A former Pakati Youth Advisory Board member, Edward Ndopu, joins a storied group of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocates. On 9 May 2019, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced the new class for 2019. Edward (Eddie) Ndopu served on the Project Pakati Youth Advisory Board from June 2018 - January 2019. He is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning human rights advocate, and was recently named by MTV as one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet. Eddie is the former Head of Amnesty International’s Africa Youth Program and is a former Researcher for the World Economic Forum.

Prior to his selection as a UN SDG Advocate, he consulted for the United Nations and serves as Global Ambassador for Nobel-Peace-Prize-Winning Organization, Humanity and Inclusion, where he currently advocates for the educational rights of children with disabilities across the world. Eddie holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Oxford University, the first African with a disability to do so. He also holds a bachelor’s degree with High Distinction from Carleton University, Canada, and is a graduate of the Inaugural Class of the African Leadership Academy.

Part of the principles in serving as an UN SDG Advocate are being committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by world leaders in 2015. Eddie will be taking messaging into the world, amplifying the UN’s initiatives, participating in events, and feeding into their workstreams.

He will utilize his unique platform to build the momentum for transformative, inclusive development by 2030, and bring leadership to inspire cross-cutting mobilization of the global community.

Eddie remains a strong advocate and follower of the work Project Pakati is doing in the region, and still supports the development of its projects.

If you are interested in following him on social media, he is active on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

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