Without the youth, nothing can be achieved. Forget about the Global Goals, not even local and national goals can be achieved. We cannot deny the fact that the youth are the backbone of the nation, play a vital role in every revolution, scientific innovations, policy-making, business and in every walk of life. The youth are given more importance by United Nation and must be the first priority. As an SDSN (Sustainable Development Solution Network) Youth Initiative Campus Coordinator for RUB (Royal University Bhutan) for the last two terms, I have not only understood more about global issues but also realized my roles and responsibility and made numerous impact in the society.
In a small developing country like Bhutan, seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are given equal importance despite a number of challenges. It was never a challenge and we didn’t face any difficulties in adopting and implementing these 17 Global Goals. We have a philosophy of ‘Gross National Happiness’ from our great fourth His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Where Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product. It is often said to be developed with values.
When GNH is developing a tool for the nation, 17 SDGs are never forgotten. National organizations, NGOs, CSO, an international organization in the country and every organization are working towards 2030 agenda. The government of Bhutan has also agreed to include these 17 goals in next 12th five-year plans.
I never had confidence and strength in me, before taking this particular role. The SDSN Youth Initiative gave me the strength and power to see the world and beyond - I never thought I can do what I am doing right now.
I presented and given talks more than 20 times in various schools, colleges, institutions, public gathering and in social media reaching to more than thousands of youths. In order to promote and advocate Global Goals, several SDG clubs have been initiated, poster display, campaigns, workshops were organized. Recently, during GNH leadership workshop and winter program by Youth Initiative - Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, I talked to more than 60 fellow youth leaders from various colleges in the country. Currently, I am working on project ‘Zero Food Waste’ and ‘Zero Food Waste Policy’ to fulfill goal no.1 and 2.
Taking this particular role to fulfill 2030 agenda, I have not only become a responsible youth but also grown into a wise leader.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of SDSN Youth.
Tashi Dawa is an Undergraduate of Samtse College of Education pursuing Bachelor in Education, the overall coordinator of SDG clubs in various schools; Tashi is a member of GNHC (Gross National Happiness Centre) and Youth Initiative - Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy. Tashi has also been involved in advocating and promoting Global Goals, Know Your Goals Campaign and currently working on project Zero Food Waste. Tashi is also interested in public speaking, reading and writing short stories.