An interview with Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening

An interview with Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening

Gender equality, environmental sustainability and the power of youth: the International Development Secretary talks about her hopes for the Youth Summit and Global Goals. #YouthSummit. Our goals. Our voice. Our future. The sound of drums echoes around the halls of the Department of International Development on Whitehall. The air is buzzing with the energy of more than 250 youth volunteers. We are here to be part of the change, to tell International Development Secretary Justine Greening about the global issues we care about, and to share ideas about how to implement the Global Goals, or Sustainable Development Goals. All of us have volunteered as part of International Citizen Service; we have worked with young people across the world to fight global poverty and we have seen that there is more that unites us than divides us. At the start of the 2015 Youth Summit, Vix Anderton and Kwame Sekyere interviewed the International Development Secretary to hear her views on a range of issues and the importance of the summit. Her passion for her work at the Department for International Development, the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and the power of engaging young people in the fight against global poverty was clear from the outset. You can watch the full interview or read the report below. With thanks to International Service ICS alumna Josh Ho for creating this film.  Secretary of State, do you believe that in order to receive aid, countries should show commitments to human rights? We place a huge priority on human rights and it’s a big part of our programming and how we deliver projects...

An interview with Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock

ICS volunteers Jonny Fowle and Kwame Seykere interviewed Department for International Development Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock. Here the Permanent Secretary shares his insights from a 30 year career in international development, and explains why he is passionate about what the next generation can achieve. With thanks to International Service alumna Josh Ho for creating this...
The youth-led organisation of the summit has been empowering

The youth-led organisation of the summit has been empowering

Jess Lee is a returned ICS volunteer and action/2015 Youth Panelist who has been helping to organise The Youth Summit. Below she relays her story, why the Global Goals are important to her and how  the youth-led organisation of the Summit has been an empowering experience. Volunteering in El Salvador with Progressio on the DFID-funded International Citizen Service programme , I worked alongside some of the most inspirational people that I’ve ever met. Young people of these communities were the self-starters and leaders that made me aware of the potential we have for creating real change. I was part of something amazing. I saw young people take to the streets and clean up the rubbish that other people had left behind; stand up in front of their community and tell their elders why we must care for our environment. Young people took responsibility for their own futures and the future of their community, creating new opportunities for participation and change making where it matters most. I’m part of the Action2015 youth panel, a group of young and passionate people all interested in putting young people’s voices at the heart of development. Being part of this panel means I can stay active around issues that were a massive part of my life in El Salvador. We proved what could be achieved with little resources but a lot people power, so it only makes sense that I am part of a people powered movement here in the UK. Being involved in conversations around the Global Goals has been particularly empowering. Although, ridiculously hard to remember, they represent and embody everything I...