Call for Speakers – Global Goals Youth Showcase

Express interest by January 13th to be one of 8 youth speakers at this year’s International Development Week showcase!

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM February 9th, 2017 | CBC Studio 700

Are you a resident of British Columbia under the age of 30 actively involved in working toward solutions for global issues? Do you know someone who is?

Part of a week-long national initiative, International Development Week 2017, the BC Council for International Cooperation will be highlighting and celebrating the work British Columbians are undertaking that contributes to achieving the new UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sometimes referred to as a ‘youth agenda’ we would like to have this event showcase the breadth and diversity of efforts youth are making in BC aimed at moving us toward a better world.

Sound interesting?

We would like to extend an invitation to you to express interest to speak/present (or make a suggestion on who may be a good fit for this opportunity) as part of a youth showcase in Vancouver focused on bringing increased attention to the work youth are contributing to the achievement of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the province of British Columbia.

We will be featuring 8 speakers who are able to speak to the global-local connections of their work, the relevance of the SDGs in regard to their work, and a ability to speak to the values that underpin the new global goals (universality, interconnectedness, and aspiration)

Please have a look through the following details and let us know if you and able/interested in participating as one of our speakers by Friday, January 13th.

What are the SDGs?

The SDGs or global goals are a framework of 17 goals that aim to address the world’s environmental, social, economic, and security challenges. Unprecedented in nature, these new goals are aspirational (challenging us to move past a business as usual mentality for seeking solutions), interconnected and indivisible (recognizing that to truly be achieved, we cannot think of them as existing in isolation from each other), and universal (asserting that global issues transcend borders existing within all countries). The goals invite all people to understand where they fit into a bigger picture.

For the first time, all countries, including Canada, will be required to provide updates on our progress to the rest of the world. British Columbia needs to look at how the issues we face locally fit in with our country’s progress. Now that Canada has committed to this global framework, British Columbia has a concrete role, connection, and mandate to contribute its fair toward achieving  these goals.

What would I do as a speaker?

Speakers will be making a short 5 minute presentation on their work to an audience of approximately 50-100 people. No powerpoint slide deck is required. We are asking only that presenters provide us with a single photo that brings life to their work – this will sit in the background during your presentation.

In January, speakers will be given a comprehensive overview of guidelines for the short presentations including:

  • Prompting questions we are hoping you may address
  • Suggestions on how you might format your talk should you be seeking inspiration or examples
  • Promotional materials so that you can spread the word about the event to your networks
  • Links to similar talks

You are also invited to special speakers-only reception beginning at 5 PM before the event where you will be able to meet and mingle with the other speakers before the event.

Great! How do I express interest?

If you could please respond to this invitation by Friday, January 13th by filling out the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ it would be most appreciated.

Expression of Interest Form


Please contact Kareen Wong at with any questions.