bravery almost cost Malala her life – she was shot by a gunman and had to flee her country to remain safe. Things have changed for her since. Her voice was now heard and she became famous in global media for advocating education for girls in her country. Last summer, Malala received the news that she was accepted at the prestigious Oxford University. She’s a good example that education can change people, build dreams, move the world.

Like Malala in her early years, many children have poor or no access to education. According to the UN, 57 million children are out of school. Half of them live in conflict-affected areas. Even when they do go to school, it is often not enough to provide them with the basic education: 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women. The most vulnerable groups are persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.

Some progress has been achieved in the last 17 years – more schools have access to computers, and schooling is growing; yet the numbers are unequal and can’t always equate with quality. «Even though more children than ever are going to school, many do not acquire basic skills in reading and mathematics», said a recent assessment report published by the UN. Teachers do not have proper training and the poor conditions of schools in many parts of the world jeopardize quality education prospects.

Funds for infrastructure and training are needed, as well as public policies that prioritize quality education. Many non-government organizations have acted tirelessly to improve the situation, especially in the most affected regions and with the most vulnerable groups.

Girls education is a critical issue for our society. Photo: Ma belle école

On the Horyou platform, the NGO Avante – Educação e Mobilização Social, based in Brazil, provides empowering education to children in poor and socially vulnerable communities. In addition to funding teacher training and tech inclusion in schools, it promotes citizenship, encourages gender and racial identity debates with children, their families and social actors and train them to become community leaders.

The association Ma Belle École works within school inclusion projects in developing countries. Through individual sponsorship programmes, it provides children with regular access to school in conflict-affected countries like Syria and Mali. It also helps their families, providing them with food and other basic resources, so children are not forced to abandon education and thus be used as cheap labor.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps promote education in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

Les villes intelligentes, l’énergie du futur et les objectifs de développement durable au menu de la 4e édition du Forum de l’innovation sociale et de l’éthique globale, organisé par Horyou au Kazakhstan.

Céremonie d'ouverture SIGEF 2017
Céremonie d’ouverture SIGEF 2017

C’est la ville d’Astana au Kazakhstan qui a accueilli la 4e édition du SIGEF, Forum de l’innovation sociale et de l’éthique globale. Première édition tenue en Asie centrale et organisée par Horyou, le réseau social pour le social good, elle s’est tenue le 5 septembre à l’Hôtel Rixos Président Astana, avec pour objectif de promouvoir et faire progresser les Objectifs du Développement Durable des Nations Unies dans le cadre de l’EXPO 2017, un des événements mondiaux les plus importants de l’année. Le SIGEF 2017 a accueilli un large éventail de conférenciers et de panélistes internationaux de haut niveau devant un public local et international qualifié, ainsi qu’un grand nombre d’internautes du monde entier, connectés à la retransmission en live streaming des sessions.

Les panels du SIGEF 2017 ont exposé un condensé intéressant d’idées et de propositions relatives à trois des défis les plus importants de notre époque : les villes intelligentes, les objectifs de développement durable et l’énergie du futur – ce dernier thème étant par ailleurs celui de l’EXPO 2017 Astana. En guise d’ouverture, Yonathan Parienti, fondateur et CEO d’Horyou, a déclaré : “Nous vivons dans un monde de consommation exacerbée à tous les niveaux et cela pèse lourdement sur les efforts de développement durable. Le SIGEF 2017 est une excellente occasion d’examiner et de partager des solutions pour redéfinir nos priorités et contribuer à accélérer sa mise en œuvre. Ici, nous sommes vraiment connectés pour le positif”. Dr. Li Ruohong, président de la China World Peace Foundation, fondateur du Jardin de la paix et directeur général de la Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, a succédé à Yonathan Parienti sur scène pour souligner la forte aspiration mondiale à la paix dans un monde aux prises avec des tensions de toutes sortes. Optimiste résolu, Dr. Li Ruohong a souligné la forte corrélation entre une recherche harmonieuse de durabilité et une approche respectueuse des cultures et de la diversité pour façonner un avenir meilleur.

Dr Li Ruohong
Dr Li Ruohong

Le premier panel, “Villes intelligentes: villes de demain ?”, a examiné l’impact de la technologie et de la connectivité sur l’expansion inévitable de l’urbanisation, en soulignant la nécessité de construire des villes plus efficaces et durables. En direct du Kenya, Nicholas You, ancien conseiller de l’ONU pour l’habitat et co-président de Global Cities Business Alliance, a rappelé à l’auditoire qu’ “une ville intelligente met les personnes au premier plan et s’investit dans un apprentissage continu, où l’information est partagée en temps réel”. Lui ont succédé au pupitre Andrew Snowhite, Directeur exécutif du Pavillon des USA à l’EXPO 2017 et Pierre-Olivier Boyer, Directeur du Partenariat Stratégique chez Vicat Group. Les deux panélistes se sont faits les promoteurs d’une planification urbaine inclusive qui prend en compte les besoins des citoyens avant les intérêts corporatifs ou politiques.

