The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced a $5.44 million grant to the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the University of California, Los Angeles to create an initiative that will train the next generation of world leaders and thinkers.
Based at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the center is the world's largest quantitative policy center, capturing data on government actions to advance social, economic, and environmental well-being for all hundred and ninety-three UN member countries. The grant will be used to create a program focused on training leaders eager to address human development, health, economic, and environmental needs at the core of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals — seventeen goals aimed at uniting efforts to reduce global poverty and hunger, improve health, advance education, make cities more sustainable, and combat climate change by 2030.
"We believe that, in order to achieve the SDGs, we must invest in training a new generation across all fields related to the goals to give these future leaders and practitioners the cross-discipline knowledge and skills needed for necessary implementation," said Hilton Foundation president and CEO Peter Laugharn.
"Our intent is to use the grant from the Hilton Foundation to equip the next generation of leaders with the tools to learn what works to accelerate poverty reduction, advance equal opportunity and achieve the SDGs," said Fielding School dean Jody Heymann. "Training will focus both on fellows obtaining the skills to advance knowledge and on having the skills to effectively translate that understanding into equal opportunity for previously marginalized populations, more equitable health and education outcomes, increased livelihoods, and an improved environment."