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Introduction

Mainstreaming of youth voices and perspectives in the process of SDG Summit will be essential to ensuring that the Summit heeds to expectations of current and future generations. Youth constituencies and movements are already mobilizing toward the “the SDG Summit and the Summit for the Future (2024), through decentralized consultations and policy dialogues - across all regions. 

This specific consultation and session at the ECOSOC Youth Forum comes at a prominent time - both to consult and hear from young people, and to generate sustained longer-term impacts. 

Specific objectives:

  • To convene diverse youth constituencies and partners which support the Youth agenda, the 2030 Agenda and youth consultations in the lead up to HLPF and SDG Summit, building on the outcomes of previous and ongoing consultations with youth on SDGs and other relevant internationally agreed development goals; 
  • To contribute to a substantive insights paper on the role of youth in SDG implementation, monitoring and review and on young people’s aspirations and recommendations, which will be presented at the ECOSOC Youth Forum and be made available on the online consultation space, via social media and on relevant websites and platforms; 
  • To provide inputs to the ECOSOC Youth Forum session which will discuss Youth & SDG Summit, in April 2023 in New York (hybrid event), in the lead up to the September 2023 SDG Summit
  • To feed into the ECOSOC Youth Forum informal summary and ECOSOC Presidential statement, and the “Voices of Youth” Report by youth constituencies.
  • To inform the upcoming Youth Sectoral paper for the HLPF, prepared by the Major Group for Children and Youth. 
  • To inform ongoing and future programming and policy support and partnerships with, for and on youth 
     

QUESTIONS
 

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
     
  2. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
     
  2. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
     
  3. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Comments (160)

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Week Two Summary

What a week of consultations it's been. Thank you to all of you from all parts of the world who have shared some inputs. Mwinji Nachinga, Joshua Prentice and I enjoyed interacting with you and learning from you. We've still got a week of consultations left to go, so before I hand over to the final group of moderators I wanted to give a brief overview of what has been shared so far. To those who have not shared yet please feel free to add on what has been said, and if you already posted but something triggered a new thought please interact with other peoples comments! 

I particularly encourage you in week 3 to think about the questions less answered (which are 4,5,6). We've shared a lot on our personal stories, challenges and opportunities. It would be great to have more answers for the suggestions to partners, meaningful engagement and key messages. 

  • 🙋🏼‍♀️ How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

    My main takeaway in reading everyones messages is that as we're asking for things from our governments, institutions and partners, we are not just waiting around. We are taking action as youth in our countries. 
    • ⭕ It's clear that as young people we are focusing on all the different SDGs between us. I saw references to pretty much all of them throughout the week!
    • 🤝🏼 Many of us have already been part of multilateral processes and global organizations as well as founded or worked with grassroots organizations
    • 🌎 We come from many different regions in the world and find similar problems as outlined in the question bellow 
       
  • What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

    The number of challenges shared were quite long so I've captured a few that came up regularly below. It's clear through this consultation there are many challenges we should continue to address. 

    • 👎🏼 There are differences in opportunities and understanding depending where we come from (Rural vs. urban youth for instance)
    • 💸 Lack of financial support makes engagement difficult
    • 📚 Information barriers - Lack of Education on the topic
    • 🎤 Protagonism vs. community - sometimes young people are put against each other as opposed to building community
    • 🔭 Lack of in-depth research
    • 🎓 Relationship between studies and the job world is not clear, future jobs don't correspond to what is being taught
    • 🏢 Lack of institutional support
    • 📌 Lack of localization of the SDGs
    • 🧑🏼‍⚖️ Inability to enter the decision making process due to lack of government support
    • 🧠 Mental health
       
  • What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

    Despite the challenges there are also many opportunities we've identified as youth, just to name a few:

    • 🤝🏼 Intergenerational partnerships and collaboration
    • 🌱 Work with grassroots organizations
    • 🧑🏼‍🏫 Training young people on the topic
    • 👍🏼 Decision-Making: Giving young people a voice in decision-making processes 
    • 🆕 Youth-Led Networks and Projects: Supporting the creation of youth-led networks and organizations that focus on SDG implementation and tracking progress
    • 💰 Funding and Resources (including tools for monitoring)
    • 📲 Technology, Social Media and innovation for sharing and achieving the SDGs
    • 🏆 Recognition: Providing opportunities to showcase young peoples achievements 
    • 💁🏼‍♀️ Including youth in already established projects
       
  • How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

    • 💴 Commitment to funding
    • 🎤 More opportunities to showcase young peoples actions
    • 📖 Better education across the board
    • 🧾 Strengthened accountability
       
  • How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

    • 👈🏼 Giving more young people ownership
    • 📚 Educating young people
    • 💬 Speaking the language of those we're trying to reach
       
  • What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

    • 🤝🏼 There is a need for collaboration between UN entities/member states and NGOs
    • 🚧 Recognize marginalized communties and the barriers that youth face to implementing projects which achieve the SDGs such as finance and training
    • 🪟 Build better youth resource frameworks

Thanks once again to everyone who participated. Handing over to Asma Rouabhia , Dalia Márquez and @Jacob Ellis now so we can continue the conversation. ⬇️ 

Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Thanks Inés Yábar we look forward to building on your moderation during the week ahead! Great reflections and hope we can put particular focus on responding to questions 4, 5 and 6! 

Street Kids Inclusion Foundation
Street Kids Inclusion Foundation
  • How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

  • Youth need to organise themselves at community level and take action towards solving the problems in their communities. However, for that to happen resources are needed and frankly speaking, the hoops youth have to go through to get funding can kill morale. For example in our KEEP KOTIDO CLEAN PROJECT, no government offical or international community officals have even shown interest in our project but they are operating and have been functional in the community even in its horribly dirty state. WFP, UN, USAID are some of the examples of organisations in Kotido, Karamoja, Uganda but no feedback has been sent to us even when we have reached out. 

  • All we see is the SDG movement online and in words but there is no action. Maybe scouts for such projects should be deployed so they can approach any youth, organisation or anybody taking action and help them accordingly. 

  • Also some of these communities do not know about UN programmes or even how to reach out. This could also hinder them from accessing knowledge about how to effectively achieve SDGs.

Lili N
Lili N

Hell everyone, thank you so much for the excellent discussion so far. My name is Lili Nkunzimana and I work as a Representative to the UN for the Baha'i International Community (BIC). 

On question #4: How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

The BIC reflected on elements of this question when we hosted a four month youth series titled "Youth are Pillars of Society" between the ECOSOC Youth Forum and HLPF last year. When it comes to UN agencies we included the following reflection in our output document: 

UN agencies, have a significant role to play in modeling what meaningful engagement might look like. Individuals need to be given the opportunity to grow and change as they encounter new information. Sufficient room needs to be given to allow for the evolution of actors, youth or otherwise, who engage in multilateral spaces. Yet collaboration between young people and UN agencies continues to be constrained by a handful of well-worn patterns, for example, youth seeking policy and monetary backing, on the one hand, and UN agencies seeking youth ambassadors to champion various campaigns and initiatives, on the other. There is a path to make these relationships less transactional. Processes can be changed so that youth are consulted earlier, to strengthen the viability of UN initiatives, thereby ensuring that youth and UN agencies grow in capacity together. Youth engagement should increasingly focus on shaping, together with older generations, decision-making spaces. This move towards closer collaboration with young people and seeking out their diversity of perspectives will strengthen our collective ability to advance the SDGs, a vision which pertains to all, irrespective of age.

You can read the full output document here. This year we will do this youth series again (between April and July) building on the work we did last year. This year we will focus on youth contributions to the multilateral system by focusing on four themes: Transformative Leadership in the UN System, Effective Models of Communication and Interaction, Approaches to Social Change, and Building a Compelling Vision of the Future. We hope to build on and amplify the incredible work youth actors and their collaborators are already doing. 

Innocent Odongo
Innocent Odongo

My name is Innocent Odongo, I am the Secretary General of International Young Catholic Students (IYCS), a network of over 5 million students across 87 member countries globally with headquarters in Paris, France and Regional offices in every continent. I have the pleasure to share with you in response to the questions below based on my direct experience and engagement with the students.

 

QUESTIONS


Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

The following are some practices and lessons I learned from the coordinating and overseeing of the IYCS initiatives and activities towards the realisation of the SDGs:

  1. Collaboration and partnerships: IYCS has successfully worked with like-minded partners to develop initiatives and joint statements that address key SDG problems. Collaboration provides for the sharing of resources, knowledge, and expertise, which can result in more effective and long-term solutions.
  2. Flexibility and adaptability: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the world, and IYCS has been quick to react with initiatives to assist those affected. In addition, IYCS was able to shift its activities to online platforms in order to continue its work in the face of social distancing measures. Organisational flexibility and adaptability are critical qualities to have, particularly during times of crisis.
  3. Focus on youth empowerment: The IYCS has emphasized youth empowerment in its efforts, recognizing their role as change agents in achieving the SDGs. The organization has established platforms and opportunities for young people to share their experiences, ideas, and solutions, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility among youth for problems affecting them and their communities.
  4. Policy implementation: In all activities, IYCS has created and implemented a policy to protect minors and vulnerable adults from abuse, harassment, and exploitation. This policy shows a commitment to supporting peaceful and inclusive societies, as well as to creating an environment that is welcoming to all participants.
  5. Engagement with faith-based organizations: The IYCS recognizes the critical role that faith-based organizations play in advancing global peace, security, and development. IYCS holds Interfaith dialogues globally and in region and has in collaboration with other faith-based youth organisations established the Global Caucus for Youth in Faith as a dedicated space for children and youth from faith-based communities to join and meaningful contribute to processes and avenues across the United Nations' pillars and organs under the Major group for Children and Youth. This participation shows the significance of incorporating diverse perspectives and voices in the pursuit of the SDGs particularly those of children and youth from faith-based communities.

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

As a young leader leading a global youth movement, I've faced a major challenge in obtaining funds to support the various initiatives and activities we hope to implement. Despite the fact that there are numerous funding opportunities and open calls available, the application procedure frequently has stringent requirements that our youth movement cannot meet. Furthermore, developing the capacity to manage large grants is an ongoing challenge due to a severe lack of funds accessible to help young people develop the required skills. 

As a result, our youth movement frequently depends on goodwill funding and donations from charitable organizations that acknowledge and value the vital contribution of young people. While grants and funds from famous institutions such as the UN Funds and Governments can be an ideal source of financial support, the red tape, extensive requirements, and legal papers associated with such funds make them inaccessible to youth movements and organizations.

To summarize, the primary challenge we face as young leaders leading a global youth movement is the limited availability of funds and resources needed to successfully execute our initiatives. The current funding landscape is riddled with impediments, such as strict eligibility criteria, complicated application procedures, and a lack of chances for financial capacity development.

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Based on my  IYCS experience, the following actions can help to improve youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review: My suggestions are limited to specific SDGs that we focus on in our movement.

  1. Involving young people in the design and implementation of community health interventions to encourage ownership and success.
  2. Supporting the development of youth-led initiatives for inclusive and high-quality education, as well as involving them in monitoring and assessing educational programs to ensure that all learners' needs are met.
  3. Supporting youth-led projects that target gender inequalities in order to increase policy participation and understanding of gender issues.
  4. Involving young people in climate change mitigation and adaptation attempts to foster responsibility and encourage environmental action. Young people can also help to watch and assess government policies and programs.

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Improving partnerships and unlocking impact, commitments, and funding for young people by organizing SDG youth challenges, awards, and recognition for successful and innovative initiatives and best practices at the local, regional, and global levels. This can increase all parties' commitments and involvement. In terms of funding, many young people in marginalized areas lack the necessary expertise and communication skills. As a result, offering a platform where they can showcase their efforts in various ways can lead to more opportunities for collaboration. 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

I think we can accomplish this objective by working with local radio stations to raise awareness about the SDGs, as well as with local telecommunications companies, which can include SDG messages in their communications and ads due to their wide reach in communities. Furthermore, because they have a strong impact in marginalized communities, we can sensitize local community and cultural leaders to support the SDGs.
 

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

By guaranteeing their presence at the table, young people will be able to have a direct say at the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit. The Forum is frequently organized on short notice, leaving many young people unable to participate despite mobilizing local resources due to visa appointment delays. To prevent this, it is suggested that young people be given enough time to apply for visas and attend the Forum.

Host SDG Festivals on the sidelines of the Forum or Summit to highlight young people's creative and energetic efforts through art, theater, music, and other creative means. This platform can inspire young people who may be shy about speaking in front of big groups but can express themselves more effectively through creative outlets. Art, design, music, and dance have a profound effect on audiences, leaving an indelible imprint that can inspire change. The Festivals can also be streamed and re-watched numerous times in order to reach a larger audience.

 

Shivani Shrotri
Shivani Shrotri

Hi! My name is Shivani Shrotri and I’ve dedicated my High School career to working towards equitable education through various initiatives. Perhaps the most notable one is Gen. Z Codes, a service with the mission of bridging the digital divide. I’ve worked primarily in India (since that’s where I’m from) but due to recent funding opportunities and our extensive online presence, I’ve expanded internationally. We have 300+ officially registered students but there are over 20K students using our resources worldwide. We have multiple programs for different age groups, all aimed at marginalized and/or less privileged communities. You can read more about our programs on our website: www.genzcodes.com

I have recently started another initiative as part of Gen. Z Codes called Gen. Z Toys. We have partnered with local businesses to manufacture educational, STEM-related gender-neutral toys.

For my work through Gen. Z Codes, I have won the global IB MYP Social Innovators grant and the prestigious Young Indian Achievers award.

 

I am also the co-founder of a debate academy called Avaz, with the intent of promoting speech, debate and advocacy across India — where blind obedience is still encouraged in classrooms.

 

Overall, the main challenges I have faced during my journey include gathering volunteers and funding. Although I have been successful in finding volunteers now due to our international success, it was quite difficult to find sufficient people who were willing to help me in the beginning. Also, the IB grant helped me significantly but a lot of initiatives struggle because of a lack of funds. I think the UN and various governments should offer some opportunities for student-led NGOs, especially with the recent increase in the number of student-led organizations. 
 

I entirely agree with the idea of building better youth resource frameworks and I’d love to help in any way I can! I would particularly be interested in collaborating and directly working with the UN or any other bodies that are putting in effort towards this goal.

Vikash Ranjan
Vikash Ranjan

My name is vikash Ranjan.I am from India.I am United people global sustainability leader and champion,i am a team member of peace and justice action group, jobs and economic action group, youth for foresight action group and many more.As being a sustainability leader my concern is to save our resources for persent and future generations.We have enough resources for our need but not for our greed.we are seeing the effects of damaging our mother earth in the form of natural calamities such as climate change, earthquake, flood.So we have to be serious towards saving our environment and resources.we don't have planet B.So we have to work towards saving our mother earth and make our world a better place to live for all living beings.

Vikash Ranjan
Vikash Ranjan

My name is vikash Ranjan.I am from India.I am United people global sustainability leader and champion.Team member of peace and justice action group, team member of youth for foresight and team member of jobs and economic action group and many more.I want to give answer of question 5.In which my concern is we have to educate more and more people from underdeveloped and underdevelaping countries because education is the main tool from which we can make people more aware and responsible.what i am seeing in my community is that illiterate people burn plastics they are not knowing the effects of burning plastics.And we have to aware more and more people to save our mother earth.we have to aware and ensure people that we don't have planet B.So if we want to live a happy, prosperous and peaceful life on mother earth, so we have to save our mother earth,we are seeing the effects of damaging our mother earth and if we will not be responsible then the time have come to see more and more effects of damaging our mother earth.The time have come to ensure people to save our mother earth.

Persis Ramírez
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Persis Ramirez, I am a water professional from the Dominican Republic with over 5 years of experience overseeing projects and programs related to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Caribbean region. I have supported project portfolios that address water issues crosscutting with environmental pollution, gender, and climate change. I am an active volunteer with water and climate international networks (International Water Association, Water Youth Network and UN1FY), participating in initiatives that center on youth, water, and climate.

As an IWA-Grundfos Youth Action for SDG6 Fellow I engage with key water stakeholders, in a range of activities, more specifically in international fora such as the upcoming UN Water Conference. From the participation in these spaces, I contribute to highlighting the role of young people in the implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. Additionally, as a fellow, I am developing and contributing with range of publications and solutions that support the achievement of SDG6.

As a 2023 Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador I engage with fellow ambassadors and other stakeholders in the climate space to advocate effectively for climate action and environmental sustainability. Moreover, I am developing three different climate-related projects in my community, to increase youth engagement in water and climate change decision making and to raise awareness about the role of gender in water management.

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

First and foremost, there is this huge gap of young representation in high level decision-making. Only 2.6% of the world’s parliamentarians are under 30 years old, which means that the needs and interests of young people are not properly represented whenever policies are being discussed.

There is limited resources mobilization for young people, and this affects the capacity of accessing financial resources to increase the impact of youth-led interventions.

Greater efforts are to be made to have a balanced and diverse representation of young people, especially people from marginalized and remote communities.

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

In the water space, led by the International Secretariat for Water, youth worldwide are advocating for a series of demands through the Fill Up The Glass Campaign, from which I find the following two demands as relevant opportunities in this context:

  1. The creation of an inclusive and permanent body within the United Nations to address water challenges and the nomination of a UN Youth Envoy on Water.
  2. The implementation of dedicated funding for community-based water solutions led by youth.

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
  • Allocating funds to financially support youth-led initiatives.
  • Including young people in consultative and decision-making processes.
  • Fostering a diverse and balanced inclusion of young people in initiatives that bridge the existing generational gap, for example mentorship programs.
  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
  • By allocating funds specifically for the mobilization of youth, to guarantee that young people from remote, impoverished and marginalized communities are present to actively engage in the achievement of the SDGs.
  • By creating youth and diversity quotas in academia and career paths. 
  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

My personal key message to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit is to highlight to UN Member States the need to include young people in the acceleration of action for clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) and to explore partnerships to maximize solutions that crosscut water and climate.

I plan to partake in other consultations and pre-conference proceedings leading to inform the SDG Summit. I hope to attend the Summit if resources become available to support my participation.

Joshua Amponsem
Joshua Amponsem Moderator

Hi Persis, thanks for sharing the amazing work you are doing. It will be great to read some of your publications if you can share them. Have you heard about the #BeSeenBeHeard campaign? It speaks directly to your point on the lack of young people in parliament. You should check it out and I absolutely agree with your recommendation on allocation of funds for mobilization of youth. 

Richa Gupta
Richa Gupta Moderator

Hi Persis! Thank you so much for your interesting insights! The idea of a UN Youth Envoy for Water is so great. Specific thematic focus on climate and institutionalising this globally will definitely be impactful!

 

Thank you for your recommendations!

Oyin Olufayo
Oyin Olufayo

 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

I am Oyin Olufayo, a Law student at the University of South Wales.

Prior to my legal education, I pursued a Bachelor's degree in English and International Relations from Osun State University, Nigeria.

Subsequently, I obtained a certificate in Public Policy and Leadership from the School of Politics, Policy and Governance, Abuja, Nigeria. 

Over the last three years, I have worked with state governments, nonprofit organizations, and private sector actors to promote inclusive societies and equal economic opportunities for all.

Young people play a critical role in driving the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. They are an important stakeholder group and are often disproportionately affected by the challenges.

During my work as a Policy Analyst at Delta State Ministry of Youth Development, Nigeria. I focused on localizing the SDGs and supporting efforts of governments to promote youth inclusion, representation, and participation.
Through my work, I have supported the development of policies and programs that promote youth participation in decision-making processes at all levels. I have also worked to promote the inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable youth, including young people with disabilities, and youth from indigenous communities.

Earlier this year, I launched my company, Gesego games. Our focus is on bridging the gap between people and development using innovative games. 

We believe that games can be a powerful tool for promoting education, awareness, and engagement around the SDGs.

Our flagship game, Seventeen, is an interactive game that takes players on a journey through the SDGs. Through the game, players learn about the the five pillars of SDGs, goals, targets, and indicators of the SDGs and are encouraged to take action in their own lives to support the achievement of the goals.

The SDG-driven game product, Seventeen is now being played across 3 countries, including Nigeria, Canada, and the United Kingdom while people are getting awareness about SDG in the most unconventional way.

We are also working on other games and interactive tools that promote education, awareness, and engagement around the 17 SDGs.
Our goal is to use innovative approaches to make the SDGs more accessible and engaging for everyone, including young people. 

We believe that by making the SDGs more accessible and engaging, we can help to drive greater action and progress towards achieving the goals.


2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

As a young person and through my work with youth organizations, I have identified several challenges and barriers that can hinder the effective implementation of SDGs. These challenges include:

Firstly, we lack the financial resources, technical expertise, and networks necessary to undertake significant SDG-related initiatives. The lack of resources can also make it difficult to sustain projects over the long term.

Secondly, young people are often excluded from decision-making processes, especially at the policy level, which can limit their ability to influence the direction of SDG-related initiatives. This exclusion can stem from systemic barriers such as age discrimination, lack of access to political networks and opportunities, or simply a lack of recognition of the value of youth perspectives and voices.

Lastly, there is a lack of reliable data and indicators to measure progress towards the SDGs can make it challenging to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and to track progress towards achieving the goals.


3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

In my specific context, there are several key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review.

Firstly, governments and organizations should promote youth participation by creating opportunities for youth to engage in decision-making processes at all levels. This includes establishing youth advisory boards or councils and engaging youth in the design, implementation, and monitoring of policies and programs related to the SDGs.

Secondly, youth networks and organizations should provide a platform for young people to engage with the SDGs and take action towards achieving them.

They can serve as a conduit for young people's voices to be heard and for their ideas to be integrated into policy and decision-making processes.

Lastly, organizations can provide financial, technical, and other resources to support youth-led initiatives focused on SDG implementation. This can include funding for innovative solutions, capacity-building support, and access to networks and expertise.

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

  • Strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships
  •  Providing capacity-building support.
  • Strengthening data and evidence on youth issues.
  • Promoting youth participation in decision-making processes.
  • Investing in youth-led initiatives.

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
 

Firstly, by developing localized strategies that take into account the specific needs, aspirations, and challenges faced by young people from marginalized communities. This includes strategies that address gender, disability, ethnicity, and other forms of marginalization.

Secondly, Addressing structural barriers that prevent young people from marginalized communities from engaging in SDG-related activities. This includes barriers related to education, employment, access to information, and discrimination.

Lastly, by ensuring that young people from marginalized communities are represented and have opportunities to participate in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This includes participation in local and national consultations, planning processes, and monitoring and review mechanisms.


6 What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

As a young person and founder of Gesego Games, my key message and recommendation to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit are to recognize the power of innovation, particularly the use of games, in advancing youth engagement and awareness of the SDGs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more crucial to use innovative approaches to promote awareness and engagement around the SDGs, as traditional means of communication and outreach may be limited. The use of games as a tool for innovation can help to bridge the gap between people and development by making the SDGs more accessible and engaging for everyone, including young people.

To further support youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit, we are committed to working with relevant stakeholders, including government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector to ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged and represented at all levels of decision-making processes.

We also recommend the inclusion of youth-led initiatives and innovations, such as Gesego Games' Seventeen, in the SDG Summit's agenda and discussions, as these can provide valuable insights and perspectives on how best to advance the implementation of the SDGs.

Finally, we urge all stakeholders to recognize the importance of investing in youth-led initiatives and providing the necessary resources, support, and funding to ensure their success. This will not only benefit young people, but also contribute to the overall achievement of the SDGs.

Joshua Amponsem
Joshua Amponsem Moderator

Hi Oyin Olufayo, congrats on launching Gesogo - gaming is a very creative way to engage young people on SDGs. You might want to check UNDP's Mission 1.5 game to see if there are any features and lessons from there. 

You raised a very great point on the lack of data and appropriate indicators to measure impact. Do you think gaming platforms for learning could be leveraged to collect data and generate the right set of indicators?

Richa Gupta
Richa Gupta Moderator

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to this consultation on how we can forge a path to a more inclusive, upward journey towards achieving the SDGs! 

My name is Richa Gupta, one of the 17 Young Leaders for the SDGs, and co-founder of Labhya, an India-based education nonprofit that works with 2.4 million vulnerable children on emotional wellbeing in public schools.

Very much look forward to hearing your thoughts and solutions to the above list of questions and hope we can come up with some amazing groundbreaking solutions and recommendations! 

 

When commenting, please let us know which particular question(s) you are responding to. The space is yours to co-create and lead!

 

Gratitude,

Richa & Eddy

Yemi Faleti
Yemi Faleti

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

I am Yemi Faleti, a 23 year old creative innovation leader and strategist based in Virginia, USA. I am president of creative innovation agency, Videre Worldwide, and have 6 years of experience leading multimedia initiatives as well as overseeing brand strategy in order to address issues of youth and POC underrepresentation in leadership positions, as well as the lack of access to resources such as funding, mentorship and employment opportunities.

I actively provide pro bono consulting services to organizations, start ups, and artists regarding how to drive SDG’s 3,4,5,8, and 9, as well as how to codify those SDG’s into their operations and processes. In addition, I am working with my team to develop strategic partnerships across sectors that will allow shared expertise and talent, as well as foster innovation in the realm of creative technology and intellectual property.

As a former member of Universal Music Group’s Youth Task Force for Meaningful Change, I helped drive initiatives regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in the entertainment industry as well as voting and social justice initiatives geared towards the 18-24 year old demographic.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

I have been privileged to spend my earliest years traveling between the USA, Europe, and Nigeria, and one thing that stands out to me in the midst of my travels is something that I experienced when growing up in Baltimore. I had the realization that in many underserved and underrepresented communities, a lot of the youth are not aware that the opportunities exist for them to have a lasting impact on this world, so they perpetually dwell within the boundaries of what is expected of them, whether that be a life of crime or something less menacing, but still restrictive,  like being a musician or athlete.

Throughout my time taking action on SDG’s, I have noticed that there are several barriers and challenges that my peers and I have faced, but in our context, these challenges typically fall into one or more of four categories: 

  • Lack of expertise, mentorship, and upward mobility opportunities
  • Funding deficits, especially for POC and other minorities.
  • Lack of access to a central database of like-minded communities across other states or regions.
  • Lack of access to software, hardware, and other tech-driven resources for entrepreneurship, arts, and mobilization efforts.
     
  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

In my specific context of creative innovation and brand strategy & experience, there are a few key opportunities that I have identified:

  • Broader access to mentorship programs via strategic partnerships in the public and private sectors. By implementing and supporting SDG driven programs at the high school and collegiate level, there is the opportunity to instill young leaders with necessary foundations of executive presence, strategic thinking, and access to resources and networks that otherwise would not be accessible.
  • A focus on partnerships with organizations within the entertainment, arts and lifestyle sectors in order to develop a pipeline of experienced and technically skilled youth leaders that can support the realization of SDG’s at their respective levels. 

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

In order to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people, we can focus on a few things:

  • Partnership with startup accelerator programs to foster innovation and mentorship on an entrepreneurial level, particularly in underserved communities
  • Continue to seek out youth voices across creative disciplines for added perspective on how arts and culture intersect with the attainment of SDG’s
  • Increased funding for Study Abroad programs at the collegiate level to enhance the global perspective of youth leaders.
  • Initiatives that invest in housing and holistic wellness in underserved communities. It is difficult to focus on global or even local impact when one is in “survival mode.”

 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
  • Partnership with local school systems to provide access to mentorship and resources, particularly in high-opportunity communities.
  • Identify current youth leaders that are making an impact and provide resources, whether by way of finances or expertise, that allow them to amplify their impact.
  • Implement initiatives focused on experiential learning, allowing the youth to visualize the impact of mobilization and advocacy.
  • Retain young people as consultants in order to broaden the UN scope of local nuance.
     
  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

My key recommendation to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG summit is to invest time and resources into experiential learning and programming, as well as creative strategy as a conduit for driving the actualization of SDG’s.

This includes highlighting the voices of nontraditional youth, as well as established names in the arts, culture, and entertainment sectors. This also includes crafting a holistic programming experience that immerses participants across digital and physical channels in order to promote inspired, engaged constituencies that are ready to continue mobilization.

Lastly, this includes partnership with youth-led organizations and instilling in them the expertise, access, and resources needed to continue mobilizing and leading within their local communities.

I will continue to support youth led and youth inclusive efforts and consultations that can inform the SDG summit within my network. I also plan to attend the summit. 

Richa Gupta
Richa Gupta Moderator

Hi Yemi, Thank you so much for your thorough analysis, sharing of your authentic experiences and for these important and insightful recommendations.

 

One such initiative by the UN is the UN Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) so young people working on peacebuilding and leadership across the globe can access funding directly for their impactful work!

 

 

Joshua Amponsem
Joshua Amponsem Moderator

Yemi Faleti these are very excellent points. Thanks for sharing. I strongly agree with the need to dedicate resources to experiential learning- this is lacking for many young people across the world and inhibits their professional growth. The arts and entertainment sector is an untapped resource that could be further explored to enhance the achievement of the SDGs. Do you have any case studies or experiences in your work, particularly on arts and SDGs that you could share?

MaureenOseji
MaureenOseji

1 How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Maureen Oseji, a graduate of Business Administration from Ajayi Crowther University.

For over four years now I have been leading projects at Make Me Foundation in targeting the social and economic development in low income communities by providing educational support for children and carrying out skill acquisition programs for teenagers and youth to curb the increasing rate of poverty and lack of education.

Also, I lead as the Regional Head of Youth Engagement at The Development School, Africa where we have young people from over 30 countries in Africa being equipped on understanding the SDGs, guiding them on taking action in their communities to contribute to the sustainable development goals.

 

2 What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Some of the challenges encountered includes 

Lack of financial support to carry out the implementation of these projects

Lack of adequate mentorship and support to empower we young people taking action

The impact is limited as resources are limited 

Lack of visibility to attract partnerships and support 

3 What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

I’d say implementation of trainings for change makers and aspiring change makers.

Access to funding to increase the impact of our work.

 

4 How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

First, I’d say structure should put in place to identify all youth led initiatives contributing to the SDGs. There are lots of these initiatives that lack visibility thereby making us struggle in carrying out projects.

 

Secondly, I’d say implementation of funding schemes  that caters for projects done that target the various SDGs

 

Lastly, engagement of youth in policy making and decision process

 

5 How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

We the youth are closer to these communities in terms of field work engagement so we have adequate knowledge on the problems facing people at the grass root level. Engaging young people in will help to take action on specific problems facing the marginalized. And continued engagement, feedback and report will also go a long way helping us know if we are making heads way in reducing the problems the SDGs targets.

 

6 What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

Our message is get as many young people involved as possible and engage them in discussions at every level.

Also help them see these impacts their making as a life time career path and that their voice counts.

Our development school is first of its kind in Nigeria and we will need all the support we can get.

Through this work, we will get more young people involved in taking actions on the SDGs

Richa Gupta
Richa Gupta Moderator

Thank you so much for lifting up the important of multi-sectoral partnerships, Moreen! 

One amazing example of Public Private YOUTH Partnerships (PPYP) is Generation Unlimited. Have a look! This might be a good starting point for amzing changemakers like yourself and those you are supporting!

Gunchaa
Gunchaa
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Myself Gunchaa  shandilya and I am an 18 year old global youth ambassador and young SDG advocate. I have been an active writer with agencies like UNICEFs voices of youth, Malala fund and my own organisation Theirworld. My videos can be found online on the LET ME LEARN campaign ahead of the UN transforming education summit and I have been involved with organising community meets on globally fundamental issues like water conservation, women empowerment, animal rights and refugee rights etc.

I am currently also a young refugee champion, UNHCR and have cracked the HPAIR twice in consecutive first and second attempts.

one thing that i would like to highlight about myself is the very passion that drives me towards advocacy. I feel I alone can make amends to the destruction caused to this world and being from a country like India, I see issues very closely from a personal angle which helps to advocate with greater compassion!

   2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or       identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and     network, when taking action on SDGs?

-changing people's mindsets is the biggest change I can ever encounter!

-lack of worry of world leaders and a few global governments.

-people's apprehension when it comes to organisations like global charities and NGOs.

-too much advocacy and too less of any impact.

 

 

 

 

VALENTINE
VALENTINE

1.How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

 

I am Valentine Chukwuka Mbagwu from Nigeria. I am a graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at FUTO.

So far I did a research to find out why people in the rural area are poor.

My findings showed me that one of the major reasons is lack of electricity in most of the rural areas.

To solve this problem and to dominate the minds of the people in that area with renewable energy, I designed a solar energy source which was distributed to few homes in the rural areas.

Tracking the outcome, I found out that those people who received this system were able to have access to information and communication opportunities through accessing the internet because electricity source have been made available. Also in long term, it will encourage productivity and development in those areas which will reduce poverty and renewable Energy introduced.

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or       identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and     network, when taking action on SDGs?

Many a times, the people in rural areas are excluded in the equation of promoting SDGs. Also people who are genuinely doing the work of preaching SDGs are not rightly supported financially to reach out to more communities.

The little I have done so far, I used my little resources to do them and it was impactful. But because I don't have the financial support I need, I can only cover small area. We need financial support to do more.

There are a lot of organizations but few are doing what they supppose to do. Support People and organizations who are on ground in the rural areas to do impactful work that will bring the expected result not people who are only holding meetings in the city but can't go for the field work.

 

3 What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

The use of Technology to track every program from the field is needed. After financing a group to carry out a project that Will promote the SDG goals, they should be reporting from the field of action directly through video coverage, responses.

Also after the activities have being carried out, the group should go back after some time to see the outcomes from the people.Words must be matched with action.

 

5.How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

The youth from this communities must be part of organization that promote SDGs, by so doing, they will protect the interest of their communities to ensure speedy implementation of the plans.

 

6.What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

My advice is that to promote SDG goals, the activities must be monitored live from the field for the expected result to be made.

Also, there is need to pay more attention to the rural communities and funds must be made available to cover more communities. If I had the financial assistance, I should have covered a lot of rural communities like Orodo, ogbaku e.t.c.

 

Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez
Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez Moderator

Dear Valentine,

First of all, allow me to congratulate you for the amazing ideas and the great job you're doing locally to support the implementation of the SDGs. I would like to recall on a important sentence you mentioned ''words must be matched with actions'', specially when we talk about sustainable development.

I think it would be good if you can dig a little bit about the Youth 2030: United Nations Youth Strategy, which seeks to facilitate youth participation in the implementation, review and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In there you can find helpful resources and tools to keep amplifying your message and work!

 

Blessmore Chikwakwa
Blessmore Chikwakwa

 

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

 

Greetings, my name is Blessmore Chikwakwa from Zimbabwe, I am a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the largest organization for women and girls with a membership of 10 million girls in 152 countries.

I also work with the World Literacy Foundation advocating for quality education. I have written four Children’s books that help children learn about the environment and education.  I work directly with girls and young women in my community and I have organized and participated in a number of campaigns on climate change, gender equality, girls’ education and violence against women and girls.

I have been a trainer of leaders and coordinated projects such as Action on Body Confidence, which supports girls and young women to take action to tackle the root causes of low body confidence and self-esteem in society. As WAGGGS Global Advocacy Champion in 2022, I got to represent WAGGGS at CSW66. In September 2022, I was part of the team that attended the UNICEF Youth  Advocacy Training of Trainers in Kenya where I worked and networked with young change-makers from across Africa.

As a young leader at Girl Guides Association of Zimbabwe, I have been involved in local climate action and connected with activists worldwide through the Climate Fringe platform. As part of ‘COP in the Community’, I organized and led a clean-up event for young girls and women which made climate action and the topic accessible in community in the lead up to COP26.

I was also selected to take part in Reboot the Future, campaign in conjunction with Unilever, to raise awareness on Gender Equality through the use of social media on the COP26 Gender Day. Watch the social media video here.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Some of the challenges I have faced include lack of support and dedication to work with the young people from decision-makers and the government. When I was a WAGGGS Advocacy Champion and CSW 66 delegate, one of my assignment was to talk to relevant ministries and decision-makers and to share with them our recommendations, I was not able to talk to any minister, it was impossible to get a meeting with them. It showed they were not willing to hear out or support young people.

Availability of up-to-date data is also a challenge, governments should do better in collecting and sharing data.
 

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

By allowing NGOs, Youth- Dedicated and Youth-Led organizations to operate with minimal distractions, it will make it easier for youth to take the lead and to take action on specific problems they face in their communities. It shouldn’t be so hard for young people to start or run their own organizations.

Allowing meaningful participation of young people by actively involving them at all stages of planning and administering of programs that involve them will go along in acknowledging the capabilities of Youths and getting rid of tokenism practices.

 

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

There should be a lot of initiatives in place designed to help give the young people the knowledge, space and resources they need to take action to improve their communities. Young people will need mentorship, grants, courses, trainings and a platform to be heard at local, regional and global spaces.
 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
     

The first step will be to identify the marginalized communities and establish the needs of the different communities. It will be best to hear from the communities and not assume the problems they face, community and church leaders can help with the gathering of information or organizing discussions and meetings. It will also be important to provide interpreter services and translations to ease communication barriers. By listening and building relationships it will be easier to understand different groups and their needs when designing facilities and other products or services. Solutions should be sought from people with lived experience.

Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez
Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez Moderator

Hey Blessmore Chikwakwa, thank you for bringing up your story and thoughts to the consultation!

The work you're doing is amazing, and it really showcases the potential that we, as young people, have in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Regarding the main challenge you mention about the inclusion of youth people in the decision making spaces, I also find it frustrating when we do not get the opportunity to meaningfully engage in the public policy making.

I would encourage you to read about the 'Be Seen Be Heard Campaign' which support young people's political participation and amplify young voices in public life. There you can find the youth report, where you can get good insights and ideas on local advocacy efforts for the advance the needs and rights of young people in all their diversity.

Ssemakula Brian
Ssemakula Brian

My warm salutation to each one of you in capacity and designation, Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening.

My name is Ssemakula Brian, I am a sexual reproductive health, climate change, mental, and physical healthcare advocate with 5 years of experience. Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to promoting access to quality healthcare services for individuals and communities, with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health, climate change, mental health, and physical health.

I have worked with a variety of organizations and stakeholders, including healthcare providers, non-governmental organizations, and community groups, to advance policies and programs that promote health equity and address the root causes of health disparities. My experience includes conducting research, developing advocacy strategies, and implementing programs that improve health outcomes and enhance access to healthcare services.

I am passionate about promoting the health and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their background, and believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare services. I am committed to continuing my work as an advocate and helping to build a healthier, more equitable world for all.

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

In my thoughts, views and expertise, I think there are several key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in sustainable development goals (SDGs) implementation, monitoring, and review. To mention a few, but not limited to:

  1. Education and Awareness: Educating and raising awareness among young people about sustainable development goals and their importance is essential. Young people need to understand the significance of SDGs and their role in achieving them. Education can take various forms, including school curriculums, extracurricular activities, and public awareness campaigns.

  2. Youth Empowerment: Empowering young people to take a more active role in sustainable development is crucial. This includes providing them with the tools, resources, and support they need to lead and participate in SDG-related initiatives. This can involve creating opportunities for youth to engage with policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as providing them with mentorship and leadership development programs.

  3. Youth-Led Innovation: Youth-led innovation can drive sustainable development goals by identifying new and creative solutions to problems. Encouraging young people to develop and implement innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges can help them to be agents of change.

