Expert Support

Each participating school is supported by:

  • a university liaison for research, development and specialist expertise in sustainability from their local or regional university;
  • business planning and management through a regional consultant contact; and
  • the UN Sustainable Development Goals through a regional United Nations Youth contact.

Role of Regional Universities

University Liaison: A key support from each regional university is the University Liaison which connects with participating high schools.

YPPP would like this person to visit the school in the March timeframe, and talk about what the University is doing in the sustainability space, and how students can link in and find out more information if required. This takes about 1 hour, and hopefully, will support the University’s community liaison program as well. A Project Team member can join in for this session and be available to take overall questions on the program from students and teachers. Our project office team will be in touch to assist with the logistics.

Universities Sustainability Consortium: Finally, linking up each of the participating Universities supporting the program across each country into a Sustainability Consortium is an option that enables an even better exchange of ideas and learning.

Role of Regional Consultants

Regional consultants are selected for the program based on their background in key business support areas – business planning and management, leadership and teamwork – as well as their skill, interest and passion for local, regional and global sustainability.

How do regional consultants operate within the program? Each regional consultant coordinates both identification and access to expertise to support the development and integration of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals into the regional EcoZone and national plans for participating countries.

Business Management: This is a business management person, who can assist students translate their 4 Key Priorities into a simple business planning framework: ie vision, objectives, strategies, actions (who, where, when), measures and current status. These are then compiled into the regional (EcoZone) plan and then integrated into the national plan. We are also welcoming the business management team from each University to link in with the Discovery Phase of the program if this is useful.

Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet and the UN Global Sustainability Agenda

Global Sustainability AgendaUnited Nations
Sustainable Development Goals
PeopleNo Poverty (1)
Zero Hunger (2)
Clean Water and Sanitation (6)
Good Health and Wellbeing (3)
Quality Education (4)
Gender Equality (5)
Reduced Inequalities (10)
ProsperityDecent Work and Economic Growth (8)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9)
Responsible Consumption & Production (12)
Sustainable Cities and Communities (11)
PlanetAffordable and Clean Energy (7)
Climate Action (13)
Life below Water (14)
Life on Land (15)
PeacePeace, Justice and Strong Institutions (16)
 PartnershipPartnerships for the Goals (17)


The program is focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals but smaller groups can also work with UN SDG Focus Areas as appropriate.

For further details and to connect with the local UN Youth team call the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program Project Office contact information number.

Who are the key program advisor organisations?

This is a list that is currently growing as international collaboration is becoming established. Founding advisors include Questacon, Future Earth Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Inspiring Australia, Australian National University (Australia and Singapore), The Frank Fenner Foundation, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), James Cook University (JCU), Curtin University (Australia, Singapore, Mauritius), UN Information Centre (UNIC) Canberra and the OnePlanet Partnership.


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