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Young Change Makers go Under the Sea: an SDG Activate Talk @ UNICEF

On the eve of World Oceans Day, UNICEF invites the young public of New York City to discuss why preserving life below water is important to all our lives and one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders pledged to achieve by the year 2030. The SDG Activate Talk on Oceans: Young Change Makers go Under the Sea, is taking place on 7 June, during the UN Oceans Conference, to highlight initiatives and young individuals who are taking action, raising awareness and empowering their peers to join forces for the cause of clean seas.

Following an opening from UNICEF, an interactive dialogue between young people will take place to share why they were compelled to take action in their own lives (moderated by Sean Russell, Founder of the Stow it-Don't Throw It Project and Director of theYouth Ocean Conservation Summit). Panelists range from students to inventors and campaigners, including:

  • Karan Jerath, Young Leader for the SDGs, who will discuss his motivation behind his recent invention to clean ocean oil spills;
  • Melati and Isabel Widjsen, Bali community organizers and campaigners who founded ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bags';
  • Ben May, Director of Communications at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
  • Emil, a student who was activated by the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative that brings the SDGs to life in the classroom through creative and educational content.

Announcing the launch of the new “Annie Sunbeam and Friends” comic by UNICEF’s Comics Uniting Nations partner and previewing other existing educational and entertainment initiatives, participants will then be invited to a reception of food and beverage and a marketplace of inspiration to celebrate World Oceans Day and beyond.


Organization Name
Organization Type
Other Intergovernmental NGO
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
    Under 12,Ages 12-18,College/University Age
    Following a panel of young 'wave makers,' the young audience will be invited to an interactive fair to learn more about existing initiatives and organizations taking action on ocean conservation issues that they can participate in. Additionally, a comics signing and art competition will take place.
  • The event will touch on the following themes:
    Ocean & climate,Marine pollution
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


3 United Nations Plaza
New York City, New York 10017 United States