Session villes intelligentes
Session villes inteligentes

La session “Villes intelligentes” a été suivie de deux panels consacrés aux “ODD (Objectifs de développement durable) en tant qu’opportunités multipartites”, des intervenants du secteur privé et des organisations internationales y ont pris la parole pour évaluer la dynamique des Objectifs de Développement Durable de l’ONU. Prenant la première la parole, Munkhtuya Altangerel, Représentante résidente adjointe du PNUD au Kazakhstan, a souligné les jalons des ODD en Asie centrale, affirmant que “des progrès remarquables ont été accomplis en matière de responsabilisation et de réduction de la pauvreté “, tout en admettant que “nous sommes toujours confrontés à des défis dans la région”. Son allocution a été amplifiée par le Dr Li Ruohong, de la China World Peace Foundation, ainsi que par Zhanar Sagimbayeva, spécialiste du suivi des enfants à l’UNICEF et Yonathan Parienti, fondateur et CEO d’Horyou, qui ont partagé leurs idées et leurs espoirs pour un avenir dans lequel nous voudrions vivre – et se sont fait l’écho de l’importance du legs que nous aimerions laisser aux générations futures.

Le second panel ODD a été animé par Yoshioka Tatsuya, co-fondateur et directeur de Peace Boat, Michael Eves, actuaire en chef du Swiss Re Group et Peter Biwott, CEO du Export Promotion Council Kenya. Leurs interventions ont tourné autour des opportunités que les ODD offrent au secteur privé ; les panélistes sont ainsi convenus que l’inclusion sociale devrait être la règle parce qu’elle profite à tous les acteurs de la société. De son côté, M. Biwott a insisté que “notre but ultime est de réduire la faim et de renforcer l’éducation”.

Session ODD
Session ODD

En résonnance avec l’Accord de Paris, la séance de clôture a été consacrée à “L’énergie du futur”, au cours de laquelle les intervenants ont eu l’occasion de partager leurs visions et perspectives sur ce grand défi pour l’humanité. Faisant valoir la conviction que l’entrepreneuriat social et les modèles d’affaires innovateurs sont de puissants outils pour promouvoir le changement positif, Yoshioka Tatsuya, conférencier principal, a présenté le cas Peace Boat, qui utilise les paquebots de croisière comme outil éducatif pour les études ODD. Pierre Kiala, directeur de la coopération internationale au ministère de l’Energie et de l’Eau de l’Angola et directeur adjoint du Pavillon de l’Angola, Kodzo Alabo, ambassadeur du Ghana en Russie, et Diala Beinke, ingénieur et conseiller en énergie, ont quant à eux fait part de leurs réflexions sur la nécessité de diversifier les sources d’énergie et de promouvoir l’éducation sociale pour parvenir à une consommation durable d’énergie.

Enfin, Yonathan Parienti a invité l’audience internationale du SIGEF 2017 à construire de meilleures perspectives d’avenir. “Le SIGEF est une source d’inspiration partagée. Nous pouvons réunir des personnes de tous horizons, de toutes nationalités et de toutes parcours de vie pour trouver des solutions pour l’avenir”, a ainsi déclaré, en guise de conclusion, le fondateur et CEO de Horyou.

Yonathan Parienti, fondateur et PDG Horyou
Yonathan Parienti, fondateur et PDG Horyou

L’événement a été retransmis en live streaming à plus de 250 000 adhérents d’Horyou dans 180 pays, ainsi qu’à la large audience des partenaires locaux et internationaux du SIGEF 2017.

Les panels du SIGEF 2017 ont été suivis d’une session de réseautage et d’un cocktail qui ont donné à tous les intervenants, ainsi qu’au public présent, l’occasion de “connect for good”. Enfin, les 6 et 7 septembre, Horyou a conduit la délégation internationale du SIGEF17 pour une visite officielle de plusieurs pavillons pays de l’EXPO 2017.

A propos d’Horyou

Horyou est le réseau social pour le social good. Par la technologie, l’innovation et la promotion de l’entreprenariat social, Horyou met en avant les interactions globales significatives de ses partenaires, organisations adhérentes, membres et personnalités. Via la plate-forme, l’appli et le Spotlight, première devise sociale mondiale pour l’impact, Horyou contribue à transformer les idées positives en actions concrètes, tout en développant des relations constructives en ligne et hors ligne. Accédez à www.horyou.com

Smart Cities, Future Energy and Sustainable Development Goals were addressed in the 4th edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum that took place in Kazakhstan

Panelists, SIGEF team and participants in open ceremony
Panelists, SIGEF team and participants in open ceremony

Astana, Kazakhstan, was the host city of the 4th edition of SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum. The first edition to be held in Central Asia, it was organized by Horyou, the social network for social good, and took plce on September 5 at Rixos President Astana Hotel with the objective to further promote and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the context of EXPO 2017, one of the most important global events of the year. SIGEF 2017 hosted a broad variety of high profile international speakers and panelists before a qualified local and international audience, as well as a large spectrum of global viewers reached via the live-streaming of its sessions.