  4. Partnerships: Collaboration and partnerships between youth-led organizations and other stakeholders can provide young people with valuable opportunities to contribute to sustainable development goals. Building partnerships and creating networks can help to leverage resources, expertise, and knowledge across sectors and stakeholders.

  5. Access to Funding: Access to funding and resources is essential to support youth-led sustainable development initiatives. Providing grants, fellowships, and other forms of financial support to youth-led organizations can help to accelerate their work and amplify their impact.

  6. Recognition and Awards: Recognizing and rewarding youth-led sustainable development initiatives can help to motivate and inspire young people to continue their work. Awards, scholarships, and other forms of recognition can help to raise the profile of youth-led initiatives and showcase their impact.

In summary, education and awareness, youth empowerment, youth-led innovation, partnerships, access to funding, and recognition are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in sustainable development goals implementation, monitoring, and review.

 

 

Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez
Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez Moderator

Dear Ssemakula Brian.

It's great to read about your work related to the SDGs 3 and 13, please keep your advocacy up! Also, thank you for bringing up this recommendations on how youth leadership can be enhanced in SDGs implementation, monitoring and review.

Many of the points you mention are considered for the SDGs Action Award, where you can also find inspiring stories about people and movements doing an amazing job in this regard.

Oyin Olufayo
Oyin Olufayo

In response to Joshua Amponsem question 

I believe game-based learning platforms have the potential to serve as a valuable tool for collecting data and generating relevant indicators in this context. These insights can help to identify areas for improvement, inform future development efforts, and guide decision-making related to the design and implementation of game-based learning experiences.

Through the use of progress tracking and performance analysis features, gaming platforms can gather data on learners' behavior, learning patterns, and performance. This information can then be leveraged to generate indicators that measure the effectiveness of the game-based learning experience, helping to identify areas for improvement and 
inform future development efforts.

Ultimately, the data collected through gaming platforms is a tool that can be used to drive qualitative and behavioral change. Through thoughtful analysis and interpretation, this data can provide valuable insights that can guide the development of effective game-based learning experiences.

Joshua Amponsem
Joshua Amponsem Moderator

Thanks a lot for these insights Oyin Olufayo. It's very clear that gaming could be leveraged significantly for data collection which could aid in developing new interventions with and for youth-related actions on SDGs. 

John Leo Algo
John Leo Algo

1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is John Leo Algo, a climate and environment advocate from the Philippines. I primarily focus on SDGs 13, 14, and 15, having more than a decade of advocacy and experiences in various fields and working environments as a policy campaigner, climate modeler, environment researcher, science communicator, green journalist, and author. I am currently the Deputy Executive Director of Living Laudato Si Philippines, an interfaith movement campaigning for the divestment of major financial institutions from fossil fuels and the empowerment of citizens for lifestyle and attitudinal shifts towards sustainability. I am also a member of the interim Secretariat of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, the country’s largest CSO network for climate action. Among my many advocacies are climate change education, just transition to renewables, promoting energy efficiency, nature-based solutions, sustainable lifestyles, and climate justice. I have represented the Philippines and the youth sector on numerous global and regional conferences under the UNFCCC and UNEP since 2017, including at multiple COPs. 
 

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Some of the major challenges include the disregard or tokenistic approach by many government agencies and officials during attempts at engagement, lack of accessible and available means of adequate support for youth-led projects and activities, lack of knowledge and awareness on mechanisms and spaces for meaningful policy engagement, and lack of awareness about existing similar youth-led groups and projects that could form the basis of potential network-building.

 
3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Key opportunities that must be provided by governments and multilateral governance bodies include establishing guaranteed spaces for meaningful youth representation and active participation in SDG-related policymaking from the global to the local levels, allocating sufficient funding opportunities to support youth-led projects and activities dedicated to promoting sustainable development, creating regular education and training programs to further enable and empower the youth about initiating SDG-related solutions, and providing opportunities for multi-sectoral partnerships to strengthen youth-led initiatives.


4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Establishing a centralized database of all existing SDG-related projects and available financial and technical resources, especially at the national and regional levels, would make it easier for the youth to build their networks and establish partnerships critical for potentially scaling up best practices that promote sustainable development. Investing in more modern modes of media and communications and narrowing the technological gap that exists within and among nations should also allow the youth to further expand their reach and enable more partnership-building and knowledge-exchanges. It is just as vital for these institutions to conduct these interventions such that it fosters trust and instills confidence within the youth to further entice them to be initiators of change towards genuine sustainability.

 
5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

It is important for policymakers and implementing entities to understand the local context in which young people from marginalized communities live, as their values and perceptions of development may vary from established standards. Without this, any proposed solution to be implemented or monitored is at risk of becoming a false solution. Consistent and inclusive engagement also matters, as SDG-related solutions must be executed long-term for its benefits to be truly experienced, especially at the grassroots level. Barriers related to access to information, education, and employment must also be eliminated to truly inspire the youth to meaningfully engage in said actions.

 
6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Youth-washing must be addressed at the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit. Tokenistic statements and programs through the youth only to disguise or divert the public's attention away from the other agendas of people in power must be dealt with, as it is not only insulting to the voices of the youth calling for positive change, but also a major hindrance to our pursuit of sustainable development. The environmental rights of children and youth must also be emphasized during these events and beyond, as the burden of the failures of current older-generation leaders to address SDG-related issues would unfortunately be shouldered by us. It is also an imperative for both events to stress the need to accelerate transformative strategies towards more sustainable modes of development and living, especially on ending the era of fossil fuels, as no country is even close to achieve the SDGs by 2030. I am open to further engagements on informing, or even participating in the SDG Summit. 
 

Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez
Eddy Frank Vásquez Sánchez Moderator

Hey John Leo Algo, thank you for bringing up your thoughts and insights to the consultation.

Your idea about the creation of a database for SDGs related projects and initiatives sounds pretty good, I do agree in that making this would allow networking more easy for youth. Do you know about the Major Group for Children and Youth? It's a self-organised mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in certain UN processes, all linked to SDGs; I've been participating for a time now, and it's a great place to connect with like minded youth activists around the globe.

Yussif Awudu
Yussif Awudu

 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Yussif, a surgical tech trainee, Data analyst and a project manager from the Republic of Ghana. I am the founder of A-dus Consolidated and BH Dynamics. I am a diversely astute leader with years of experience under my belt providing policy direction, comprehensive planning and management of organizations in the many portfolios I have been privileged to occupy. Utilizing my leadership qualities have been pivotal to ensuring initiatives under my control are impactful and sustainable. The values of honesty, loyalty and dedication has been my guiding principles, it has helped me thrive where many have failed. Coming from a large family has ingrained in me how valuable human relation is, because it comes with the ideals of sharing a space with people and to properly relate with them.

I come from a community that was populated with a lot of marginalized people with little representation gave me a vivid experience and picture of the hardships of the average and ordinary person and I believe it is what inspired me to volunteer with NGOs and organizations that have taken the mandate to alleviate poverty and make lives better. It is out of these experiences that I have learnt the principle of service and its relevance in the lives of individuals. I am a strong advocate for education (Science, Tech, Climate, Girl Education and many more) Health and the SDGs.

During my secondary education, I strongly advocated for Christian students with the aim of continuously fostering freedom to fully worship and excel in a dominant Islam institution. I also was the first science student to lead the literary group, using arts to give voice to sensitive and vital issues.

I am proud to say I an alumnus of T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School and the Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology. Again, I had the opportunity to serve as an executive of the Students’ Representative Council of the university in the capacity of the deputy Academic Board chair. In all these capacities, we made student leadership relevant and impactful.

 I am also the founder of the I CARE TOO a foundation that address the issues of health, education and SDG in Ghana. I have learned from the basic principle of one hand bathing the other to lend a helping hand where there’s need and to have a voice where it needs to be heard. My interests are in movies, music, history, culture, swimming and tennis.

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Speaking of challenges being faced as a young person or organisation comes in different forms, manners and on different levels. I believe that most current leaders do not understand what is to hear and work with the younger generation which keeps the cycle of having to try much harder to have to heard always. As a young African, the challenges I face comes in three folds and I believe most young people around the world do face same.

  1. The idea of being able to do less or say less because I am young and some of my ideas may seem impossible.
  2. The chance to break boarders because of where I am from.
  3. The support, even from some young people around us .

 

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

The world today has the dynamics of the emergence of new ways to address issues especially when we the youth are the most affected and to enhance youth leadership in SDG management I suggest the following

  1. Continously pushing for inclusion of young in all areas
  2. Teaching the young ones where we fall short and learning from our inputs basically saying opening up to the idea of our inputs and their possibilities
  3. Abolishing the culture of being too young to do it

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

I would say the best way to address this is to include us at all point and all levels

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

For a meaningful engagement of the young people, we have to understand the issues in depth and the generations involve as well as the people is affected and the emerging trends.

6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

My key message to ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit is “Youth inclusion within the Global development space is a feature the future can not be without and I call on everyone whether young or old to have their hands on”

Participation in other consultations and pre-conference proceedings is something I love to do always

 

 

 

CHANCEL kingudi
CHANCEL kingudi

1. Comment avez-vous, en tant que jeune ou organisation, mouvement et réseau de jeunesse, contribué à la mise en œuvre des ODD ou dirigé des initiatives jeunesse et ODD jusqu'à présent ? Présentez-vous et partagez votre expérience ou toute pratique prometteuse que vous connaissez ici !   Je m'appelle KINGUDI CHANCEL,je suis un étudiant congolais en relations internationales à l'Université de Kinshasa,je suis également coordonnateur de KINGUDIVISION une association de jeunes qui travaille en République démocratique du Congo sur la formation et la réintégration des jeunes désœuvrés dans la société,j'ai pratiquement plus de 6ans d'expérience à ce domaine,nous organisons de formations pour les jeunes dans le secteur de l'agro- pastorale, informatique,la conception de sac artisanaux etc..., Enfin de permettre aux jeunes désœuvrés d'apprendre les métiers pour qu'ils deviennent utiles dans la société,car nous constatons que beaucoup de jeunes sont exposés aux éventuelles délinquances juvéniles liées par le manque de travail en Afrique précisément .

  2. Quels sont certains des défis ou obstacles que vous avez rencontrés ou identifiés en tant que jeune ou organisation, mouvement et réseau de jeunesse, lorsque vous agissez sur les ODD ?    Dans l'exercice de notre travail sur les ODD,nous avons constatés que généralement dans le cas de conflits armés,guerre etc...,ce sont de jeunes qui sont de principaux victimes d'abus,chez les Femmes on compte un bon nombre de cas de violes, mutilations génitales etc..., chez les hommes nous enregistrons beaucoup de cas de recrutement forcé,aussi le cas de  travaux forcés à cause de la vigueur qu'a les jeunes dans les zones touchées par les conflits.

 

3.Quelles sont les opportunités clés pour améliorer le leadership des jeunes dans la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'examen des ODD, dans votre contexte spécifique ,  dans mon contexte spécifique les opportunités clés pour l'amélioration de leadership des jeunes dans les ODD sont : une mise en place d'une structure internationale spéciale dirigée complètement par des jeunes qui auront pour mission de répertorier toutes les violations des droits humains faites contre les jeunes dans les zones touchées par les conflits etc...,sur toutes les étendues des État membre des nations unies par le biais de bureaux locaux qui s'installeraient  dans chaque pays membres des nations unies, l'idéal est de formuler en temps réel de notes de plaidoyer aux conseils de sécurité des nations unies afin que celle-ci appliquer strictement les articles du chapitre 7 de la charte de nations unies pour décourager définitivement ces violations des droits humains.

4.Comment le gouvernement, les entités des Nations Unies, les partenaires de développement, les organisations de jeunesse, les mouvements et réseaux, la philanthropie, les acteurs de la société civile et le secteur privé peuvent-ils mieux s'associer pour débloquer l'impact, les engagements et le financement pour les jeunes ?  - en favorisant la création de cette structure internationale totalement dirigée par les jeunes. -allouer les Fonds pour soutenir cette initiative de jeunes.

 

5.Comment l'engagement significatif des jeunes, en particulier des communautés marginalisées, peut-il être davantage renforcé et intégré dans la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'examen des ODD, y compris au niveau local ? En sélectionnant à l'échelle locale les jeunes enquêteurs dévoués par le travail qui consiste à instaurer la paix,la justice,ces jeunes enquêteurs travaillerons en étroite collaboration avec les sociétés civiles fiable des chaque Etat membre des nations unies Pour répertorier touts les actes de violations des droits humains contre les jeunes,puis constituer des  rapports qui seront envoyés  au siège général de cette structure spéciale internationales pour saisir les conseils de sécurité pour l'application des articles du chapitre 7 de la charte des nations unies.

6.Quels sont vos messages et recommandations clés ou ceux de votre circonscription au Forum des jeunes de l'ECOSOC et au Sommet des ODD ? Soutenez-vous ou prévoyez-vous de soutenir des efforts et des consultations menés par des jeunes et inclusifs des jeunes qui pourraient éclairer le Sommet des ODD ?  Mon message clé au forum est celui de faire participer les jeunes activement dans la prise de décisions dans les cas des violations des droits humains faites contre  eux par le canal de la structure spéciale internationales dirigée totalement par eux même

 

 

 

 

Mzaagbe Philip
Mzaagbe Philip

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far?  

 

My Name is Mzaagbe Philip, a graduate of BSC Economics from Benue State University Makurdi. I am a Professional Shoe Maker and a Farmer with over 5 years of experience in Bags, Belts and Shoes Production. A member of the Rotary International, Enterprise Development Center and Naija Youths Entrepreneurship Network (NYEN). I am the Founder of Millie's Fashionable and Collections a growing Footwear Brand in Nigeria and an Initiative called Millie's Foundation that has supported vulnerable children in Nigerian public schools with school sandals, writing materials and School uniforms as we are targeting the availability of quality Education for all classes of Children in our community. I also train, mentor and support young people in my community who intend to learn the skills of Shoe Making and Bags Production as we are desperately aimed at eradication poverty in our community.

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Speaking of The Challenges faced as a young person trying to make a difference. A few of them are listed below

1. Implementation, such as ensuring programmes and ideas fit the local context. Based on community size and affected individuals

2. Governance, such as political will to transform development programmes into sustainable long-term practices

3. Sourcing for Funding, such as inability to support more schools who have large numbers of vulnerable children.

 

 3.What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? The Major key opportunities to enhance youths leadership in SDG implementation is to engage more youths and youths lead organizations into the decision making processes and the follow up procedures after implementing programs, to determine the effectiveness of the program with research and feed backs and required detailed data collected.

 

 4. How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

 

1. Strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships

 2. Providing capacity-building support.

3. Strengthening data and evidence on youth issues.

4. Promoting youth participation in decision-making processes.

5. Investing in youth-led initiatives

5.How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

 

Through meaningful activity, youths can make a positive impact in society within their lifetime. Youth engagement is important because it allows young people to take part in activities that can help them feel a sense of purpose and happiness.

 

 6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 Our message is you provide all the necessary assistance and support to all young individuals aimed at making a difference in their communities and to keep doing what you are doing to achieve development amongst rural societies across the world.

 

 

Jordi López López
Jordi López López

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring, and review 
1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!
Cheers Everybody!
I am Jordi López, a 17. y.o UN-recognized Changemaker from Barcelona, Spain.
Since I read an article stating that, by 2050, nearly 200M refugees would flee their homes due to Global Warming Effects, I knew I had to do something to help them. 
Thus I started to volunteer for NGOs and take part in UN events such as COP25 and the 2023 Youth Climate COP of Geneva.💡 
Furthermore, I've been participating in programs such as the Experiment Digital & Climate Change, the "22 Spring Fellowship of Civics Unplugged, and an Activist Group called: "Youth4Change" from International Plan. Moreover, I've launched my own initiative: World Zero C02, which counts on a fully-personalized algorithm that detects the n.º of carbon tones a person produces and proposes eco-goals and opportunities to reduce them. 💚
Lastly, UNCCeLearn recently recognized me as a Changemaker for my path as a climate activist. 🚀
2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
From my perspective, I believe that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) represent and summarize the crisis that mankind faces today, thus, offering us the possibility of presenting a wide range of solutions to these issues. 💡
Nonetheless, despite the opportunities provided by NGOs or even by the UN and its committees, I believe that we, young people, are told, especially because of our educational system, to focus on our academic studies rather than the real-life crisis. Thus, an intercultural education based on teaching about the SDG (since, sadly, most of my colleagues don't know about them) and on offering fully personalized opportunities (by boosting juvenile political participation) while protecting Climate and, overall, giving young people the necessary tools to found initiatives, is KEY to ensure a better and more equal FUTURE. 💚
3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 
I believe that providing opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG's implementation, monitoring, and review are KEY to ensuring that we build, all together, a democratic and safe future. 💚
In my specific context, the ones I find interesting are the Childhood and Youth Board from our National Parliament, one of the many commissions whose daily work approaches young people to our politics through the Childhood Organizations Platform, a "cluster" of NGOs that follow a mission somehow related to the safety of children.  🚀
Furthermore, other ways to enhance SDG accomplishment by young people are juvenile organizations such as the European Youth Parliament (EYP), the Model of United Nations (MUN), the Civics Unplugged Fellowship, the Experiment Digital experience or the Climate Science community, which give youth from all over the world the opportunity to get to know each other. 💡
Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead-up to the SDG Summit
4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partners unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
I firmly believe the United Nations should create a "YouthtechSDG" platform. That is, an investment fund led by and for youth. Its priority would be to provide the selected initiatives with all human and economic necessary resources. These projects will have to prove HOW can they successfully create networks between young people from worldwide and, using technology as a tool to change our way of living, will help with one of the Sustainable Development Goals. 💡
I strongly opine that these funds should be based on public-private partnerships, thus, helping new start-ups or NGOs to rise and provide a REAL change in youths' situation worldwide. In other words, create events such as Challenges, Hackathons, or Brainstorming, boost youths' creativity, help them to carry out their projects, and wait to see how the world CHANGES.  🌍🌎🌏
5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review including at the grassroots level?
Meaningful engagement of young people can be strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review through one word: EDUCATION. 
I fully believe that the United Nations and its SDG aren't present enough in each school worldwide. Thus, we don't have access to the necessary tools to participate in the decision-making process at a national or international level. Nonetheless, despite we're not being ignored (as the opportunities EXIST), we simply cannot access them (usually due to lack of information). Thus, using NGOs and national Ministries, the UN should launch local and global events to teach youths what is being done regarding the SDGs and what they can do to help. 🚀
Moreover, it is clear that youth activism should start earlier (when economic necessities are less present in our daily lives and, thus, we have more time to create, think, and collaborate). 💚
6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?
As a youth, and I believe I represent the voices of my friends, I would say to the ECOSOC meeting: "We're running out of time, we, youths, deserve a world in which we can live.” 💡
 

Ananhashim
Ananhashim

there is 193 countries word registered under UN in UN under registered the many countries under poverty we are saying the most powerful countries like America and India and Russia they are saying they are powerful countries and their have many resources in their own country but there is a big problem and their own countries it is poverty but many of the richest countries they are Countries there is a corner poverty what is a biggest problem in in the world the poverty make many deaths in their own countries we are saying for an example my condition biggest powerful country but their own country is also have poverty now we are the coronavirus is make all countries have a fear.  Jesus movirus it is undertaken country many light China and America and India make as many death of the country meaning of resource have their own country but they can't do it under them next once in every countries paper does not get there on fundamental rights fundamental duties also many of the countries that audio everyone not getting government needs and government resources country saying that we have given the people resource I am saying that whenever I am is the member of the UN General Secretary of UN my life my death whenever I am death I will give my energy to the people whenever I am going to die I will give the resources to all the people I am using menue the country saying we are always ask you are very big money is papers but they are not game all the essential to papers many of the countries Not Getting their own rights and needs

When young people are educated they are more likely to be aware of their rights and better able to make sure that these rights are respected. At the same time, education provides young people with vital skills and critical thinking and confidence, creating a healthy basis for everyone to succeed in life.

 

Besides formal education, such as education provided by schools and universities, there are other forms of education that become increasingly more relevant. Non-formal education, for example, entails education that is being provided by youth organizations, out-of-school clubs and e-courses. Informal education happens while discussing with friends and family or surfing the Internet.

 

Unfortunately, not every child and young person around the world has access to education. Some families are too poor to send their children to school, while other young people aren’t able to go to school due to safety concerns such as sexual harassment, violence or bullying. Some youth living in remote areas have no access to the Internet, while others don’t have access to educational facilities due to conflict or natural disasters. Too many girls are denied education due to local traditions, while other girls can’t attend school due to early pregnancies.

 

As education is a human right, it’s everyone’s responsibility to advocate for accessible and affordable education for all!

 

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When young people are educated they are more likely to be aware of their rights and better able to make sure that these rights are respected. At the same time, education provides young people with vital skills and critical thinking and confidence, creating a healthy basis for everyone to succeed in life.

 

Besides formal education, such as education provided by schools and universities, there are other forms of education that become increasingly more relevant. Non-formal education, for example, entails education that is being provided by youth organizations, out-of-school clubs and e-courses. Informal education happens while discussing with friends and family or surfing the Internet.

 

Unfortunately, not every child and young person around the world has access to education. Some families are too poor to send their children to school, while other young people aren’t able to go to school due to safety concerns such as sexual harassment, violence or bullying. Some youth living in remote areas have no access to the Internet, while others don’t have access to educational facilities due to conflict or natural disasters. Too many girls are denied education due to local traditions, while other

Zuha Ajlan
Zuha Ajlan

Good day everyone,

I hope you are well and safe. I look forward to engaging with everyone.

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Zuha Ajlan. I am currently completing my Masters of Science in Medicine in neurophysiology, immunology, sleep medicine and women's health. I am a neuroscientist, an avid advocate for women's and gender-diverse people's rights, and a mentor for young people. I have a range of experience in advocacy and activism:

From being the Executive Chairperson of the Peer Counselors at my high school where we promoted a conversation around mental health and provided support to high school students.

I am a senior advocate for the Wits Gender Equity Office for 7 years. I have educated over 1000 university undergraduate and postgraduate students on gender-based violence, consent, sexual and reproductive health, self-breast examination, and toxic masculinity.

I recognise that many students especially young women are unaware of the different career opportunities available to them in STEM. Thus I started an initiative in 2022 called Shadow a Scientist where we had over 700 interested students gain insight into different career opportunities and routes to take them to achieve their goals. This year I aim to expand this initiative further by incorporating ways students can combine their passions with their career paths, activisim, and ways we can make education accessible to non-English speaking individuals.

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

There are several challenges and barriers that I faced. The very first barrier I faced was getting started. As someone who grew up identifying inequalities and burning with the need to make a change, I was often told "If you want to make a change then establish yourself and your career first or no one would listen". Moreover, the lack of resources and information available on how do I get started. So I took every measure I could to make a change no matter how small.

Other challenges that were experienced were: accessing resources, forming partnerships and gaining trust from organizations, and access to funding.

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

There needs to be an accessible database containing resources needed to equip young people with the knowledge and resources needed to help enhance their leadership. Moreover, there should be mentorship available to young people to help them through their journey with their respective project they are focusing on, how to network and form collaborations and even how to scale their work to a global level. Mentoring can help guide young leaders on how to find and/or create their opportunities.

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

That is an excellent question. First and foremost is education and awareness of the UN SDG. Many people across the globe are not even be aware of these goals and projects. I do understand that they are shared on the UN social media accounts, however, not everyone follows these accounts either. One of the ways we can create possible ways of awareness is by getting Governments involved and asking them to incorporate the SDG goals into their curriculum so that more younger students are aware of them as well.

Next, we need to ensure that there are funding opportunities available for start-ups and projects at a grassroot/community level. Some people have projects and ideas but it is not able to flourish due to insufficient funds or lack of resources.

Thirdly, there should be a youth advisory board (For under 18 and over 18) where their voices are heard, decisions and advise are considered.

Lastly, I would also suggest creating workshops and platforms where young people are able to identify their own passions, skills and ways they can incorporate those with the SDG to achieve them. It would be helpful to have an existing directory of SDG projects where young people can either get involved or they use them as inspiration to start their wn projects.

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
We need to ensure that their is engagement in a language accessible to them. Moreover, I believe community based review and monitoring boards are important where we can work together with the marginalized communities. It is imperative to hear their perspective, how they run things, what struggles are being faced etc, and these factors can be used to identify ways we can help the community, and create a long term relationship to improve lives.

6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

We are all gathering at the ECOSOC Summit to address the SDG, and find ways to help save our planet. We are not the leaders of tomorrow. We are leaders today paving the way for tomorrow to leave the world a kinder place for generations to come. I believe we can all create an international platform where we can work together to achieve these goals and ensure the SDG are met by 2030.

 

Thank you

I look forward to engaging with you

JEREMIE KASONGO
JEREMIE KASONGO

1.How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here! 

 

My name is Jeremie Kasongo from Congo-DRC, studying Management and Economic, Chimicals and Waste- Major Group Children and Youth member, Civil Society & Communities Constituency support Team/ or Technical Working Group to support Governing Board Working Group of the Pandemic Fund, volunteer at U-report/DRC and Project Manager at Malaria Youth Army Champion/DRC, we are currently making national youth advocacy to fight against malaria in Congo-DRC and for universal health coverage for the full implementation of 2030 UN Agenda, i coordinate and raise awareness both on water and climate with Eco-Network , UN1FY and so on...

 

I contribute to highlighting the role of young people in the implementation of the UN 2030 SDGs. 

 

2.What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs? 

 

In acting on the SDGs, we faced many challenges as a youth organization, we were able to identify:

 

The lack of technical and financial assistance for the effective implementation of the SDGs and the lack of participation of young people at the decision-making table

 

of which I could also list four major structural barriers in organizations that hinder youth engagement. These are issues of legality, lack of a dedicated budget, outdated regulations and issues of conflict of interest. 

 

3.What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

 

In my specific context, there are many key opportunities to strengthen youth leadership in the implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs.

 

Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) is an interesting goal because of the direct nature of its relationship to youth empowerment. Young people cannot be self-sufficient if they cannot fend for themselves and survive the economic realities of the times in which they operate.

 

Promoting youth voices and their participation in decision-making processes at all levels. By involving young people in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. And provide technical and financial support to youth-led organizations to build capacity to manage the implementation of the SDGs.

 

 4.How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors and the private sector better partner together to unlock the impact, commitments and funding for young people?

 

Provide funds to facilitate the implementation of the SDGs by youth-led organizations

Through mandates and partnerships with global companies, civil society organizations, government agencies, multilateral institutions and United Nations entities.

 

 5.How can the meaningful engagement of young people, especially from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and integrated into the implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs, including at the local level?

 

In addition to developing meaningful strategies to plan, facilitate and evaluate consultation with youth organizations, because young people need to come together and exchange ideas and think of creative solutions.

 

Approaching marginalized communities can often be a better way to start involving young people. For example, activities or programs based on interests or hobbies, learning skills, or simply having fun. Think of arts and music, sports and games, and useful skills like gardening and cooking, advocacy, Agenda for the SDGs.

 

 6.What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

My constituency's key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit could focused on promote youth participation and empowerment in all phases and levels of 2030 Agenda actions, including plan- ning, implementation and in monitoring and accountability for the Goals, including through youth-led initiatives.

Petar Mladenov
Petar Mladenov Moderator

Thank you so much for your thoughts and ideas. Also taking note of the challenges that you brought up that are similar to different youth groups globally. 

Hyacinth Burrowes
Hyacinth Burrowes

1. Greetings everyone! My name is Hyacinth Burrowes and I am writing from New York City, New York, USA. I am a graduate student at New York University and I was awarded a fellowship last year which gave me the opportunity to go to COP27 and afterwards, to work with UNDP to analyze the consideration of health in the NDCs. This project has a wide breadth of impacts, but it focuses on SDG3 (good health and well-being) and SDG13 (climate action.) I am also working on a project specifically concerning climate change and youth health. This a collaboration between my school and a global health organization, to look at adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive rights as it relates to climate change. 

2. I think some of the challenges I have faced as a young person taking action on SDGs, include a lack of confidence. I lacked confidence in my local lawmakers to prioritize this issue and I lacked confidence in my value to contribute to remediation. With more experience and dialogue I have worked to quell some of that. I think the more opportunities we give to the youth to make their voices heard (like this forum!) and to interact with and contribute to climate policy are extremely valuable. 

I believe that the collective trauma of the pandemic and other national events have contributed to desensitization and demoralization of my peers. If we can reassure global citizens that their voices matter and that there is still time for a change, we can make a difference!

3. Some key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review include including age disaggregated data when measuring governance indicators (how many youth have a seat at the table leading projects, for example.) Creating more leadership and training programs for youth to be a part of SDG work will help us be more prepared when we are included in the conversation. Additionally, creating grants and scholarships for youth to contribute to existing projects in their regions is important for sustainable, inclusive action.


I will have to think more about my recommendations for the youth summit. Looking forward to connecting with you all. And good luck to everyone with their climate work!

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you so much for sharing Hyacinth. Great to hear you've already been a part of global cooperation processes such as COP. Looking forward to hearing from you how you think the forum can support youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts in the road to the SDG summit.

Camila  Bertelli
Camila Bertelli

QUESTIONS
 

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Camila Bertelli, 25 years old and brazilian. I’m a bachelor in Law and master’ student in International Law, my thesis is focusing on the impact of authoritarian governments on Latin America migration. Also, I’m a project advisor at the Institute for Development and Human Rights (IDDH), an Brazilian non governmental organization and non profit, which focuses on promoting democracy through human rights education (SDG 4, especially 4.7).      

I represent the IDDH at the Brazilian Civil Society Working Group for the 2030 Agenda, a coalition of entities and organizations with around 40 members from different sectors that together cover all areas of the Agenda 2030’s 17 SDGs. The group focuses on the Brazilian State and multilateral organizations, especially the United Nations (UN), promoting sustainable development, the fight against inequalities and injustices and the strengthening of universal and indivisible rights, based on the full involvement of civil society in all decision-making spaces. 

Also at the WG 2030 Agenda, we follow up the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Brazil through the Spotlight Report, an annual report that analyses and shows what the country needs to do in order to maintain the commitment assumed with the UN to reach the global goals by 2030. 

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Throughout my time taking action on SDG’s, I have noticed that there are several barriers and challenges, especially in less developed countries. 

  1. Access to information and knowledge - in Brazil, I’m aware that so much more could be done or put into practice if the people (in general - brazilian population) have more access to information about the SGDs and the 2030 Agenda. So many have no idea what this programme is and would be part if that information were more accessible, which makes me go to the second: 
  2. Lack of adequate mentorship and support to empower we young people taking action - for those who have the information may not know exactly what and how to do to be part of the 2030 agenda. In a country so full of inequalities, doing so little (like sorting out the garbage, or not throwing garbage in the seas, for example) it’s a way to help the implementation of the SGDs. We may be small, but small actions can change the world. 

 

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

I think that more partnership with members of the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary, as well as universities and civil society could be the key to show the exemple and develop public policies to support SGD’s implementation. Also, seminars and lectures to high school and collegiate level could be important to educate the kids and youth about the importance of the agenda. 

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
     

In my reality, the civil society is the most active member for the implementation of the SGDs. The other entities promote youth participation in decision-making processes more actively and also invest in youth-led initiatives.

 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
     

By ensuring that young people from marginalized communities are represented and have opportunities to participate in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This includes participation in local and national consultations, planning processes, and monitoring and review mechanisms. Also, build public policies to promote education, access to information, gender equality, non discrimination and inclusion of all.

 

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

My message to both Foruns is get as many young people involved as possible and engage them in discussions at every level. But, I’m not saying that to invite the youth to go, but to actually listen to what the youth representatives have to say, especially those from marginalized and less developed countries. We, as youth, can and want to be part of the change, but for that, we have to have an active voice to speak to those who can do something.  

 

Gibson Kawago
Gibson Kawago

Hello, my name is Gibson Kawago. I am a young leader for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Tanzania and an innovator who is passionate about clean energy and using technology to solve societal problems. I am the founder and Chief Technical Officer of WAGA, a company that designs and manufactures solar-powered systems for rural communities in Tanzania.

Growing up in a village without access to electricity, I experienced firsthand the challenges that come with living off-grid. This inspired me to develop innovative solutions that could provide affordable and sustainable energy to rural communities. Through WAGA, we are able to reuse laptop batteries to provide reliable and durable lithium-ion battery solutions, including solar lamps, power banks, and mini-power walls.

In addition to my work with WAGA, I am also involved in community development initiatives, such as providing digital job access training and STEM education to young people. I recently worked as a manager in the establishment of the STEM Park Tanga, the first science center in Tanzania.

As a young leader for SDGs, I am committed to promoting sustainable development and creating positive change in my community. I am happy to collaborate with you for the ECOSOC Youth Forum day 3 and share my experiences in using innovation and entrepreneurship to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Thank you for considering my participation, and I look forward to working with you towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Hello Gibson, 

Great to hear about what you're doing! Just wanted to check what question you were looking to answer? This seems to fit under question 1 (How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!) but I want to make sure that we're noting your contribution correctly. 🙂

Feel free to answer other questions too! Looking forward to engaging with you for ECOSOC, whether you are there virtually or in person.

Gibson Kawago
Gibson Kawago

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat:

As a young person-led organization, Waga Tanzania has faced several challenges in driving progress towards the SDGs. Some of the challenges include limited access to funding, lack of technical expertise, and inadequate infrastructure in remote areas where they operate. Additionally, there are sometimes cultural barriers to overcome when introducing new technologies and practices.

However, Waga Tanzania has also identified many opportunities for accelerating progress towards the SDGs. They are able to leverage the energy and creativity of young people to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex problems. They also recognize the importance of partnerships and collaboration, which can help to overcome some of the challenges they face.

Key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in the specific context of Waga Tanzania:

In the context of Waga Tanzania, key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review include investing in education and training for young people, providing mentorship and support for young entrepreneurs, and promoting greater youth involvement in decision-making processes. Additionally, there is an opportunity to build stronger partnerships with local communities to better understand their needs and priorities, and to ensure that solutions are tailored to their specific context.

How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements, and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

To better partner with young people and unlock impact, commitments, and financing, stakeholders must prioritize youth participation and engagement at all levels. This includes providing opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making processes, investing in youth-led initiatives and organizations, and allocating resources to support youth entrepreneurship and innovation. Partnerships must also be built on trust, mutual respect, and shared values, with a focus on building sustainable, long-term relationships.

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, including at the grassroots level?

Meaningful engagement of young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, can be further strengthened by creating more inclusive and accessible spaces for participation, providing training and capacity-building opportunities, and recognizing the value of diverse perspectives and experiences. Additionally, there is a need to promote greater awareness and understanding of the SDGs and the role of young people in achieving them, especially in remote and rural communities.

Key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit:

As an organization committed to promoting sustainable development and clean energy, Waga Tanzania encourages greater investment in youth-led initiatives and entrepreneurship, as well as greater collaboration and partnerships between governments, civil society, and the private sector. Additionally, Waga Tanzania calls for a greater focus on building resilient and sustainable communities, with a particular emphasis on addressing the needs and priorities of marginalized communities. Finally, Waga Tanzania encourages the integration of the SDGs into all aspects of policymaking and development planning, and urges stakeholders to prioritize the meaningful engagement of young people in this process.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Hello everyone! 👋🏼 

It's been great to see the interaction that Richa Gupta and Eddy Frank Vásquez helped moderate last week. 👏🏼 

💪🏼 This week I'm excited to be leading the moderation with the support of Joshua Prentice and Mwinji Nachinga.  

💡 A bit about me: I'm from Peru, the Lead Next Generation Fellow at the UN Foundation and currently supporting an Action Group of Young people in the lead-up to the SDG summit, so I'm really interested by all your thoughts as I'm particularly working in the link between the different SDGs! 

⬇️ As a reminder please find below the list of questions we're looking for you to answer. You can answer one or them all (make sure you mark which one your answer is linked to)! And also feel free to interact with other young peoples comments as they share their thoughts too. Let's make this an interactive conversation! 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!
  2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
  3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 
  4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
  5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
  6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

See you in the comments for some conversation! 

Bigambia Bitimi
Bigambia Bitimi

1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello to everyone. I am Bigambia Bitimi Charles from Cameroon.

Passionnate about substainable development through local artisinal production, Engineer of mines and independent consultant on project management. Located in a locality where mining activities is moderated, i have noticed that many craftmment dont matured their project before lauching the extraction process and production. I decided to bring a physical assistances to these craftment in other to assist them both technically and manageriale (accounting, taxation decleration mangement). This has showned a positive result because through this action some cratfment got some contact signing with big firm that permitted them to sell their products.

Mwinji Nachinga
Mwinji Nachinga Moderator

Hello Bigambia, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and the great initiative you have implemented with the craftsmen in your community. Do keep it up! 👏🏾

TaoYuanyuan
TaoYuanyuan

1、How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Tao Yuanyuan, I am from China, I am 20 years old. Currently a Red Cross project grantee, a group of marginalized youth. The first contact with the SDGs project was an attempt at NCDA. My recent work has focused on regional climate protection and responses to IPCC reports. At present,i tried submit a proposal for "Sustainable Art Development • Calligraphy Dreams" in the "Innovation and Entrepreneurship for College Students" competition, organize intangible cultural heritage club activities and sustainable development art work on campus, and promote SDGs science popularization on social media platforms. My major is visual communication and design, so as a young SDG promoter, I will use my professional field to visualize information data and establish an information sharing system in the edge area in related project work in the future.

 

2、What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

As a developing country with a large population, the problem of ecological footprint will gradually emerge with the development of social construction. The class gap is also widening rapidly, and the contact with the SDGs project as a marginalized youth has made me fully aware of the importance of sharing information resources. I was born in a rural area, and I am grateful to the country's emphasis on education and the implementation of policies, so that I can continue to obtain educational resources, and after entering university, I actively seek corresponding solutions to the fundamental poverty, and in the process I really have the opportunity to see the vastness of the world.

On the challenges and obstacles faced by marginalized youth:

  1. There is a lack of financial support to carry out the operation
  2. Information barriers, difficulties in obtaining effective resources, and professional and technical knowledge support
  3. Without the right to speak, in the environment of pursuing the tone of the strong, grassroots voices are easily covered
  4. It is difficult to establish organizations, and most of the people around them lack the sense of community of interest and the sense of protagonists of the earth
  5. Some grassroots organizations have no real work, and their articles are bright and beautiful on the surface
  6. Inability to resist major incidents

Conceptual bondage (family court...). )

 

 

3、What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

In the future, the relevant project work will tend to use professional fields to visualize information data and establish information sharing systems in edge areas. I am committed to entering the departments of related fields, using art and design innovation and entrepreneurship, directly giving influence to the things around life, first of all, opening an outlet in terms of ideological limitations, narrowing the distance between people, and promoting the harmonious development of an inclusive society.

In order to actively build partnerships for the goal, I will actively seek opportunities to participate in the construction of the digital economy and seize more opportunities of the times for marginalized youth and communities. Work with governments, UN entities, charities, businesses and youth development organizations to ensure that marginalized youth voices are taken into account at all levels of decision-making.

 

4、How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

I will continue to maintain contact with the organization, and in order to amplify the voices of marginalized youth, connect with more like-minded youth groups who want to solve poverty and promote an inclusive society, and carry out social activities with the inheritance, development and mainstream art market as the main line, so as to gain the attention of all walks of life, so as to achieve a partnership of community of interests. All sectors should respect the ability of young people to work, pay corresponding remuneration, support funds, and friendly cooperation, rather than exist as "presses".

