In Neyba village, I realized that to improve the life of small producers, we need to improve not only the cultivation or the agricultural technology, but also respond to the gender and age inequalities with an inclusion process that allows women and young people to work and grow in a sustainable way.
The statement serves to illustrate the potential for young people in Australia to lead the implementation of the SDGs, demonstrates the efforts already taken towards the SDGs, and offers recommendations on how the sector can be further supported to maximise its impact.
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.
Patricia Espinosa spoke at a webinar hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which is composed of 500 global sustainable development organizations from more than 70 countries.
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.
“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.