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Sustainability Advocate - UN
Vladislav Kaim is a young Moldovan economist and climate action and sustainability advocate with a vast experience at the UN level, as well as on multiple national and local platforms in Moldova, Russia and Sweden. He has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) in 2018 and a master’s degree in economics from Lund University (Sweden) in 2021, where he researched the impact of the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters in the free trade agreements of the European Union over the imports of green goods into the bloc. He was awarded as Best Moldovan Student in Diaspora (2015) for his academic and extracurricular excellence. In 2014, Vladislav together with two colleagues co-founded MDG (changed to SDG in 2015) International Youth Forum – one of the first youth advocacy platforms in Russia and the wider region dedicated to popularizing UN sustainability agenda and providing high school and university students with the skills and knowledge required to effectively localize Agenda 2030. Upon the end of his term as Secretary General in 2017, he spent a year in the green export markets research, after which he served from 2018 to 2019 on the board of Malmö chapter of Swedish Association for International Affairs (SAIA).From 2019, Vladislav has been heavily involved in the multilateral arena working on youth empowerment for climate action through his work with various stakeholders to encourage bringing youth as experts to the table. His main fields of advocacy have been green jobs for youth, just transition, green and sustainable economic growth and reforms to the multilateral climate finance agenda. For two years Vladislav has been active with YOUNGO, official youth constituency to the UNFCCC, and UN MGCY, where he was a member of the working group on SDG 8 and later Global Focal Point for Europe in the Migration Working Group. In 2019, he has been part of the organizing team for the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit that took place in New York. For the first half of 2020 Vladislav joined the Talent Development Unit at UNDP where he helped to streamline learning experience for UNDP employees around the world. In July 2020, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Mr Kaim to be part of his inaugural Youth Advisory Group (YAG) on Climate Change, tasked with ensuring a substantial role for youth voices in the implementation of the Secretary General’s Climate Strategy, making Vladislav first Eastern European young activist in such a position. In this quality, he has been focused primarily on ensuring greater recognition of youth expertise, linking of climate finance and debt agendas and youth-friendly green jobs programs. During his mandate, Vladislav co-authored multiple reports, opinion pieces and interventions, including at the highest level, dedicated to aforementioned topics, with the latest being his contribution to the Report of the Technical Working Group 2 (“Energy Transitions”) for the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy. Besides his current commitment to the YAG, Vladislav is also an expert member of the Climate Governance Commission at the Global Challenges Foundation, contributor to the Common Futures Conversations platform at Chatham House and Young European Ambassador at EU Neighbors East. In April 2021, he became one of 10 finalists of the Swedish King’s Scholarship for Value-Based Leadership.