Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda aims to play a definite role in enhancing youth development efforts and in this context evidence-based youth policies will accelerate youth-related objectives. Young people will play a critical role in the implementation of sustainable development efforts at all levels.
Advancing Youth Development the 2030 Agenda intends to engage young people not only as beneficiaries but also as active architects in its development, implementation, follow-up and review in the targeted 15-year journey to achieve sustainable development 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 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.
Youth are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda. They can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by involving them in the following ways:
- by getting involved in a local NGOs
- by getting engaged in local politics
- by taking leadership for peace building and conflict resolution in local communities