 

 

5、How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

The first is the exchange of values, strengthening the sense of ownership of young people (ideas determine the way out) and establishing a platform for sharing resource information (not limited by region or authority), and it is important to master relevant professional knowledge and skills. The establishment of youth leadership organizations and supervisory organizations to prevent the possibility of a new round of inequality caused by the birth of a new type of resource hegemon (style determines success or failure). It needs the respect and support of young people and young leaders at all levels of society (public opinion determines the direction). Then there are opportunities to connect with marginalized youth groups: local school systems, community service organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses should all demonstrate social responsibility (quality dictates action).

 

 

6、What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

First express my feelings of great support and anticipation, and then my summary recommendation is

It is necessary to increase the participation of marginalized young people in projects and accumulate experience in projects for each of the SDGs, so as to promote the construction and advancement of grassroots causes. From nature, society, economy, and science and technology as the core deployment, build and create more social well-being, jointly build a good inclusive and modern ecosystem where no one is left behind, so that young people can directly empower them, rather than contemplation or decision-making experiments.

 

Finally, I would like to express my personal views, and thank you very much for the opportunity to communicate with you here, which allows me to see a broader international perspective and a vision of "the better future we want". I am willing to fight for this cause, and if I have the opportunity, I plan to participate in more exchange summits and get as many contacts with the organization as possible.

Laura Daniela Falla
Laura Daniela Falla

Hello, as a Colombian political scientist with almost 2 years of professional experience working for national and international organizations, here are some of my contributions for this discussion:

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here.

Ans: As a young person i have contributed to the SDG Implementation by putting gender equality (SDG 5) and reduction of inequalities (SDG 10) in the center of every work i have developed. Working for Embassies and International Organizations has shown me the importance of gender equality and inclusion as well as reduction of inequalities by making follow up to important public policy issues and projects specially in culture, migration and financial cooperation and inclusion, topics that do really matter for the Colombian Government and for the European Union and its European External Action Service. I have been privileged to be able to participate and engage with young people at the OYW 2019 Summit at London and to support the #16daysofactivism campaign along with other work colleagues at the EU Delegation to Colombia last year; therefore, i consider that my contribution as well as the other contributions made by other young people in this panel, could have a considerable impact for the ECOSOC Forum that will be developed at the UN headquarters in New York.

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Ans: Some of the challenges faced by me as a young person and professional when taking action on SDGs are the lack of professional experience and the no correspondence of the knowledge acquired at college with the demands of the "real world". Specially in Latin America, young professionals are each day facing unemployment and lack of opportunities when accessing the labour market, and this is because we are too young to have the professional experience required for some jobs but some times overqualified when posting ourselves to vacancies, and that is something most of us have to deal with when trying to insert to the professional world or when developing independent consultancy projects. We as youngsters tend to be in the development plans of our goverments but in real life, we are forgotten and not taken into account when we need  our voices to be heard.

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Ans: In my specific context, key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring and review starts at college by participating in projects and discussions about SDGs, by participating at in person forums and discussions to engage with SDGs and being able to put our ideas in spaces like this on SparkBlue, which i consider it as an excellent platform to enhance leadership not only for the SDGs but for us as young people to contribute to tackle the challenges pressing us today at tumultous times.

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Ans: All the mentioned actors can partner to unlock impact, commitments and financing for young people by recognizing young people as key actors for the implementation of SDGs and subsecuent projects. All the actors have to make a conscious diagnostic to evaluate the current state of their respective projects in terms of impact, commitments and financing for young people and based on this diagnostic, solutions and proposals must be made considering not only national but international advances being made on SDGs and taking into account also that without cooperation among each one of them, the impacts, commitments and financing for young people cannot be possible either in a short nor a long period of time.

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level

Ans: Marginalized communities should be not defined as marginalized if given proper space and attention by private and public actors, so they can become strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroot level by being given attention, priority and financing by society as a whole. As a first step, education is the key for them to advance their condition and have social mobility, then a home or land (something they can have and consider as own) could empower them to make further demands and opportunities (at work, at their communities, at their home countries).

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Ans: My key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit is to rebalance and reshape our world. As young people, we have a duty and a right to enjoy a more foreseeable future where we can develop sustainably and we can make an impact with our ideas, projects, and current jobs. Our voices must be heard, is not a petition but a claim, and the current international situation is having a meaningful impact in our present and immediate future, we wont remain young forever and if there is a moment to act it is today. I am not supporting or planning to support youth-led and youth inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit but i encourage the ones who are doing it right now not to fail on their efforts. If i have the chance in a near future to support youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts with my current work or ideas, like i am doing in this space, i would definitely do it.

 

Joshua Prentice
Joshua Prentice Moderator

Greetings Laura! Thank you so much for your inputs, you are so paasionate and experenced it's so sad you aren't leading any SDG summit efforts. Your inputs regarding marginalized groups and their inclusion is well noted. Lastly, education is the key to proper youth and stakeholder engagement and this will be a key input 

Mwinji Nachinga
Mwinji Nachinga Moderator

Thank you Tao for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Also, congratulations on the work you’re doing around Sustainable Art Development and meaningful youth engagement.

On your call for increased participation of marginalised young people on projects, when you get a chance, please look at the Youth 2030: United Nations Youth Strategy https://www.unyouth2030.com/about where you can find helpful tools to ensure youth participation, review and follow up on the 2030 Agenda.

On the exchange of values and connecting with other youths, please do check out the Major Group for Children and Youth which is a self-organised space for children and youth to contribute and engage in policy processes at the United Nations.

Eliane El Haber
Eliane El Haber

1. I'm Eliane EL Haber, and I'm from Lebanon. I am an executive committee member of the UNESCO SDG4Youth network. Between June 2022 and September 2022, the network worked with OSGEY and other partners on shaping the Youth Declaration on Transforming Education. The process included one in-person consultation in Paris during the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, as well as two online consultations. It also included grassroots consultation and surveys. During the process, 170 countries were reached, and half a million young people shared their visions. The result was the Youth Declaration, which was presented to the UN secretary-general and included 25 demands and five commitments. This document is a vision of how the young people of the world want to see the future of their education, and this Youth Declaration is to be followed by action plans on the global and local levels to achieve the difference aimed for and bring that change to reality.

You can check the Youth Declaration here: https://www.un.org/en/transforming-education-summit/youth-declaration

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Eliane this is great! It's a great achievement to have the declaration as a tangible output to build on. Are there any challenges in this process that we can avoid as we think about the document we'd like to present at ECOSOC Youth Forum?

Eliane El Haber
Eliane El Haber

2.  I can name 2 challenges. 

  1. including as many young people as possible, particularly from marginalized communities and indigenous people. The aim was and is to include as many young people as possible, and reaching those who don't have access to resources, the internet, or digital devices remains a big challenge.
  2. In some countries and places, when young people hear about the SDGs, they mostly know what they are about, but in some others, neither the formal nor the informal education helped in teaching this, so this requires teaching the youth about the SDGs before talking about the next steps in implementation, which are feasible but challenging.
Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thanks! Do you have any tips of how you tried in the declaration process to include those most marginalized? Any good practices that you'd recommend?

Eliane El Haber
Eliane El Haber

The consultations for the youth declaration took different shapes. 1) in-person consultations, 2) global online consultations, 3) surveys, and 4) grassroots consultations

I believe that the grassroots ones gave us a greater opportunity to connect with marginalized people. We provided the young people who are leading these consultations with forms they could follow to lead the conversations, and they were able to connect with people at the local level and include their voices. The grassroots consultations were even able to reach refugee camps.

I hope this answers your question.

Eliane El Haber
Eliane El Haber

4.And I always say this: Creating a better tomorrow is not just one stakeholder's responsibility; it is a shared mission, shared vision, shared planet, and shared humanity, so it should be a shared responsibility as well as a shared action plan. It's not just men, it's not just women, it's not just young people, it's not just seniors, it's not just CSOs, it's not just NGOs, it's not just governments—it's all of them putting some ego aside, connecting the dots, finding a common ground, and focusing for real, genuinely, sincerely, on one target—better lessons learned from the past, a better present, and a better future. In one word, cooperation.

Dr Mohamed Eltawabty
Dr Mohamed Eltawabty

I'm Mohamed sabry Eltawabty

from EgyptDr Mohamed Eltawabty

Greetings and appreciation to all of you Dear fellow members of the United Nations Youth Forum  

Climate change and its impacts related to water required new design strategies and modification of values, lifestyles and practices in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, we young people need an advanced understanding of historical life with water, rethinking of current conditions and new approaches towards designing future water systems as part of societal and cultural frameworks

 So how can we achieve justice between upstream and downstream communities. It recognizes the weaknesses and potentials of water bodies. And we reach a transformational, socially and culturally inclusive approach that recognizes both humans and non-humans. It brings together local stories and global narratives in a multi-tiered approach, enabling design thinking and technical interventions to implement the water agenda?

Naqib Husaini
Naqib Husaini

Hi, I'm Naqib Husaini from Malaysia. Here are few things to discuss:

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Some of the challenges and barriers faced by young people and youth organizations when taking action on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) include:

1) Limited access to resources: Many youth organisations sometimes operate on limited budgets, limiting their ability to carry out significant programmes.

2) Lack of knowledge and education: Some young people may be unaware of the SDGs or how pertinent they are. This may make it harder to engage them in meaningful actions.

3) Inadequate government and institutional aid: A lack of institutional support might limit young people's ability to contribute to the SDGs.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Naqib! Any details on how institutions can support young people beyond the 2 above-mentioned points of access to knowledge and resources? 

Samuel Vidal
Samuel Vidal

1 - How have you, as a youth or youth organization, movement and network, contributed to the implementation of the SDGs or led youth and SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practices you know of here!
Challenges and opportunities for accelerating progress with youth at the helm

My name is Samuel Vidal, I'm 27 years old, I have a bachelor's degree in law and a postgraduate degree in public law, I live on the island of Florianópolis, in the state of Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil. I worked for 4 years in the Civil Defense of the city of Florianópolis and I am currently an Advisor of Public Policies for Children and Youth and coordinator of the educational programs of the Civil Defense of Florianópolis, Brazil.

In 2022 I coordinated the Civil Defense program goes to school in the city of Florianópolis, southern Brazil. On that occasion, we trained 2,000 students from the private and public education network.

The program teaches about the issue of self-protection for the issue of risks and disasters in addition to dealing with climate change that directly affects communities. The program is directly based on SDGs 11, 13 and 17 and we had the opportunity to present at the UN Regional Platform for Risk and Disaster Reduction.

https://www.pmf.sc.gov.br/entidades/juventude/?pagina=notpagina&menu=0&noti=25622

https://ndmais.com.br/cidadania/escolas-de-florianopolis-podem-se-inscrito-para-curso-com-a-defesa-civil-ate-o-final-de-maio/

https://ndmais.com.br/educacao/defesa-civil-de-florianopolis-realiza-projeto-nas-escolas-para-capacitar-criancas-e-adolescentes/

https://portalnortedailha.com.br/noticia/4421/projeto-da-defesa-civil-de-florianopolis-forma-mais-de-500-alunos-em-setembro.html


2 - What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a youth or youth organisation, movement and network in taking action on the SDGs?

For us here in Brazil, the ODs at the local level, I have the perception that it is something very distant from the point of view of young people. Young people from vulnerable communities are often completely unaware of the topic. More initiatives would be essential, such as the program I coordinated, for more dissemination of the themes and in the search for outstanding young people who can act directly. Often, here in Brazil, people are unaware of the theme of ODs. I would like to point out that the city where I live is one of the top 5 cities in Brazil in HDI according to the UN.

 
3 - What are the main opportunities to improve youth leadership in implementing, monitoring and reviewing the SDGs in your specific context?
Looking Ahead - Recommendations for Young People Ahead of the SDG Summit

Training events to generate connections, insights and networking and monthly surveys to monitor implementations. Young people are the means for the effective implementation of public policies aimed at the SDGs.


4 - How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments and funding for young people?

First, include young people in the decision-making process and allocate resources to projects run by young people.


5 - How can the meaningful involvement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be strengthened and integrated into the implementation, monitoring and review of the SDGs, including at the grassroots level?

Through integration, today young people from vulnerable communities in the city of Florianópolis are not integrated to achieve the SDGs. It would have to allocate resources in local projects made by young people aiming at a better knowledge of ODs for cities.

 
6 - What are your main messages and recommendations for the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning to support youth-led and inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

I register here my statement that it is essential to accelerate the integration of young people in strategic decision-making for action and that it is urgent to accelerate basic sanitation in communities as well as work in favor of climate change, strategic partnerships for effective actions and more sustainable cities .

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Great to meet another amazing young activist from Brazil. You may know or have heard of Daniel Calarco who created Observatório Internacional de Juventude https://linktr.ee/oij.br. 

His story from favelas to advocating for the SDGs in global decision-making platforms inspires me and responds with a solution to the challenge you mentioned in point 2. Maybe you can both collaborate? 

souha achairi
souha achairi

Good day everyone,

2-What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs.

My name Souha Achairi , l'am environmental activist, l'am a General Secretary of the association for Conservation of the Environment and Resistance to Desertification in Hammet Jerid-Tozeur.

I have a bachelor's degree in environmental protection and a master's degree in environmental and health research from the University of Sfax, Tunisia.

 

 

Kennedy Kris Ubani
Kennedy Kris Ubani
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Kennedy Kris Ubani, and I am a 20-year-old Business Development & Intelligence analyst, tech entrepreneur, Humanitarian, and Youth Capital Development Activist (YCDA). I am a proud alumni of the DofE International award for young people in Nigeria and the Intaward Pals Coordinator for the Global Award Alumni Network (GAAN). My passion is to build a healthy, better, stronger, and more equal world where everyone has equal opportunities to foster innovation and enact positive change in their communities. Over the years, I have supported various key projects and programs that align with the SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 17.

As an alumnus of the DofE Intaward, I have become an active volunteer in pushing the award framework to help more young people invest their time in developing skills, fostering innovation, and harnessing their leadership abilities to make a difference in their communities.

I have worked closely with a local NGO in Nigeria called the United Neighbours Aid Organization (UNAO). UNAO has invested significantly in poverty alleviation and helping disadvantaged people and communities. However, due to a lack of funds, the organization faced major financial difficulties and was on the brink of folding up. Upon learning of their situation, I thought of ways to help out. I created a website for the NGO and provided a clear vision of their goals while advocating for the NGO's mission and the need for people to get involved in making the world a better place for underprivileged people around them. Although it was initially challenging, slowly the NGO began to gain momentum and people started showing interest in helping out with clothes, finances, food, and more. The NGO still requires more support to achieve its goals, which are in line with the SDGs for the 2030 agenda.

The world has indeed faced significant challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected economies globally, and the ongoing fight against climate change. However, it is crucial to note that these challenges have had a more significant impact on young people, especially in third-world countries like Africa. The young people in these regions face additional economic and social issues such as war, marginalization, insurgency, corruption, and bad governance, which further compound their difficulties.

As a Nigerian, I carried out a personal experiment to help young people within my reach by mentoring them on how to be more aware of their potentials and how they can contribute positively to their society using these potentials. The results of this experiment were inspiring, as I witnessed how just a little enlightenment and push in the right direction could bring people hope and confidence to pursue their dreams.

 

I am now more determined to help as many young people as possible, and I have organized a team to work on two initiatives the first is called I-fulcrum, which means "The Balance." This initiative aims to create radical awareness campaigns that will assist disenfranchised young people through free mentoring, skill acquisition, Business Intelligence, and Partnership/financing. Our goal is to help young people gain the right mindset to turn their underprivileged, marginalized communities, societies, and countries into a global market place.

The second initiative is MIF (Mentorship, Inclusion & Finance), a digital platform designed to support and empower young change-makers and youth-led organizations who are making a positive impact in their communities, countries, or globally through innovation, advocacy, activism, and other means.

MIF's main objective is to provide young change-makers with access to finance, mentorship, and potential partnerships with organizations interested in supporting their cause. The platform is decentralized, meaning it operates independently of government control and enables young innovators, entrepreneurs, advocates, activists, and ideologists worldwide to connect and collaborate.

The platform offers several benefits to young change-makers, including mentorship, financing, and investment, and visibility, growth tracking of milestones, sponsorship, rewards, batches, and job opportunities. With MIF, young change-makers can access training and mentorship in their areas of interest, as well as become visible to the world, track their growth, and receive recognition for their achievements.

In summary, MIF is a digital platform that supports young change-makers in their pursuit of making a positive difference in the world by connecting them with finance, mentorship, and potential partners. The platform offers various benefits to young change-makers, including visibility, growth tracking, sponsorship, and job opportunities, among others.

We are currently in the development phase and are seeking suggestions, volunteers, financing, and partnerships from government and NGOs to help build a community of advanced and young leaders who can support our initiative. Our goal is to create opportunities for millions of disenfranchised youth and young change-makers worldwide through I-fulcrum and MIF. We believe that by working together, we can help these young people thrive and make a positive impact on their communities and the world at large. We are also exploring the possibility of adoption by the UN to further amplify our efforts.

 

 

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Core challenges and barriers I have faced as young change maker, are detailed below,

  • The lack of access to education and skill-building opportunities for young people, particularly in developing countries and remote communities. This hinders their ability to contribute meaningfully to their societies and to reach their full potential.
  • Discrimination and inequality based on factors such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status continue to limit the opportunities available to many young people.
  • Less funding or No for youth-led initiatives

Addressing these challenges requires a concerted effort from governments, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. It is important to prioritize the needs and perspectives of young people in policy-making, increase funding for youth-led initiatives, and provide greater access to education and skill-building opportunities.

Creating more inclusive and equitable societies will require systemic change, but it starts with empowering and investing in young people, who represent the future leaders and change makers of our world.

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

As an YCDA and a young change maker, in my context there are, there are several key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. These include:

 

  • Education and Training: Providing opportunities for young people to learn about the SDGs and how they are being implemented, as well as offering training on leadership, project management, and other relevant skills.
  • Decision-Making: Giving young people a voice in decision-making processes related to the SDGs, such as consultations, forums, and advisory groups.
  • Youth-Led Networks and Projects: Supporting the creation of youth-led networks and organizations that focus on SDG implementation and tracking progress, as well as fostering youth-led projects that tackle SDG-related problems in their local communities.
  • Funding and Resources: Providing access to funding and resources for youth-led initiatives, including seed funding, grants, and mentorship.
  • Collaboration: Encouraging collaborations between youth-led groups and other sectors, such as public, private, and civil society, to advance the realization of the SDGs.
  • Technology and Social Media: Leveraging technology and social media to engage and mobilize young people towards SDG implementation, as well as providing a platform for them to discuss their experiences, struggles, and triumphs with SDG implementation.
  • Recognition: Honoring and commemorating the contributions made by young people to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the SDGs, and providing opportunities for them to showcase their achievements and impact.

By capitalizing on these key opportunities, we can enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, and empower young people to make a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.

 

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Commitments and financing for young people, involve young people in decision-making, increase access to resources, advocate for youth-led initiatives, foster innovation, involve young people in monitoring and evaluation, and recognize their contributions. With the help of these tactics, everyone can enjoy a more inclusive and sustainable future.

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Mobilizing, financing and deploying young change makers or youth led organizations who are passionate about helping the marginalized communities, to partner with natives to run a sound grassroots and media awareness campaign to advocate and educate the people of the marginalized communities on the SDGs, and ensure active partisan. By also amplifying the voices of the marginalized communities, who are already running in line with SDGs. Ensuring accountability.

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

As a young change maker and founder of I-fulcrum and MIF start-up initiative, I strongly believe in the power of knowledge transfer and the positive impact it can have on an individual's mindset. However, there are still many young people who are ignorant and lack direction due to a failed economy, leading to a sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement. My key message to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit is to launch a radical grassroots awareness campaign that targets disenfranchised youth, particularly those from marginalized communities and countries. This campaign should focus on mentorship, skill acquisition, business intelligence, partnership, and financing, to enable these young people to find their place in the world.

Secondly, there is a critical need to build a resourceful community that can secure and invest in the future through young change makers and youth-led organizations. This community should keep real-time data to aid the visibility of young change makers, making it easier for potential investors, organizations, and bodies interested in partnering or funding their ideas, innovations, activism, or causes to connect with them. By providing access to mentors and a decentralized finance structure, this community will enable young people to thrive and make a positive impact on the world.

Ultimately, these initiatives will help the UN better navigate its way in appointing and communicating with young people in decision and policy making. By empowering young change makers and investing in their future, we can create a better world for everyone.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

I love how you shared so many opportunities and I see how people are already taking action on the above. We should certainly build on that! 

Let's keep supporting each other and amplifying our voices! 

Bigambia Bitimi
Bigambia Bitimi

2 - What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a youth or youth organization, movement and network in taking action on the SDGs?
Any initiative can't lack either challenges or barriers. And most cases this may because of lack of symmetric information within all stakeholders. For my case, my initiative has been and it's still facing difficulties because of the inaccessibility of quarries areas to assist craftment of sand mining in their daily activities. Secondly, many of them engaged this sector lacks knowledge on modern technics and legal processes to follow in other to be optimal in their production. Thirdly, some local agents dont facilitate us acces to data in other to easily get into sites of exploitation. Fourthly, the lack of a logistic doesn't permit me to go forward into our strategic planning.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you for sharing your experience which already brings to light tangible ways to support young people in taking action such as access to data, support with logistics and training. 

Bileng Estella
Bileng Estella

I am  Bileng  Estella.From Cameroon.As a young person or youth organization  we put in place initiatives to contribute to the SDG implementation.Some of the initiatives are as follows .

1-To identify key issues or problem , challenges  youth face in the communities or society such as health issues and unemployment  so as to brainstorm on possible solution to address the problem faced by youth .

2-Create awareness on health diseases such as hypertension and diabetes so to ensure health promotion and prevention to achieve a better SDG 3 good health and well-being.

3-Identify many youth with skills so to empower the youth on enterprises and agriculture to reduce the high rate of unemployment.

Adubea Ofosu
Adubea Ofosu

I am Adubea Ofosu from Ghana, as a young person I have contributed towards the achievement of SDG by making policies and starting  a campaign against malnutrition. Ghana / Africa is lacking behind when it comes to SDG implementation. Even though developed countries struggle with the achievement of the SDG. it is better than Ghana/ Africa.

I have the intense passion to solve malnutrition in Ghana/Africa. one challenge I face is inadequate fundings and support from international organisations. I can conclude that this is one of the reasons why African's are not able lagging behind.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Hello Adubea,

thank you for sharing! I'm particularly interested to hear more about what you mean by "making policies". Were you developing proposals for the government, lobbying for particular topics, working in partnership with the policy makers or something else? Please do elaborate 🙂 

Afreen Khan
Afreen Khan
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello Everyone! My name is Afreen Khan and I am an advocate and an educationist from Pakistan. I feel privileged to be the part of this group. As an individual contribution towards the SDG and its implementation have been a cumbersome task initially. But trust me guys, once you train, educate, spread awareness and make your students and the beneficiaries understand what SDG’s are,! They will take charge of the sail, and with my experience initial input is needed with workshops and carrying discussions. And rest just keep embedding and implementing activities and fun learning in and around your classroom to bring about positive changes. 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you for sharing Afreen, you're highlighting something a lot of our peers have been saying, the importance of education. I personally find that it can be overwhelming to try and tackle them all, but actually seeing how the SDGs correlate we can understand achieving one helps achieve the other. 

Fayel Achieng
Fayel Achieng

Hello, I’m Fayel from Kenya Association of the Intellectually Handicapped, on question one, we have worked around SDGs and the CRPD or the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, through our programs, projects, trainings and evidence based advocacy. Some of our projects are around access to justice, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, inclusive education, inclusive employment, self advocacy, human rights based approach to disability, community based approach to disability among many other program areas we work in. We work directly with people with intellectual disabilities and their families many of them compromising staff, board members and group leaders/ champions in the community. Self advocates and their families are involved in all design stages of any project, ensuring ownership and fluidity of project implementation.  All our projects are liked to the SDGs and CRPD ensuring we advocate in the best way. 

Lydia Attoe
Lydia Attoe

 

 

QUESTIONS
 

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello Everyone! My name is Lydia Attoe and I am from Nigeria. I am super excited about this consultation. As an advocate for Peace and Education, I have been involved with contributing towards several high-level events, contributing as an individual representing different education as well as peace and security organisations as a young/youth ambassador, working with incredibly awesome young leaders and changemakers to create solutions and brainstorm on ideas for the  17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Categorically, I advocate for peace eduaction as an important tool for promoting Peacebuilding. 

Also, I have written several research articles and participated in consultation for peace, security and education.

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?


As a young person, I have always been interested in starting an NGO to promote peace education and peacebuilding in my country, my continent and the World. However, funding has been a challenge to me. This is why I have been contributing so far, as an individual. Moreover, I have completed different trainings and courses by the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR), the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), UNICEF, etc. to build my skills and my knowledge.

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Youth leaderships have several opportunities to implement, monitor and review the SDG. One key opportunity is "collaboration". This is a strategic tool to promote the sustainable development goals. I strongly believe that when youth leaders work together, they can create solutions and ideas to achieve the sustainable development goals, and harness collaborations. 

Online Courses, Trainings and Funding Oportunities: The United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs recently introduced an introductory course for young individuals interested in promoting peacebuilding and disarmaments. I recommend that courses should be made available to introduce, educate and help young individuals interested in building skills on any of the Sustainable Development Goals. I also want to recommend access to funding opportunities for youth leaders (for projects, organization of events, seminars or conferences, campaigns, etc.) This can be accessed through submission of proposals to a dedicated organisation assigned for the youth.

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

I recommend that young people should be included in the different agendas of the SDGs, because inclusion provides the platform and access to the government, UN entities, Development partners, Private sector, etc.  

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

The engagement of young people is the inclusion of the grassroots level. The marginalized communities should be included in the implementation, monitoring and review at the grassroots level, because they have a greater knowledge of their communities and the challenges the face. They are more aware of the solutions they need, hence, collaborating with young people involved in the promotion of these goals, are important.
 

6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Young people should be included and represented when making important decisions or processes. 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you for taking the time to answer all the questions!  Please feel free to share the links to the research articles you have written in this thread. 

I love how in the second question you highlight proactiveness. There are many tools out there that can help us as changemakers. You've encouraged me to go back out and look at opportunities to learn on different platforms like those you've mentioned. 

Also, please do feel free to be specific in how marginalized people can be included in the different stages. What does good engagement look like in implementation / monitoring / review?

mashary keya
mashary keya

Q1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of hereHow have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!     

 My name is Mashary Keya, a Strategy Advisor working with Wylde International based out of Nairobi, Kenya. I have contributed to SDG implementation and youth-led initiatives through my work as a strategy professional and my involvement with various social sector projects. 

My experience includes providing consultancy services for the African Sand Dam Foundation, which aimed to support young local farmers and youth agribusinesses in ASAL regions of Kenya. This project aligns with SDG 2 - Zero Hunger and SDG 13 - Climate Action.

I have also been involved in the development of a strategic framework for I Choose Life Africa, a youth-focused organization that seeks to empower youth in Kenya and across Africa as the foundation for sustainable development. This work aligns with SDG 4 - Quality Education, SDG 5 - Gender Equality, and SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Additionally, I assisted in planning and business development services for the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) entrepreneur mentorship projects (GreenBiz program), which supports young new, small and medium business ventures and young Kenyan entrepreneurs that are developing innovations to address the challenges of climate change. This work aligns with SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 13 - Climate Action.

Overall, my work has contributed to the implementation of several SDGs and youth-led initiatives, particularly in the areas of agriculture, education, gender equality, clean energy, and climate action.

Q2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?                                                             

  • Limited access to resources: One of the main challenges that young people face is limited access to resources such as funding, networks, and technology, which can hinder their ability to take action on SDGs
  • Lack of awareness and support: Many young people are not be aware of the SDGs and their significance, and may not receive sufficient support from their communities, governments, or institutions to take action on them.
  • Structural barriers: Structural barriers such as discrimination, inequality, and poverty limits young people's opportunities to take action on SDGs.
  • Limited engagement and participation: Young people face challenges in engaging and mobilizing their peers and communities to take collective action on SDGs.
  • Limited access to decision-making processes: Young people often lack access to decision-making processes, which can limit their ability to influence policies and programs related to SDGs.
  • Limited recognition of their contributions: Despite the important contributions of young people to SDG implementation, their efforts are often not recognized or valued, which leads to a lack of motivation and engagement. 

 

Q3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

  • Youth-led initiatives: Encouraging and supporting youth-led initiatives that are focused on addressing specific SDGs will help to build youth leadership and increase their engagement in the implementation, monitoring, and review of SDGs.
  • Partnerships: Building partnerships between youth-led organizations and other stakeholders such as governments, civil society, and the private sector can help to amplify youth voices and increase their participation in decision-making processes related to SDGs.
  • Capacity building: Providing capacity-building opportunities such as training, mentorship, and networking will help to develop the skills and knowledge of young people, which is essential for effective leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review.
  • Access to resources: Ensuring that young people have access to resources such as funding, technology, and networks will help to support their leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review.
  • Policy and institutional support: Providing policy and institutional support for youth-led initiatives and youth participation in decision-making processes related to SDGs will help to create an enabling environment for youth leadership.
  • Recognition and visibility: Recognizing and highlighting the contributions of young people to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review will help to increase their visibility and build their leadership.

Overall, these opportunities will help to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review in the East African context and ensure that young people are actively engaged in shaping the future of their communities and countries.

Q4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Partnership between government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector is essential to unlocking impact, commitments, and financing for young people. Here are some ways they can better partner:

 

  • Co-creation and co-design: Partnering together in the co-creation and co-design of projects and initiatives can ensure that the perspectives and needs of young people are integrated into the planning and implementation process.
  • Resource mobilization: UN entities, development partners, philanthropy, and the private sector can provide financing and other resources to support youth-led initiatives and organizations, while governments and civil society can support the creation of enabling policy and regulatory environments.
  • Knowledge sharing and learning: Sharing knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned across different partners can help to increase the effectiveness and impact of youth-led initiatives and organizations.
  • Advocacy and awareness raising: Government, UN entities, civil society, and the private sector should use their platforms and networks to advocate for the needs and rights of young people and raise awareness about the importance of youth-led initiatives and organizations.
  • Capacity building and mentoring: Providing capacity-building opportunities such as training and mentoring will help to build the skills and knowledge of young people and enhance their ability to lead and implement initiatives.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: Establishing mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the impact of youth-led initiatives and organizations will help to ensure accountability and transparency, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms: Establishing multi-stakeholder platforms that bring together different partners will facilitate collaboration, coordination, and partnerships between government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector.

Overall, building partnerships that leverage the strengths and resources of different stakeholders will help to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people, and support their leadership in the implementation, monitoring, and review of SDGs.

Q5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level

Mainstreaming of youth voices and perspectives in the process of SDG Summit will be essential to ensuring that the Summit heeds to expectations of current and future generations. Youth constituencies and movements are already mobilizing toward the “the SDG Summit and the Summit for the Future (2024), through decentralized consultations and policy dialogues - across all regions. This specific consultation and session at the ECOSOC Youth Forum comes at a prominent time - both to consult and hear from young people, and to generate sustained longer-term impacts.

To enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review in the specific context of East Africa, it is important to leverage opportunities such as technology, social media, and peer-to-peer networks. Youth can also be engaged through existing youth-led and youth-serving organizations, as well as through collaborations between government, UN entities, development partners, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector.

To strengthen the meaningful engagement of young people, particularly from marginalized communities, in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, it is important to address the challenges and barriers they face. These challenges include limited access to resources, lack of meaningful participation and representation, and discrimination and marginalization. Strategies to address these challenges include providing resources and capacity-building opportunities for youth, creating spaces for meaningful participation and representation, and addressing systemic discrimination and marginalization. At the grassroots level, it is important to engage youth in community-based initiatives and empower them to take action on issues that affect their communities.

Q6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

  • Recognize and support the meaningful engagement of young people, especially those from marginalized communities, in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review at all levels, including grassroots.
  • Invest in youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit, ensuring that the voices and perspectives of young people are heard and integrated into the decision-making processes.
  • Prioritize funding and resources towards programs and initiatives that empower young people to take action on the SDGs, including providing education and training opportunities, mentorship, and financial support.
  • Encourage the active participation of youth-led organizations and networks in the SDG Summit, including in official events and discussions.
  • Promote partnerships and collaborations between government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, and to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people.
  • Recognize and address the unique challenges and barriers that young people face when taking action on the SDGs, especially those from marginalized communities, and ensure that they have access to the resources and support they need to overcome them.

 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you for your thoughts Mashary. The last point of question 2 particularly resonated with me as I've not seen it come up so regularly in the consultation contributions so far: recognition to young people's efforts. How do you suggest young people could be recognized for our contributions? 

Elhadj Abdoul Diallo
Elhadj Abdoul Diallo

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Elhadj Abdoul Diallo, Co-founder and president of "Jeunes de Guinée pour le Climat", a youth led-organisation which aims at combating climate change in Guinea through education, advocacy and reforestation campaigns. I am also an active member of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition and have been supporting the #LossAndDamageFinanceNow campaign since it was launched. 

I am continuously engaged in talks where climate change is at the centre of the discussion not only at the local, national but also international levels. 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs?

The challenges are huge. But the following are the most common we encounter. 

  • Getting young people involved: In the global south, especially in Guinea, young people are more concerned about getting food on the table than taking action to fight climate change. For them, they are not responsible for the climate crisis but others developed countries are. That's the reason why we believe that climate education is important. 
  • Lack of funding: We have projects that we can not execute because financial support is not available. Neither the government nor international bodies. 
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  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Young people need to be empowered to take action. They should be: 

  • Trained in leadership in general, climate education in particular
  • Supported by equipping them and giving them the resources they need 
  • They should also be protected since in the global south they do not feel safe sometimes to voice their concerns. 

 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

You highlight a very important point that I came to really understand when living in Sierra Leone. People who are truly desperate to fend for their day-to-day needs cannot see the long-term implications of their actions too. Although Climate Change is a clear example of occasions where those suffering the impacts are not those causing the most harm, there are certainly other SDGs where we can take action anywhere in the world and can help advance them together. As many of our peers and you have highlighted, education is key.

Mashhood Urfi
Mashhood Urfi

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Salam! My name is Mashhood Urfi and I have been tirelessly working for SDGs Awareness and Adaptation since 2016 back when I was a boy scout. The primary foundation in my mind and personality was laid down by the Better World Framework of World Organization of Scout Movement. Due to political instability, the association of scouts in my country has been going through a socio-economic turmoil but I stopped at nothing. I started leading like-minded youth and created an impact on them to think and do more. In 2019, I led Climate Strike and the phenomenal highlight of #FridaysforFuture in 2019 after the initiation by Greta Thunberg. I have participated in numerous campaigns and online forums, representing Pakistan and Asia Pacific and worked for SDGs and Climate Action in particular. After getting into university, I founded myself and am leading Energy and Environmental Engineering Society as President. I organized real-time simulations of COP 26 and COP 27 due to which the students were able to realize the connection of policymakers and stakeholders with the industrial sector and R&D sector. I also organized a Land Restoration Campaign where a degraded land due to construction activities was transformed into a fertile green land with flowers and trees. These and many other projects have reached to the end by the grace of Almighty. All I want is to lead the communities for SDGs 11 and 16 by basing my struggles upon 6, 13, 15 and 17. I have selflessly worked and will continue to volunteer as much as I can as a young leader in my country and community.

What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

The biggest struggle I faced during all my time being young was “being young”. I have strived to grow up in a society where your idea means trash until you are above 20 or have a lot of money or power. In this scenario, I have faced long queues, absurd waiting times, bundles of discouragement and much more by the “elders”. Another noticeable issue is common to I guess all the communities: The Funding! Individually, this issue is easy to cope up with crowdfunding campaigns but when this issue is coupled with the first one, it becomes a huge barrier to get even a penny out of the pockets for the betterment of human societies. In developing countries, all the people care about is the profits they can make in monetary terms. Environment and climate and Social Justice and Sustainability: these jargons are rubbish for them! The recent issue I am facing is the lack of interests of organizations and companies in the work of students. I have a brilliant insight upon utilizing Coalbed Methane and Shale Gas reserves in Pakistan to develop an intelligent energy mix in order to be energy secure as a nation. I want to present the idea in Pittsburgh Conference which is the most appropriate place for this idea but being a student, I cannot afford to pay the tickets and registration and there is unfortunately no one to support me. I could not find a way to effectively collaborate with United Nations and its daughter organizations to work in freedom for SDGs yet I strived as much as I could and I will continue to increase the awareness and activities forever. Sigh!

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

The key opportunities are to inculcate the awareness in schools so that when those students grow old, they would have in their mind environmental justice, social strength, entrepreneurship etc., instead of money, employment and family. The college and university professors should be trained to mentor their students as leaders and not as enslaved bookworms thriving all their peak ages for grades and marks. The youth already involved in SDG activities like boy scouts or WWF volunteers should be given wider platforms and safe spaces where they can express their ideas and innovation without any fear or hesitation. Last but not the least, there should be a funding body regulated globally so as to effectively sponsor and fund youth ideas without being intercepted by any corrupt officials and non-bothering “elders”.

How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Government should form an online portal (must not be age restricted) where students and youth activists can upload their ideas. Those ideas then should be evaluated by members of all entitled organizations under chairpersonship of a government representative. That is how the community should be provided with one-window-solution and only this way the students will struggle to improve their ideas. Having said that, there must be a global regulatory body to keep a strict check and balance of the funds granted, paid, received, spent and saved throughout the process.

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

·        Luring students and youth towards creativity

·        Planning wide-scale awareness using TV and social media

·        Introducing Circular Economy and Green Economy in initial banking plans

·        Providing tangible incentives to youth so that they do not escape just due to lack of money in their households

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

After saying all those facts above, my basic message to the Forum, its members, all the attendees and my fellow youth is to be fair and honest in their cause. Stop at nothing to raise voices for the rights and ideas. Encourage your peers and keep your aims high. Under the flag of SDG 17, I am always there to collaborate for a good cause till death, Inshallah.

 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you so much for sharing. The point you mention on being looked down upon in a way because of being young is something I had not seen in prior comments. Thank you for bringing it up! 

Bigambia Bitimi
Bigambia Bitimi

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

The opportunities to enhance to reinforce through training programs for youth who engaged themselves in the Artisanal mining of mineral substances because many dont have a good mastering of relevant technic and HSE to follow up. Also advocacy  and consultations should constantly organize wiht the goals of bringing up suggestions and solutions to these different issues.

Nakaibale Lynda Eunice
Nakaibale Lynda Eunice
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Nakaibale Lynda Eunice. I am Ugandan, a social worker by training, an education development practitioner, and the founder of Tujifunze Africa Foundation. I am passionate about achieving SDG 4 and SDG 5. I am a member of the Youth Coalition for SDGs in Uganda, a member of Transform Education, a feminist coalition hosted by UNGEI, and a member of the UNESCO SDG4 Youth Network where I lead the Inclusive Education Working Group. 

 

I recognize the pivotal role youth play in achieving the 17 SDGs.

