Founded in the lead-up to the 2001 World Summit on Sustainable Development, SustainUS has carried forth the vision that youth are a powerful force for addressing the challenges of the world. SustainUS has been a pioneer in youth-led organizational development; it is currently led by a volunteer team of 20 young people from or based in the US. More than 600 youth have been a part of SustainUS Agents of Change delegations to major United Nations conferences, such as the climate change negotiations and biodiversity negotiations, as well as commissions on sustainable development, the status of women and social development.
SustainUS also has an annual academic writing competition, Citizen Science, that enables young scientists to be published and present their work at a UN Conference. Earlier this year SustainUS launched the Lead Now Fellowship to empower young people to build the organizations and develop the campaigns that will help them address the challenges we face.
Along with sending a full delegation to COP18 in Doha, Qatar this fall, SustainUS will launch a rapid response network for the US, encouraging youth across the country to take action to influence climate negotiations while at home.