The world is currently faced with so many challenges that have separated humanity in many ways ...
Including the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic which prevented us from travelling and connecting with one another physically. We are hopeful that the dawn of 2021 will bring us good news and allow us to reconnect again. Our hope is that the 2021 JCI World Congress would be an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, to find solutions to global issues we face in communities and to revive the spirit of Ubuntu which is an African philosophy meaning “I am because you are.” It speaks to the interconnectedness of humanity and us showing compassion for one another. It is for this reason we have called the theme of the Congress: Ignite Compassion, Unite Humanity.
We are excited to be working on an action-packed program that will galvanize members back into action. The program will focus on 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are in line with the proposed theme inspired by Ubuntu and the aim of achieving global peace.
• Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
• Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
• Goal 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
• Goal 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
These four goals are not only universal but are fundamental to achieving sustainable livelihoods particularly of young people. They are important to the aspirations of young people as they continue to grow in these unprecedented times.
The Congress will be taking place in Johannesburg; the city of Gold. It is a city that is well balanced with business opportunities, tourism sites; from safaris to cultural tours and many iconic landmarks that form part of the rich South African history, including the home of Nelson Mandela. Not only is Johannesburg a hub of economic activities, it is a city that is a stone throw away from the Cradle of Humankind, the place where humanity is believed to have begun. The trip to South Africa will therefore be an opportunity for you to come “home”.
It is often said there is no place like home, and we are working tirelessly to ensure your experience of the 2021 JCI World Congress is a treasured memory. We look forward to you coming home.
2021 JCI World Congress Director