As a youth, In 2020-2021, I led the Girls Back2 School Campaign in Uganda as a national coordinator to promote girls' continued learning during and post COVID-19. The campaign by UNESCO in collaboration with the 100 Million Campaign and the All Africa Students Union, gave me an opportunity to; raise awareness about the right to education for girls, train stakeholders; religious, cultural and local leaders, parents, girls, and teachers on girls' rights especially the right to education, build girls' agency to demand for their right to education through mentorship sessions on leadership and their rights. As a result of this, girls wrote letters to decision-makers, identifying the challenges affecting their education including the need for menstrual health supplies. This action saw the speaker of parliament then provide over 6000 reusable sanitary products to girls that were in candidate classes in kamuli district. This enabled them to menstruate safely, and healthily and stay in school.    Furthermore, I advocated for the retention of pregnant girls in school. I collaborated with other CSOs and held a press conference, tasking the government of Uganda to retain girls that were pregnant in school and set up mechanisms to support their learning like the provision of nursing rooms and counselors to cater to their mental health needs. As a result of this intervention, The Uganda National Examination Board, accepted girls that were pregnant to register and sit their final exams. 

In addition, I fundraised for education scholarships for 50 girls in Kamuli and Isingiro districts where I was running the campaign. These funds supported girls to stay in school and learn.

 

I co-organized the hike for a girl child event on 28th May 2021in commemoration of World menstrual Health Day while at Raising Teenagers Uganda, and used my networking skills to motivate 60 organizations in Uganda participate in the event. This was achieved through social media engagement (twitter, Facebook). The proceeds from the activity were used to buy reusable sanitary pads for 500 girls in Karamoja region, Uganda. This activity ensured girls menstruate safely and are retained in schools.

 

In 2016 to 2020 I led a disability inclusion project in the slums of Kampala where I advocated for the right to education for children with disability. I conducted weekly home visits to families of children with disabilities and built their capacity on disability inclusion as well as provided psycho-social support. This addressed issues of stigma at the family level. At the community level, I organised and trained communities on disability inclusion, formed parent support groups and male support groups which created a safe space for parents raising children with disabilities to interact, share best practices, encourage each other, and learn. These interventions saw an increase in men involved in the care and support of children with disabilities at the family level and a reduction in the stigma directed to families raising children with disabilities. I further fundraised for assistive devices for 100 children with disabilities to improve their mobility and access to education. The 100 children accessed wheelchairs, hearing aids, and other assistive technology like walkers. Through writing, I was able to further advocate for the promotion of inclusive education in Uganda, contributing to the realization of SDG4. 

 

As a member of the UNESCO SDG4 Youth Network and focal point lead of the Inclusive Education WG, I collaborated with colleagues to write a policy brief on; Leveraging the power of youth to promote inclusive education for Children with disabilities. The policy brief is yet to be published and will guide decision-makers and stakeholders on how to meaningfully engage and partner with youth in promoting the fundamental right to education for children with disabilities globally. 

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs? Some of the challenges and barriers I have identified include; 1, Lack of capacity-building opportunities for youth to ably engage in policy discussions on education. 2. Limited funding for youth-led initiatives. Many youth including myself run initiatives on personal funding. 3. There is a gap in terms of intergenerational partnerships. The older generation prefers to work alone instead of working with youth to deliver on the SDGs. 4. Limited involvement of youth in the designing, implementation, monitoring, and reviewing of policies and projects as well as decision-making. Youth are skilled, and experienced and have so much to bring to the table. We need to recognize their role and put in place mechanisms at the community, national and international levels to have youth at the decision-making table and have their voices heard. 5.Tokenism of youth,  6. Lack of disaggregated data on people with disability in education. For example, there is no data on persons with disabilities at the University level in Uganda. This affects advocacy. We can't plan for people we don't know. 
  2. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? Some available opportunities include; 1. the existing youth networks like the Youth Coalition for SDGs in Uganda, UNESCO SDG4 Youth Network, and the Global Youth Initiative that are giving youth a platform to leverage their shared experiences, knowledge for collective advocacy, capacity-building opportunities, representation, and collaboration to advance SDG4. 2. Existing legal framework, policies, and documents; the youth declaration is an opportunity that can be leveraged to have more youth in Uganda engaged in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the SDGs, especially SDG4.  3. Political will; I recognize that in Uganda, there are a few decision-makers like the offices of the prime minister and the UN Resident Coordinator where the youth Coalition for SDGs falls. They are open to working with youth and having them at the decision-making table. We need to use these spaces to advocate for more youth meaningfully engaged in promoting, localizing, and implementing the SDGs.

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead-up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people? 1. There is a need for a mindset shift from looking at youth as recipients of aid to partners and key actors in development. Co-create and design solutions with youth. 2. Strengthening accountability and reporting on meaningful youth engagement; there should be an indicator for each of the SDGs to measure meaningful youth engagement by stakeholders at community, sub-national,  national and international level. 3. Create opportunities for youth to pitch their ideas for funding opportunities. This can be monthly and at community and national level.
     
  2. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level? 1. Fund youth initiatives at the grassroots. That way youth can reach out to more youth in their communities. 2. Capacity building for youth in research, reporting, documentation, implementation, and monitoring of SDGs for example; build capacities of youth in contributing to the Local and National Voluntary Review Reporting processes.
  3. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit? Key recommendations; 1.0 Address barriers especially the visa issues that affect youth especially youth from the global south from participating in the SDG Summit. 2.0 Strengthen intergenerational partnerships. 3.0 Fund youth-led initiatives. 4.0 Build capacities of youth on SDG implementation, monitoring, and review and make these resources and tools available for youth to tailor solutions to their communities. 5.0 Prioritize and invest in youth research on SDG  6.0 I plan on supporting youth with disabilities to participate in the consultations and inform the SDG Summit. Furthermore, I have currently leveraged social media to share the opportunity to have more youth participate in the consultations.
Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you! The tokenism you mention is indeed something that we need to find ways to disappear. What are some ways you can see that being done by different entities? Would be great if you could elaborate. 

da qun xiang
da qun xiang

To achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, young people are the driving force behind the core force. We must involve young people in all areas of the country's political and economic development !

Favour Emma-Nwachukwu
Favour Emma-Nwachukwu
  • How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far?

My name is Favour Emma-Nwachukwu. I am a Public Policy and International Development Enthusiast with years of experience in research and advisory in Africa and the UK. I also recently served as an official Delegate for the UN Women UK at the 2023 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67).

The challenge of global poverty is more urgent than ever. With such a toll, finding new and innovative ways to combat poverty must be a top priority for global policymakers. I am on a journey to explore possible solutions to poverty and explore how much-needed economic, social, and political transformations can be enacted to deliver sustainable prosperity in Africa. My unending passion for sustainable development and an improvement in the standard of living of Africans has spurred me to actively contribute to several community development projects across Africa and serve in leadership positions of various youth-led organisations.

In December 2017, I and other young women visited the Igbologun community in Lagos, Nigeria, and found that, due to the lack of sanitary pads, young girls in the community could not go to school whenever they had their menstrual period. We decided that we would raise funds for one thousand sanitary pads in two weeks through a 'Pad The Girl' campaign. As the finance team lead, I effectively assigned responsibilities and deadlines based on the strength of each team member. To meet our goal, I ensured that we made daily progress reports and extensively discussed any hitches that we encountered when setting up the budget and recording donations. We hit our target in less than two weeks and were able to provide one thousand sanitary pads, as well as reading materials, to the young girls in that community.

Fueled by a passion for empowering young Nigerians, I serve as Team Leader at Polished Pillars Foundation (www.polishedpillars.org), a community of teen life coaches who aim to build teenagers across Nigeria to be excellent leaders and solution providers in society. As a team leader, I have mentored over fifty teenagers on effective study habits, helping them achieve academic excellence. I have also served as the general manager of Train A Girl (TAG) Initiative NG (https://www.instagram.com/taginitiativeng) an NGO in Abuja, Nigeria geared towards women empowerment through education. I ensured that seminars and outreaches at disadvantaged communities were executed effectively leading to the empowerment of over one hundred and twenty young women.

Working collectively towards a common goal with young people has taught me the importance of teamwork and harnessing the talent of individuals with similar passions to solve endemic problems in our society. I serve as the operations team lead at Restructure Africa Foundation (www.restructureafricafoundation.org), an NGO addressing issues on poverty, education, and sustainability through humanitarian interventions in disadvantaged communities. I ensure the creation of strategic partnerships to maximise the social impact of innovative change projects. This has led us to successfully host projects such as Love and Pint, an annual blood drive aimed at creating a sustainable blood donation culture in Nigeria. This project focuses on educating young people on the importance of blood donation, eliminating the fear around it and encouraging young Nigerians to develop a healthy blood donation culture. It has become the biggest blood drive in Lagos, Nigeria, raising over three hundred pints of blood in its maiden edition in 2018, maintaining a success streak till date.

As the Deputy Director of Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) (https://www.cambridgedevelopment.org/), I mobilised teams to develop sustainable fundraising solutions and innovative entrepreneurship projects tackling development issues in health and education across Tanzania. At CDI, we raised about £7000 to fund community-led projects (about 20 entrepreneurs) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania tackling development issues in health and education while also expanding our partnerships with local and international organisations in Tanzania to educate over 600 youths in Naalarami district near Monduli in 2022. Furthermore, in the UK, I co-organised a Border Policy Seminar with the Cambridge Migration Society and the Oxford Migration Studies Society, training over 150 social work volunteers on ethical global development practices.

During the global lockdown in 2020, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, my passion for youth empowerment led me to conduct virtual training sessions on self-development, financial literacy, and the art of creative writing to enable young Africans properly position themselves to thrive in the global economic climate that was emerging. The training sessions helped develop the skills and talent of over three hundred young Africans. If you are passionate about being a beacon of hope, you can make all the difference in a person’s world.

 

  • What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

1. Lack of access to resources: there may be a lack of access to resources such as funding, information, and networks to support their SDGs initiatives.

2. Limited engagement and participation: Young people may not be fully engaged in the SDGs process or decision-making processes at various levels, limiting their participation in shaping SDGs strategies and implementation plans.

3. Inadequate representation: The youth may not be adequately represented in decision-making processes or in national and global policy-making forums, especially in developing countries, leading to a lack of recognition and acknowledgement of their perspectives and contributions.

4. Limited awareness and understanding of the SDGs: There may be a lack of awareness and understanding among young people about the SDGs, their relevance, and how they can contribute to their achievement.

5. Political and social barriers: It is possible to face political and social barriers such as discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion, which can limit the ability to take action on the SDGs and contribute to their achievement.

6. Institutional barriers: Institutional barriers such as bureaucratic processes, lack of accountability, and corruption, which can limit the ability to implement SDGs initiatives effectively.

Overall, overcoming these challenges and barriers requires collaborative efforts and partnerships among young people, youth organizations, governments, civil society, and the private sector to create an enabling environment that supports and empowers young people to take action on the SDGs.

  • What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Some of these opportunities include:

1. Empowering young people through education and training: Providing education and training programs that equip young people with the knowledge and skills needed to take action on the SDGs can enhance their leadership and participation in SDG implementation and monitoring.

2. Creating opportunities for youth engagement and participation: Creating opportunities for young people in underrepresented communities to engage and participate in SDG decision-making processes at various levels can enhance their leadership and ownership in the implementation of the SDGs.

3. Providing funding and resources to support youth-led SDG initiatives: Providing funding and resources to support youth-led SDG initiatives can enhance their leadership in the implementation of the SDGs.

4. Facilitating collaboration and partnerships among youth organizations and movements: Facilitating collaboration and partnerships among youth organizations and movements can enhance their collective leadership in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs.

5. Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion: Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in SDG decision-making processes and initiatives can enhance the leadership of underrepresented communities in the implementation of the SDGs.

6. Leveraging technology and innovation: Leveraging technology and innovation can enhance the leadership of young people in the implementation of the SDGs, especially in underrepresented communities that may lack access to traditional forms of participation.

Overall, enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review in underrepresented communities in Africa and the UK requires a concerted effort and partnership among governments, civil society, the private sector, and young people themselves to create an enabling environment that supports and empowers young people to take action on the SDGs.

 

  • How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

To better partner and unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people, government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector can take the following steps:

1. Foster collaboration and partnerships: Collaboration and partnerships among these actors can lead to a more coordinated and effective approach to supporting young people in achieving the SDGs. This can include joint initiatives, co-funding opportunities, and resource-sharing.

2. Increase investment in youth-led initiatives: Investing in youth-led initiatives can unlock their potential to create impact, drive innovation, and promote sustainable development. This can include providing funding, technical assistance, and capacity-building support to youth-led organizations and initiatives.

3. Promote youth participation and leadership: Ensuring the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making processes and leadership positions can enhance their voice and agency in driving sustainable development. This can include creating opportunities for young people to participate in policy development, program design, and implementation.

4. Leverage technology and innovation: Leveraging technology and innovation can provide new opportunities for engaging and empowering young people in achieving the SDGs. This can include using digital platforms to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and supporting the development of digital skills.

5. Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion: Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion can ensure that all young people, regardless of their background, have equal opportunities to contribute to sustainable development. This can include promoting the participation of young people from marginalized communities, ensuring gender equality, and addressing issues related to discrimination and inequality.

6. Enhance monitoring and evaluation: Ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation of SDG initiatives can help identify areas of success and improvement, and ensure that resources are being used effectively. This can include using data and evidence to inform decision-making, developing common metrics and indicators for measuring progress, and promoting transparency and accountability.

Overall, partnering among these actors can lead to a more coordinated and effective approach to supporting young people in achieving the SDGs.

 

  • How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

To strengthen and mainstream the meaningful engagement of young people, especially from marginalized communities, in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, the following strategies can be implemented:

1. Foster inclusive and participatory decision-making processes: This can be achieved by creating opportunities for young people to participate in policy development, program design, and implementation at all levels. Governments, UN entities, development partners, and other stakeholders should prioritize the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes that affect their lives and communities.

2. Empower young people through capacity-building and leadership development: Providing young people with training and leadership development opportunities can equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively engage in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This can include mentoring programs, workshops, and training on advocacy and campaigning.

3. Address structural barriers: Structural barriers such as discrimination, lack of access to education and resources, and limited opportunities for civic engagement can hinder the meaningful engagement of young people from marginalized communities. Efforts should be made to address these barriers and create an enabling environment that promotes the participation of all young people in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review.

4. Use technology and social media: Technology and social media can provide young people with a platform to voice their opinions and mobilize for action. Governments, UN entities, development partners, and other stakeholders should leverage these tools to engage with young people and provide opportunities for them to participate in decision-making processes.

5. Strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems: Monitoring and evaluation systems should be strengthened to ensure that the voices and experiences of young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, are included in the assessment of SDG progress. This can be achieved by collecting data disaggregated by age, gender, and other relevant factors, and conducting participatory evaluations that involve young people in the assessment process.

 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thanks so much for the detailed response to so many questions. On your point of addressing systemic barriers which I think brings a valuable point to the discussion we have been having so far, can you elaborate on what these "efforts to address the barriers" look like? How would this actually be delivered? It's a huge task! But we should think about how to tangibly address the different systems 

Luis Gerardo Carvajal
Luis Gerardo Carvajal
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Answer: Hello everyone, I am Luis Carvajal, a young sustainability professional and activist from Puebla, Mexico. I have contributed to the SDG implementation, especially in SDGs 7 and 13, through activism groups related to climate change.  I am a Climate Reality Leader trained by Nobel Prize laureate Al Gore. I work in a private company the energy sector, leading a sustainability and decarbonization strategy.

I have contributed to the SDG implementation through education (via events where I’ve participated as organizer, speaker and panelist), project implementation (especially in renewable energy, decarbonization initiatives and circular economy), mentorship (for startups in climate tech) and direct activism (through documents and direct work with UNESCO and UNICEF regarding climate action).

Promising practices definitely include empowering others, by recognizing their potential and the positive impact they can have on their community, because every talent counts for climate action.

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Answer: one of the biggest challenges I face is the bureaucracy and lack of dynamism. Processes are designed to be “cross-checked and validated” but are not agile. Projects that should be done “now” take years to get approval and validation from stakeholders, being the “economic risk” the main factor, even though it has been consistently validated that ESG-positive projects have better returns.

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Answer: to give more people access to introductory material and opportunities (for example, live sessions, workshops and events) to start getting involved. Also, to drive the climate discourse from a proactive, positive manner. This, recognizing the risk and impact of the climate crisis but not acting from fear but rather from community and solution-based perspectives.

Once people have an initial approach to climate, its risks and potential solutions, the next step is to empower them to become active changemakers from their own role in their communities, families, schools and jobs.

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Answer: by providing easy-access tools and frameworks that enable idea generation for projects related to SDGs in the youth. There is a lot of knowledge available now but not enough action. We need the right mechanisms from the UN entities and other partners to turn ideas into projects.

Moreover, we need to develop new mechanisms to benchmark, analyze and mentor projects in SDGs, that measure not only economic growth but also impact in society and the environment.
 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Answer: in simple terms, by “speaking their language”. Much of the climate discourse right now and in terms of SDGs talks about impact in communities, but from the “outside” perspective. The discourse needs to be empathetic and understand that people need to satisfy their basic needs (food, safety, health) in order to be able to think about further impact.

Thus, communication is key into letting people understand that working in SDGs is going to have a direct and positive impact in their basic needs, and in the improvement on their lifestyle.
 

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Answer: there is a clear need to change the way we measure progress, not only from economics but also from social and environmental impact. The protocols and tools to do that are available. Now it is the time to provide the platforms and mechanisms that enable access to those tools and empower ideas from the youth in the entire world, empowering the youth themselves and allowing them to create impactful projects and initiatives that foster the world we envision.

I plan to support youth-led efforts that could inform the SDG Summit, and I am open to collaborating with and supporting the organizations and groups working in these topics.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Thank you Luis. I totally hear you on the bureocracy! What are some ways you suggest we can keep standards (as many people are referencing need for good M&E, checks and so on) while making processes more agile? You talk about the "right mechanisms" , what are they?

I also totally resonate with needing to speak "the right language". We need to communicate well. Is there a particular way in this digital world you suggest doing that, especially to communities who are less present online? 

Luis Gerardo Carvajal
Luis Gerardo Carvajal

Hello Inés Yábar , thank you for your comment! I consider that the right mechanisms should involve the following:

  1. An exploratory phase where all initiatives that meet certain criteria are taken in, into a due diligence process (this allows individuals and groups to be creative with solutions and not be limited by bureaucracy)
  2. The definition of sets of expert groups, depending of types of initiatives, to meet with the individuals / groups that propose them and help them polish and refine their proposal ("expert sessions")
  3. Evaluation of projects under the same lens, taking not only economical impact into consideration but also quantifying social and environmental impact (for instance, the Sustainable / Social Return on Investment approach)
  4. Different "approval gates" for releasing funds, in which the bureaucracy of approval is streamlined by more horizontal and agile decision-making teams with clear time goals (e.g. approving / rejecting a project within 1 month)

 

Regarding speaking "the right language" I think it comes down to empathy and the GLocal perspective (Think Globally, Act Locally) and understanding the drivers and needs of the group / society you speak to, engaging in dialogue so that it becomes two-way.

da qun xiang
da qun xiang

My experience is to promote entrepreneurship so that all young people have jobs and a secure life。

On March 4th this year, I organized the "Global Women Entrepreneurship Forum" to build an entrepreneurship platform for global women youth。

I hope that more young women can participate in the platform of the Global Women Entrepreneurship Forum, and I will do my duty and obligation to contribute to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations。

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Shajib Dey
Shajib Dey

Youth are a major force for sustainable development and key agents for social change, economic growth and technological innovation. From calling for urgent climate action to tackling inequalities and gender biases, young people are driving the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) forward.

Zidane SATIGNON KUESSI
Zidane SATIGNON KUESSI
  1. Comment avez-vous, en tant que jeune ou organisation, mouvement et réseau de jeunesse, centré sur la mise en œuvre des ODD ou dirigé des initiatives jeunesse et ODD jusqu'à présent ? Présentez-vous et partagez votre expérience ou toute pratique prometteuse que vous connaissez ici ?

On m'appelle Zidane SATIGNON KUESSI, je suis étudiant en master 1 Droit Public à l'Université Paris-Saclay. De nationalité béninoise, je suis un jeune très engagé et un ambassadeur des objectifs de Développement Durable. A cette fin, j'interviens sur les questions liées aux changements climatiques, à l'égalité entre les sexes et à une éducation de qualité. C'est ce qu'explique d'ailleurs le fait que je milite dans les associations de jeunes.

Il me semble opportun de mettre en exergue mon parcours associatif. Je suis membre des associations suivantes :

Parlement des Jeunes du Bénin (PJB)  : L'idée est partie de l'ambition de créer un Parlement Francophone des Jeunes dont l'objectif global serait de promouvoir le sens de la citoyenneté et l'engouement pour des responsabilités politiques au niveau des jeunes de l'espace francophone. Dans cette perspective, les dirigeants lors du sommet de Moncton au Canada ont décidé de la mise en place du Parlement des Jeunes dans l'espace francophone. Le Parlement des jeunes est, de ce fait, un cadre de concertation et d'échanges pour les jeunes qui a pour mission de développer la formation civique en initiant à l'activité parlementaire.

Au sein de ce Parlement, j'occupe le rôle de Conseiller à la planification et aux partenariats du Président du PJB.

ONG EDUC'ECO  : J'ai intégré cette organisation du fait des enjeux du changement climatique et de l'importance de la jeunesse pour le développement. Educ'Eco est une organisation non gouvernementale dont l'objectif principal est de promouvoir et d'assurer le développement social, environnemental et économique des populations locales sous le respect des principes de développement durable en Afrique.

Association pour la Promotion des Objectifs de Développement Durable (APODD)  : Organisation à but non lucratif, c'est une association qui se charge de faire connaître et de faire comprendre les Objectifs de Développement Durable aux différents publics afin de leur donner l'envie d 'agir.

Plan des Jeunes de Plan International France  : J'ai intégré le mouvement dès mon arrivée en France en septembre dernier. Plan des jeunes est un mouvement de jeunes engagés aux côtés de l'ONG Plan International France pour l'égalité de genre pour les enfants et les jeunes dans le monde.

Au travers de mon appartenance à ces différentes organisations, je participe à la vulgarisation des ODD en vue de la réalisation effective de l'Agenda 2030. De nombreuses activités (sensibilisations, webinaires, consultations, plaidoyers, etc.) sont ainsi anticipées pour construire un monde meilleur et viable en ne « jugé personne de côte ».

  1. Quels sont certains défis ou obstacles que vous avez rencontrés ou identifiés en tant que jeune ou organisation, et réseau de jeunesse, lorsque vous agissez sur les ODD ?

Dans le cadre de mes différentes activités pour l'atteinte des ODD, j'ai rencontré d'énormes défis et obstacles. Ces défis ou obstacles peuvent être résumés en trois points essentiels :

Tout d'abord, le plus grand défi est le manque d'information et d'engouement de la part des jeunes. Il faut souligner qu'il existe encore, de nos jours, des personnes au sein de la population qui ignorent l'existence des ODD.

Ensuite, il faut relever la difficulté relative à la représentativité des jeunes dans les sphères de prises de décisions. L'absence des jeunes au niveau politique affecte les décisions qui ont du mal à prendre en considération les intérêts de la jeunesse et à répondre convenablement aux projets et activités des jeunes en lien avec les ODD.

Et enfin, le troisième et dernier point est le manque de financement et d'appui. Les jeunes manquent de ressources techniques et financières pour la mise en œuvre des projets liés aux ODD et pouvant permettre la pérennité des projets. Ils ne disposent également pas de données techniques fiables pour mener à bien leurs activités différentes.

3- Quelles sont les opportunités clés pour améliorer le leadership des jeunes dans la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'examen des ODD, dans votre contexte spécifique ?

 Pour améliorer le leadership des jeunes dans la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'examen des ODD, je pense que tout doit partir, avant tout, de chaque gouvernement. Il faut que les gouvernements exécutent des politiques actives de promotion et de mise en valeur de la jeunesse. Ces politiques doivent avoir pour acteur principal les organisations de jeunes et de la société civile. Ils doivent aussi impliquer davantage et de façon efficace les jeunes dans les prises de décisions et dans la conception et la mise en œuvre des politiques et programmes sectoriels liés aux ODD. Cette implication des jeunes permettra de satisfaire nos besoins du présent sans compromettre la possibilité pour les générations à venir de satisfaire les leurs en respectant la promesse de l'Agenda 2030 « Ne laisser personne de côté ».

En outre, je pense qu'il faut mettre en place une plateforme nationale voir régionale et mondiale des organisations de jeunes de la société civile. Cette plateforme aura pour ambition de permettre aux jeunes de partager les différentes actions et d'interagir. Elle permettra aux jeunes de rester connecter entre eux (Synergies d'action…) et de partager leurs idées, projets pouvant permettre la réalisation des ODD. A travers cette plateforme, les jeunes auront la possibilité de se faire entendre car, ils parleront d'une même voix et d'une même bouche. La plateforme régionale regroupera tout ce qui va concerner les plateformes nationales pour faire à sont une fiche technique qui fera l'objet de présentation au niveau de la plateforme internationale ou mondiale. Parcs mécaniques,

4- Comment le gouvernement, les entités des Nations Unies, les partenaires de développement, les organisations de jeunesse, les mouvements et réseaux, la philanthropie, les acteurs de la société civile et le secteur privé peuvent-ils mieux s'associer pour débloquer l'impact , les engagements et le financement pour les jeunes ?

5- Comment l'engagement significatif des jeunes, en particulier des communautés marginalisées, peut-il être renforcé et intégré dans la mise en œuvre, le suivi et l'examen des ODD, y compris au niveau local ?

Je voudrais mettre ces deux questions ensembles car, je pense qu'on ne peut pas les séparer si on veut vraiment une productivité bien que, à bien des attendus, cela constitue une continuité.

Il faut dire que des efforts sont entrain d'être menés à ce niveau. Cependant, ils ne sont pas suffisants. Pour débloquer l'impact, les engagements et le financement pour les jeunes, il faut :

  • Impérativement que les Etats créent une ligne budgétaire à cette fin. Il est déplorable de constater que les Etats n'ont pas de ligne budgétaire à l'endroit des organisations de jeunesse et autres ;
  • Inclure les jeunes dans les comités ou commissions d'élaboration, de conception et de suivi d'évaluation des politiques sectorielles des gouvernements, de chaque ministère ;
  • Encourager et valoriser l'engagement citoyen et civique des jeunes. Il faut souligner que cet engagement est bénévole et il est très difficile de concilier vie associative, études et vie professionnelle. Dans les pays du sud, les jeunes étudient ou pas et sont contraints dans le même temps de chercher une activité rémunératrice ce qui n'est pas trop évident et faire du militantisme qui demande des moyens financiers et un engagement personnel ;
  • Repenser le système éducatif avec les jeunes et les organisations de la société civile ;
  • Permettre un égal accès à l'éducation et aux soins à toutes les communautés en se situant en place des stratégies novatrices incluant davantage les communautés marginalisées.

6- Quels sont vos messages et recommandations clés ou ceux de votre circonscription au Forum des jeunes de l'ECOSOC et au Sommet des ODD ? Soutenez-vous ou pourriez-vous soutenir des efforts et des consultations menés par des jeunes et des inclusifs de jeunes qui pourraient éclairer le Sommet des ODD ?

Fort des maux qui minent la société, les Nations Unies ont mis en place des solutions pour répondre aux besoins des populations, donner de la voix et assurer l'autonomisation des jeunes. Elles ont développé des programmes pour responsabiliser et outiller la jeunesse, pour atteindre les cibles envisagées par l'Agenda 2030 dont la réalisation est avant tout primordiale pour la jeunesse. Sa réussite conditionnera la capacité des jeunes à construire leur futur, à s'autonomiser, à réaliser leurs rêves et à décider du sort de la planète pour les générations futures.

Les jeunes peuvent se faire entendre et susciter une prise de conscience sur les problèmes socio-économiques et environnementaux qui minent la planète. A travers un engagement citoyen, ils sont en mesure de stimuler le changement pour construire un monde meilleur. Lorsque l'on renforce leurs, autonomie, capacités et qu'on leur en donne la possibilité, ils sont des moteurs de changement efficaces et capables d'identifier les besoins réels de la communauté pour y trouver des solutions durables.

C'est donc à juste titre que je recommande de revoir le système éducatif car, les changements climatiques, la maladie à coronavirus, la guerre en Ukraine sont la preuve tangible de l'évolution considérable du monde. En effet, il faut redéfinir et restructurer le système éducatif et les programmes de formations en les adaptant aux réalités du temps actuels afin de doter les enfants et les jeunes de compétences transformationnelles et d'état d'esprit nécessaire pour êtres les initiés et les acteurs de changement en vue de participer à la résolution durable des problèmes de leur communauté, nation et du monde. S'inscrivant dans le sillage de l'ODD 4 éléments, cette recommandation constitue, selon moi le levier, le point clé pour réellement atteindre les objectifs à l'horizon 2030.

De même, il faut promouvoir les pratiques innovantes pour plus d'adaptation transformationnelle et de résilience à long terme des communautés et mobilisateur plus de finance climatique en s'assurant de l'inclusion du genre dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques et la réalisation des Objectifs de développement durable.

 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Merci Zidane pour le commentaire et les réponses aux différentes questions. Vous parlez d'une plateforme. Comment suggérez vous que'lle soit différente de plateformes déja existentes? Par exemple les réseaux sociaux ou une plateforme comme celle ci par exemple avec l'espace pour partager ses projets etc. 

Dorine Gibson
Dorine Gibson

My name is Dorine Gibson, i am actively involved in environmental advocacy and sustainability efforts, with an emphasis of empowering marginalized community and also demonstrates my commitment to addressing SDG goals such as gender equality, climate action, and sustainable cities and communities.

Also my commitment to youth leadership and engagement in SDG implementation. To empower young people to take action on environmental issues and advocating for policy solutions that support SDG implementation 

My contribution to SDG implementation as a young person and through my youth organizations, movement and networks demonstrate my commitment to building a more sustainable and equitable future for all

Migadde
Migadde

One aspect that has not been given enough attention and financial allocation when it comes to SDG implementation, particularly from the lens of youth-focused financing, is the issue of mental health.

Mental health is a critical component of overall health and well-being, and it is an essential element for achieving the SDGs. However, mental health has not received the attention and funding it deserves, especially for young people. According to the World Health Organization, mental health disorders affect one in four people worldwide, and depression is the leading cause of disability globally among people aged 15-44 years.

Mental health problems among young people can have serious consequences for their overall health, education, and employment prospects. It is, therefore, crucial that youth-focused financing for SDG implementation should prioritize mental health programs and services. This includes providing access to affordable and accessible mental health services, promoting mental health awareness and education, and addressing the stigma surrounding mental health.

Investing in mental health not only improves the well-being of young people but also contributes to achieving several SDGs, including Goal 3 (Good health and well-being), Goal 4 (Quality education), and Goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth).

Migadde
Migadde

Yange Africa focuses on utilizing African culture to improve the environmental and socio-economic standards of East Africans. We do this through sensitization (content creation), community-based tourism, and innovation. Our top priority is raising awareness about African culture domestically, regionally, and globally. Next month, we are launching a podcast that will primarily focus on African culture. What differentiates our podcast from others is that it will first be aired in different local languages (about ten of them) and a few international languages such as English, German and French. We believe this will spread awareness even further. The podcast will be aired regionally in Uganda, as we are in contact with different regional radios and online sites, not forgetting our recent partnership with Avens Travel World Ltd (a tours and travel company) to boost culture-oriented community based tourism in East Africa, starting with the motherland-Uganda.

Kala Upadi
Kala Upadi

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!
    I founded a social enterprise to empower Kampung Pasir Sunda Wiwitan local indigenous community in Garut, West Java Province, Indonesia. We discovered that in order to build security and gain accessibility of the community, we need to document the cultural heritage of the village. Cultural preservation is a must in the middle of raging violent extremism activity around the region.

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
    We are not involved by the local government. A few access to other network of youth and community of practice. There's no youth friendly funding available from the government.
     
  2. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?
    Capacity building for youth in local and grassroot level, provide information and access to monitoring and review in the local context. 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
    Intersectoral communication and collaboration. Finding commonground and map of movements will be useful. There's mechanism to register and make database of every movement and organizations.
     
  2. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
    Include marginalized communities in every process. Provide access and capacity building for them, and also train anyone about sensitization and non discrimination, to help them work better with marginalized community.
     
  3. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?
    Eradication of poverty and leaving no one behind (universal social protection, multidimensional policies, alignment with human rights). It's a good reminder to document the good practice of marginalized community inclusion as we're leaving no one behind.
Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

The point you mention on intersectoral communication and collaboration is key! Many times we work in siloes and not enough in collaboration with each other. What are some best practices in order for that communication to go well in your experience?

Emmanuel Ametepey
Emmanuel Ametepey

 

 

 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Emmanuel Ametepey, the Executive Director for Youth Advocates Ghana and the Convener for the African Youth SDGs Summit. I am also one of the youth leaders for UNDP’s 16x16 global youth initiative. Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG) is a youth-led and youth-driven non-profit organization working to mobilize, empower and advance the participation of children and young people in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana with reach across Africa.YAG is registered with statutory agencies in Ghana and hold a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Prior to the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, YAG has contributed to the youth consultation processes on the voice Africa’s future initiative by African Monitor generating youth perspectives, voices and recommendations on youth priorities feeding into the African Common Position and the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

YAG has been active and contributes to the SDGs implementation in the following ways:

Following this, YAG has led several youth initiatives on the SDGs including the African Youth SDGs Summit, a pan African youth forum that connects the youth in Africa to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and and empower them to contribute actively to its implementation, monitoring and accountability. The Africa Youth SDG Summit solidifies the mandate to invest in the power and voice of the youth to push the development of the African continent and improve the lives and future of the youth in the region. Through a country rotational convention, YAG ensures inclusion of young people and promotion of grassroot initiatives towards the SDGs attainment.

The 5th African Youth SDGs Summit is scheduled to take place in Lusaka,Zambia from 12-16 June 2023. 

 

  • SDG Youth Platform on Voluntary National Review in Africa

Youth participation and development is crucial to the implementation and achievement of all the SDG targets and indicators. YAG has taken a lead role in facilitating youth-based SDG platform in Ghana and across Africa. Through YAG’s partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), YAG is working with and mobilizing young people in Ghana and Africa to work in the SDGs’ accountability process through capacity building training, networking and knowledge sharing to ensure the voice of young people in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process in Africa.

 

  • SDG Innovation Challenge

YAG is part of a global consortium implementing the SDG Innovation Challenge. The SDG Innovation Challenge was created as a pan-African ideation space for young people to come together in developing and connecting practical solution ideas for challenges faced by their local communities at the grassroots level. The initiative has grown in capacity and impact since 2020, creating space and opportunity for youth activism, SDG advocacy, and policy-making to intersect. Innovation teams who succeed in the SDG Innovation Challenge will compete for Award Winning Packages, continued support, prize money, global recognition and more. The organizers and partners of the SDG Innovation Challenge 2022 – including Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG), The Melton Foundation, GrassRoots Hub Ghana, TECHFARM Hub, Shibuka, and Spaceship Academy.

 

  • Policy Engagement

YAG sees an evident need not only to engage programmatically ‘on the ground’, but to work towards greater policy engagement both with and on behalf of the youth. Such forums where YAG continues to explore deeper engagement include the African Union Heads of State Summit, COP, UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW), the United Nations General Assembly, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, as well as the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting. With this in mind, YAG is seeking partnership with organizations to mobilize resources, develop capacities and explore joint avenues for regional and global level policy engagement using approaches such as policy briefs development, webinar series, policy roundtables and dialogues and side events among others. YAG’s hope is to leverage on these platforms to raise young people's voices, a space for them to discuss their health and well-being, human rights, sexual reproductive health rights, access to education and their rights to have a promising future with dignity, respect, and inclusivity without leaving no one behind.

 

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs?

 

Limited participation of young people in the Voluntary National Review process at country level. Despite the high level of interest by UN Member States on the VNR, there has been limited involvement of youth in process from being included on national committees and providing platforms, training and resources for them to engage and contribute in policy and position papers, youth consultation among others. In addition, one of the challenges has also been about youth representation of the official government delegation to the high-level political forum and other SDG related global events.

 

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? Some available opportunities include; 1. the existing youth networks

Across the African continent, we are witnessing high level of interest by the youth to engage, shape and contribute to the future of Africa. In addition, we are also witnessing evolution of youth innovations, social activism and taking up initiatives to address the challenges faced by the SDGs. These opportunities have not been equally matched with development investment needed to scaled up and contribute to the SDGs implementations.

 

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people? 

There has been a high level of interest among different stakeholders on youth empowerment but the challenge has been that there is lack of political will, entrusting youth networks with essential resources ,financing and investment needed to scale up youth empowerment programmes being led by youth networks.

 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level? 

Capacity strengthening of marginalized group and ensuring deliberate actions to include marginalize communities in SDG implementation.

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?
    1. Call upon member states and national agencies leading the SDGs review process to consistently and meaningfully include at least 30% of youth representation and voice on review committees at local, national, regional and global review processes to ensure consistent, meaningful and inclusive youth participation in the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063;
    2. Further call upon member states, multilateral organizations and development partners to increase participation opportunities and allocate appropriate resources for youth networks and organizations to conduct youth shadow reports and include to at least 30% of the youth in the official government delegation to the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and High-Level Political Forum including the SDG Summit for the Future to disseminate and advocate on Youth-led Voluntary National Review and Local Review;
    3. Encourage Member States to have a multi-stakeholder approach that includes youth and youth networks to deeply reflect and report accurately and transparently on the progress, success, innovations/actions and challenges during the Voluntary National Reviews;
    4. Call upon the UN for the joint mechanism for the implementation and synergy of the Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development to carry along the aspirations and needs of the Agenda 2063;
    5. Urge the United Nations and African Union Commission to strengthen the African Youth SDGs Summit to realize meaningful youth participation and engagement on Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 to promote ownership of the continental aspirations and needs among the African youth.

 

 

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar Moderator

Emmanuel! It's great to connect here! The VNR processes you mention are important to be involved in as youth to share from our perspective what has been achieved and what needs to be better. The ECOSOC President herself mentioned it to a group of youth delegates at LDC5, encouraging us all to get involved in Shadow VNRs in our countries. 

Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Welcome!

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to this consultation on how we forge a path to a more inclusive, upward journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals! 

It's the final week of consultation, so we invite you to take the time to share all your thoughts with us and to reach out if you have any questions. 

We are very excited to jointly moderate this consultation. 

My name is Jacob Ellis, a Lead Change Maker at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. I am also a United Nations Foundation Next Generation Fellow for future generations. 

Myself and the team of moderators are very much looking forward to reading your thoughts and solutions to the above list of questions and hope we can come up with some amazing ideas and recommendations. 

When commenting, please let us know which particular question(s) you are responding to. The space is yours to co-create and lead! 

Best wishes,

Jac, Noella, Dalia and Asma. 

Street Kids Inclusion Foundation
Street Kids Inclusion Foundation

Hello, I am David from Street Kids Inclusion Foundation and as a community based organization we have tried to create projects that support inclusion of youth and encourage them to take action towards implementing SDGs. 

