Making daily life more sustainable is one of the cornerstones of achieving the Global Goals by 2030. This is an issue that students from Austria addressed in a video competition for young people held by the Embassy of Sweden in Vienna. A jury selected five winning entries by young people who had produced films taking the Global Goals as their starting point and focusing on sustainable food consumption.

The film competition was launched by the Embassy in Vienna as a project under the #FirstGeneration campaign. It was held in cooperation with local organisations Südwind and WWF Austria. The aim of the competition, which targeted young Austrians aged 14 to 25, was to generate interest in the 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals, and also to draw attention to Sweden’s strong commitment to sustainability issues.

Global Goals in focus when the Austrian students visited the Swedish MFA.

The challenge was to produce a one-minute film promoting the Global Goals in a creative and communicative way. Of the 43 entries received, the jury selected five winners.

Two of the films will now be produced professionally and shown throughout Austria (including in cinemas and on television). The young people behind all five winning entries won a trip to Sweden on 23–26 March, in connection with Earth Hour.

The group had a packed schedule during their stay in Stockholm. One morning was spent at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where the group met Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin to discuss sustainability and the Global Goals. They also had meetings with Johannes Oljelund, Director-General for International Development Cooperation, and Kajsa B Olofsgård, Ambassador for the 2030 Agenda. The focus of the meetings was the role of the Global Goals in sustainable development and what individuals can do in their daily lives to contribute to sustainable development. WWF Sweden arranged the other activities in the group’s programme.

Important discussions about the Global Goals in our everyday life.

Back home in Austria, the young people described the visit to the Ministry as a highlight of their trip.

“I feel encouraged that change does not have to be as difficult and out of reach as people sometimes think; we can all be involved and help change things a little at a time,” says Alex Rützler, one of the young people who made the films.

See all of the winning films here.