The Youth & the SDGs global online consultation engaged 649 participants from 109 countries from 14 March to 6 April 2023 with the support of United Nations entities (United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and civil society organizations and youth partners (United Nations Foundation, Major Group for Children and Youth) in charge of co-organizing the session on Youth & the SDG Summit at the 2023 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum.

Participants were invited to express their opinions and offer their unique outlook on:

  • The role of young people in the 2030 Agenda;
  • Challenges and opportunities to accelerate the progress of the SDGs with young people in the driver's seat, and
  • Young people’s priorities and recommendations for the path ahead.

This insights paper is organized into three main sections that revolve around the experiences of young people in advancing the SDGs. Firstly, the paper highlights the impressive efforts that young people are leading worldwide. Secondly, it outlines young people's challenges and issues when taking action on the SDGs.


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