1. We have engaged our members in voluntary community sanitation and hygiene project called KEEP KOTIDO CLEAN PROJECT. Under this project, we are looking to end plastic waste pollution of Kotido environment and also educate the community on the benefits of proper waste management and disposal. 

Waste around town

Street kids cleaning the market of kotido town

Currently, the community is having a serious problem of waste management as people just dump waste without any care, human waste can be see in almost all alleyways in this remote town. 

Before

After

Our cry is there is little or no action from the government and even the community seems not to care much. There is lack of toilet facilities or they are in a sorry state. There is also no community waste bins or collection service in the community.

With mobilization, we as members of SKIF have set out to clean, sensitize and call the government to action. However, we do nkt have the means to achieve our desired goal. We need all the support we can get.

2. In addition, we as SKIFCOMMUNITY primarily want to give the street kids and youth in the community the opportunity to acquire hands on skills in various vocational disciplines but we still lack the facilities and means to effectively achieve this goal. You can visit our website www.skifcommunity.com and you can learn more about our cause by following us on our socials. Thank you all for the opportunity to have a voice.

Construction training

Yours truly

Oluka David Mathew.

Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Thanks Street Kids Inclusion Foundation and to you David. We particularly welcome the photos which is bringing your reflections to life. 

Waste management is something we particularly take for granted in the United Kingdom, as our weekly collections have become a natural part of our public services. In my own country, Welsh Government recently published 'Beyond Recycling' a Waste Strategy for Wales. We're third in the world for recycling, so maybe you can take some further learning from our actions. https://www.gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2021-03/beyond-r…;

Your work with SKIFCommunity is admirable and I wish you well.  

It's not entirely clear if your comment is directly responding to the consultation questions. If convenient, perhaps you could take a bit of time to clarify, and to answer the other questions in our consultation? Thank you! 

Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Bore da all (That's Welsh for good morning)

We welcome your responses to each of our questions but we'd like to invite your thoughts on a few specific questions that haven't yet received high response rates!  
 

The challenge set by our previous moderators were to encourage your responses to question 4, 5 and 6

Thank you! Jac

Sveta Fishgoyt
Sveta Fishgoyt

1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hi, my name is Sveta. I am a Product Designer and currently enrolled in an Urban Design Masters program in Israel.

I am currently focused on a project called u.urban.

u.urban is a social platform that empowers citizens to transform their cities. It provides a platform for users to communicate with each other, share ideas and suggestions, and collaborate on projects directly on the city map.

With u.urban, citizens, developers, and administrators can come together to create better cities and make a real impact on their communities. More information you can find under the link.

In the context of SDGs, this project could be useful in terms of implementation at the local level.

The project could implement the following SDGs:

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

I have been working on this project since 2020 and it was part of my bachelor work at HTW Berlin. Unfortunately, because I am not a German citizen I was unable to become a founder and receive a founder-internship to proceed working on this project as my german classmates.

Recently, due to the circumstances I was forced to move to Israel, so now I am an immigrant twice. To self-found the project looks almost impossible due to the high costs of the implementation of digital products. I think it is very important to provide opportunities and access to founding for young people regardless of the institutions they are belonging to, because not every institution distributes the resources they receive among the potential candidates fairly.

At the moment, people with migration backgrounds are rarely involved in SDG action, despite the financial circumstances we are facing every day, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have ideas and education. Such a situation goes against the idea of SDGs in general. Until now, I am struggling to find a founding for my project.

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

Dealing with SDGs regardless of nationality or financial status should be prioritized. As a student, I heard a lot about the SDGs and exactly must be the main actors of the change. Youth should be given the chance to act. Youth who depend on the implementation of SDGs must become a voice and be heard, because we are the ones who will feel the impact of this in the future. Stipends and grants should be open for everyone and not just for national institutions.

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

One of the key things to start an initiative is to register some kind of legal entity to receive the funding to act, but right now this opportunity is closed to most immigrants/students from abroad in several western-world countries. In fact, it shows that the opportunity to act is becoming a privilege and is unavailable. Young people whose main goal is to survive can’t volunteer for long. I think the main goal should be to help youth to connect with potential investors, who could have the willingness to support the organizations founded by youth. Also, the requirements from the organizations who are providing the funding could be more flexible.

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

  1. Supporting more digital projects, which make citizens’ voices heard (u.urban could be one of those projects in the context of urban development)
  2. Providing more digital and education resources answering with «how to implement my SDG project»
  3. Accelerators for the projects dealing with SDGs with access to budget
  4. More flexible requirements from the organizations who are providing the funding

6. What are your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

After sharing all of the factors above, my main message would be the following: Young people who are facing instability right now have their needs and ideas and a lot of willingness to change their lives towards SDGs, please hear them and support instead of labeling.

Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Thank you Sveta Fishgoyt for your comments. U-Urban sounds great initiative - empowering local people to design local solutions. I particuarly like the idea of populating ideas directly onto a map. 
 

Your comments regarding funding support is echoed throughout the consultation. Our final submission response is likely to highlight this. 
 

You will be well aware of the barriers that face migrants who wish to support SDG implementation and you have highlighted a few of those challenges in your comments. Ensuring that migrants get the right support; and the resources to contribute will be key for SDG implementation. Initiatives like yours highlight the possibilities! Thank you again and please return with further thoughts if you can!  

ISAAC SSEKISAMBU
ISAAC SSEKISAMBU

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Isaac Ssekisambu and I am a founder of a Zenji, a youth leadership NGO based in Uganda. I founded Zenji with two main objects, to groom a generation of transformational leaders and to end youth unemployment. Over the years the Vision has expanded to include the SDGs and focus  shifted to active role of youths in attainment of these goals.

This year we have organized a 3 days camp “ Summer for SDGs” with the aim of bringing youths in India on speed as far as SDGs are concerned and call their immediate participation. We don’t want any youth to be left behind.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

To gather young people requires resources, money and expertise. 90% of the time I have non of these. Most companies and UN entities are not ready to fund legitimate SDGs Youth camps and campaigns while millions of dollars are spent in pomp and glamour!

 

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 
     

I have young people who are willing to learn, willing to support, willing to work on the goals.

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

They must agree to give priority to youth Initiatives supporting the education and implementation of SDGs. I am still hustling to look for sponsors to pay $3000 for our 3 day summer for SDGs camp organized in Rajkot city this year in June. 
 

Unfortunately, most entities claim not to have funds to support this noble cause!

 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Through Supporting Youth Leadership NGOs especially those led by youths. The youths are mainly influenced by fellow youths. It’s time for UN and it’s partners to hand the Barton to the Youth leaders with a proven track record of conducting practical youth events and especially in line with SDGs.

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

I have been a crazy advocate for the youth active role in community service and achievement of SDGs since 2017. I am not about to stop because the future belongs to us.

I call upon the UN and Joint SDG fund to support youth SDG projects like the camp I am organizing this June 2023.

Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Thank you ISAAC SSEKISAMBU for your passionate contributions. It can feel deeply frustrating when resources are not available or when there is reluctance across the system to fund such causes.

This is a clear area of concern which is highlighted elsewhere in the consultation. You will know your initative better than anyone and there may be opportunities to crowd-source or join forces with other similiar initiatives to amplify your joint outcomes. But I appreciate that such endeavours may already have been explored or may not be appropriate. 
 

I wish you a successful camp in June and thank you again for your submission.  

Raymond Omondi
Raymond Omondi

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello. I am Raymond Omondi from Nairobi, Kenya. As a resolute nature conservationist (currently independent), I have contributed to the implementation of SDGs through my work with different organizations. For instance, during my time at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Kenya, I supported the development of four participatory forest management plans, building the capacity of over 200 community representatives on nature-based enterprises, sustainable agroforestry and sustainable forest management, and the development of indigenous tree nursery with a capacity of 5000 seedlings. I was also instrumental in the restoration of degraded terrestrial and mangrove forest ecosystems under the project named the International Climate Initiative Project.

Likewise, as a Youth Facilitator Consultant at the African Forest Forum, I developed the terms of reference for the AfricanYouth4Forests workshop, facilitated the workshop, and wrote a technical report to guide similar projects in Africa and for learning purposes. The workshop aimed to provide a platform where the youth can connect with forestry researchers and practitioners, share their views, vision, goals and ideas for improved governance of forests in the future.  Lastly, at the Kwale Ecosystem Community Forest Association, I supported the development and implementation of two participatory forest management plans, contributed to the development of the KECOFA strategic plan 2022-2026, and engaged with different stakeholders for strengthened partnership in sustainable forest management.

Through these experiences, I have built networks and engaged with various stakeholders, developed and implemented management plans, and contributed to multistakeholder engagements for strengthened collaboration in conservation. Essentially, I have contributed to sustainable biodiversity and environmental conservation and played a part in REDD+ and Nationally Determined Contribution milestones, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
  • At the local (community) level where households fall under the low-income category, youth networks are more inclined to ready monetary incentives than establishing sustainable income generating initiatives. For example, attending workshops in exchange of transport and lunch allowances attracts more interest than establishing an income generating activity, e.g. butterfly farming for long-term gains. An obvious implication in the example is that the youth would miss the opportunity to sustain forests through butterfly farming that is crucial in safeguarding trees that host butterflies. In addition, there is constant organizational governance challenges as individuals fight for opportunities to attend workshop and earn their allowances.
  • Youth at the local level showcase minimal interest in forest conservation, associating it to the elderly group. For example, while conducting one survey on how Covid-19 affected consumptive use of forest-based products, most young respondents (aged 18 to 30) declined to respond once they noted it was all about matters forest conservation.    
  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?
  • Empowering Youth: We may consider empowering young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective leaders in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. Here, education and training programs, mentorship, and other capacity-building initiatives come in handy.
  • Youth Participation: Another key opportunity is to promote youth participation in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This includes involving young people in the design and implementation of policies, programs, and projects related to the SDGs.
  • Technology and Innovation: Technology and innovation can play a significant role in enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. We could harness digital platforms and tools to engage young people in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, and to provide them with the necessary information and resources to become effective leaders.
  • Recognition and Incentives: Recognizing and incentivizing the contributions of young people to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review can also enhance their leadership and encourage other youth who perceive that issues of forest management and conservation is a thing of the elder to participate. Considerations may include awards, scholarships, and other forms of recognition that highlight the impact of their work on the SDGs, including certificates and tax exemptions/cuts on green enterprises proceeds.

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Partnerships between governments, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements, and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector are crucial for unlocking impact, commitments, and financing for young people in regards to SDGs. By adopting a more collaborative approach and implementing innovative solutions, we can work towards a more sustainable future for all. Here are some recommendations:

  • Establish a Youth-Led SDG Co-Creation Platform: This platform will provide an opportunity for young people to participate in the co-creation of SDG initiatives with the different stakeholders. By involving young people in the design and implementation of SDG projects, they will feel more ownership, leading to better outcomes.
  • Encourage Youth-led Social Enterprises: Social enterprises (e.g. green entrepreneurship social enterprise that deals in supporting farmers to establish tree fruit portfolios and market the proceeds from such agroecology systems) can provide a platform for young people to contribute to sustainable development while creating employment opportunities. Governments, development partners, and the private sector can encourage the creation of youth-led social enterprises by providing access to finance and mentorship.
  • Leverage Technology: Technology can be harnessed to create solutions to the SDGs. For instance, the use of blockchain technology can facilitate transparency and accountability in the management of SDG projects. Additionally, we can harness technology in eco-tourism, for example virtual tours can be instrumental in web-based ecotourism that promotes environmental conservation and improved livelihood.
  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

The meaningful engagement of young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, is crucial for the successful implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. By adopting innovative approaches and providing capacity building opportunities, we can ensure that young people are empowered to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs at the grassroots level. Here are several recommendations:

  • Develop Youth-led SDG Indicators: Youth-led SDG indicators can provide a better understanding of how young people are affected by the SDGs and how they can be involved in the monitoring and review process. By involving young people in the development of indicators, they can provide a unique perspective on the progress towards achieving the SDGs.
  • Promote Youth-led Data Collection: Data collection is critical to monitoring progress towards achieving the SDGs. Young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, can be involved in data collection activities, providing a more accurate reflection of their experiences and needs.
  • Establish Youth-led Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms: Developing youth-led monitoring and evaluation mechanisms can provide a platform for young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, to assess the progress made towards achieving the SDGs. These mechanisms can also provide feedback on the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to promote the SDGs.
  • Provide Capacity Building for Young People: Capacity building for young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, is essential to enable them to participate fully in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review processes. Providing training and mentorship programs can equip young people with the necessary skills to engage effectively in SDG-related activities.
  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?
  • Build the capacity of young people and local communities in green entrepreneurship, nature-based solutions, and sustainable forest management. Capacity building can enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of young people and communities in conservation, thus promoting their active participation in conservation initiatives.
  • Build the capacity of the young people in developing realistic business plans for green enterprises to ensure sustainability of every enterprise established.
  • Advocate for increased investment in nature conservation, including in REDD+ and Nationally Determined Contribution, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. There is a need for increased funding for conservation initiatives to enable sustainable management of natural resources, including in projects led by youth organizations and individuals. 
Raymond Omondi
Raymond Omondi

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello. I am Raymond Omondi from Nairobi, Kenya. As a resolute nature conservationist (currently independent), I have contributed to the implementation of SDGs through my work with different organizations. For instance, during my time at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Kenya, I supported the development of four participatory forest management plans, building the capacity of over 200 community representatives on nature-based enterprises, sustainable agroforestry and sustainable forest management, and the development of indigenous tree nursery with a capacity of 5000 seedlings. I was also instrumental in the restoration of degraded terrestrial and mangrove forest ecosystems under the project named the International Climate Initiative Project.

Likewise, as a Youth Facilitator Consultant at the African Forest Forum, I developed the terms of reference for the AfricanYouth4Forests workshop, facilitated the workshop, and wrote a technical report to guide similar projects in Africa and for learning purposes. The workshop aimed to provide a platform where the youth can connect with forestry researchers and practitioners, share their views, vision, goals and ideas for improved governance of forests in the future.  Lastly, at the Kwale Ecosystem Community Forest Association, I supported the development and implementation of two participatory forest management plans, contributed to the development of the KECOFA strategic plan 2022-2026, and engaged with different stakeholders for strengthened partnership in sustainable forest management.

Through these experiences, I have built networks and engaged with various stakeholders, developed and implemented management plans, and contributed to multistakeholder engagements for strengthened collaboration in conservation. Essentially, I have contributed to sustainable biodiversity and environmental conservation and played a part in REDD+ and Nationally Determined Contribution milestones, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
  • At the local (community) level where households fall under the low-income category, youth networks are more inclined to ready monetary incentives than establishing sustainable income generating initiatives. For example, attending workshops in exchange of transport and lunch allowances attracts more interest than establishing an income generating activity, e.g. butterfly farming for long-term gains. An obvious implication in the example is that the youth would miss the opportunity to sustain forests through butterfly farming that is crucial in safeguarding trees that host butterflies. In addition, there is constant organizational governance challenges as individuals fight for opportunities to attend workshop and earn their allowances.
  • Youth at the local level showcase minimal interest in forest conservation, associating it to the elderly group. For example, while conducting one survey on how Covid-19 affected consumptive use of forest-based products, most young respondents (aged 18 to 30) declined to respond once they noted it was all about matters forest conservation.    
  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?
  • Empowering Youth: We may consider empowering young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective leaders in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. Here, education and training programs, mentorship, and other capacity-building initiatives come in handy.
  • Youth Participation: Another key opportunity is to promote youth participation in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This includes involving young people in the design and implementation of policies, programs, and projects related to the SDGs.
  • Technology and Innovation: Technology and innovation can play a significant role in enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. We could harness digital platforms and tools to engage young people in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, and to provide them with the necessary information and resources to become effective leaders.
  • Recognition and Incentives: Recognizing and incentivizing the contributions of young people to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review can also enhance their leadership and encourage other youth who perceive that issues of forest management and conservation is a thing of the elder to participate. Considerations may include awards, scholarships, and other forms of recognition that highlight the impact of their work on the SDGs, including certificates and tax exemptions/cuts on green enterprises proceeds.

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Partnerships between governments, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements, and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector are crucial for unlocking impact, commitments, and financing for young people in regards to SDGs. By adopting a more collaborative approach and implementing innovative solutions, we can work towards a more sustainable future for all. Here are some recommendations:

  • Establish a Youth-Led SDG Co-Creation Platform: This platform will provide an opportunity for young people to participate in the co-creation of SDG initiatives with the different stakeholders. By involving young people in the design and implementation of SDG projects, they will feel more ownership, leading to better outcomes.
  • Encourage Youth-led Social Enterprises: Social enterprises (e.g. green entrepreneurship social enterprise that deals in supporting farmers to establish tree fruit portfolios and market the proceeds from such agroecology systems) can provide a platform for young people to contribute to sustainable development while creating employment opportunities. Governments, development partners, and the private sector can encourage the creation of youth-led social enterprises by providing access to finance and mentorship.
  • Leverage Technology: Technology can be harnessed to create solutions to the SDGs. For instance, the use of blockchain technology can facilitate transparency and accountability in the management of SDG projects. Additionally, we can harness technology in eco-tourism, for example virtual tours can be instrumental in web-based ecotourism that promotes environmental conservation and improved livelihood.
  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

The meaningful engagement of young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, is crucial for the successful implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. By adopting innovative approaches and providing capacity building opportunities, we can ensure that young people are empowered to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs at the grassroots level. Here are several recommendations:

  • Develop Youth-led SDG Indicators: Youth-led SDG indicators can provide a better understanding of how young people are affected by the SDGs and how they can be involved in the monitoring and review process. By involving young people in the development of indicators, they can provide a unique perspective on the progress towards achieving the SDGs.
  • Promote Youth-led Data Collection: Data collection is critical to monitoring progress towards achieving the SDGs. Young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, can be involved in data collection activities, providing a more accurate reflection of their experiences and needs.
  • Establish Youth-led Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms: Developing youth-led monitoring and evaluation mechanisms can provide a platform for young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, to assess the progress made towards achieving the SDGs. These mechanisms can also provide feedback on the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to promote the SDGs.
  • Provide Capacity Building for Young People: Capacity building for young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, is essential to enable them to participate fully in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review processes. Providing training and mentorship programs can equip young people with the necessary skills to engage effectively in SDG-related activities.
  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?
  • Build the capacity of young people and local communities in green entrepreneurship, nature-based solutions, and sustainable forest management. Capacity building can enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of young people and communities in conservation, thus promoting their active participation in conservation initiatives.
  • Build the capacity of the young people in developing realistic business plans for green enterprises to ensure sustainability of every enterprise established.
  • Advocate for increased investment in nature conservation, including in REDD+ and Nationally Determined Contribution, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. There is a need for increased funding for conservation initiatives to enable sustainable management of natural resources, including in projects led by youth organizations and individuals. 
Jacob Ellis
Jacob Ellis Moderator

Wow this is a comprehensive and well thought out response. There is so much to reflect on here. I was particularly struck by the intergenerational reflection you draw on early on in your submission. The idea that  certain industries are for the elderly is something that I have also encountered - and finding ways to empower and educate young people to the contrary should be accelerated. Perhaps there is also learning for industries to take on to ensure their industries are accessible and welcoming. Your points around age can also be applied to gender, race and abilities. 
 

I'm excited by the idea of an SDG youth led Co-creation Platform - perhaps others here can suggest similiar models or practice that has brought stakeholders together to implement the SDGs. 

I have a particular passion for monitoring and assessing progress on sustainable development - so I specifically support the initiatives you highlighted to increase capacity building and embedding youth into the monitoring processes. 
 

Best of luck with the future and thanks for your responses!

 

Maria Daluz Almeida Martins de Carvalho
Maria Daluz Almeida Martins de Carvalho
  1. Como o governo, as entidades da ONU, os parceiros de desenvolvimento, as organizações juvenis, os movimentos e redes, a filantropia, os atores da sociedade civil e o setor privado podem se associar melhor para desbloquear impacto, compromissos e financiamento para os jovens?

    Participação: O que você acha do espaço disponível para participar da tomada de decisão? Há um espaço para a tomada de decisão se o objetivo da questão é a sua existência, mas infelizmente não é eficaz ou essas decisões não são levadas em consideração, especialmente se a decisão em questão pode entrar em conflito com os interesses de outros tomadores de decisão que têm status. (A proposta apresentada será revogada como se não o fosse)..... Não vejo nenhuma objeção à sua participação na tomada de decisões, desde que os resultados da decisão tenham um impacto positivo e sejam o foco da mudança para melhor. A lição não está na idade, mas no pensamento e no que é oferecido, e a diferença de pontos de vista apresenta a decisão de mais de um ângulo, e isso é uma coisa positiva. Passando pela experiência de compartilhar? Sim, tive muitas oportunidades e presidi algumas delas e percebi quantas responsabilidades uma pessoa tem e como pode ser uma grande esperança para as pessoas apresentarem suas ideias na esperança de que elas alcancem E entre sua incapacidade no limiar de esperar que você obtenha aprovação e seu movimento entre vários lados O tema foi um pouco difícil com as responsabilidades de estudo e reuniões, porque precisa de concentração e que você esteja preparado e compreensivo para a proposta apresentada. E a ideia de que ele será nomeado novamente precisa de tempo livre e tempo para que você possa dar e estar à altura da confiança confiada a você. Ok, como podemos incentivar os jovens a votar, eleger ou concorrer a eleições? Vejo que os caras estão muito animados e extrovertidos, assim que a ideia chegar a eles e o mecanismo de nomeação for simplificado, você ficará chocado com as energias. Mas precisamos de algum marketing e publicidade para que atinja a maior categoria e atualmente as mídias sociais não estão ficando aquém para que as ideias não sejam oprimidas e possam se tornar realidade. E como os encorajamos a votar, vejo que o eleito (a pessoa que foi nomeada) explica as razões da sua candidatura, e é possível que se ele degradar uma lista de prioridades que ele trabalha durante o período de sua candidatura, ele será melhor e avaliado com base nelas, e a nomeação só é renomeada para os mais qualificados longe do conhecimento, status social e subornos que passam a receber votos e elogios deslocados apenas porque ele pertence a uma determinada família ou lhe dá promessas que não decidem sobre a realidade, veremos uma mudança no tamanho da ambição desejada ... No caso de os jovens verem alguém que leva a sério as suas ambições e os ajuda a proporcionar-lhes uma melhor situação social, eles automaticamente votarão neles porque são capazes de manter a sua palavra. A questão do voto precisa de muita credibilidade sem qualquer interferência contaminada por ela. O que posso fazer se a minha opinião for a mesma do meu quarto, família ou colegas? A questão da diferença de opinião é uma coisa normal e aceitável para mim, como mencionei antes e, pelo contrário, gosto de ouvir pontos que contradizem a minha opinião. Eu posso ter esquecido algo que é claro para mim a partir da opinião do outro. Você já sentiu ou pensou que sua opinião ou valores são diferentes do resto? O sentimento de singularidade no pensamento e nos valores é bom, mas nem sempre, é claro. De acordo com a lógica, razões e até convicções, você pode tender a pensar no outro e tomá-lo. Quais são esses valores diferentes? Que doce defendê-la? Por exemplo, dar e sacrificar eu não posso generalizar, mas a maioria deles se tornou o meu eu É verdade que a ambição e o auto-progresso são necessários, mas o que nos impede de tomar as mãos uns dos outros e descobrir que a cimeira acomoda todos. Tornou-se compreensível que ele não lhe desse nada, exceto que ele quer em troca. Não nego a saúde dele. Mas repito pela milionésima vez que há pessoas que trabalham pela face de Deus e há pessoas que pensam de uma forma mais consciente e o mundo ainda tem o bem nisso. Defender o princípio começa com a aplicação à própria pessoa, então eu ofereci sem esperar por um quid pro quo, mas fiquei chocado que ele foi excluído da regra (mas eu faço isso) A coisa engraçada e chorosa é que toda regra tem gays ... Mas eu ainda estou firme, o destino deles é aceitar se hoje não é amanhã. Ok, você viu uma vítima de discriminação? Eu posso ver o que eu tenho certeza porque pessoalmente eu não julgo a aparência geral, mas o que eu ouço foi algo assim, mas todo mundo toma isso do seu ângulo, e eu não posso julgar sem ouvir todas as partes, e eu não tive uma posição pessoal em que o viés foi realmente tomado e as pessoas estão literalmente cientes de tais tópicos e as autoridades responsáveis colocaram legislação para restringir esses comportamentos ...

  2. Como pode o envolvimento significativo dos jovens, em particular das comunidades marginalizadas, ser ainda mais fortalecido e integrado na implementação, monitoramento e revisão dos ODS, inclusive no nível de base?       Os jovens são os pilares deste país, quando lhes é permitido participar e expressar as suas opiniões e ideias que vão mudar a velha vida estereotipada plantada pelos antepassados e alguns estão a caminhar sobre ela e não têm os ingredientes para a mudança! Ele não tem a ideia e as perspectivas futuras, mas ainda está em sua posição e pode ser promovido! Isso nos fez perder muito tempo e esforço e desperdiçar as energias dos jovens, pois reter a juventude e as habilidades mentais dos jovens é um dos pilares mais importantes que devem ser dados e receber grande atenção dos líderes, há um cronograma e uma proposta que preparei para esta etapa. etc., que contribuirá efetivamente para tornar cada funcionário em instituições governamentais em várias posições capazes de mudança, o que contribuirá para o desenvolvimento de cabo verde em especial a ilha de santiago onde reina a maior parte de criminalidade gerado por jovens com falta de ocupaçao de tempo livre, de acordo com outra perspectiva e princípios claros e sólidos. Do meu ponto de vista pessoal, acho que o trabalho voluntário tem muitos benefícios para a sociedade, por isso o trabalho voluntário é uma grande motivação para construir uma sociedade coerente que compartilhe os valores mais bonitos que está ajudando os outros quando necessário, então peço que você considere minha humilde ideia de construir uma sociedade de ajuda cheia de consciência e amor ao bem, que é criar uma candidatura ao trabalho voluntário que inclua as regiões do Sultanato e vários tipos de trabalho voluntário, como ajudar na casa de repouso e fazer reuniões patrocinadas por jovens para ganhar a quantia necessária para beneficiar os necessitados e outros trabalhos voluntários.
  3. Quais são as principais mensagens e recomendações do seu círculo eleitoral ao Fórum da Juventude do ECOSOC e à Cimeira dos ODS? Você está apoiando ou planejando apoiar os esforços e consultas liderados pela juventude e inclusivos para a juventude que poderiam informar a Cúpula dos ODS?

    A importância de cada pessoa ter objetivos a alcançar e a importância de incluir este tema na escola para instilá-lo nos corações das pessoas desde tenra idade

    Existem espaços de participação em cabo verde , mas eles precisam ser ativados para que levem a sério a implementação e a avaliação das aspirações dos jovens.

    A importância da participação, pois ajuda a renovar, mudar, construir personalidade e aprender responsabilidades e habilidades, mas também exige, dependendo do nível de participação, dedicação e tempo.

    A participação também requer que haja prioridades por parte do candidato com base nas necessidades, aspirações e sonhos da juventude e da sociedade, e é importante comercializá-las e anunciá-las com antecedência e de uma forma que chegue a todos.

    Discriminação no emprego com base no facto de uma pessoa ser homem ou mulher.

     

    Voluntariado, refina os talentos dos jovens, e cultiva o princípio da cooperação entre os membros da sociedade, mas deve haver órgãos que também patrocinam e monitoram o trabalho voluntário para que ele esteja em um quadro mais bonito, por exemplo, o que aconteceu no interior da ilha de Santiago (Cabo verde) em serra malagueta , é uma lição de trabalho voluntário em termos de atendimento, mas infelizmente a ausência de orientação e controle teria havido alguma aleatoriedade se não fosse pela intervenção de algumas das autoridades militares para organizar, no final o trabalho voluntário deve ser um currículo para os jovens ensinados Nas escolas e ter um currículo especializado e divertido para cultivar o amor do trabalho voluntário para as gerações futuras.

     

    O voluntariado é um conceito bem conhecido e não precisa que o saibamos, mas hoje o mundo está se movendo para criar empresas comunitárias semi-lucrativas que exploram os jovens, especialmente os candidatos a emprego, por isso devem ser desenvolvidas estruturas para organizar o voluntariado ou criar um sindicato para voluntários de cabo verde para organizá-los e explorar essas capacidades de forma organizada e eficaz, porque o processo de voluntariado cria novas e importantes oportunidades no crescimento econômico de curto prazo.

elary Adjagan
elary Adjagan

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!
Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat
Je suis Elary kêmy ADJAGAN, en tant que jeune, j'ai déjà représenté les jeunes et les femmes de la région d'Afrique de l'ouest au sommet des jeunes du groupe de la Banque Mondiale session 2022. 
J'ai également conçu une solution qui a reçu le prix de meilleur innovation de l'année 2022 lors du challenge Engineering for humanity 2022 organisé par ingénieur sans frontière Norvège, Finlande, Suède et Germany et axé sur les matériaux innovant pour révolutionner le secteur du bâtiment. 
La même année je décroche la place de seule finaliste Beninoise de oceanchalleng4africa organisée par l'union européenne et la Segal Family Foundation en patenariat avec le Programme des Nations unies pour l'environnement. 
J'ai rejoint ocean prediction community pour le compte de la décennie d'action océanique. 
J'ai aussi créé un média en ligne pour dénoncer les violences faites aux femmes et aux filles. 
Aujourd'hui, je suis lauréat du projet Nexus de L'OIF piloté par l'ifdd pour une agriculture durable. 
What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?
La langue est l'une des plus grandes barrière mais je fais l'effort d'être bilingue.
L'accès au financement est également une difficulté dans l'espace francophones.
What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 
Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit. 
Il faut éviter de travailler tout le temps avec les même jeunes. 
Lorsqu'un jeune est sélectionné pour participer par exemple à la Cop cette année par une entité des Nations unies, l'année prochaine, il faut un autre jeune. 
Il faut par pays des groupes de jeunes comme antenne des nations unies qu'il faut changer chaque année. 
Il faut essayer de rendre visible les femmes dans les métiers de l'ingénierie civil, quand on parle de STIM, tout ce qu'on voit, ce sont les femmes dans les domaines des Technologies de l'information et de la communication. 
Et il faut impliquer toutes les couches de la société.
Mettre en place des programmes de renforcement de capacités pour les jeunes et les femmes. 
How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
Il faut un fond jeunesse mise en place par les entités des Nations unies et les États membres pour financer une seule fois les groupes de jeunes ou des jeunes qui ont fait leurs preuves. Ainsi, on ne peut bénéficier qu'une seule fois d'un telle financement.
How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
Grâce au Numérique,  le numérique permet d'être en contact direct avec les jeunes des pays en développement, les communautés locales peuvent être renforcé en touchant les coopératives villageoise.
What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?
Je soutiens tous les efforts qui vont dans le sens de l'inclusion effective de tous les jeunes. 

Khadidiatou Selle Sourang Diop
Khadidiatou Selle Sourang Diop

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

 

1- How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hi everyone, my name is Khadidiatou Selle Sourang Diop. I am a Policy Analyst and an active volunteer in topic related to development in West and Central Africa. I am from Senegal and currently living in the United States of America.

As a young person, there are many ways I did to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lead youth and SDG initiatives. Based on my background as a serial entrepreneur and policy analyst working in areas related to development in African countries, here are some activities I did get involved in:

Used my entrepreneurial skills to develop solutions that address specific SDGs: As an entrepreneur, I have the skills and mindset needed to identify opportunities and create innovative solutions to address various challenges. I did leverage these skills to develop new products and services that align with one or more of the SDGs. For example, improving access to healthcare, by developing a mobile health app that provides health information and connects patients with healthcare providers.

Engaged in policy advocacy: As a policy analyst, I have a good understanding of the policy landscape and did use my knowledge to advocate for policies that promote the SDGs. I did engage in policy advocacy by working with civil society organizations, lobbying government officials, and using social media to raise awareness about specific issues.

Volunteering with organizations that focus on the SDGs: which is a great way to get involved in SDG-related initiatives.

Also, I connected with other young people and collaborate on SDG-related projects: There are many young people around the world who are passionate about the SDGs and are working on initiatives to promote them.

By leveraging more my skills, knowledge, and passion, I am sure I can make more a positive impact on my community and beyond.

Raised awareness about the SDGs: Use my platforms as a policy analyst and entrepreneur to educate my network and the wider public about the SDGs.

Engaged in youth-led initiatives: Joined a youth-led initiative that focuses on SDG-related issues in our community.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

2- What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when acting on SDGs?

As a young person taking action on SDGs, we face several challenges or barriers. Here are some:

Lack of funding: One of the biggest challenges that we have faced when taking action on SDGs is a lack of funding. We are struggling to secure funding, which can limit our ability to implement our ideas and scale up their impact.

Limited access to resources: we also face barriers to accessing the resources we need to take action on SDGs. This include limited access to information, technology, and other resources that are necessary to implement our initiatives.

Limited institutional support: challenges in accessing institutional support from governments, NGOs, and other organizations. This makes it difficult for us to gain the support we need to implement our initiatives and to advocate for policy changes.

Lack of recognition: This can limit our ability to attract funding, gain support, and collaborate with other organizations and stakeholders.

Social and cultural barriers: social and cultural barriers that prevent us from taking action on SDGs. This includes discrimination, stereotypes, and negative attitudes towards youth engagement in development issues.

Limited participation: barriers in participating in decision-making processes related to SDGs. This can limit our ability to influence policy decisions and to advocate for our priorities and concerns.

To overcome those challenges, it is important for us to work together, build partnerships, and collaborate with other stakeholders. It is also important to leverage social media and other platforms to raise awareness and gain support for our initiatives. Finally, we can advocate for policy changes that promote youth participation and support for SDG-related initiatives.

 

 3- What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

There are several key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review in the West African context. Here are some ideas:

Strengthening Youth Networks: One key opportunity is to strengthen youth networks and create spaces for youth to collaborate and share best practices. This can include organizing conferences, workshops, and other events that bring young people together to discuss SDG-related issues and to build networks.

Providing Training and Capacity Building: Providing training and capacity building programs can help us develop the skills and knowledge we need to effectively engage in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This can include training on project management, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy.

Promoting Youth Participation in Decision Making: Another opportunity is to promote youth participation in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This can include involving us in government consultations, multi-stakeholder meetings, and other decision-making forums.

Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship: Encouraging youth entrepreneurship can provide opportunities for us to create innovative solutions that contribute to SDG implementation. This can include providing seed funding, mentoring, and other forms of support for young entrepreneurs.

Advocating for Youth-Inclusive Policies: Advocating for policies that prioritize youth engagement and empowerment can help create an enabling environment for youth-led SDG initiatives. This can include policies that promote youth employment, education, and participation in decision-making.

Leveraging Technology: Leveraging technology can be a powerful way to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This can include using social media and other digital platforms to raise awareness, share information, and build networks.

Overall, enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review requires a comprehensive approach that involves multiple stakeholders, including governments, civil society organizations, and youth networks. By creating opportunities for youth to engage, building their skills and capacity, and promoting their participation in decision-making processes, we can help ensure that us, young people are active and engaged partners in achieving the SDGs in West Africa.

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

4- How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 Collaboration among governments, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector is essential to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people. Here are some ways in which these stakeholders can better partner to support youth-led SDG initiatives:

Foster Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: One way to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people is to foster multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together governments, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector. These partnerships can leverage each other's strengths, expertise, and resources to achieve common goals.

Increase Collaboration and Coordination: Collaboration and coordination among stakeholders can help avoid duplication of efforts, promote efficient use of resources, and maximize impact. This can include sharing information, best practices, and lessons learned.

Invest in Youth-Led Initiatives: Governments, development partners, philanthropy, and the private sector can invest in youth-led initiatives by providing funding, technical assistance, and other forms of support. This can help young people to implement their ideas, scale up their impact, and become more sustainable.

Promote Youth-Inclusive Policies: Governments, UN entities, and development partners can promote policies that prioritize youth engagement and empowerment. This can include policies that promote youth employment, education, and participation in decision-making processes.

Build Youth Capacity and Skills: Philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector can help build youth capacity and skills by providing training, mentoring, and other forms of support. This can help young people to develop the skills and knowledge they need to effectively engage in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review.

Leverage Technology: The private sector and civil society actors can leverage technology to support youth-led initiatives. This can include providing access to technology, funding digital platforms, and supporting the development of innovative solutions.

Overall, unlocking impact, commitments, and financing for young people requires collaboration and coordination among multiple stakeholders. By working together, governments, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector can help create an enabling environment for youth-led SDG initiatives and ensure that young people are active and engaged partners in achieving the SDGs.

5- How can the meaningful engagement of young people, from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Meaningful engagement of young people, especially those from marginalized communities, is essential for achieving the SDGs. Here are some ways in which their engagement can be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review at the grassroots level:

Create Safe Spaces for Youth Participation: Creating safe spaces where young people can express themselves, share their ideas, and participate in decision-making processes is critical. These spaces should be inclusive, accessible, and respectful of different opinions and backgrounds.

Provide Youth with Training and Capacity Building: Providing young people from marginalized communities with training and capacity building programs can help build their skills and confidence. This can include training on leadership, advocacy, project management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Involve Young People in SDG Design and Planning: Involving young people in the design and planning of SDG-related initiatives can help ensure that their perspectives and priorities are reflected. This can include consulting with young people during the development of policies and programs, as well as involving them in project design and implementation.

Use Innovative Communication and Outreach Strategies: Innovative communication and outreach strategies, such as social media and other digital platforms, can help engage young people and ensure their voices are heard. These strategies should be inclusive and accessible to young people from marginalized communities.

Build Partnerships and Collaborations: Building partnerships and collaborations with youth-led organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders can help mainstream youth engagement in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. These partnerships should be inclusive, respectful, and based on shared values and goals.

Promote Youth-Inclusive Policies and Practices: Governments and other stakeholders can promote youth-inclusive policies and practices that prioritize the engagement and empowerment of young people from marginalized communities. This can include policies that support youth employment, education, and participation in decision-making processes.

Overall, strengthening and mainstreaming the meaningful engagement of young people from marginalized communities requires a comprehensive approach that involves multiple stakeholders. By creating safe spaces, providing training and capacity building, involving young people in SDG design and planning, using innovative communication and outreach strategies, building partnerships and collaborations, and promoting youth-inclusive policies and practices, we can help ensure that young people's voices are heard, and their contributions are valued in achieving the SDGs at the grassroots level.

 

6- What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Some general key messages and recommendations that could be useful for the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit:

Prioritize Youth Empowerment: The empowerment of young people is essential for achieving the SDGs. Governments and other stakeholders should prioritize youth empowerment by investing in education, skills training, employment opportunities, and youth-led initiatives.

Promote Youth Engagement in Decision Making: Young people should be actively involved in decision-making processes related to the SDGs. Governments and other stakeholders should promote youth engagement by creating spaces for meaningful participation and ensuring that young people's perspectives are heard and valued.

Address Inequities and Marginalization: Inequities and marginalization, particularly of young people from marginalized communities, must be addressed to ensure that no one is left behind. Governments and other stakeholders should take steps to address structural barriers and promote social inclusion.