SIGEF 2017 panels offered interesting insights into three of the most critical challenges of our times: Smart Cities, Sustainable Development Goals and Future Energy – the latter supporting the theme of EXPO 2017 Astana. The opening remarks were delivered by Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou who stated: «We live in a world of exacerbated consumption at all levels that is seriously straining sustainable development efforts. SIGEF 2017 is a great opportunity to examine and share solutions to redefine our priorities and help accelerate its implementation. Here we are truly connecting for good». Parienti was succeeded on stage by Dr. Li Ruohong, Chairman of the China World Peace Foundation, founder of the Peace Garden, and Director-General of the Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation, who highlighted the strong global aspiration for peace in a world that is witnessing tensions of different sorts. A resolute optimist, Dr. Ruohong emphasized the strong correlation between a harmonious search for sustainability and a respectful approach to cultures and diversity to shape a better future.

SIGEF 2017 - Smart Cities panel

The first panel, «Smart Cities: Cities of Tomorrow?», considered the impact of technology and connectivity on the unavoidable expansion of urbanization, highlighting the need to build more efficient and sustainable cities. Live-streamed from Kenya, keynote speaker Nicholas You, former UN Habitat Advisor and Co-president of Global Cities Business Alliance, reminded the audience that «a Smart City puts people first and engages into continuous learning, where information is shared in real time». He was joined on the panel by Andrew Snowhite, Executive Director of the USA Pavilion at EXPO 2017 and Pierre-Olivier Boyer, Director of Strategic Partnership at Vicat Group. Both panelists promoted an inclusive urban planning that takes into puts citizen’s needs ahead of corporate or political interests.

SDG panel
SDG panel

Smart Cities was followed by two panels dedicated to the «SDGs as multi-stakeholders opportunities» session, speakers for the private sector and international organizations took the stage to assess the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ momentum. First to speak on the first panel, Munkhtuya Altangerel, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Kazakhstan, highlighted the SDGs milestones in Central Asia affirming that «Remarkable achievements have been made in poverty reduction and accountability”, while admitting that “We still face challenges in the region». Her address was amplified by Dr. Li Ruohong, from China World Peace Foundation, Zhanar Sagimbayeva, UNICEF’s Child Monitoring Specialist and Yonathan Parienti who shared thoughts and hopes for the future we want to live in – and the legacy we are leaving.

Dr Li Ruohong
Dr Li Ruohong

The second SDG panel guested Yoshioka Tatsuya, co-founder and Director of Peace Boat, Michael Eves, Group Chief Actuary of Swiss Re Group and Peter Biwott, CEO of Export Promotion Council Kenya. The addresses revolved around the opportunities that the SDGs provide for the private sector whereby the panelists agreed that social inclusion should be the rule because it benefits all actors of society. Mr. Biwott, on his part, added that «Our ultimate goal is to reduce hunger and strengthen education».

Resonating with the Paris Agreement, the closing session was on «Future Energy», during which the speakers had the opportunity to share their visions and perspectives about perhaps the biggest challenge for humanity. Advancing the conviction that social entrepreneurship and innovative business models are strong tools to promote positive change, keynote speaker Yoshioka Tatsuya presented the Peace Boat case which uses cruise ships as an educational tool for SDG studies. He was followed by panelists Dr. Pierre Kiala, Deputy Director of Angola Pavilion, Diala Beinke, Engineer and Energy Advisor, and Kodzo Alabo, Ambassador of Ghana who shared their thoughts on the need to diversify sources of energy and to promote social education in order to reach a sustainable consumption of power.

Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou
Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou

Lastly, in his closing remarks, Yonathan Parienti invited the international audience of SIGEF 2017 to shape better times to come. «SIGEF is about sharing inspiration. We can have people from many backgrounds, geographies and nationalities standing together to work out solutions for the future», said the founder and CEO of Horyou.

The event was live streamed to more than 250,000 Horyou adherents from 180 countries, and a large number of SIGEF’s partners followers locally and worldwide.

SIGEF 2017 panels were followed by a networking session and cocktail, which gave all speakers and members of the audience the opportunity to “connect for good”. On the 6th and 7th of September, Horyou led a SIGEF17 International delegation to an official visit of a number of EXPO 2017 country pavilions. For more information visit www.sigef2017.com.

About Horyou

Horyou connects more than 250,000 Internet users to Non-Profit Organisations, Artists, and Innovators in 180 countries. Horyou organizes international events in resonance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, such as the Horyou Village in Cannes during the Film Festival and the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum, SIGEF. Horyou recently launched Spotlight, the first global social currency supporting economic inclusion worldwide, embedded into the social network. Horyou aims to connect CSR and innovative companies to its diverse community of change-makers worldwide.

For more information visit www.horyou.com

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