Press Release — February 22, 2019
JCI and KIF (Koyamada International Foundation) Sign Partnership Accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals and Empowering Young People
22 February 2019, Kanazawa, Japan—JCI (Junior Chamber International) and the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF/キフ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding working to collaborate on efforts that promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and empower young people with an emphasis on empowering young women.
Announced during the 2019 Kanazawa Conference, where 3,000 young people gathered to accelerate the SDG movement, the partnership will create opportunities to expand both organizations’ impact related to sustainable development globally. JCI and KIF will focus on their mutual desire to empower young people, promote peace and gender equality. During a three-year partnership, these two organizations will share expertise, best practices and global networks to advance the Sustainable Development Goals while collaborating to create opportunities for girls and women.
Throughout this year, KIF will join Act for Peace: The Peace is Possible World Tour, an initiative led by JCI’s Peace is Possible campaign, by hosting and participating in grassroots events and peace actions to help reach the goal of engaging 1 million people with a universal message of peace.
As a grassroots organization of young active citizens, JCI will work with KIF to identify specific partnership opportunities at the international and local level for projects specifically related to creating opportunities for youth, advancing gender equality and developing leadership skills.
“On behalf of KIF, it is my honor and privilege to become a global partner of JCI. Together, my wife Nia Lyte and I believe that we could inspire youth to become the next global leaders and support the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Shin Koyamada, Chairman of the Koyamada International Foundation.
About the Koyamada International Foundation:The Koyamada International Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives by empowering global youth and women to reach their full potential, and providing humanitarian aid, as well as to promote global peace and sustainable development. For more information visit: http://koyamada.org/
About JCI: JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 whose purpose is providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change around the world, uniting all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. For more information visit: http://jci.cc.
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