Strengthen Partnerships and Collaboration: Achieving the SDGs requires collaboration and partnership among governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and young people themselves. Governments and other stakeholders should work together to build strong partnerships and collaborations to support SDG implementation.

Leverage Technology: Technology can be a powerful tool for achieving the SDGs, particularly in empowering young people and promoting their engagement. Governments and other stakeholders should leverage technology by providing access to digital platforms and supporting the development of innovative solutions.

In terms of supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit, governments and other stakeholders should actively seek out and support the participation of young people in the SDG-related events and consultations. This can include providing funding, technical support, and other resources to enable youth-led initiatives and ensure that our voices are heard in the SDG-related discussions.

Yes I Am planning on supporting youth-led and youth -inclusive efforts and consultations that can inform the SDG Summit.

Munyorodee
Munyorodee

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Mufaro David Munyoro from Zimbabwe. I am currently an intern at Zimbabwe National Gespatial and Space Agency focusing on the use of GIS in disaster management as sustainable development. I am studying Bsc(hons) Security and disaster Management with Zimbabwe National Defence University. I am founder of a Common Law Universitas called Youth Humanitarian Initiative Group and my main objective is to ensure that youths and youths organizations are actively engaged in humanitarian initiatives with the government and othe international organizations. I also intend to forge working realtionships and partnerships between youth organizations.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

The following are challenges and barriers I have identified and encountered:

  • Ignorance on part of the engaged youths. This has led to ineffective implementation of some projects eg lack of knowledge on policies, frameworks and the need for commitment
  • Politicisation of the establishment of youth-led organizations and and NGOs in general
  • Lack of recognition and financing 
  • Lack of support and exposure
  • Money driven ambition by both affiliates, members as well as youth organizations
     
  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Key opportunities include:

  • Increased youth enthusiasm in activities to do with SDGs
  • Ratification of youth oriented policies which has improved  initiatives financing and skills development in evidenced by increase in youth conferences, fellowships and scholarships
  • Private sector active engagement

 

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Better partnerships can be realized through

  • increased non-discriminatory internship programs for youths
  • Open discussions and dialogues between partners to establish a consensus oriented approach
  • Active engagement of marginalized youths
     
  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?
  • The most effective way would be to identify and engage competent youths within these marginalized communities. Most of the initiatives to engage these youths often fail because the UN Agencies and other NGOs use youths from well off communities to engage marginalized communities. This particular move is disheartening because these other youths do not relate well with these communities.
  • There is therefore a need for proper community based SDGs implementation with marginalized communities at the forefront also benefitting from the monetary allowances and non-monetary opportunities.
     
  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

My Key message is that there is a need to genuinely engage youths from marginalized communities. These marginalized Youths should be at the forefront of SDGs implementation within their communities.

 

Steven Akabwayi
Steven Akabwayi
  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

yes im on ground within most local communities within my region interacting with groups , schools among others informing me how they are affected by climate change and their proposed solutions which im considering to present at the SDG SU

Rameen Siddiqui
Rameen Siddiqui

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

A: The key opportunities include:

  • Increased youth participation and youth related activism within the UN system and UN bodies
  • Youth centric policies should be ratified and made part of global initiatives taken by the UN for SDGs
  • All major stakeholders should mobilize efforts to make sure youth are well represented across all forums

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

A: By seeking to increase and mainstream youth participation across all social, economic and political forums, including the SDGs. The process should be made all-inclusive, participatory and non-discriminatory in order to represent youth voices from all communities, especially minority groups and marginalized communities. More youth related initiatives, projects and consultations should be initiated with the focus on issues being faced by the youth force and the way forward to solve them.

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

A: Adequate financing and representation of youth voices from marginalized communities is key in strengthening their leadership in SDGs implementation. This will not only provide them a platform to voice their concerns and issues faced, but also help them develop solutions for better SDG implementation within their local communities. NGOs, IGOs, civil society and advocacy groups should collaborate with marginalized communities in order to give them their due share of representation and development justice across all social, economic and political forums.

 

Nudhara Yusuf
Nudhara Yusuf

Thanks Ines for your helpful summary from last week. Taking you up on thinking about questions 4, 5, and 6, here’s my two cents:

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

💬 We need to create and push for common threads of language across the major summits and meetings taking place this year…

… that we can build campaigns, initiatives and partnerships from. Potential platforms for championing this language on meaningful youth engagement include of course ECOSOC Youth Forum, SDG Summit, Ministerial Meeting on Summit of the Future, HLPF, UNEA’s meeting, and the Declaration on Future Generations. We should keep an eye out for any specific language in the Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on Meaningful youth engagement to be launched this month. Hopefully this e-consultation will serve to inform some of that. 

✍️ We should take seriously the Secretary-General’s call for inclusive and networked multilateralism and produce commentaries, research, and written outputs on models of intergenerational co-leadership

…especially in connection to furthering the SDGs. Collectively organizing around ideas and models are important ways to engage different stakeholders.

🔬I think we need to be finding ways to expand the science policy interface, and in this way have more actors join spaces hosted by youth to expand science-policy discussion. 

This is why I find the idea proposed for a SDG youth-led (maybe change to youth-hosted) Co-creation platform particularly intriguing. Another model would be something as simple as having a youth-hosted breakfast series on each of the 17 SDGs (one every two weeks or so, and maybe grouping a few SDGs together for timing sake) from ECOSOC Youth forum up till HLPF that invites Member states, external stakeholders, and UN entities to further discuss monitoring and implementation, with a specific ethos of crossing between science and policy.

 

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

🌎 I think this comes down to engaging with Permanent Missions and capitals, not just UN entities. We need to:

(i) Call for countries to submit their VNRs so we can see more transparency and start to hold our governments accountable to them. Again this is where advocating for specific language commitments to youth becomes important. 

(ii) The elements paper for the Political Declaration of the SDG Summit that Ireland and Qatar shared: https://ggin.stimson.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Draft-elements-paper-SDG-Summit-political-declaration-28-Feb-2023-1.pdf emphasizes the importance bolstering local action. We should be engaging with permanent missions and encouraging them to consult with youth groups from their own countries, not just those active in UN spaces. But also, this is how we meaningfully integrate youth into intergovernmental process, by having youth engage with Member States, not just the UN! 

(iii) As youth groups, we should be finding ways to champion and showcase grassroots initiatives that implement SDGs, as well as youth research, so that that we can move beyond the “hear our voice” toward “here is what we have to say”. 

 

6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

⭐️Youth research and writing needs to become a priority advocacy tool.

⭐️We need to start organizing around common language on youth, given the multiple tracks of negotiations happening this year. An effort towards this is a youth series some groups are putting together on the sidelines of ECOSOC Youth Forum. 

⭐️We need to push for VNRs and more open spaces from Member States for co-creation with youth. 

 

Karlo León
Karlo León

El papel positivo de los jóvenes en el impulso de la implementación, el seguimiento y la revisión de los ODS 

  1. ¿Cómo ha contribuido usted, como joven u organización juvenil, movimiento y red, a la implementación de los ODS o ha liderado iniciativas de jóvenes y ODS hasta ahora? ¡Preséntate y comparte tu experiencia o cualquier práctica prometedora que conozcas aquí! 

-Mucho gusto. Soy Licenciado.Zootecnista y Périto Agrónomo. Poseo también un diplomado internacional en gestión pública y políticas públicas. Mi nombre es: Karlo León, vivo en  Guatemala.

-Actualmente estoy desarrollando mi profesión como consultor independiente en la rama agropecuaria,. He realizado ponencias nacionales e internacionales sobre los caprinos criollos, que juegan un rol importante en las comunidades rurales para fortalecer la seguridad alimentaria en los infantes que carecen de proteína de origen animal. Así mismo soy el fundador y administrador de una plataforma agropecuaria de acceso libre para: pequeños productores, estudiantes, profesionales y personas particulares

- Instagram: 

karloagrozoot_

-Web online:  sites.google.com/view/karloagrozoot

-He participado como epesista de la USAC (Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala) en comunidades rurales del territorio guatemalteco, sobre temas de seguridad alimentaria y nutricional, fortaleciendo a niños, niñas, padres de familia en cadenas de valor agrícola para su subsistencia alimentaria y desarrollo socioeconómico. "ODS 1 y ODS 2"

-De igual manera educando virtualmente a través del aprendizaje activo dentro de mis plataformas,  a más de 1000 seguidores en mi página de instagram sobre: ODS, SAN, GESTIÓN PÚBLICA, AGRICULTURA, ZOOTECNIA. "ODS 2"

-Por otra parte actuando como entrenador en una ONG "FUNDEGUA" con proyectos de desarrollo social, empoderando a niños y niñas con metodología STEAM: ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, matemática y arte. "ODS 4, ODS 5, ODS 7"

-Así mismo como acción de gratitud, haber compartido con niños y niñas de escasos  recursos actividades recreativas y donaciones para su bienestar social. "ODS 3, ODS 10" 

((En diapositivas pudiera compartirles todas  estas actividades))

 

Desafíos y oportunidades para acelerar el progreso con los jóvenes al mando

2. ¿Cuáles son algunos de los desafíos o barreras que ha enfrentado o identificado como joven u organización, movimiento y red de jóvenes, al tomar medidas sobre los ODS?

  • Subestimación por parte de los actores de caracter público y privado en los jóvenes que tienen ideas y soluciones en sus unidades de prácticas.
  • Desigualdades.
  • Desinterés por parte de las actores cooperantes en tomar acciones concretas referentes a la agenda 2030.
  • Intereses personales en aprovechar los fondos capitales semilla.
  • Desconocimiento del tema de profesionales que ocupan cargos laborales.

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3. ¿Cuáles son las oportunidades clave para mejorar el liderazgo juvenil en la implementación, el seguimiento y la revisión de los ODS en su contexto específico? 

  • ​​​​​​​Empoderamiento en hombres y mujeres jóvenes.
  • Participación ciudadana.
  • Gobierno abierto.
  • Apoyo de los sectores cooperantes.
  • Ideologías revolucionarias  en jóvenes activos

Mirando hacia el futuro: recomendaciones de los jóvenes en el período anterior a la Cumbre de los ODS

 4.¿Cómo pueden el gobierno, las entidades de la ONU, los socios para el desarrollo, las organizaciones, movimientos y redes juveniles, la filantropía, los actores de la sociedad civil y el sector privado asociarse mejor para generar impacto, compromisos y financiamiento para los ¿jóvenes?

  • ​​​​​​​Descentralización. 
  • Impacto positivo en desarrollo rural.
  • Équidad de género.
  • Valores morales y éticos aplicados en sus puestos laborales.
  • Políticas públicas vigentes y activas. 

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5.¿Cómo se puede fortalecer e integrar aún más la participación significativa de los jóvenes, en particular de las comunidades marginadas, en la implementación, el seguimiento y la revisión de los ODS, incluso a nivel de base?

  • ​​​​​​​Trabajos de investigación con un enfoque participativo rural.
  • Dando a conocer sus patrimonios culturales que los representan en la economía familiar, ya sea de caracter agrícola o pecuario.
  • Ferias de emprendimientos comunitarios.
  • Autoformación proporcionada de una manera accesible en sus dispositivos móviles electrónicos.
  • Reuniones con los COCODES (Consejos Comunitarios de Desarrollo) en presentar la contraparte del beneficio en la sociedad.​​​​​​​

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6. ¿Cuáles son sus mensajes y recomendaciones clave o los de su electorado para el Foro de la Juventud del ECOSOC y la Cumbre de los ODS? ¿Está apoyando o planeando esfuerzos de apoyo y consultas dirigidas por jóvenes e inclusivos para jóvenes que podrían informar la Cumbre de los ODS?

  • Oportunidad y participación de los pequeños productores del traspatio familiar.
  • Transparencia de los sectores cooperantes.
  • Acceso a la educación de calidad.
  • Programas  autosostenibles para una alimentación adecuada.
  • Velar por los derechos humanos de las sociedad.

 

Zhang Hengzhi

(P.S., due to my limited English proficiency, I translated this English article using a tool and checked it myself. For accurate expression, please refer to the attached Chinese version.) 
    Hello everyone, I am Zhang Hengzhi. I come from the grassroots in China and often encounter some very specific questions, such as "How to choose the school that is most likely to ensure good employment for students from thousands of universities or tens of thousands of employment training institutions?" and "How to choose the product that is most likely to ensure quality and environmental protection from numerous products?", Or in a peaceful but essentially unchanged way of expression, "How can I understand the employment situation of graduates from thousands of universities or tens of thousands of employment training institutions?" and "How can I understand the quality and environmental protection of numerous products?". I have explored and creatively designed a series of solutions to these practical problems for ten years. In these methods, two points will be fully reflected: 1. Step by step innovation based on the current situation. On the one hand, it is easier to implement, and on the other hand, quantitative change can cause qualitative change. Perhaps one step will trigger significant changes; 2. Abide by common sense, such as the systems theory that "the system must have good feedback to ensure its good operation", while good evaluation feedback in the supply and demand type system will improve the matching efficiency of supply and demand resources and improve investment expectations, thus improving the efficiency of resource development and utilization and reducing resource waste. The following is a brief explanation of the specific method.

    The world is a super large system, which includes supply and demand systems such as education and commodities. In order to ensure the good operation of these systems, it is necessary to establish good evaluation feedback based on the current situation. Firstly, looking at the education system, the specific evaluation method is to associate the personal income data managed by the tax department with the graduate student registration data managed by the education department, and then analyze the employment ranking of the employment rate and the average employment income of graduates from each school under each major. The employment ranking as evaluation feedback will help candidates choose the major and school that are most likely to ensure their good employment, and help investors choose more anticipated goals, and help the government make more precise decisions. The chain reaction it triggers is 1 to promote the growth of high-quality educational resources, 2 to focus on selecting students suitable for the corresponding majors during school enrollment, which affects the active exploration of students' strengths and potential in basic education, 3 to further clarify the division of labor between running school and teaching, thereby promoting the mobility of teaching resources, especially campus level rankings that can evaluate teaching teams, this will be beneficial for various regions to combine their industrial advantages to form a talent training park bidding teaching team and eliminate the fittest based on campus level ranking. The authenticity and reliability of personal income data are crucial. Therefore, it can be considered to transfer the personal income from the employer's bank public account to the employee's personal account while the employer declares personal income tax. Even if a report is made, it should be limited to reporting only one's own income fraud, while rewarding truthful reports. In terms of privacy protection, personal privacy data will not be disclosed as statistics are based on the scale of the school or teaching team. In short, providing reliable, timely, widely covered, and low-cost evaluation feedback to all parties in the education system through evaluation measures such as employment ranking, thereby improving the high-quality development of education.

    Secondly, in the commodity system, it is also necessary to establish good evaluation feedback, which clearly requires the use of testing methods. In order to ensure continuous testing and continuous evaluation of goods, a certain proportion of sales revenue can be agreed upon or even legally extracted as testing fees, thus continuously obtaining the latest quality and environmental protection data of goods, and analyzing and forming the ranking of a certain category of goods, to provide evaluation feedback and even purchase entry points to market parties such as demanders, suppliers, investors, and governments. In the future, data on environmental pollution and social responsibility from the supplier can also be integrated to form richer and more comprehensive evaluation feedback of goods. In actual implementation, a certain category (such as chicken essence) can be selected based on the existing e-commerce platform through the process of  extracting testing fees, sample ordering, testing, data analysis, and ranking update.

    Finally, in promoting collaborative innovation, the difference between innovation and integrity is that innovation has strong problem orientation and uncertainty, which makes it less suitable for traditional planned methods but suitable for more flexible self-organization methods. This means that there is no limit to the identity of individuals, which can be centered around the correlation of stage achievements. After multiple achievements are linked, the chain is formed and even the innovative system is produced. The parties involved in each correlation can negotiate their respective value proportion (or correlation degree) in the achievement. When the system or stage achievement benefit, the distribution of benefits to each achievement party can be calculated in reverse along the chain based on the correlation degree. For this purpose, it is necessary to simultaneously maintain a document that records the associated attributes for each achievement. The open scope of self-organized collaborative innovation depends on the degree of intellectual property protection, and therefore this approach is preferred for collaborative innovation within organizations, upstream and downstream of the industrial chain, and public welfare activities. With the improvement of intellectual property protection and then opening up to social self-organized collaborative innovation. When the speed of social self-organization cooperation exceeds the speed of infringement, or even when social self-organization collaborative enjoys the priority of ordering, a new situation will arise.

    In addition to the creative methods mentioned above, based on employment ranking, I have extended evaluation measures such as graduation ranking, unified exam question bank, and learning resource ranking , and formed an education credit evaluation systems. Based on goods ranking extension, I have formed a goods credit evaluation systems, as well as creative ideas such as gratitude system, enterprise salary guidance, and smart simple-meals project. Because its content focuses on universal issues and is not specific to China's national conditions, many countries and regions can refer to it. The specific content has been organized into a manuscript of "Digital Innovate Future"(Chinese version only) and uploaded to Baidu Cloud Disk, link: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1bZFJoa?pwd=vr3q . It is recommended that international organizations such as the United Nations select creative ideas for dissemination and promotion, which can also be used as competition topics, and utilize the power of the global community especially young people to gradually implement, and promote sustainable development in the world.

    大家好,我是张恒志,我来自中国基层,经常遇到一些很具体的问题,比如“如何从几千所高校中选择到最可能保障学生良好就业的学校?”、“如何从众多商品中选择到最可能保障质量和环保的商品?”,或者换一种平和但实质不变的表述方式,“如何了解几千所高校、上万所就业培训机构毕业生的就业状况?”、“如何了解众多商品的质量和环保状况?”,我针对这些实际问题经十年探索创意设计了一系列解决方法。在这些方法中将充分体现两点:1是立足现状一步一步的创新,一方面较易落地,另一方面量变引起质变,说不定哪一步就会引发巨大变化;2是遵守常识,比如系统论的“系统要良好运行必然要有良好反馈来保障”,而在供需类型系统中良好的评价反馈将提升供需资源匹配效率和提升投资预期进而提升资源开发利用效率,减少资源浪费。以下是对具体方法的简要说明。
    世界是个超级大系统,其中又包含了教育、商品等供需系统,为了保障这些系统良好运行必须立足现状建立良好的评价反馈。首先看教育系统,具体评价方法是将税务部门管理的个人收入数据与教育部门管理的毕业生学籍数据关联后分析出各专业下各学校毕业生的平均就业收入和就业率等指标的就业排名,就业排名作为评价反馈将帮助考生选择到最可能保障其良好就业的专业和学校、帮助投资选择到更有预期保障的标的、帮助政府更精准的决策。其引发的链锁反应1是促进优质教育资源的成长,2是学校招生时将侧重选择适合相应专业的学生并因此影响基础教育积极挖掘学生的特长潜质,3是进一步明确了办学与教学的分工从而促进教学资源的流动性,特别是校园级排名能对教学团队进行评价,这将有利于各地结合产业优势组建人才培养产业园招标教学团队并以校园级排名优胜劣汰。这其中个人收入数据的真实可靠性是关键,为此可考虑在用人单位申报个税的同时将收入由银行对公户转入员工个人户,即使举报也应限定仅能举报自己的收入造假情况同时奖励属实举报。在隐私保护上,因是按学校或教学团队的尺度进行统计,所以不会公布个人的隐私数据。总之,通过就业排名等评价措施向教育系统中各方提供可靠、及时、广覆盖且低成本的评价反馈,进而提升教育的高质量发展。
    其次在商品系统中,同样需要建立良好的评价反馈,很显然需要借助检测手段,而为了保障持续检测以持续评价商品,可约定以至法定提取一定比例销售额作为检测费,持续获取商品最新的质量和自身环保数据,并分析形成某品类商品的排名,以此向需求方、供给方、投资方和政府等市场各方提供评价反馈甚至购买入口。后续还可融入供给方的环保污染和社会责任等数据以形成更丰富、全面的商品评价反馈。实际实施时可立足现有电商平台从某一品类(如鸡精)开始经过提取检测费、样品下单、执行检测、分析数据、更新排名的过程。
    最后,在促进协作创新上,因为创新和守正的不同之处是创新具备很强的问题导向性和不确定性,所以不太适用传统的计划性方式而适用更灵活的自组织方式,也即可以不限身份的以阶段性成果的关联为中心,多次成果关联后将形成链条以至产出创新系统。每次关联的各方可协商价值占比(或称关联度),当系统或阶段性成果获益时即可反向沿链条依关联度计算各成果方的收益分配。为此,对每个阶段性成果需同时维护一个记录成果关联属性的文档。自组织协作创新方式的开放范围取决于知识产权的保护程度,也因此该方式优先适用于组织内部、产业链上下游和公益活动的协作创新,随着知识产权保护的完善再开放至社会自组织协作创新,当社会自组织协作的速度超过侵权的速度时甚或社会自组织协作享有订购优先权时都将产生新的局面。
    除上述方法创意外我基于就业排名延伸了毕业排名、统一题库和学习资源排名等评价措施并形成教育信用评价体系,基于商品排名延伸形成了商品信用评价体系,还有感恩系统、企业工资指导价和智慧简餐工程等创意。因其内容针对的是普遍性问题并不特定于中国国情,所以很多国家和地区都可参考。具体内容已汇集整理为《数创未来》文稿(仅有中文版)并上传至百度云盘,链接:https://pan.baidu.com/s/1bZFJoa?pwd=vr3q 。建议联合国等国际组织从中选取创意进行传播推广,也可作为大赛赛题,利用全球特别青年的力量逐步落地,以推动世界的可持续性发展。

Saru Duckworth
Saru Duckworth

ECOSOC Youth Forum Consultation - Submission of Unlock Network Youth Representatives


Next Generation Fellows: Kelechi Achinonu, Saru Duckworth, Anita Dywaba, Jacob Ellis, Claudette Salinas Leyva.

Unlock Youth Representatives & Action Group Innovators and Action Group Members: Seyifunmi Adebote, Esther Adjudeonu, Abbakar Avdul, William Aziegbemhin, Sushmina Baidya, Alison Collard de Beaufort, Alija Blackwell, Jacob Blasius, James Douglas Blissett, Felipe Bosch, María Florencia Cagliero, Honore Ebengho, Gem Enebe, Gathoni Ireri, Khushi Jain, Omer Jamal, Abigi A. Joshua, Patrick Karekezi, Geetika Khanduja, Damaris Kilango, Maurine Kouba, Florence Lungu-Yaz, Alhaji Luseni, Regean Mugume, Himaja Nagireddy, Rasha Natour, Omotoye Nelson, Jacob Odur, Abednego Brandy Opey, Mark Ortiz, Oluwakemi Oyesola, Tejiendo Pensamiento, Alimi Salifou, Tvisha Yadiki.

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Saru Duckworth (BRAC): My name is Saru Duckworth. I am a young jobs & livelihoods advocate and practitioner working towards SDG 1 on eradicating extreme poverty at the world’s largest Global South-led NGO, BRAC. We work in communities across the Global South, partnering with governments to adapt and scale rigorously tested livelihood models for young women and girls in extreme poverty. Since youth poverty is inextricably linked to issues of ethnicity, gender, education, conflict, and more, we take a holistic and multi-pronged approach that addresses the interlocking priorities of the SDG agenda. I also serve as one of ten United Nations Next Generation Fellows partnering with the Unlock the Future Coalition, a group of the biggest youth-led and youth-focused organizations including BRAC, collaborating on high-ambition agendas for young people and the SDGs. Ahead of the SDG Summit, we have launched the Unlock the Future Engine Room, where young change-makers from around the world are collaborating to accelerate action towards the SDGs across eight thematic Action Groups. Through the Engine Room, we are building a network of energized young innovators meaningfully engaging policymakers and leaders across the UN system on youth-led solutions for the SDGs, from grassroots advocacy groups to high-level global dialogues. In consultation with young innovators in the Engine Room and youth representatives across the Unlock Coalition, we have gathered the following insights and recommendations on youth priorities we hope to see featured at the ECOSOC Youth Forum.  

Promising Best Practices: 

  • Reaching new communities that haven’t heard of the UN or the SDGs requires proactive outreach. Information and engagement disparities mainly exist between rural and urban youth, for instance, in Africa. These communities have valuable insights to offer, and can be reached by investing in digital access and localized mechanisms like rural youth councils, networks, and platforms.
  • Promoting integrated approaches to youth empowerment, including social empowerment interventions, which build essential foundations for personal growth, youth advocacy, community mobilization, and capacity building to marginalised communities and are enhanced by livelihood interventions.
  • Creating links between the existing SDG targets and raising awareness of the interconnected nature of the SDG movement, for instance around issues like road safety (Youth for Road Safety). Current work includes traveling around the country to connect with young people and hear about their priorities (report released a few weeks ago). 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs?

Most of us are young activists and innovators working in the Global South, witnessing firsthand the substantial economic and social transformations affecting youth, especially in the aftermath of the global pandemic. Key challenges facing us include the following:

  • Lack of funding for youth engagement and expertise Ensuring the meaningful and sustained engagement of young people in global processes is both time and resource-intensive. Most actors fail to properly recognise or compensate young people for sharing their technical insights and experiences with UN agencies, international organisations, or governments. Young people are typically required to self-fund their participation in Summits and other important discussions, despite being part of official coordinating bodies or technical advisory teams, which results in a privileged few being able to represent on global platforms. Representation matters, and this requires funding to be both meaningful and inclusive.
  • Tokenistic engagement of young people at big influencing platforms and global events.  While some youth voices are supported at these platforms (Global Summits etc) through speaking opportunities and limited funded travel, young people are not given enough time and the capacity to contribute from the earliest planning stages. Young people are rarely given access to actual policy processes or intergovernmental negotiations and are often sequestered to observer roles or separately organised youth forums. More meaningful engagement of young people and their technical assistance to development corporations and multilateral organisations on deepening meaningful youth engagement at global events are needed.
  • The UN System lacks transparency, is challenging to navigate and perpetuates a ‘golden circle’ where the same young people are consistently platformed while leaving many young people contributing on the front lines without a voice. Some consider this to be a form of ‘youth washing’, by only platforming a selection of young people who offer complementary messages. Without adequate agency in the operation of systems like the UN, empowering the next generation of leaders will be challenging.
  • Young people are often not afforded independent credibility. Despite holding significant expertise both researching and delivering on progress for the SDGs, young leaders are often only listened to when attached to or platformed by existing systems of power. This can be hard to access for marginalised populations and perpetuates inequalities.

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

  • Mobilize early, politically, and with young people at the forefront: Place young people at the heart of all mobilization efforts through an inclusive Action Group under the Unlock the Future Coalition (which has a collective membership of 500 million young people).
  • Profile young people as SDG heroes (e.g. the 2 billion hours contributed to SDG action by the Scouts), designers of the SDG transformation process, champions for the rights of future generations, and a vital force for holding the authority generation to account.
  • Co-create policy dialogues with young leaders by involving young people from the earliest formulation stages and identifying ways to engage them beyond consultations. This could include placing young leaders as facilitators, conveners of discussions, and appointed representatives to decision-making bodies.   
  • Actively Encourage Government Youth Delegates: The UN Secretary-General can formally invite governments to select - through a transparent and consultative process - children and youth representatives to work with them at a national level towards the SDG Summit to ensure strengthened engagement throughout. 
  • Ensure Inclusive and Diverse Representation, and promote self-selection: Intentionally make the space for diverse speakers and experiences to be shared and considered in the formal process leading up to and during the SDG Summit, and let young people self-select their representatives and spokespeople. As governments have elections and a representation process, so should young people! Work with children and youth organisations, movements, and networks to help facilitate this outreach and representation.
  • Implement Multiple Levels of Youth Engagement: Ensure funding is available for young people from less privileged backgrounds to participate and create multiple levels of engagement in the SDG Summit and other international political moments. This can include formal representation (Youth Delegates, Action Track, Advisory Committee) and informal representation (campaigns, communications and experiences). 
  • Facilitate Access to Transparent and Open Information: Provide young people with the opportunity to access critical information and communication materials. This includes establishing a transparent and open process so that youth and children can easily follow and engage with content that is made available ahead of time and in simplified language. Capacity building for young people to engage in the communication process should also be available, to ensure young people can make sense of the processes required of them. Translation and interpretation of documents, information and discussions into multiple languages are also key to ensuring proper access to information by people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Partner with Young People to Lead Targeted Campaigns: Develop targeted and official social media campaigns with inputs from young communication experts, who can ensure messaging will resonate with diverse youth networks. Recognise the importance of grassroots mobilization and hotspots of growing education activism.
  • Accountability of Leaders on Youth Recommendations: Ensure planning and decision-making mechanisms formally recognize submissions made by youth and children in official outcomes documents and respond to them. Youth input should be valued, recognised and followed up on following key moments. For every youth declaration tied to a key multilateral moment, there should be a recommendation-by-recommendation response from the governing or organizing body.  
  • Promote localisation and regional approaches. Youth are a heterogeneous group, and should not be classified as a monolith. Young people’s perspectives differ significantly across segments of society and regions in the world. By bringing together young people in regional, national, and local engagements, a more localised approach can be taken to dialogues on implementation, monitoring and review which can then be fed into international processes. 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead-up to the SDG Summit

How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

  • Funders can provide flexible, unrestricted funding for youth-led initiatives, partnerships, and other platforms that allow young people to truly lead. When funding is too rigid and tied to specific outcomes, projects or indicators, funders who often sit furthest away from communities and issues have the most control over setting agendas and taking key programmatic decisions. 
  • Partners can fund multilateral platforms where global youth advocates can meet, collaborate, strengthen their networks, and apply for joint funding proposals and opportunities. Receiving capacity building support, mentorship, and organizational partner connection through these networks is key. 
  • Overcome bureaucratic barriers. Governments and UN entities should support young people in overcoming the obstacles presented by the bureaucracy of the international system. This can include proactively curating programs to reach young people who are often overlooked, and providing information, resources, mentorship and support as they navigate the system.
  • Ensuring inclusive partnership building across sectors and representation of historically under-resourced community-based organizations that have been leading youth engagement on SDGs is key

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Governments are the only agents capable of removing structural barriers to marginalized youth engagement and delivering programs at the scale required to achieve the SDGs, and we must stop imagining that piecemeal interventions will eventually translate into this scale. We need to be designing and building programs for youth economic and social empowerment into our public systems to achieve scale from inception, and to reduce tokenistic engagement. We can do this by:

  • Taking a community-led approach to solution design and implementation. People in local communities are often the most informed on the needs of their community and, too often finance is invested without adequate community consultation. Community-led approaches should focus on empowering communities with tools, resources and capacity to address their own challenges in a sustainable way. 
  • Improved accessibility for young people across financial, geographical and personal contexts. Funding should be provided to support young people in marginalized communities to engage, support to ease visa-related challenges and the implementation of other tools for accessibility and inclusion, such as ASL interpreters.
  • Investing in building youth skills and training programs within public education systems, to sustainably reach and include marginalized youth. Recent studies in the Africa region indicate that government schools can provide minimum STEM and other facilities if countries allocate at least 20 percent of their budget to education. Programs need to be holistic and include critical soft skills to help build up social capital and job readiness for all.
    • Governments must also institutionalize sound policies and frameworks to increase youth access to career awareness, readiness and education within tertiary education systems. For instance, African youths have almost no access to career guidance and development services both outside or within tertiary education spaces.

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit

The Unlock Engine Room and associated Action Groups are open, inclusive platforms for global young people. It will be working on a cross-section of issues relevant to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and SDG Summit:

  • We want to see governments across the Global South commit to building the human capital and economic resilience of young people, especially the most marginalized among us, by investing in public education and other social systems to give all youth the right to achieve their potential. These include skills training and livelihood programs capable of including even the poorest youth in income-generating activities, and integrated approaches to increase the social inclusion and empowerment of young girls and women. Partners, including employers and the private sector, can play critical roles in this programming, but governments must lead on a systemic approach.  
  • We want to see greater localization within the UN system, ensuring the voices and experiences of young people and their organizations from the Global South are amplified in global policymaking.  Major strides have been made in youth participation at high-level moments, but engagement and consultation alone are no longer enough. Our ongoing involvement and co-creation are needed to make sure that our recommendations are specifically responded to by policymakers and applied to real solutions and strategies.
  • We want to see more young people in jobs and internships across UN organisations and government entities. This will facilitate the expansion of knowledge, more understanding of how to effectively contribute to policymaking that affects the young people, amplification of youth voice in public affairs, increased employment opportunities for young people, in particular people from marginalised countries in the Global South, and increased collaboration among youth movements across the world. 
Kristian Kampmann
Kristian Kampmann

Hi all. My name is Kristian. I am partner at Dalberg, which is a mission-driven consulting firm, working very directly on challenges related to the SDGs. Until recently I was also Head of UNLEASH, which is a global innovation platform for the SDGs (www.unleash.org). 

At UNLEASH, we have contributed to the SDGs in a variety of ways, mainly by designing and executing early-stage innovation programs for aspring entrepreneurs and learners from around the world. We provide scholarship for all participants to allow everyone to join our programs regardless of socio-economic background. We focus on aspiring entrepreneurs and hope to aspire more youth to become entrepreneurs, not least by giving them the tools, confidence and access to funding to succeed. We have an alumni network of 7000 people, and we have done innovation programs around the world. 

A few lessons from our programs:

First, youth have capacity to come up with bold ideas that have tangible and measureble impact on the realizations of the SDGs. Two of the main obstacles that our alumni have expereinced concerns 1) confindence in their ideas and 2) funding opportunities for start-ups that allows youth to not be juggling additional jobs. For us, providing oppirutnity to mentorship and micro-grants has been helpful in allowing everyone to become an entrepreneur, but we are keen to make our programs more inclusive, including by doing more programs in non-English languages.  

Second, sourcing the right youth from outside of existing circles is very important. We have used a very youth and partner driven approach to bringing in youth to our programming to make sure that we reach the right groups, including by moving away from usual entrepreneurship lingo (e.g. talking about hockey stick growth, exit-strategies etc), but instead seeing value in the entrepreneur and yiuth themselves. 

Our big challenge concerns funding. As we provide scholarships for all, it requires continued fundraising, which is difficult for a young organisation with young employees/members. Bringing youth into the right funding networks and receptions is very important - in addition to allowing youth to contribute to consultations, panels and the like (which is by all means also great). 

Looking forward to this conversation! 

 

 

Sarraa Bouthouri
Sarraa Bouthouri

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

"I am a 25-year-old Tunisian, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with a specialization in International Law. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Public Law, as well as a high school diploma in Biology. Currently, I am preparing a thesis on the migration of children. As an activist for human rights, I have been involved in various clubs, including the "Clinique Juridique" in Sousse, Tunisia, which focuses on migration and human rights. Through this organization, I have organized events, listened to victims, and provided care to those in need. Moreover, I have always volunteered in civil society, focusing mainly on charity work for rural and underprivileged areas. Specifically, I have dedicated my attention to schools by providing proper clothing and educational materials, as well as a safe environment by renovating them. I have collaborated with team members to ensure efficient and effective execution. We have also conducted numerous cultural and sports events, short movies, and environmental campaigns to raise awareness about pollution by directing and writing short movies. In addition to my humanitarian work, I am experienced in logistics management, human resources, meetings moderation, event planning, and public relations for my team. I also have experience in media management and specialize in creating high-quality captions that engage audiences and enhance the viewing experience. As a firm believer in teamwork and integrity, I consider myself a link between team members. I believe in integrity, hard work, and that dreams can be captured by those who chase them.

What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

​​​​​​​One of the main challenges I have faced is that the concept of SDGs is not fully known in my community so I had to educate people about it by strenghthening my knowledge, also due to my young age I faced people who would not take me seriously unless I showed proof of my competencies and my skills wich is usually a written proof that takes time to prepare wich is time consuming toward finishing up the ultimate goal that I'm after. I also face minor authority corruptions in my hometown community, they would try to benefit themselves out of my volunteer work, especially when I try to have some sponsoring for charities for my work and so on because I have no initial funding so my sponsoring is initially from charities by negotiating with them and trying to find the best solutions. sometimes I think that people don't believe in SDGs because they think that the evryday life and trying as much as they can to provide for their families does not involve caring about the SDGs. But I think that collaborative effort to try and introduce the importance of the SDGs as well as their core concept to these people will make the implementation of the sustainable goals faster and more efficient by using the ways that are the closer to the community's hearts and minds.

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

I think that the training and learning programmes powered by the UN and other associated associations and ONGs that provided proper certification that can be held to help the leaders be elligible for some works in their communities because some places just don't let you do anything without proof of previous engagement. I think that also setting mechanisms to avoid bureaucracy in certain regions of the world especially north africa and the middle east because that way of dealing with issues with so many papers to provide makes the progress very slow and sometimes late and not up to date. I believe also that setting finnancing and sponsoring programmes as well as sponsoring to the youth that provide efficient qualities, competencies and bright ideas will be a major encouragement to fulfill more projects in the future because most of us and speaking from a personal point of view here have a lot of ideas to implement the SDGs and enhance our communities and we have the contacts and the plan and all the steps to make it real but we have no financial aid whatsoever and that is the biggest isssue and it's very clear that all third world countries as facing the same issues and I would like to mention my country Tunisia here, we have bright minds and amazing powers that sadly go to waste due to lack of budget and finance.

​​​​​​​How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

As mentionned in the previous question's answer I think the financing should be earned, through training programs and learning processes with appropriate quizzes and exams in order to select those who are the most serious and the most willing to profit off the financing for them. And then after earning the financing to  their project ideas to implement the SDGs a later on control and weekly updates should be issued in order to keep track of the money and the project progress and the well use of it and also to give credits to those who succeed by providing monitoring all along the process. 

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Young people are the future, and they are the closest to the day-to-day problems and occuring issues,and in some cases they are more up to date and more skilled, their engagement is mandatory because by the time SDGs programmes and goals are coming to a closure in 2030 most of the youth now will be the experienced grown generation then. So why not make them the professionals we want in the future ? 

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

I would like us to have opportunities to attend the summit in person specially the thrid world countries and the regions of Africa and the Middle East and I thank evryone for this great opportunity provided for us to make our voices heard.

Ellie Laferty
Ellie Laferty
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!
  2. I am currently a sophomore at Hollins University and majoring in Public Health and Communications... while I haven't figured out exactly what I want to do with my degree I'm actively working with the GYSIL program to help me continue to figure out what I would like to do. This past January I interned at PeaceBoat US and spent the month working at the UN and helping PeaceBoat do grant research for their youth scholarship program for youth to travel on the PeaceBoat to get more education about the UN SDGs. 
IMMACULATE NAMULI
IMMACULATE NAMULI
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Namuli Immaculate from Uganda. Currently am part of the GYSIL program 2023 and i aslo lead a community computer project and in this i believe computer literacy has become a prerequisite for almost any job in the modern office environment, and with such, it is more important than ever before to ensure that people have the

knowledge and skills to utilize the latest technology for their own benefit and of their businesses, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving so as to eliminate technological discrimination.
Computer literacy levels in Africa are still low especially in rural areas yet we are living in era of digitalization, Personally am looking forward to a community people being able to cope with the technological era. With this advancement, computers are a necessity in handling day-to-day activities that otherwise would have taken long to process

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

Personally i faced a challenge of project startup whereby people are illitrate about the technological era and some saw no importance of coping with it, language barrier is also a problem since most technology programs are not based in the local language people understand, poverty has also been a problem where people are willing to learn but have no money to pay for the services. Financing on my side to as i have failed to attain certain equipments required.

