Designed to facilitate youth involvement in international sustainable development policymaking, the Agents of Change program trains and organizes youth delegations to UN conferences. Since its establishment in 2004, the program has sent over 500 young people to conferences on climate change, sustainable development, social development, women, and biological diversity. SustainUS delegates work with hundreds of young people from across the globe to advocate for robust environmental and social policies.
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
- UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD)
- UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
- UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)
Building Skills and Capacity for Young Leaders
Participants of the Agents of Change program have the chance to engage in hands-on learning about policymaking at the UN while working with youth from around the world. From crafting effective media strategies and publishing op-eds to developing domestic environmental campaigns and lobbying government officials, the skills that delegates learn are valuable and long-lasting. SustainUS equips its delegates with the capacity to be effective leaders to push for strong sustainable development policies at these conferences and back in their communities.
Agents of Change, in creating a rare blend of opportunity, engagement, and peer mentorship, empowers U.S. youth while challenging them to recognize their ability to impact decisions of global significance.