Department of Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience sponsors young local leader Gabriella Watson to participate in Camp 2030; UNITE 2030’s in-person global meeting, which brings together the world’s best young changemakers to solve the world’s most pressing challenges using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.
Former Key Club president and Cayman Islands representative at the 2019 Youth Success Summit in Canada, Gabriella was chosen from more than 3,000 applicants from around the world to become one of 250 young leaders to attend the six-day camp. in upstate New York, USA.
“As the leaders of tomorrow, it is critically important that our young people have access to opportunities that help them learn from experts, collaborate with other young changemakers, and challenge their critical thinking and skills. problem-solving skills,” said the Prime Minister and Minister of Sustainable Development and Climate. Resilience Hon. G. Wayne Panton. “Gabriella has proactively applied to attend Camp 2030 and I am proud that the department can enable her to attend and represent the Cayman Islands on the world stage.”
Founded in 2016, UNITE 2030 is a registered non-profit organization that aims to empower the next generation of young leaders to end poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change by 2030. Each year, UNITE 2030 equips the world’s best young leaders by building community, building capacity and building partnerships.
At Camp 2030, youth participants select an SDG theme group that determines the challenge each camper will work on throughout the Summit. Gabriella will work alongside other entrants to develop a solution to the challenge related to Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing and present their ideas to a panel of expert judges.
Gabriella said she chose to focus on Goal 3 because of her personal story and the importance of this Goal in improving the quality of life for people in the Cayman Islands and beyond.
“The goal of good health and well-being encompasses all major health priorities, from maternal and child health, to quality and affordable medicines, to access to vaccines. As a young Caymanian struggling with health issues, I understand the need to tackle this issue head-on,” said Gabriella. “Camp 2030 examines sustainability in areas that are flagged as today’s problems and urges young people to come up with solutions that can be adopted by governments or investors to make the future better. With my topic, Good health and wellness, I hope to gain more knowledge about developments happening in the world and create solutions to today’s problems or potential problems tomorrow.Changing tomorrow starts today.
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being aims to enable healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Global targets under this goal include ending preventable deaths of newborns and young children, ending global epidemics, halving road traffic deaths and injuries, and supporting research and development of vaccines and drugs.
Panton said Gabriella’s focus on good health and well-being is particularly relevant, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the links between a healthy environment and human health.
“Gabriella’s chosen track is timely and well placed in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the pandemic has halted or reversed progress in health and shortened life expectancy around the world, with 90% of countries still reporting disruptions to essential health services,” said Mr. Panton. “This youth summit will give Gabriella and her peers the opportunity to deepen these complex challenges, with the goal of cementing lasting friendships and future peer-to-peer collaborations as they progress in their chosen career.”
For more information on the UNITE 2030 program and Camp 2030, please visit: https://www.camp2030.com/