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Teaching youths about the SDGs in ways most accessible and relevant to young people across different contexts.

Giving opportunity to youths to give their views concerning SDGs and implementation.

Coming up with opportunities for youths that push them to be part of the SDGs.

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

One i can say is to bring more awareness of support available to the youths since many of them are still ignorant of such support.

More guidance is needed my these youths on how to impact there ideas since some of them lack a way to startup.

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Financing - Financial support is a great problem for most youths as this can lead to idea decline due to leaving out great ideas when they base on their financial status at the time.
Teaching youth more about SDGs so as to get a better understanding of what they the dealing with.

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Yes, i greatly believe in  empowering young people to participate actively in society with a positive impact.

Jacob Blasius
Jacob Blasius

My name is Jacob Blasius, and I currently hold the position of representative for the European Students’ Union on the Steering Committee of the Global Student Forum. My academic background is in international relations, and I have previously served as the international officer of the National Union of Students in Denmark (DSF) for two terms. During my involvement in student politics and university life, I have focused on various policy fields, including internationalization, sustainable education, and global funding for education. As the chair of the board of Students Organizing for Sustainability International, I have worked towards connecting and building collaborations between sustainability initiatives in higher education and the student movement. Along with other youth leaders of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), I have been advocating for investing in education systems in the global south and have engaged decision-makers to emphasize the importance of long-term investments in education.

Currently, in my role as a member of the Steering Committee, I lead the Environmental Justice team and am also working on our Democracy, Human Rights, and Solidarity portfolio.
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Challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs:

  • Limited resources: Student unions and youth organizations often face financial and logistical challenges when implementing SDG-related projects and initiatives.
  • Lack of awareness: Many young people may not be aware of the SDGs and their relevance to their lives and communities, which can make it challenging to mobilize support for SDG-related activities.
  • Limited access to decision-making processes: Despite being the primary stakeholders, young people may have limited access to decision-making processes at the local, national, and international levels, which can limit their ability to influence SDG implementation.
  • Fragmented efforts: SDG implementation often involves multiple stakeholders working on different aspects of the goals, which can make it challenging to coordinate efforts and ensure maximum impact.

Key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in that specific context:

  • Capacity building: Investing in the capacity of young people to lead and implement SDG-related initiatives can help to enhance their leadership and organizational skills.
  • Collaboration and partnerships: Building strategic partnerships and networks among youth/ student organizations, government agencies, civil society actors, and the private sector can help to amplify the impact of SDG-related activities.
  • Technology: The use of technology, such as social media and digital platforms, can help to increase awareness and mobilize support for SDG-related initiatives among young people.
  • Advocacy and engagement: Encouraging young people and students to participate in advocacy efforts and engage with decision-makers can help to ensure that their voices are heard in SDG implementation and monitoring.

How government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector can better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people:

  • Providing funding and resources: Government agencies, development partners, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector can provide funding and resources to support SDG-related activities led by youth/ student organizations and movements.
  • Building partnerships: UN entities, government agencies, and civil society actors can collaborate with youth/ student organizations and movements to develop joint initiatives and leverage their respective strengths and expertise.
  • Capacity building: Supporting the capacity building of youth/student organizations and movements can help to enhance their ability to lead and implement SDG-related activities.
  • Advocacy: Government agencies, civil society actors, and the private sector can advocate for policies and investments that prioritize the needs and aspirations of young people/ students in SDG implementation.

How the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review, including at the grassroots level:

  • Inclusive participation: Ensuring that young people/ students from marginalized communities are included in decision-making processes and have a voice in SDG implementation and monitoring.
  • Capacity building: Providing training and support to young people/ students from marginalized communities to enhance their leadership and organizational skills.
  • Addressing systemic barriers: Addressing systemic barriers such as discrimination and marginalization that limit the participation of young people/ students from marginalized communities in SDG-related activities.
  • Representation: Ensuring that young people/ students from marginalized communities are represented in SDG-related initiatives and that their perspectives and experiences are reflected in SDG monitoring and review processes.

Key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit:

  • Increase funding and resources for youth/student-led SDG initiatives and organizations.
  • Prioritize the meaningful impact-oriented participation and engagement of youth and students.

 

Felix Nyabeni
Felix Nyabeni

Hello, am Felix Omari Nyabeni, currently a second year nursing student at St. Paul's university in Kenya. Am the cofounder and chairperson of Heartland foundation. Heartland is a school based organisation whose main purpose is to help each other as members socially, spiritually and economically. We have heard several events such as tree planting, academic trivias and each 4 months we have a mega activity where we go somewhere and have fun through sporting activities. It was inspired when one of us lost a parent and most of us could not be able to attend the burial due to financial problems. Our future plans are to become a local based organisation in our country supporting the well being the vulnerable population. Am also a member of three different organisations which have growth big where i learn from. The organisations are majorly based on climate change initiatives and protection of rights of women, children and disadvantaged population in the society for example street children. I will talk on challenges that tge youths and organisations face.

1. The inability of big organisation to support organisations that are starting up.

2. A lot of youth lack the confidence to carry out positive tasks such as clean up as they fear how others will perceive them.

3. Lack of funds. Getting funds for organisations thst have been there is even easier than organisations that are starting up.

 

my proposals

1. Focus and give more opportunities to grassroot organisations that are starting up.

2. Provide youths with necessarily knowledge and skills to carry out environmental friendly solutions and initiatives.

3. Involve the youth more in carrying out research as they will be the ones to pass tge knowledge to the next generation.   

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Mamoon yaqoobi
Mamoon yaqoobi

Hello, my name is Mamoon yaqoobi from Afghanistan and i am a member of UNICEF champions network member. We do work on sustainable development goals by providing youths the opportunities to work on their knowledge, capacity and experience. We work on community development and youth empowerment specially girls who are band from school, university or work we teach them how they should overcome these problems that they are facing in Afghanistan. Our most activities are volunteer and champions are all working as volunteers for their people and community. There are so many challenges in Afghanistan for youths and mentioning everyone of them here will be almost very hard, I will be so happy for the consultation if I have the chance to speak for my people. I will join and sun up the best solutions for these challenges we are facing now .

SeanLee333
SeanLee333

Hello! We are the teens of the Global Co Lab Network, a nonprofit that allows teens to engage around the United Nations' Sustainable development goals. We are all members of the Co Lab's Climate Hub, a virtual club that meets weekly to discuss SDG #13: Climate Action. In this teen-led and teen-driven Hub, we have completed numerous projects to combat the climate crisis and educate others about it including hosting social media campaigns, organizing webinars, putting together art challenges, creating podcasts, and even designing our own virtual reality experience. We are looking for teens from all over the world to join us in our actions. You can learn more about what we do here: https://teensdreamcolab.org/climateaction/ You can join the Hubs here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfh2mG6RhodsTj856UtcEQxLSz3aStz2jSfSliOCK8g9RbVIQ/viewform Thank you so much and I hope you join us or help spread the word!

Foro de la Juventud de EDEI
Foro de la Juventud de EDEI

ANSWERS FOR THE YOUTH FORUM OF THE SCHOOL OF STUDY OF INTUITION NGO 

Page: http://eestudiodelaintuicion.org.ar/

1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

We are a youth organization part of the N.G.O. School for the Study of Intuition. As an active part of it, we teach young people from Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, etc. to modify their behavior towards the Common Good in each of the situations they have to deal with in their daily life, thus protecting their habitat, their family and themselves.

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

The barriers are cultural.

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

-Specialized education

-The Humility

-Respect for differences

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?


The youth is nothing more than a derivation of adults and what adults do,  young people do. Among young people the commitment is always in force, only that what is decided as an economic solution has no future on its own. The non-implementation of the SDGs is not a problem of money, but a lack of human values.

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?


Only by studying Intuition will the SDGs be achieved. It has nothing to do with whether or not communities are marginalized to achieve this end.

6.What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

We recommend that all Youth first acquire Values and then decide on economic and financial strategies.

Patience Naamanya
Patience Naamanya

My name is Patience. K Naamanya a Development Professional from Uganda, mentoring with Project Girls for Girls. 

Project Girls for Girls is a Harvard University Born Project, that has empowered over 8500 young women in 27 countries, to take on Public Leadership roles within their communities. We empower young women to develop the courage, vision, and skills to take on public leadership roles in their spheres of influence. We focus on sharpening soft skills, using Harvard Kennedy School’s curated content, mentees are introduced to concepts on Courageous Leadership, The Art of Communication, Negotiating for Yourself and Others,
Running for Office, as well as Ethics and Values in Decision making.

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

Globally Young people face various challenges that impede their meaningful participation in the decision-making process in their communities.

Even with the presence of various UN Agencies and other multinational stakeholders. The opportunities afforded to young people are not equally spread.

There are various opportunities online for young people to share their experiences or expertise by joining youth advisory councils, boards or represent UN Agencies in different thematic areas.

But there is an age bracket that is predominatey used to define youth in these applications that leaves out marginalised youth who do not have the same opportunities as young people in more developed nations.

If a youth board or advisory group is for young people aged 18-27/30 and yet in developing nations like Uganda, many young people take years to access to employment or funding that would avail the experience needed to contribute to these platforms. 

I think it would be more inclusive if the criteria used in these applications, is region specific. In order to accommodate youth in different localities that have a wealth of knowledge to contribute towards these merit based youth engagement platforms, but are slightly older than the set age bracket for youth placed in these applications. 

Secondly in Uganda especially, there are hardly any merit -based opportunities both in UN Agencies and Local Government,  that call for young people to be appointed to youth advisory boards. The roll out of applications online do not have for example UN Women Youth Advisory Council for Uganda.

Young people in the US, UK and Europe are being absorbed into the decision making process  through these youth engagement platforms, by Multinational organisations that are equally present in Uganda. Why is this opportunity not being extended to Ugandan Youth.

Implementation, tracking and evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be effectively achieved without the inclusion of local youth at all levels of the decision making process. 

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor

 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Katherine Sotomayor, I'm a 26 years-old Mexican anthropologist and English teacher. Since I got out of my major I've been sharing my knowledge on my social network, I speak at conferences, and symposiums and teach at universities. Part of my work focuses on creating spaces where we can express and talk about the SDG, politics, human rights, and the impact of political discourses on our identities. 

In my work with children, I do the same, on our Social Sciences class we focus on talking and debating the SDG. Learn how we can help to reach them, how we can create an inspiring future, and what challenges we face when we speak out for ourselves. We also learn the importance of sharing our ideas, how we can respect and learn from others, and the importance of hearing what they have to say in order to come to better results.

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs?

The biggest problem we face is that some people think the SDGs are utopian, therefore, they think is impossible to achieve them. They lose interest so fast in the topic because as humans we tend to think about the bad things around us, and not the good about them. 

When we talk with children, the hardest thing is trying to explain to them with easy words, with concepts that they understand. We cannot put them to read academic work, resolutions, or news that have hard-specialized words for them. We need to digest the knowledge for them and then, we can share it. 

Children are curious by nature, so you also need to be prepared for any question they have, they think out of the box, and they see the big and small picture with all the corners. Talking to them is enriching, but also challenging.

3.- What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

1.- The people's interest in the SDGs.

2.- The children's willingness to learn, know and share.

3.- The commitment of youth to changing the world as we know it.

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

1.- Making more public events to inform and support youth.

2.- Create more palpable actions in order to demonstrate the efficacy of the SDGs and the work we need to do.

3.- Create spaces where we can all be heard and they share what they need to achieve and focus on.

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

I think we all need to understand that the needs we have are different, especially for marginalized communities, so when we talk about SDG they're worried about other things, the income for tomorrow's food, the education of their children, the jobs they need to find, etc. If we create activities for them, we need to hear them out, what they need and what they considered to be urgent and important, not what we think is important for them. 

5.- What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Let's create spaces and a better future together, in order to do so, we need to listen to each other, we need to pay attention to others' perspectives. I'm looking forward to meet you all in NYC to have deeper talks about it. 

Shivika
Shivika

Namaste, I am Shivika, a newly-turned 30-year-old! I am an upcoming PhD student in an Interdisciplinary Ecological Science & Engineering program at Purdue University, USA. My area of interest is water literacy (beyond knowledge), Post-normal science (science-policy interaction), and Socio-ecological resilience (from soft infrastructure per se).

Given my interests and support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of the Netherlands; the leadership organizing the UN Water Conference 2023, and the umbrella organization PAWANKA Fund; I had the opportunity to participate in the historic UN Water Conference 2023. I attended and actively participated in various youth briefings, official and side events, and interactive dialogues. I am happy to witness that the ideas that were discussed and deliberated upon during the conference are being reiterated here by the participating members in this consultation. It's truly inspiring to see the alignment of thoughts and the collective effort toward advancing these ideas to fruition.

In reflecting on the conversations and observations during the conference, I want to share some points that were not formally discussed or are often overlooked in mainstream conversations about youth involvement in driving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the central narrative often focuses on the positive aspects of youth (organizations’) participation, their best practices, and what other stakeholders should do to be more inclusive; I believe it's also important to highlight what youth should avoid doing and must be doing.

Before I elaborate on the points, I want to make it clear that some of the suggestions may read/appear to have negative connotations, it is not my intention to undermine the role of youth or their participation (in the conference). My genuine intent is to raise awareness of less-discussed topics to ensure more effective and robust youth participation in upcoming UN events.

Here are some of the points that I want to highlight:

  1. The (De) Glamorization of Opportunities by Youth Leaders/Representatives: This is a crucial topic that was briefly touched upon in a session chaired by youth leaders from South Africa. I believe it's important to delve deeper into this issue, as it is something that youth representatives should avoid.

When a young leader is given the opportunity to represent and speak on behalf of thousands of people on international platforms, such as the UN, it is not merely a chance to bask in the limelight, but a responsibility that must be approached with humility and gratitude towards other youth organizations.

Unfortunately, it has been observed that some youth leaders who attain prominent positions become disconnected and inaccessible. This raises a concerning question - what kind of leaders are we becoming? It goes against the very essence of leadership that we often complain about. It is imperative to realize that we need to de-glamorize such opportunities and roles.

True leadership is not about personal glorification, but about serving and empowering others. Youth leaders and representatives must remember that they are entrusted with the responsibility of representing the voices and interests of their peers. It is essential to remain grounded, approachable, and genuinely connected with the needs of the youth community.

Instead of being swayed by the allure of positions and opportunities, youth leaders should focus on the genuine impact they can make, the positive change they can bring, and the meaningful connections they can foster. It is through selflessness, humility, and empathy that youth leaders can truly inspire and lead their peers toward a brighter future.

Let us strive to break the cycle of glamorization and prioritize authentic leadership that truly serves the youth community and creates a positive impact on the world.

  1. Prioritize knowledge-rooted youth participation: It is crucial to prioritize youth participation that is rooted in knowledge. This suggestion is based on my observations and informal discussions with youth delegates in the age category of 30-35. In some of the sessions I attended, I noticed that youth speakers were quick to challenge facts presented by others, including UN Rapporteurs and senior professionals, by dismissing them as false or nonexistent. Additionally, in many discussions, youth focused on general problems and normative solutions.

This highlights the need for youth to understand that our role is to be "critical," not negative. Being critical is often viewed as a negative activity, but it actually involves maintaining a balanced approach by considering multiple perspectives and truths from diverse standpoints. If we need to counter arguments, we should do so in a respectful manner. This attitude is only possible when participating youth are well-informed and have well-formed perspectives on the topics they are discussing, as knowledge translates into attitudes and behaviors.

In addition, youth discussions should be more specific and nuanced to clearly identify problem areas. The solutions provided should be pragmatic, rather than normative. While we may know a lot about the "what" of the problems, we now need to focus on the "how" of problem-solving.

By prioritizing knowledge-rooted youth participation, we can ensure that our discussions are informed, respectful, and focused on practical solutions. Let us strive to be critical thinkers who contribute positively to discussions and recommendations, based on well-formed perspectives and a nuanced understanding of the issues that matter to us and our communities.

  1. Exceptions in youth groups: Youth groups are often seen as exclusive to young people, but I believe that exceptions should be made to include individuals who possess the qualities of youth regardless of age. As former United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy aptly said, "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."

In fact, there are many elderly individuals who embody these qualities despite not fitting into the traditional definition of youth. My own maternal grandfather serves as a personal example for me. These individuals possess a wealth of traditional wisdom and intelligence that we are at risk of losing out on. Therefore, youth groups and organizations should be more inclusive by welcoming these elderly individuals into their fold.

Having these elderly individuals on our side would provide us with invaluable knowledge and insights, further reinforcing my previous recommendations. It would also make our organizations more resilient in the face of uncertainties. Additionally, including elderly individuals in youth groups can serve as a vital pathway for documenting and protecting our traditional and indigenous knowledge, ensuring its preservation for future generations.

In conclusion, let's broaden our perspective on youth groups and embrace the idea of including individuals who possess the qualities of youth, regardless of age. By doing so, we can tap into a wealth of knowledge, foster resilience, and safeguard our traditional wisdom and intelligence for the benefit of all.

  1. Connect, Communicate, and Co-operate: These three C's should be the driving force behind youth participation at any large-scale event. While virtual communication has its benefits, personal connections formed through in-person interactions cannot be replaced by Whatsapp or Discord groups, and real-time communication cannot be replaced by Zoom meetings. Conferences and summits are meant to forge connections and foster collaboration among participants.

During the Conference I attended, I noticed a lack of actualization of these three C's in real time. Despite having over 450 delegates from all over the world present in New York, there was no moment when even half of them were together in one place. I couldn't help but imagine the impact of just 200 youth coming together, the momentum and inspiration generated would have been unparalleled.

As we look toward upcoming UN events, I have high expectations that all in-person participants will have the opportunity to come together, at least once, to meet and greet each other. Moreover, I appeal to the youth representatives to make personal efforts to lead such communications on a larger scale. The effect would be phenomenal, as we would witness the scale of our collective efforts and the power of youth collaboration in driving positive change.

As we forge ahead in our pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle pressing global issues, it's vital that we resist the allure of glamour and instead place emphasis on knowledge-driven engagement and inclusivity when involving young people. By doing so, we can establish a more comprehensive and impactful platform for youth to actively participate in sustainable development efforts and drive positive change on a global scale. Let's work together to foster an inclusive environment that empowers youth to contribute their valuable insights and talents toward building a better and more sustainable world.

Twitter: @Shivikaggrawal

STEPHEN OWITI
STEPHEN OWITI

 

QUESTIONS

 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!


My name is Stephen Owiti, a humanities graduate from Kenyatta University Nairobi Kenya. I am an inclusive nonprofit young icon based in Kenya. Stephen is a certified social entrepreneur by Ashoka who's passion is about bringing the marginalized groups to the conversation in Everyone A Changemaker. With vast experience in the nonprofit sector I have created spaces to the youth network with the right actors, funders and policymakers enabling the young people to tap into the right spaces. Additionally, I'm a Founding Director at African Mind Empowerment Foundation where we basically envision to develop, harness and empower the Kenyan women and youths in the agribusiness sector for equal job opportunities and wealth creation.

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

 

  • Let young people seek out partnerships, network and build alliances, both within and between generations. This in turn increases visibility and raises credibility.
  • Mobilize other youths to actively participate in communicating the message of SDGs either in private or public spheres in order to hold governments to account.  

 

     5. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

I strongly believe youths need to package themselves well. Building resilient communities and actioning empathy for the betterment of the future is part and parcel of my DNA. Moreover, involve young men and women in under-acknowledged and hidden roles much more directly, visibly and respectfully. Yes I am fully youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit. I am looking forward to participate in person  the Kenya SDG Summit 2023 April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asti Mutia Sari
Asti Mutia Sari

In terms of the SGDS Summit, I support youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations. I belive that young people have a better understanding of the issues and challenges they face and provide innovate and sustainable solutions. Therefore, it is important for world leaders to listen and consider their views. I would also like to suggest that youth around the world are given adequate acces and support to develop their skills, knowledge and capacity to address social and environmental issues. This includes support for education and training, access to technology, opportunities to engage in local and international  initiatives. Finally, i would like to emphasize the importance of prompt and sustained action to achieve sustainable development goals. There is no time to wait or act slowly. We need to take action now to create a better future.

AIME LUDOVIC PEGDWENDE SAWADOGO
AIME LUDOVIC PEGDWENDE SAWADOGO

1- How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

 

I am one of the 25 UNODC’s YouthLED Integrity Advisory Board Members. I participated in the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Qatar in March 2023. According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, more than the half of the world is currently under 30. I think the representation of young people should increase at decision-taking. In order to increase the voices of young people, they should have more job opportunities. Without jobs, it will be difficult for meaningful youth engagement and dignity. There should be more intergenerational dialogue for powerful contributions. 

 

2-What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

 

Young people have ideas and solutions and have not sufficient funds to implement them. In addition, when there are call for applications for getting funding, the conditions are difficult. First even the non-registered companies should be allowed to apply. Secondly, Young people are not sufficiently trained on how to make a better business plan or a pitch deck or financial documents. Thirdly, even when their applications are not selected, in the most of the cases, they do not receive an email to inform them. Moreover, when there are emails to inform them, the reason why the application was not selected is not clear to incite young people to improve their skills. Finally, the funding opportunities are very rare. There are qualified applicants but all of them are not selected. 

Secondly, young people have no access to internet connection to participate in youth competitions or network with platforms of the United Nations and multilateral organisations.

Thirdly, the representations of young people should not be limited to participating in international summits. After the summits, for example, young people can be recommended to local UN institutions to work through contracts or policy-making. The role of young people should not be only about providing solutions to the elders and then the elders alone will implement policies. Young people should participate in all the steps. 

Young people should be trained on entrepreneurship because the private sector contributes significantly to empowering young people. 

 

3-What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

 

There should be more scholarships for young people. The scholarship requirements should be made easy for all. For example, the student whose language is not English are not very included. They have to pay additional fees for translating their certificates and diplomas in English. Sometimes, they are required to take English test which are expensive to pay, while sometimes they have full professional English proficiency. As a solution, those whose language is not English can be allowed to participate in English courses before starting the courses and programs in English. There should be more systems to allow people not to translate all their diplomas in English because it is expensive. The language barrier is a threat to many young people who are working hard to seek and to apply for the opportunity which will change their lives. There should be more opportunities and programs in local and indigenous languages to include everyone. The programs can be automatically translated for more inclusion.

People should be encourage for teamwork to increase their efforts. 

There should be more circular economy opportunities 

There should be more young professionals in renewable energies in the developing countries. 

 

 

4-How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

The language should no longer be a barrier. Even those who have not been educated at school should have the same chances.

There should be more professional training opportunities. 

The visa process should be made easy for allowing youth participation. In some countries, getting a visa for an opportunity is hard. Many young people could not represent their communities because they did not get the visa on time. When they do not get the visa on time, it is difficult to give the best they can in online participations. 

All the organizations should fight against corruption for more opportunities for young people. Integrity should be promoted everywhere. 

 

5-How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

 

The leaders of this world should work more for including more the voices of the local and the indigenous communities. They should be able to work with professionals from universities, and great institutions for finding easy, simple, and resilient solutions. We need each other. 

 

6-What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Sometimes, the time for the sessions is very short for taking into consideration the contribution of young people. This platform should be available to allow those who want to continue sharing solutions to contribute. 

As mentioned above, the visa process should be made easy for more inclusion. It can take many months to have an immediate visa appointment for a summit. Sometimes, young people have to travel in other countries for their visa application to contribute in summits and there is no reimbursement for their efforts. Sometimes, they risk their lives in a foreign country for a visa. Sometimes their luggage are stolen and they have nobody to support them. The electronic visa can be a good option to prevent young people to risk their lives to travel abroad with all the risks if it is not possible to be reimbursed. 

There should be more fully funded opportunities for young people. 

As the majority of the world’s population lives in the cities, it can be interesting to focus on SDG11 for sustainable cities and communities. We should think about how cities can generate more opportunities for youth empowerment. I think that UN-Habitat can lead special sessions of similar topics. We should think about how to adapt to climate change and floods. It should be interesting to valorize and innovate construction materials for cheap, ecological and resilient housings for the endogenous development of the local and the endogenous populations. 

We should think about how to manage water to build transboundary peace between communities. Water is life. 

We should increase our humanity towards each other to live happier together.

 

 

 

 

 

Ronja
Ronja

Hello everyone, 

I am a member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN, https://www.gybn.org/), the official youth constituency of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The answers from those question are coming from my own reflection thanks to those experiences (but are not consulted within the overall network). 

Many points has been already raised and are well summarized by Ines a couple of days ago, so I rather limit my answer for some additional thoughts: 

Contribution to SDG:
I think it is worth pointing out that we as GYBN and as official youth voice have the benefit to be able to directly raise and participate within the CBD process, thus contributing to several SDGs (most prominently of course Life on land and Life below water; but also e.g. to sustainable cities/ energy, education, poverty, gender, etc, as biodiversity is crosscutting many if not all SDGs). With this status we were able to raise funding and have a youth delegation participating actively during the COP, both within the negotiation process (commenting the draft proposals) as outside (own youth events, speakers at side events, own youth summit, etc). Raising this fund has not been easy and we still face many of the issues raised also from other people here in the forum. 

Challenges and barriers: 
I strongly agree with the points raised, in particular with differences in opportunities, lack of financial support, information barriers, lack of institutional (where we work or study and thus preventing us to participate) and government support. 

The differences in opportunities start with different visa requirements in order to attend international events, individual financial constraints, time zones. Some people of our youth delegation could not attend due to visa constraints. 

The other big issue is of course that learning and educating oneself, being prepared for events, contribute, implement etc requires time that for many youth is something they do in their freetime, in addition to job or studies. The missing time is a mayor constraint in engaging during such events or scaling up implementing ideas to achieve the SDGs.

Key opportunities: 
In all kind of frameworks, be it SDGs or other convention, treaties, agreement on local, national or international level we should aim for having SMART indicators focusing on empowering youth and integrating them into the decision and implementation processes (considering their time and financial constraints). 

For trainings: education overall should be much more transformational from the beginning and especially non-youth people in decision-relevant institutions should receive training on how to meaningfully engage with youth (and other stakeholders, in particular indigenous people, local community and women).

For giving young people a voice: Youth should have the status as rightsholders, as for many SDGs and for any action not taken today, youth is most likely the one facing the severest consequences and for a longer time. Therefore, their position could be strenghtened by recognizing them as rightsholders (not only stakeholders). 

Beyond the decision-making, youth should be definitely integrated in established projects and this should happen right in the beginning, not as mere after-thought of the project. Ideally, there should be paid position for youth, to avoid time and financial constraints for the youth involved in the process. 

Partnering up: 
- Provide financing for youth (or youth organization), especially to attend the relevant international events. They might need to take unpaid leave, will face delays with their studies, etc - so only a small minority can allow themselves to face some additional financial constraints for travel, accomodation or attendance fee. The in-person attendance is a significant contribution to learn, get up-to-date and most importantly, to network with other youth and other persons/organisations working in the field. 
- provide institutional or organizational support, depending on the specific needs of the project, youth or youth organisation: that can be visibility, access to infrastructure, server capacity, contacts, information material; it might be also some flexibility in timing, adjusting consultation to a time schedule that allows youth to participate, etc
- support with specific competences if needed 
- reduce institutional burdens and barriers (e.g. formal XX years of being established/experience, formal inscription)

Meaningful engagement: 
- avoid youth "tokenism" - not only invite youth into decision-making processes, but involve them from the start + listen to their opinion and take them seriously
- include them into the implementation from the very beginning
- create jobs/ paid opportunities exclusively for youth
- consider translation needs - not everyone is able to participate in English (or other UN languages)
- provide clear, comprehensive overviews about engagement possibilities (e.g. for the CBD GYBN has the "CBD in a nutshell" guidance (https://www.gybn.org/publications) that helps many people - not only youth - to get a better understanding what everything is about and what everyone can do)

Key message: 
Beyond integrating youth, we need a societal shift and a real transformation of how we live and behave in this world. GYBN has made a policy brief about transformative education focusing on biodiversity (https://drive.google.com/file/d/12OHnAu8tCN3PmgED3nZzeHz0u1Uzzuq3/view). However, the need for transformation and transformative education to achieve this change is not limited for biodiversity, but rather should be something every single entity can apply in the own context - for the people they are working or engaging with. 

It is not only youth that need to be engaged or given a chance to implement our ideas, but everyone needs to be aware that a change is necessary. Taking those steps towards a change, initiated by youth, marginalized groups or others, can be a very significant support to the struggles we as youth are fighting.

XII-1 Ayesha Humayra Fayyaza-09
XII-1 Ayesha Humayra Fayyaza-09

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

My name is Ayesha Humayra Fayyaza, a student from Indonesia. I always felt fond of research, science, children’s rights and climate action. In my city, i have been a volunteer in several orphanages in my city and helped to give them education and embrace their talent in what they like. In 2021, my colleagues and I did research, that is making ink from avocado seeds that is harmless to children's learning process. In 2022, we make dengue fever medicine from catfish for children in rural places, and also in 2022, we successfully made nanomagnetic biomedicine to accelerate cancer healing and how to utilize the richness of ironsand in Indonesia. 

Several studies based on our concern for children’s education, health and natural resources, have obtained several achievements at the international level, also thankfully i have been appreciated by the ministry, and given an award as an National Inspiring Children Figure.  

I always try to contribute by sharing my best practices, lessons learned, solutions, as well as creative and innovative ideas with Youth Individuals also the Government to voice my views, concerns and galvanize actions on how to transform the world into a fairer, greener and more sustainable place with other youth participants and stakeholders based on my specialty and experience about research, science, education and children.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

The findings show that the first step in effectively harnessing youth contributions is to actively listen, acknowledge and act upon information learned—supporting the roles that young people want to assume and cultivate. We found that initiatives often do not fully identify or support the emerging roles that young people self define. While youth often want to be peer educators, some also express aspirations to go far beyond this. They may want to be educators; or leaders engaged in changing negative social norms; or citizens with status, striving to reduce inequality and social differences within their broader and intergenerational social networks, which may include parents, community leaders, project staff and governments. This means it is imperative to explore and acknowledge, at the start of any initiative, how young people want to contribute in terms, for example, of their roles and how these may be redefined over time.

We found that young people, parents, non-governmental organization (NGO) staff, government officials, and decision makers use and understand the concept of “value” in several ways. While this may sometimes be consistent and overlapping, it is at other times divergent. We found that measuring these different aspects of “added value” remains challenging, especially given the absence of systematic methods to first identify and then track magnitude and direction of change. The challenge is compounded by difficulties in establishing a valid counterfactual case for comparison. This means that many important contributions that young people are making towards achieving the SDGs are still undervalued.
 

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

We have to give young people a seat at spaces and places of influence. Our findings suggest that a very wide range of young people are ready, willing and able to be a part of bigger conversations about their lives and their futures. Achievement of the SDGs will be accelerated if there is a strong commitment to listen to, act upon and respect the voices of young women and men of different classes, ages, socio-economic conditions and abilities. This is especially so thanks to youth skills and capabilities in network and movement building, both within and between generations. 

For youth to be effective active citizens, they need to understand how political and economic decisions are made and recognise the huge part that they, individually and collectively, can play in contributing to improving accountability at all levels. By taking an informed and active role in accountability mechanisms, young people’s current mistrust of politics, private-sector operations and civic institutions can be reduced. Given the opportunity, young people—especially youth-led groups and organizations operating at the grassroots—can be a powerful force in safeguarding transparency and accountability. Such groups are more likely to be responsive to the needs of the youth cohort they represent and offer greater possibilities to unleash the creativity and innovation of youth. It’s time for forward thinking.

 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

Encourage innovation, creativity and risk taking. To really unleash the creativity and energy often cited as the key attributes of young people, agencies need to step up towards the “next practice”. In other words, up to the foresight or “outsight” level. The current “comfort level” seems to principally be to give young people a role in activities that are more-orless mapped out by the project in advance. This seems to be linked to perception of risk. But minimising risk can be counter-intuitive to “next practice”, so how can this be resolved? We suggest some further research and design of examples where there is less emphasis on defining the inputs or outputs expected from youth engagement and more “risk brokering” to help neutralize or reduce the risks for other stakeholders might liberate young people to take programming to the foresight and “outsight” levels and lead to some “next” level gains. 

This means making internal changes or developing the mechanisms to work with youth organizations or groups of young people as partners, not in a “service provider” or contributor basis. This would challenge ideas of hierarchy and top-down culture that is prevalent in big development organizations. 

  1. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

The grassroots organization provides a connection to the population. The intermediaries provide structure and resources, such as training, organizational models, research, or assistance with advocacy, to help establish and maintain an initiative.

Grassroots organizations have unique strengths. Many have long been involved in struggles over structural inequality and the promotion of human rights. They can bring a distinct awareness of inequities that are, from other perspectives, either normalized or invisible. By providing details of their experience of inadequate services and by calling for accountability, they can challenge the marginalization that their communities experience.

Grassroots organizations must deal with varied powerful authorities. Some work within authoritarian states, others must navigate the politics of racialised, gendered, and ethnic discrimination. To deal with the challenges of highly asymmetrical power relations, grassroots organizations need the support of influential intermediary organizations. Through these alliances they can develop a variety of responses to different challenges.
 

  1. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Ensuring that “no one is left behind” is a commitment of the 2030 SDG plan. The SDGs seek not only to achieve national outcomes but also to reduce inequalities within countries. This is no small task. Yes, and I want to contribute by sharing my best practices, lessons learned, solutions, as well as creative and innovative ideas with Member States, Delegates, Youth Individuals also the Government to voice my views, concerns and galvanize actions on how to transform the world into a fairer, greener and more sustainable place with other youth participants and stakeholders based on my specialty and experience about research, science, education and children

YU Zhang
YU Zhang

1.How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

  • Hello everyone, I am Zhang Yu from China, currently a junior, studying at Communication University of China. I became an SDG Movers trainee in 2022 and an SDG Movers actor in 2023; Through workshops, I have taught more than 700 young people in Asia and the Pacific about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, I am an intern at the China Good Food Foundation.
  • At the same time, in 2022, I founded GreenGeek, a university alliance, whose mission is to "build a platform for youth to participate in the localization of the SDGs and global climate governance, continuously raise the awareness of youth participation in climate action, and actively empower and enhance their ability to have a positive social impact." "Our vision is to "gather the wisdom of young people and practice climate governance; Bringing together the power of youth for sustainable development"; At present, more than 600 young people from universities at home and abroad have joined it, and GreenGeek encourages more young people to understand the field of sustainable development and devote themselves to the cause of sustainable development through collaborative forums, workshops, and interviews with personalities。

2.What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

  • Challenges and obstacles I face:
  1.  Funding: The lack of funds makes the development of our related activities can only be more concentrated online, in the form of seminars, lectures, forums... It is difficult for us to have the opportunity to hold offline events, such as markets, art exhibitions...
  2. Changes in the enthusiasm of managers: Because the operation of our organization is to recruit college student volunteers to do such personal affairs, it is very testing everyone's consciousness; This can call more college students, but it also means that there is a large turnover of personnel, and some college students choose to leave halfway, which will hinder the continuous progress of the mission.
  3. The lack of instructors: The lack of instructors leads to some difficulties in dealing with some problems, and the time and labor costs are higher.

3.What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

  1. Abundant training opportunities: leadership training for young people can be provided at both conceptual and practical levels; And to give young people access to such training opportunities, they can participate in training.
  2. Funding: The practice of youth leadership programs is inseparable from the support of funds.
  3. Youth network with leadership: bring together young people with leadership, give them ample opportunities to communicate, and encourage them to go on better through mutual exchanges.
  4. Mentors: If you can have experienced mentors to guide young people one-on-one on how to cultivate their own leadership, it will be more effective with half the effort.

4.How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

  1. An expert team can be formed to provide high-quality guidance to young people.
  2. Funding for youth leadership programs can be joined together.
  3. It can provide more practical opportunities for youth, thereby improving youth skills.

5.How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

  1. Build social networks for young people that provide ample opportunities for communication between young people to increase the participation of young people in marginalized communities.
  2. Education: Provide them with rich educational opportunities

6.What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

  • My suggestion is to attract more young people to pay attention to climate change and actively seek solutions to climate change problems, because climate problems are having an increasing impact on our daily lives, and climate problems are even one of the important causes of the food crisis. We urgently need more people to pay attention to climate issues and take timely action.
  • I support

 

 

Jana Hasan
Jana Hasan

1 How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

 

My name is Jana Hasan A student  at Umm Salamah high school for the gifted. committed to learning and passionate about developing my skills to achieve my goals. A member of Mawhiba  Alumni. Chosen to be part of Saudi Energy Leaders Assembly “SELA” by Ministry of Energy and to and to record a film about my experience with Mawhiba programs. Moreover they  chose me as a great example to share and inspire children and youth with my own story as a speaker at the Third Childhood Forum 2022 coinciding with International Children's Day.  Me and a group of students in my school have partnered with  an association to help orphans. Furthermore I look forward to expand my knowledge and experience. I am honoured to be part of this! 

 

 

 

2 What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

 

One of the challenges is the lack of awareness of the importance and role of youth in sustainable development. Also the most prominent which was the lack of ways to communicate between youth and supporting agencies to activate partnerships.

 

 

3 What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

 

From this platform, I believe that one of the most important opportunities that enhance youth leadership to reach the goal is to increase forums and events that support the voice of successful youth who are able to make the right decisions to benefit society

 

 

4 How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

Governments, companies, and other parties can contribute to many things, such as providing grants, privileges, and professional opportunities for distinguished youth, and providing sufficient expertise and consultations for the renaissance of society.

 

 

6 What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit

 

 

My message to governments is to exploit the enormous energies of youth by employing them in the right way that serves people to increase development away from negative exploitation that may lead to the spread of corruption through some means. And I completely support all the efforts young people have made for the society and I feel proud of what they have accomplished so far.

 

 

 

Nèmè Nalèwazou Braly
Nèmè Nalèwazou Braly
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello change makers. I am Nèmè Braly from Togo (West Africa). I hold a Master’s degree in agricultural and environmental economics. I am currently working as a United Nations Volunteer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where I am in charge of projects supporting women's and youth entrepreneurship for sustainable jobs creation. I work also on developing countries' participation in global value chains and environmental pollution with a focus on the contribution of digitalization. Passionate about community development, I volunteer at Plan International, where I have been leading actions since 2019 on gender equity, social inclusion, civic engagement, climate change, among others. I am also involved in climate education by raising awareness among students on environmental protection, future job opportunities related to the SDGs and green entrepreneurship.

Through my work, I am conducting various projects related to the SDGs in collaboration with stakeholders:


- SDG 1 and 2: In my country, the poverty rate is higher in rural areas where rain-fed agriculture predominates. Such agriculture, which is vulnerable to climate change, does not allow producers to earn enough income to escape poverty in the long term. To contribute to the resolution of these challenges, we accompany vulnerable youth and women on technical itineraries adapted to climate change as well as techniques of conservation and transformation of agricultural products for a better positioning in terms of value chains. Downstream, we assist them in accessing the market by putting them in contact with aggregators.


