SDSN-Youth took part at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. Isabel Pérez Dobarro, SDSN Youth´s UN Focal Point and Arts Twenty Thirty Project Lead, and Youth Solutions Report innovators, Victoria Erdel, spoke to students to highlight the role of youth in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
SDSN-Youth took part in the Youth Assembly in New York City. Siamak Sam Loni, SDSN-Youth’s Global Coordinator, spoke at the Opening Ceremony to explain the opportunities that SDSN-Youth offers young people worldwide and emphasize the role of youth as not only the leaders of the future but also the leaders of the present.
REtopia, the annual technical symposium of TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) in India, focused on SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. SDSN-Youth (TERI SAS) brought together industry experts and policy makers to discuss the current scenario of energy access in India along with challenges on the primary level.
“The world is home to the largest group of 10 to 24-year individuals in the past, with over 1.9 billion individuals.” Mr. Mohammed Subhan Khan spoke at "Awareness Quotient -UN SDGs Agenda 2030" conference to present how youth can make SDGs a reality.
SDSN Youth Andes Network coordinator Nicolás Serrano Palacio was inspired by his recent trip to Inca, and made a bold statement about how youth should be involved in sustainable development: “We have to keep the fight for a sustainable development and a better society. Let’s get inspired by legends of brave men that even gave their lives to protect their communities and its principles.”
UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together youth from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of innovative ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. “UNLEASH Lab presented an innovative way of finding Sustainable Development Solutions and allowed participants to form long-lasting bonds,“ says Olive Mumbo, UNLEASH talent and SDSN Youth Network Coordinator.
The youth sector statement following the consultation emphasised that young people need to be seen as more than simply “tokens” in the sustainability movement. Our capabilities extend beyond advocacy and awareness raising. Australian youth and youth-led organisations are making significant contributions in many other avenues, including education, community mobilisation, social entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.
“The Indonesian government has shown a consistency in legitimizing the SDG agenda into the country’s national development planning and issuing Presidential regulation No.59 year of 2017. [The] support from BAPPENAS and SDSN [of the] Happiness Festival shows our government values [the notion that] the growth of a nation is linked to increased human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
The issue of plastic waste, especially plastic bags, at the moment is pressing to be resolved. With a national waste reduction target of 30% and waste handling of 70% by 2025, the role of various parties is needed to create a solution to solve the problem.
‘Young people are the leaders of tomorrow’. And yet… why can’t they be leaders for today? At the UN SDG Action Campaign Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, Project Leader (Networks) Yi Jun shared about some of SDSN Youth’s upcoming initiatives, and how they focus on empowering young people to take action on the SDGs today. In this article, he reflects on why students are a key constituency in the fight for sustainable development.