What is the role of youth in achieving the 2030 Agenda?
The UN have recently published a report titled, World Youth Report: Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report explores the important role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs by 2030.
“Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population.” The report went on to state, “The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration.”
The publication focuses on two of the SDGs in particular and how they relate to youth. Firstly SDG 4 Quality Education and secondly SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, both of which the UN states are key to the development of the “largest generation of youth that the world has seen.”
Importantly, the report highlights disparities both within and between countries when it comes to education and employment stating that the differences “are stark, with gender, poverty, rurality, disability, and migrant/refugee status all being major elements of disadvantage."
As well as education and employment, the report also examines the state of youth when it comes to many of the other SDGs including, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Reduced Inequality, No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Climate Action.
The publication also examines how evidence based youth policies can help to accelerate these objectives.
"156 million youth in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are working poor and almost 30% of the poorest 12 to 14-year olds have never attended school."
We cannot rely on government. We, the people, must insist on and spark a global crisis of conscience. For too long, at our own collective peril, we’ve tuned out Earth’s call.
Now, answering that call is the nonprofit Earth's Call, a foundation the mission of which is to accelerate a global movement to transform the world.
Most notably, Earth’s Call aims to catalyze and mobilize young people around the globe to be those instruments of change. Importantly, Earth’s Call will host a platform for the voices of these young people, who will be able to tell and share both their stories and insights with a worldwide audience.
Earth’s Call will also stress the importance of moving the needle forward. “Young people must not feel that these problems are too great for them to make any discernible impact, nor that they are too powerless,” says Spike Buckley, Earth’s Call Board President. “On the contrary, Earth’s Call wants to emphasize how even one small contributing factor in each household makes a difference, and how young people can lead by becoming environmental change-makers right in their homes, schools and communities.”