SDSN Youth educates young people about the Sustainable Development Goals and provides opportunities for them to pioneer innovative solutions to address the world's biggest challenges.
We create platforms for young people to connect, collaborate and integrate their ideas and perspectives into national and regional pathways for the implementation of the SDGs.
SDGs - The Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th, 2015, 193 member states of the United Nations adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a guide to the social, economic and environmental actions everybody takes to achieve a sustainable future by the year 2030. This landmark agreement serves as a framework of global aspirations for the world to commit to in order to address the biggest global challenges of our time. They call upon all stakeholders - governments, businesses, civil society, academia and of course, youth, to work together in creating solutions that will meet the goals and their targets.
In 1987, the United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the Brundtland Commission) defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It calls for an envisioning of a future in which our world is able to achieve an integration of sustainable development’s three dimensions--particularly economic, social, and environmental conditions in a well-balanced, harmonious manner.
Role of Youth
As young people and inheritors of this planet, we must spearhead the movement of transformation. With over half of the global population today comprising of people under 30 years old, the youth has an active role to play in putting up a fight against the biggest challenges facing our world and bringing to fruition the Sustainable Development Goals. Equipped with passion, creativity, energy, and idealism, we can bring about generational change, challenge the status quo and secure a more prosperous and peaceful future.
In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and global scales. In 2015, SDSN launched its official youth initiative, SDSN Youth, to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions.
SDSN Youth educates young people about the challenges of sustainable development and creates opportunities for them to use their creativity and knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions for the implementation of the SDGs.
With this aim, we create platforms for young people to connect, collaborate and integrate their ideas and perspectives into national and regional pathways for the implementation of the SDGs.
“Empowering youth globally to create sustainable solutions”
— Educate young people about the SDGs and create pathways for achieving them.
— Connect young people globally to exchange ideas, share experiences and collaborate to achieve the SDGs.
— Support young people in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the SDGs.
Recognition and Legitimacy — Led by eminent global leaders, scholars, entrepreneurs, innovators, and UN officials
Knowledge and Expertise — works with leading global experts and academics to ensure projects, activities and campaigns are always informed by research and empirical evidence.
Networks and Reach — works with SDSN’s global network of more than 450 universities and campuses, which span over 100 countries
Multifaceted and Holistic — focuses on multidimensional and integrated approaches to sustainable development
SDSN Youth administers a variety of programs to provide youth platforms to mobilize and educate young leaders on the important role they play in advancing the SDGs. Our programs connect young change-makers with like-minded peers and leading sustainable development practitioners with tools and resources to collaborate on contributing toward a more sustainable future.
SDSN's National and Regional networks support the localization of SDGs and their implementation, develop long-term transformation pathways for sustainable development, promote education around Agenda 2030, and launch solution initiatives.