Youth Fashion Summit 2018

The two-year sustainability program put together by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with the Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology will challenge the students to specifically dive into SDG 3, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and SDG 5, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The extracurricular programme is organised around webinars providing the students with different approaches, tools, as well as practical examples, and all participants will receive reading lists and preliminary assignments.

The students’ work will culminate at the Youth Fashion Summit, where they will work for days to write up several future scenarios and demands based on the SDGs. Their demands will then be presented for key decision-makers at the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, on 16 May 2018.

In 2019, the same 100 students will be invited back to transform their demands into corporate action in collaboration with international fashion companies and thereby align the companies’ sustainability goals with broader societal aims.

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Youth Fashion Summit 2017

In 2016, students from around the world explored how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could represent opportunities for companies to align their own sustainability goals with broader societal aims: from gender equality and poverty reduction to responsible consumption and climate action. In 2017, the same students were invited back to transform their ideas and demands for corporate action related to the SDGs into a draft for a UN resolution — the first-ever concerning fashion.

50+ students from the Youth Fashion Summit programme drafted the first-ever United Nations resolution on fashion, which was presented to the UN General Assembly in September in New York. Their work has already inspired governments to take action, as the United Nations Environmental Programme has received expressions of interest from both Argentina and Sri Lanka to translate this fundament into a formal sponsored resolution to be put forward to the General Assembly in December 2017.

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Youth Fashion Summit 2016

On 25 September 2015, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will dictate the global development agenda until 2030.

The 2016 Youth Fashion Summit integrated the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the summit’s framework and made those the focal point of the students discussions and final demands to the industry.

It was an ambitious plan to integrate all 17 SDGs in the discussions and solution making at the summit but it showed up as a tremendous opportunity for framing the role of the fashion industry as a global responsible actor within all aspects of society from water scarcity, biodiversity, gender inequality, education, building strong communities and resilience in new business models and much more. All 17 SDGs gave a solid ground for the students to talk from and raised the discussions to an urgent and political level.

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Youth Fashion Summit 2014

The second Youth Fashion Summit prior to Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2014 was held gathering 110 students from 22 international design and business schools in a two-day program. The summit contained a facilitated interdisciplinary workshop, where the students engaged in discussion, solution idea development, panel feedback from experts, student presentations and social events.

The focus of the `Youth Fashion Summit´ 2014 was about how to re-balance resources with a focus on sector interference, biodiversity, population growth, circular economy and material flow.

The second Youth Fashion Summit prior to Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2014 was held gathering 110 students from 22 international design and business schools in a two-day program. The summit contained a facilitated interdisciplinary workshop, where the students engaged in discussion, solution idea development, panel feedback from experts, student presentations and social events.

The focus of the `Youth Fashion Summit´ 2014 was about how to re-balance resources with a focus on sector interference, biodiversity, population growth, circular economy and material flow.

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Youth Fashion Summit 2012

The concept “THE VOICE OF THE NEXT GENERATION” was born.

The first YOUTH FASHION SUMMIT prior to The 2012 Copenhagen Fashion Summit was held gathering 100 students from 16 design and business schools in Europe. The overall focus was the consumer’s engagement through Co-creation, with a focus on sustainability themes through 7 C´s.

After a full day workshop the 100 students were ready to present their framework and 7 demands to the participants at The 2012 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, attended by today’s decision makers in the fashion and apparel industry.

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