Pedro Vemba Cidade, a lecturer at the Angola Methodist University in Luanda and reader in Urban Planning and Architecture, was one of the recipients of the 2016 #FirstGeneration award for inspiring young people to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

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“My motto is ‘Think global – act local’, and with that motto I try to inspire my students to develop architecture and housing that is inclusive and sustainable.

In 2015, Pedro was presented with an award for his contributions to national urbanisation efforts as part of the Angolan Government’s 1 million houses project. He has led a volunteer campaign to plant trees and install sewage gutters in the Luanda neighbourhood of Sambizanga, and he has volunteered in rural communities, teaching environmental education and urban horticulture. Recently, he sponsored a social project to revitalise the Luanda neighbourhood of Cassequel by developing urban horticulture plans. After receiving the #FirstGeneration award in Stockholm and getting recognition for his efforts, Pedro says he feels even more confident in the work he does. Meeting other educators and inspirational figures was also something he greatly appreciated.

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“It is very inspiring to see the commitment of everyone to making the world a better place.”

Since he came back from the #FirstGeneration Global Goals Forum in Stockholm he has continued his work, inspiring his students and spreading the word about the 2030 Agenda.

“I have organised campaigns and workshops both at my university and in civil society to involve everyone in achieving the 2030 Agenda, and I will continue my work for this cause. Political will is the key to achieving the Global Goals.”

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