I have never felt such confidence in the power of youth before this trip. In September 2017, I had the opportunity to visit New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). I took the opportunity to go, and feel for the first time the experience of being in such important meetings.
When dealing with the sustainable development, food and nutrition take on an extremely fundamental role. Because of the utmost importance of these two issues, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation works adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to analyze the relationship between nutrition and sustainable development. Its main aim is to promote the sectoral interaction between academia, politics, business and civil society to ease the seeking for solutions to current challenges and to achieve the goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Indeed, the food system is facing worldwide severe challenges related to the increasing population demanding to be fed, the growing malnutrition afflicting one out of three people, and hunger. With all of this in mind, BCFN Foundation to organized the 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, in Milan this December 2017.
It is no secret that young people are key when it comes to sustainable development. Not only because they will lead our society in the future, but because they possess crucial characteristics for sustainable development – creativity, hope, and knowledge. Our young generation is the most well educated in history, but are also facing great unemployment numbers. We need to change business as usual towards a new way of thinking. We must invest in young people to build the right competence and self-esteem required to face the complex challenges of our time.
young people can be reached through hashtags and flash mobs on the internet. In the dissemination of new ideas, including the ideas of sustainable development, it is important even just to share the news and to use hashtags. This already allows promotion SDGs among the youth.
“The experience of Banjarmasin shows that the local government is already one step ahead and has succeeded in banning plastic bags. The plastic bag reduction is also measurable and can contribute directly to Indonesia’s target of reducing marine plastic waste by 70%. What else are we waiting for?”, says Tiza.
As research would have it, the youth in Kenya comprise the majority of the general state’s population. This being the case, it was apparent that awareness on climate change is lacking amongst them hence the necessity to train and educate the attendees. The means to do this was through having the interactive Model UN exercise, this gave the participants a first class seat to understanding the necessity behind COP 23 and to understand the ramifications behind the decisions they make as a state.