- SDG 5: Implementation of the Female Entrepreneurship Acceleration Project within the framework of the African Continental Free Trade Area for the empowerment of women. The funding obtained has made it possible to finance the acquisition of small-scale agri-food industrialization equipment to replace the tedious manual mode used;


- SDG 7: consulting on strategies to mobilize private investment in solar energy in Africa;


- SDG 8 and 12: in order to contribute to the reduction of unemployment which is one of the most prominent socio-economic scourges in my country, I contribute to the implementation of programs to support youth entrepreneurship through the drafting of proposals for funding. This year, we have been selected for the TRAC 2 funds which allow us to provide technical and financial support to youth entrepreneurial initiatives in sustainable agriculture, handicrafts related to green jobs...


- SDGs 10 and 16: I am currently coordinating a project aimed at strengthening the socio-economic and food resilience of the populations of the northern region (the most vulnerable region of Togo), which is plagued by violent extremism. It focuses on empowering vulnerable populations to limit their recruitment into violent extremist groups that use monetary incentives to attract youth. The project has several components, including technical and vocational training for unemployed youth, capacity building on sustainable technical itineraries, provision of handicraft equipment, modern agricultural equipment, and agro-food processing equipment.

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

- Difficulties in adapting the principles of the SDGs to local realities: activism on climate education and sustainable production and consumption patterns made me discover other realities on the ground. For example, it is difficult to raise awareness on the dangers of deforestation for firewood when communities do not have the means to obtain clean energy sources; or to raise awareness on the use of compost when it is more expensive for farmers to use chemical fertilizers on a large area. Economic difficulties prevent vulnerable populations from adopting sustainable consumption patterns, which keeps them in the abusive exploitation of natural resources;


- Financial and technical difficulties for concrete actions: I conducted an awareness raising activity on the jobs of the future related to the SDGs and green entrepreneurship. It would have been more impactful if instead of discussions (that young people will surely forget after a while), we had resources to train them in a practical way on waste management, recycling of plastic bags, ecological coal....We are mobilizing resources to achieve this.

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

- The strengthening of the synergy of action between youth associations in order to transform redundant micro activities into major activities with potential impact;


- The existence of communal sustainable development plans constitutes an opportunity to include youth at each stage of implementation;


- The existence of under-exploited renewable resources (sun, water, wind, organic waste...) around which we can develop different green sectors with employment and growth potential: this will allow young people to earn an income through sustainable employment while contributing to sustainable production and consumption patterns.

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

- Coordination of partnerships: often, these different actors carry out actions without consulting each other. This leads to duplication of initiatives. A better coordination would allow everyone to be informed about each initiative to better position themselves in a complementary way. The actors should make a map of the interventions by mentioning the stakeholders to facilitate access to information and opportunities for young people, as well as the criteria for subsidies and the success factors;


- Establish a technical committee made up of a representative of each actor mentioned to exchange on needs, solution approaches, opportunities, etc.


- Capacity building for youth to increase their negotiation and advocacy skills.

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

- Promoting inclusion: an exploratory analysis can be done to identify blocking factors that exclude these communities in the process of implementing the SDGs. Based on the factors identified, inclusive and tailored approaches can be designed;


- Tailoring the SDGs to local realities in response to the alarming needs identified: to the extent that the involvement of vulnerable youth or communities contributes to effectively addressing a problem they are actually facing, they will find it beneficial to actively participate;


- Balance the levels of intervention at the level of each identified marginalized community. In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about gender equity, and this is legitimate given that the gap in terms of rights and opportunities persists. However, in some services, there are no adequate facilities for people with disabilities and not enough action is taken. If their needs are not taken into account, what interest will they have in defending the SDGs that do not take them into account enough?

6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

- Reinforce SDG achievements and value progress;
- Give priority to practical training programs related to the SDGs rather than theoretical awareness sessions;
- Support innovative green entrepreneurship initiatives at the local level;
- Ensure the representativeness of young actors in rural development to make their voice heard;
- Promote networking between young people in terms of success stories in the implementation of the SDGs;
- Beyond the actions of gender equity, improve a global view by defining a strategy of empowerment of people with disabilities;
- Define a joint action plan to be presented to the different actors (government, industrial groups, CSOs, technical and financial partners...) including the young people themselves and make advocacy to concretize the commitment of each actor for the implementation of the recommendations;
- Establish a national committee for the follow-up of the SDGs.

I am fully prepared to support the consultation efforts like the committed youth of this platform. If everyone commits to playing their part, the melody of the SDGs will only be more beautiful!!!

Penn Emmanuel
Penn Emmanuel
1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here! Hello, I am Emmanuel Penn Nkeng from Yaoundé, Cameroon. I am the Co-founder and Secretary General of Ecosystems Awareness Fund, an environmentally friendly Non-Governmental Organization. I am also an Advanced Level Examiner and Practical Supervisor for the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board. I am a holder of an MSc. in Petrochemistry and Refining Engineering for the University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon. I have contributed to the advocacy and implementation of SDGs in key sectors particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 13 (Climate Action). Being an education professional, I am concerned about the education of the younger ones especially the young girl and persons with disabilities. My peers and I frequently run sensitization campaigns in communities to educate the population on the importance of sending young children to school, especially girls. In some cases, we raise funds to support these different communities in paying the school fees of these young boys and girls. We noticed a majority of these young people out of school had or lived in inadequate housing exposing them to the reach of vandals and thieves. Furthermore, they are subjected to poor hygiene and sanitation, and little or no available potable water sources. I developed strategies and guidelines to permit easy reinsertion into community life and access to quality education. We also wrote the city council to condemn the housing condition of these people and some solutions were developed and implemented. As a trained person from the African Climate Resilient Infrastructure Facility (AFRI-RES), I can blend the Energy sector and its effect on Climate Change. With an understanding of the level at which the energy sector can influence Global Climate, I co-founded Ecosystem Awareness Fund with friends to build a world empowered to protect our finite natural resources, attuned to the pursuit of sustainable development, for a healthy environment that enhances Human Quality of life for present and future generations. I am out to research, explore, and disseminate information on human activities and initiatives aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing environmental quality towards good environmental integrity, and human cultural and economic viability. I supported the development and implementation of a participatory forest management plan, contributed to the development forest management plan, and engaged with different stakeholders for strengthened partnerships in sustainable forest management. I also proposed guidelines to follow for settlement in risk zones, especially after the Damas landslide in Yaoundé, Cameroon. 2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs? At the local (community) level where households fall under the low-income groups, youth networks are more inclined to read public finance rather than establishing sustainable income-generating initiatives. For example, attending workshops in exchange for transport and lunch allowances attracts more interest than establishing an income-generating activity, e.g in some parts of the country, the government provided the population with tractors and other agricultural equipment to bolster agriculture in this region but after two months or so, these types of equipment were abandoned in bushes. Also, part of the country is subjected to crises that have paralyzed all economic activities in these zones, further deteriorating the poor conditions of the population. Youth people are often not interested in developmental and conservation issues, they rarely take part in political issues this has a direct consequence on them because decisions taken by policymakers are not often youth-oriented, and have direct repercussions on the youth. 3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation monitoring, and review, in your specific context? Empowering Youth: We may consider empowering young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective leaders in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. Here, education and training programs, mentorship, and other capacity-building initiatives come in handy. Youth Participation: Another key opportunity is to promote youth participation in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This includes involving young people in the design and implementation of policies, programs, and projects related to the SDGs. Technology and Innovation: Technology and innovation can play a significant role in enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. We could harness digital platforms and tools to engage young people in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, and to provide them with the necessary information and resources to become effective leaders. Recognition and Incentives: Recognizing and incentivizing the contributions of young people to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review can also enhance their leadership and encourage other youth who perceive that issues of forest management and conservation are a thing of the elder to participate. Considerations may include awards, scholarships, and other forms of recognition that highlight the impact of their work on the SDGs, including certificates and tax exemptions/cuts on green enterprise proceeds. 6 . What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit? Build the capacity of young people and local communities in education, clean energy usage, and climate awareness. Capacity building can enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of young people and communities in conservation, thus promoting their active participation in protection-led initiatives. Build the capacity of the young people in developing realistic business plans for green enterprises to ensure the sustainability of every enterprise established. Advocate for increased investment in Africa, including in the Energy Modelling Platform for Africa and Nationally Determined Contribution, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. There is a need for increased funding for conservation initiatives to enable sustainable management of natural resources, including in projects led by youth organizations and individuals.
Rehman Hassan
Rehman Hassan

Hello! 

I’m so excited to participate in this youth consultation and share some of my perspectives and experiences with the Secretariat. My name is Rehman and I come from the Americas Region. I currently have the great pleasure of serving as a World Health Organization Adolescent Champion & Focal Point with PMNCH, an NGO Representative & Young Ambassador to the United Nations, a UN Refugee Agency Young Champion, and the founder of an international, youth-led public health nonprofit, iCure Health. Over the past years, I have worked tirelessly both individually and through the organization I founded to help implement the SDGs, especially using the power of youth across the world. Some of iCure’s accomplishments have included forming chapters in 30 countries, helping 60,000+ people, helping physicians perform 20,000+ preventative care tests, and providing support worth $200,000 (USD). One of our great projects to achieve some of these goals has been hosting an internship program where we educated  65+ young people all over the world from Bayamón, Puerto Rico to Doha, Qatar, who helped 15,000+ people across 70+ communities. From our many years of experience, we have learned how critical young people can be in ensuring education dissemination and reaching unreached groups of the world. Using youth as educators can be especially effective in underserved communities and can help keep youth safe themselves. Through my UN work, I have experience engaging in consultation with UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UN Human Rights, UN Women, and the governments of the UK, New Zealand, and European Union and have first-authored over 17 policy papers. 

 

I will be editing this to answer the rest of the questions. 

 

Juan Felipe Montenegro Villota
Juan Felipe Montenegro Villota

Hello all 🤠💪🏻

QUESTIONS

 

 

Young people’s positive role in driving SDG implementation, monitoring and review 

 

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

 

R/

 

brilliant. Greetings to all, I am Juan Felipe Montenegro, I live in Colombia and here we work together with young people, in this case I wanted to tell you that I am a youth councilor for my municipality elected by popular vote in which young people from 14 to 28 years as established by the statute of youth citizenship of my country, and that is why together with young people we lead this process of political transformation, within the framework of bringing education and commitment to rural youth and in which with the initiatives of leadership with educational institutions in my city we actively participate with the representatives, likewise promoting that youth union through the implementation of public policies in the city, and at the national level participating in the first youth assembly in which we work on proposals for change and development youth in how we will build peace in our society through participation without discrimination, within the framework of SDG 11 of development perspectives, we are committed to ensuring that young people are not manipulated in the elections and are participants in them.

 

What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

 

R/

 

Well, one of the biggest barriers is that adults make fun of us in municipal, regional and national decisions and use us as objects in public policies and their development. They think that because we are young we cannot participate in these participation mechanisms. And even more so from my seat as a councilor, the municipal administration in several cases turns blindsided and does not pay attention to us in the formulation of regional policies.

 

 

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

 

R/ 

 

Youth training schools

- Knowledge of adolescent laws for each country

- Dynamic and non-methodical education

 

How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

R/

 

The most important thing to unite is through learning through study, if international organizations support us internationally with youth empowerment initiatives, it would be the most appropriate

 

 

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

 

R/

 

In my region it is quite complicated, some even do not have networks or signals and more in the urban sector, in some cases they use radio in which local stations are listened to, one of the best initiatives is to bring together rural youth and urban youth and become a young nucleus without differentiation for being from another area.

 

 

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

R/

 

Young people, my most important comment is to tell them to unite, without seeing colors, parties, organizations. Let's create the international framework for youth public policies in that 2030 agenda so that governments promote us through learning and not imposing

 

¡Qué siga la lucha joven!

 

🧔🏽🧑🏻‍🦰👩🏽‍🦲👩🏿‍🦰👩🏻‍🦱👩🏼👳🏽‍♀️

 

¡keep the youth fight!

Gamal Abdullah

I am Gamal Abdullah, As a 27-year-old engineer and youth activist from Yemen, I am committed to increasing my knowledge and skills to contribute to positive change in my country. Through my participation in numerous community youth projects, programs, and initiatives, I have gained valuable experience in building the capacity of young people and preparing them to contribute to community development through various volunteer activities and social projects.

One such program that I participated in was the "My Contribution to Development" initiative, which aimed to equip young people with the skills necessary to make a difference in their communities. As part of this program, I was involved in the rehabilitation of the Al-Arish Health Center by providing it with reproductive health equipment and supplies. Additionally, I took part in the "Nahdhat Shabab project" implemented by AMIDEAST organization. This project involved training young people and implementing community activities aimed at mitigating climate change by installing renewable energy systems in government community centers. Through these experiences, I have developed a deep to making a positive impact on my local community and inspiring others to do the same.

As a testament to my commitment to sustainable development, I was honored to be selected as one of the young innovators for the eighth edition of the United Nations Development Program's Young Leadership program. During this program, I developed a device that effectively reduces crop loss and increases employment opportunities for women in agriculture while also promoting land cultivation. This project highlights my dedication to creating innovative solutions that address critical global challenges.

Furthermore, I am proud to have founded the Youth Spike Network, a youth-led initiative that unites young leaders and activists who volunteer their time to achieve sustainable development goals. Through this network, we are able to collaborate and leverage our collective skills and resources towards creating positive change in our communities. As I continue on my professional journey, I remain committed to making a positive impact on both this country and the planet at large. My passion for sustainable development fuels my drive to create meaningful change through my work.

The execution of certain activities presented me with a multitude of challenges and obstacles, primarily stemming from financial constraints and logistical support. The presence of multiple authorities and entities in the war-torn area where I resided further complicated the implementation of initiatives, posing significant risks to progress. These challenges were not limited to my university studies but extended to my efforts to contribute to the development process through various activities. Unfortunately, at that time, I lacked access to funding opportunities necessary for implementing my innovation and producing it for the local community.

Partnerships for youth development require collaboration, communication, and a shared vision aligned with the SDGs. Transparency, trust, and empowering young people are crucial. Mobilizing resources and monitoring progress are essential for success. Celebrating success and recognizing contributions will build momentum for future collaborations.

As a SDGs activist , I believe that the meaningful engagement of young people, especially those from marginalized communities, is crucial for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To further strengthen and mainstream this engagement, we need to adopt a multi-pronged approach that involves both top-down and bottom-up strategies. At the grassroots level, we need to create more opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives. This can be achieved by establishing youth-led organizations and platforms where young people can voice their concerns and ideas. We also need to invest in capacity building programs that equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to engage effectively in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. At the same time, we need to ensure that policymakers and other stakeholders are aware of the importance of youth engagement in achieving the SDGs. This can be done through advocacy campaigns that highlight the benefits of involving young people in decision-making processes. We also need to create more opportunities for dialogue between young people and policymakers at all levels.

we need to address structural barriers that prevent young people from participating fully in society. This includes addressing issues such as poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to education and healthcare. By creating a more inclusive society where all young people have equal opportunities to participate, we can ensure that their voices are heard in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. In conclusion, strengthening and mainstreaming youth engagement in SDG implementation requires a holistic approach that involves creating opportunities for participation at all levels while addressing structural barriers that prevent marginalized communities from fully participating in society. By doing so, we can ensure that young people are empowered to contribute meaningfully towards achieving the SDGs.

As a representative of my constituency, my key message to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit is that young people must be at the forefront of sustainable development efforts. I believe that youth-led and youth-inclusive initiatives are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. My recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit include:

• Increasing investment in education and skills development for young people, particularly in developing countries, to ensure they have the knowledge and tools necessary to contribute to sustainable development.

• Encouraging greater participation of young people in decision-making processes at all levels, including in government, civil society, and private sector organizations.

• Promoting innovative solutions that harness technology and entrepreneurship to address social and environmental challenges.

• Strengthening partnerships between governments, civil society organizations, private sector entities, and young people themselves to drive progress towards the SDGs.

I am fully committed to supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts that can inform the SDG Summit. I believe that young people have unique perspectives on issues such as climate change, poverty reduction, gender equality, and access to healthcare that must be taken into account when formulating policies and strategies for sustainable development.

In conclusion, I urge the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit to prioritize youth engagement in all aspects of sustainable development efforts. By working together with young people as partners in this endeavor, we can create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world for all.

 

 

 

 

 

Cresente Lizarbe Luna
Cresente Lizarbe Luna

¿Cómo ha contribuido usted, como joven u organización juvenil, movimiento y red, a la implementación de los ODS o ha liderado iniciativas de jóvenes y ODS hasta ahora? ¡Preséntate y comparte tu experiencia o cualquier práctica prometedora que conozcas aquí!

Hola mi nombre es Cresente Lizarbe Luna, soy un joven que vive en Chile desde mi país hemos podido contribuir en algunos aspectos para los ODS, he estado en diferentes organizaciones a lo largo de mis 3 cortos años de activismo, pero he logrado avanzar en lo que ha sido el ODS 4, y entre otros tantos, en el tema educacional logre darle mayor accesibilidad a todas y todos los estudiantes de educación superior en Chile, a travez del aumento del presupuesto de la beca de alimentación superior, asi mismo contribui con otras organizaciones en temas educacionales tales como las discusiones con el avance en la educación gratuita, y de calidad, la seguridad y el accesos al transporte... Asi mismo por el ODS 13 dar diferentes discusiones, en parte por la acción por el clima y la concietización de los estudiantes de educación Superior, a travez de charlas, entre otras por el calentamiento global. Actualmente estoy en desarrollo para poder defender la mayor cantidad de ODS en mi Ong, The Millennials Movement.

¿Cuáles son algunos de los desafíos o barreras que ha enfrentado o identificado como joven u organización, movimiento y red de jóvenes, al tomar medidas sobre los ODS?
Creo que una de las cosas mas complejas que pase mientras aplicaba politicas publicas en mi país y al pelear por los derechos de todas y todos los estudiantes de Chile en el Congreso Nacional, fue mucha pero mucha oposición, por parte de los legisladores y tomadores de decisiones al no darle la importancia real al problema que habia con la juventud, y esto es traducido que los fondos para la educación no eran prioritarios, y creo que eso mismo pasan con otras politicas publicas para la juventud de diversas indoles

¿Cuáles son las oportunidades clave para mejorar el liderazgo juvenil en la implementación, el seguimiento y la revisión de los ODS en su contexto específico? 

Una de las cosas que mas se necesita es ayuda y apoyo, esto harán que las nuevas generaciones se interesen por seguir la defensa de estos ODS.

¿Cómo pueden el gobierno, las entidades de la ONU, los socios para el desarrollo, las organizaciones, movimientos y redes juveniles, la filantropía, los actores de la sociedad civil y el sector privado asociarse mejor para generar impacto, compromisos y financiamiento para los jóvenes?

Creo que una de las cosas que mas importantes es la difusión, y la comunicación de información para la juventud, y es importantes que entre los organismos mas grandes puedan generar politicas publicas para el desarrollo de este sector.
 

¿Cómo se puede fortalecer e integrar aún más la participación significativa de los jóvenes, en particular de las comunidades marginadas, en la implementación, el seguimiento y la revisión de los ODS, incluso a nivel de base?
Para potenciar aún más la participación se necesita motivación, esto se logra generando mucha mas oportunidades para la juventud, hay un dicho que dice "los jovenes producen más jovenes" y "Los adultos producen mas adultos" esto quiere decir que se necesitan mecanismos o plataformas para las organizaciones bases, que en su mayoria son las unicas que pueden llegar al joven de a pie.

¿Cuáles son sus mensajes y recomendaciones clave o los de su electorado para el Foro de la Juventud del ECOSOC y la Cumbre de los ODS? ¿Está apoyando o planea apoyar esfuerzos y consultas dirigidos por jóvenes e inclusivos para jóvenes que podrían informar la Cumbre de los ODS?

Dentro de todo lo que hago lo que mas me interesa es poder dar apoyo y sostener a los jovenes, y  creo que una de las mayores recomendaciones son que los ODS son la dirección la cual necesitamos....

Christy Wong
Christy Wong

Hi everyone! This is Christy Wong from Peru. I am part of the coordination team of The Millennials Movement and Deputy Global Focal Point of the Latin America and the Caribbean Children and Youth Regional Caucus MeSLAC - MGCY.

Regarding the questions, I can share the following

How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people? 

We have to consider the potential of multistakeholder partnerships, these offer a way in order to finance many activities, training as well as developing projects with a more social and sustainable focus. These are a way to avoid typical banking constraints while remaining accountable. We could advocate for commitments of private sector to support long-term projects which include youth not only as volunteers but as partners and be at leading positions. We also have to advocate for more young people at decision making spheres, this at governmental, private, academia and civil society level (this is called cuadruple helix). In addition, we cannot continue having only focused projects, we have to aim to develop a catalogue of projects and think long term in order to include youth in these structures.

Training is also important and given that this could result expensive for some youth leaders, philantropy and private sector could be great allies. We need training on topics such as the functioning of green bonds, public policy making, blended funds,even communication for development.

It is also important that we continue to socialize the SDGs since not all people in LAC region are truly aware, this includes the private sector. We need them to truly go beyond regular ESG, in order for them to see the huge potential of working and including in their objectives co-creating solutions with the youth

 

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

At the Latin America and the Caribbean Children and Youth Regional Caucus MeSLAC - MGCY, we have been carrying consultations since December 2022 regarding the SDGs under review. We also developed a toolkit available in spanish, english and portuguese, so youth could organise consultations in their communities and share their recommendations. We also had a Regional Consultation and will have an in-person Forum in Santiago de Chile with the support of ECLAC and FAO. Our aim is to collect all this recommendations from different activities and develop a statement document to be presented in different spaces such as HLPF, SDG Summit and Summit of the Future.  Some key messages at LAC include the need promote a more intergenerational and region balanced spaces. In addition, we are the most violent region for environmental defenders, as well as one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, even if our footprint is not so high. We also still have gaps in access to basic services like water, electricity, infrastructure. The LAC groups aims not only to highlight challenges related to achieving the SDGs but to offer recommendations and share how youth in the region is already involved and doing their best to bridge some gaps.

Bitanya
Bitanya

How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

 

My name is Bitanya Kassaye and I am the Swedish Youth Delegate to the UN HLPF. I am a law student at Uppsala University and before my law studies I studied International Relations at Stockholm University. As a Youth Delegate I take part in all kinds of consultations, meetings and networks regarding the SDGs where I work as a bridge between the youth civil society and bigger non-profits, companies and governments.

 

I have been a part of the Swedish youth civil society for the past 5 and a half years, where I have worked with volunteering, advocating for PoC representation and as well as contributing to the spread of knowledge regarding international affairs.  



 

What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

 

  • Youth-washing, there exists a considerable discrepancy in the inclusion of young people and influence of young people. Attending meetings, consultations (not this one) and conferences - where I have questioned the concrete impact of my participation, both something that is challenging and frustrating. 
  • Finances is another variable, participating in conferences, booking accommodation, flights or even creating projects is consistently dependent on funds. 
  • Finally, considering the vagueness of the SDG’s and its specific indicators, together with the fact that for numerous indicators data is missing - measuring the impact of our engagement is another challenge. 

 

 

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

 

  • Consultations meeting just like this one, but further by participating in consultation meeting with governmental bodies and institutions in order to influence national decision-making and thematic advocation. 
  • Inclusion and participating in the entire chain of the policy process. 
  • International youth networks, exchanging knowledge and experience to create a new generation of empowered and capable young leaders. 



 

How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

 

  • In many cases, young leaders and activists stem from being inspired and prepared in school to make informed decisions and gain perspectives on topical sustainability challenges of today. Therefore, ensuring an inclusive, engaging and high quality of education is fundamental to prepare the future generation for the challenges of tomorrow. 
  • One again, capacity building and empowerment is another key component to unlocking the potential and positive benefit of youth inclusion. 

 


 

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

  • Currently, we see an unproportionate geographic representation of youth representatives from around the world. Therefore by funding, financing of participants flights/accomodation to ensure a more inclusive and representable international platform of youth representatives. 
  • Additionally, very few young people and activists and financially compensated for their engagement - arguably, this reflects the valuation of various stakeholders and their inclusion as well as representation in policy process’. In order to strengthen this lack of representation: 
    • More youth councils with pay 
    • Paid internships 
  • Giving representatives of marginalized communities equitable speaking time and other ways to share their views in public spaces. This includes equitable space for their views in panel discussions, during consultation meetings and text proposals, among other factors.
    • It is vital to acknowledge the importance of participation from all communities in order to reach the SDGs.

 


 

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

 

Whilst the SDGs are interconnected and the fulfillment of one may benefit another, that relationship is a double edged sword. Looking specifically at this year's HLPF conference with SDG 7 as a goal with special attention, we must consider the impact of pursuing green energy on other sectors, goals and values. More specifically, the extractive practices of minerals for green energy technologies. In this scenario, pursuing green energy must not compromise social and environmental conditions. Another example is the interconnected nature of goal 9 and 11, with a common denominator being an emphasis on sustainable cities. By 2030 approximately 60 % of the world’s population will be living in cities. In order to create sustainable, inclusive and safe cities, and doing this without compromising our ecosystems or further fueling the socioeconomic divides while simultaneously maintaining the benefits of growing cities - such as new opportunities for economic growth - we need to promote inclusive and sustainable infrastructure and industries.

Both of these examples stress the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, this approach is fundamental to ensure that global objectives do not contradict each other, but on the contrary benefit the fulfillment of other goals. 

 

olayinka omoniyi
olayinka omoniyi

How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat

My name is Olayinka and I work with Convexity Technologies Abuja. I am the Head of Sales and Marketing in the aforementioned company who has championed applaudable milestones with the support of my team members.

I consider myself as having contributed to the SDG initiative in the following capacity 

- Ensuring my team encompasses both genders to give room for creative ideas from gender perspectives. 

- Creating an opportunity for the realization of innovative ideas from team members which are pitched to the Management for approval and implementation. Some of such ideas have grown to be an independent entity that not only empowers the individual but creates makes room for more youthful employment

Some of the challenges I have identified are youthful distractions, maintenance of individual focus, and consistency toward achieving the end goal but to accelerate the progress of youth, I would recommend the below:

1. Providing a platform for them to share their ideas and be heard

2. Follow up which acts as a balance system to constantly remind them of their potential and widen their vision span
 

What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

My organization is very youth-friendly, flexible, and adaptable supporting SDG Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 8: Decent work and Economic growth

Goal 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

I have not experienced a barrier when taking action on SDG

 

What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context? 

Looking ahead - youth recommendations in the lead up to the SDG Summit

More awareness about the need for Youthful participation in SDG initiatives

More Youth-centric events that emphasize the SDG initiatives 



 

How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

By creating youth-centric communities for networking

Encouraging these youth to startup SDG initiatives driven ideas and group in their individual community for a wider spread 

 

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review including at the grassroots level?

By creating relatable programs for their participation 

Listening to the voices of these people and supporting their ideas 

Taking the SDG initiatives message to them in their unique languages

Creation of a foundational workforce in these communities that drive the SDG initiatives which will increase growth and adoption

 

What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?


My recommendation would be to make it easy to access funds to implement SDG-focused projects and reduce the red tape that is a major barrier to entry which is discouraging in situations where speed in implementation is needed.
Making it an intentional act to onboard more young people 

Hanna Wong
Hanna Wong

 

1.  How have you, as a young person or youth organisation, movement and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hi, my name is Hanna Wong, part of The Millennials Movement, and I am passionate about sustainable development and youth empowerment. As a young person, I have been actively involved in various youth organizations, movements, and networks to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

One of my most significant contributions to SDG implementation was through my involvement in a youth-led initiative aimed at promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12). As a team leader, I worked with different group of young people to organize a series of awareness-raising campaigns, training workshops, and educational programs on the importance of sustainable consumption and production. Through this type of initiative, we were able to reach out to a large number of young people and inspire them to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. 

On the other hand, last month, I organized a local dialogue in Lima, where more than 40 young people from 15 to 35 years old learned about SDGs 7, 9 and 11, and we were able to involve them in the decision-making processes regarding these SDGs.

Overall, my experience in youth-led initiatives has taught me the importance of collective action and the power of youth in driving positive change. I firmly believe that by empowering young people and providing them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources, we can achieve a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

 

2. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, when taking action on SDGs?

As a young person interested in taking action on SDGs, I have come across several challenges and barriers that hinder progress. One of the main issues is the lack of political will and support, as many governments have not fully embraced the SDGs or allocated sufficient resources for their implementation. This is particularly evident in Peru, where political instability and corruption have undermined progress towards sustainable development.

Another challenge is the prevalence of discrimination and inequality, which limit access to opportunities and resources for marginalized groups, including youth, women, and indigenous communities. This is especially problematic in Peru, where discrimination against indigenous people is a significant issue that affects their ability to participate in decision-making processes and access basic services.

Moreover, youth organizations, movements, and networks often struggle with limited resources, both financial and human, which can hinder their capacity to effectively implement sustainable development projects and initiatives. This is a problem that affects young people globally, but it is especially challenging in Peru, where funding for youth-led projects is scarce and opportunities for capacity-building and skills development are limited.

To sum up, while there are many challenges and barriers to taking action on SDGs as a young person or youth organization, I remain committed to driving progress towards a sustainable future. By advocating for policy change, promoting youth inclusion, and working collaboratively with other stakeholders, I believe we can overcome these obstacles and create a more equitable and sustainable world.

 

3. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

I believe that youth leadership is critical to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. In my specific context, there are several key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in this area.

  • Firstly, increased youth representation in decision-making processes at all levels, including the local and national government, is crucial. This can be achieved through initiatives such as youth councils, youth-led advocacy groups, and mentorship programs, which can provide young people with the skills and knowledge needed to become effective leaders.
  • Another important opportunity is the development of youth-led innovation hubs, which can foster collaboration between young people, entrepreneurs, and policymakers. These hubs can provide a space for young people to develop and test innovative solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development.
  • In Peru, there are several initiatives that are working to enhance youth leadership in sustainable development. For example, the Ministry of Environment has launched a program called "Youth for Climate," which aims to empower young people to become leaders in climate action. Additionally, several universities in Peru have established programs and research centers focused on sustainability and climate change, providing young people with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective leaders in this field.

As a whole, I believe that enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review is crucial to achieving sustainable development, and I am committed to being part of this effort in my community and beyond.

 

4. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

In my opinion, unlocking impact, commitments, and financing for young people requires a multi-stakeholder approach that involves governments, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector.

  • Collaboration among these entities is crucial to effectively address the complex and interrelated challenges facing young people and to leverage the resources, expertise, and networks of each stakeholder.
  • Governments can create policies and frameworks that prioritize and support youth-led initiatives and partnerships, while UN entities can provide technical support and guidance to enhance the capacity of youth-led organizations. Development partners and philanthropic organizations can provide funding and resources to support youth-led initiatives and networks, while civil society actors and youth organizations can provide valuable insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing young people.
  • The private sector can play a critical role by providing financing, mentorship, and resources to support youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, collaborations between the private sector and youth-led organizations can create meaningful opportunities for young people to engage in the development of sustainable and socially responsible business practices.
  • In the specific context of Peru, there are opportunities to enhance partnerships between government and youth-led organizations to promote sustainable development and address the challenges facing young people. Development partners and civil society actors can also play a key role in providing resources and support to youth-led initiatives in the country.

Overall, enhancing partnerships between stakeholders is crucial for unlocking the potential impact, commitments, and financing for young people in Peru and beyond.

 

5. How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring and review including at the grassroots level?

As someone who is deeply committed to promoting youth engagement in sustainable development, I believe that there are several ways to strengthen the meaningful engagement of young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review.

  • Firstly, it is essential to create more opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to engage in decision-making processes at all levels. This could be achieved through youth-led advocacy campaigns and inclusive platforms for dialogue, which allow young people to have their voices heard and influence policy outcomes.
  • Secondly, we need to ensure that marginalized youth have access to the necessary resources and support to enable their active participation in SDG implementation. This could include capacity building and training programs, mentoring, and funding opportunities for youth-led initiatives.
  • Thirdly, partnerships between governments, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements, networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector must be strengthened to unlock greater impact, commitments, and financing for young people.

Finally, mainstreaming youth perspectives and participation in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review requires a multi-sectoral approach that prioritizes the needs and aspirations of young people from marginalized communities, including at the grassroots level. This means involving young people in the design, implementation, and evaluation of development programs and policies, and recognizing their role as critical agents of change in achieving the SDGs.

 

6. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

As a strong advocate for youth empowerment and participation in sustainable development, I believe that the voices of children, adolescents, and young people are critical in shaping the agenda and priorities for the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit.

  • In my view, it is essential to prioritize youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that can inform the SDG Summit. This means creating opportunities for meaningful participation and engagement for young people, especially those from marginalized communities. To achieve this, we must invest in building their skills, capacities, and knowledge to participate actively and effectively.
  • In terms of recommendations, I believe that we need to prioritize and invest in areas that will have a significant impact on the lives of young people, such as quality education, decent work, and inclusive economic growth. We must also address the challenges facing children and youth in conflict and post-conflict situations, and the need to prioritize their protection and safety.
  • Furthermore, I believe that we should focus on promoting innovative and creative solutions that engage and involve young people in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. This means harnessing the power of technology and social media to create new channels for youth engagement and participation.

In summary, I strongly support youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that can inform the SDG Summit, and I urge decision-makers to prioritize the voices and perspectives of young people, especially those from marginalized communities, in shaping the agenda and priorities for the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit.

Penn Emmanuel
Penn Emmanuel
  1. How have you, as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network, contributed to the SDG implementation or led youth & SDG initiatives so far? Introduce yourself and share your experience or any promising practice you know of here!

Hello, I am Emmanuel Penn Nkeng from Yaoundé, Cameroon. I am the Co-founder and Secretary General of Ecosystems Awareness Fund, an environmentally friendly Non-Governmental Organization. I am also an Advanced Level Examiner and Practical Supervisor for the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board. I am a holder of an MSc. in Petrochemistry and Refining Engineering for the University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon.

I have contributed to the advocacy and implementation of SDGs in key sectors particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

Being an education professional, I am concerned about the education of the younger ones especially the young girl and persons with disabilities. My peers and I frequently run sensitization campaigns in communities to educate the population on the importance of sending young children to school, especially girls. In some cases, we raise funds to support these different communities in paying the school fees of these young boys and girls.

We noticed a majority of these young people out of school had or lived in inadequate housing exposing them to the reach of vandals and thieves. Furthermore, they are subjected to poor hygiene and sanitation, and little or no available potable water sources. I developed strategies and guidelines to permit easy reinsertion into community life and access to quality education. We also wrote the city council to condemn the housing condition of these people and some solutions were developed and implemented.

As a trained person from the African Climate Resilient Infrastructure Facility (AFRI-RES), I can blend the Energy sector and its effect on Climate Change. With an understanding of the level at which the energy sector can influence Global Climate, I co-founded Ecosystem Awareness Fund with friends to build a world empowered to protect our finite natural resources, attuned to the pursuit of sustainable development, for a healthy environment that enhances Human Quality of life for present and future generations.

I am out to research, explore, and disseminate information on human activities and initiatives aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing environmental quality towards good environmental integrity, and human cultural and economic viability. I supported the development and implementation of a participatory forest management plan, contributed to the development forest management plan, and engaged with different stakeholders for strengthened partnerships in sustainable forest management. I also proposed guidelines to follow for settlement in risk zones, especially after the Damas landslide in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

  1. What are some of the challenges or barriers you have faced or identified as a young person or youth organization, movement, and network when taking action on SDGs?

At the local (community) level where households fall under the low-income groups, youth networks are more inclined to read public finance rather than establishing sustainable income-generating initiatives. For example, attending workshops in exchange for transport and lunch allowances attracts more interest than establishing an income-generating activity,

e.g in some parts of the country, the government provided the population with tractors and other agricultural equipment to bolster agriculture in this region but after two months or so, these types of equipment were abandoned in bushes. Also, part of the country is subjected to crises that have paralyzed all economic activities in these zones, further deteriorating the poor conditions of the population.

Youth people are often not interested in developmental and conservation issues, they rarely take part in political issues this has a direct consequence on them because decisions taken by policymakers are not often youth-oriented, and have direct repercussions on the youth.

 

  1. What are key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation monitoring, and review, in your specific context?

Empowering Youth: We may consider empowering young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective leaders in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the SDGs. Here, education and training programs, mentorship, and other capacity-building initiatives come in handy.

Youth Participation: Another key opportunity is to promote youth participation in decision-making processes related to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. This includes involving young people in the design and implementation of policies, programs, and projects related to the SDGs.

Technology and Innovation: Technology and innovation can play a significant role in enhancing youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review. We could harness digital platforms and tools to engage young people in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, and to provide them with the necessary information and resources to become effective leaders.

Recognition and Incentives: Recognizing and incentivizing the contributions of young people to SDG implementation, monitoring, and review can also enhance their leadership and encourage other youth who perceive that issues of forest management and conservation are a thing of the elder to participate. Considerations may include awards, scholarships, and other forms of recognition that highlight the impact of their work on the SDGs, including certificates and tax exemptions/cuts on green enterprise proceeds.

  1. How can government, UN entities, development partners,  youth organizations, movements and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partners unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?
  2. What are your or your constituency’s key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit? Are you supporting or planning on supporting youth-led and youth-inclusive efforts and consultations that could inform the SDG Summit?

Build the capacity of young people and local communities in education, clean energy usage, and climate awareness. Capacity building can enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of young people and communities in conservation, thus promoting their active participation in protection-led initiatives.

Build the capacity of the young people in developing realistic business plans for green enterprises to ensure the sustainability of every enterprise established.

Advocate for increased investment in Africa, including in the Energy Modelling Platform for Africa and Nationally Determined Contribution, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. There is a need for increased funding for conservation initiatives to enable sustainable management of natural resources, including in projects led by youth organizations and individuals. 

Gibson Kawago
Gibson Kawago

Hello, my name is Gibson Kawago. I am a young leader for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Tanzania and an innovator who is passionate about clean energy and using technology to solve societal problems. I am the founder and Chief Technical Officer of WAGA, a company that designs and manufactures solar-powered systems for rural communities in Tanzania.

Growing up in a village without access to electricity, I experienced firsthand the challenges that come with living off-grid. This inspired me to develop innovative solutions that could provide affordable and sustainable energy to rural communities. Through WAGA, we are able to reuse laptop batteries to provide reliable and durable lithium-ion battery solutions, including solar lamps, power banks, and mini-power walls.

In addition to my work with WAGA, I am also involved in community development initiatives, such as providing digital job access training and STEM education to young people. I recently worked as a manager in the establishment of the STEM Park Tanga, the first science center in Tanzania.

 

Challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress with young people in the driving seat:

As a young person-led organization, Waga Tanzania has faced several challenges in driving progress towards the SDGs. Some of the challenges include limited access to funding, lack of technical expertise, and inadequate infrastructure in remote areas where they operate. Additionally, there are sometimes cultural barriers to overcome when introducing new technologies and practices.

However, Waga Tanzania has also identified many opportunities for accelerating progress towards the SDGs. They are able to leverage the energy and creativity of young people to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex problems. They also recognize the importance of partnerships and collaboration, which can help to overcome some of the challenges they face.

Key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, in the specific context of Waga Tanzania:

In the context of Waga Tanzania, key opportunities to enhance youth leadership in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review include investing in education and training for young people, providing mentorship and support for young entrepreneurs, and promoting greater youth involvement in decision-making processes. Additionally, there is an opportunity to build stronger partnerships with local communities to better understand their needs and priorities, and to ensure that solutions are tailored to their specific context.

How can government, UN entities, development partners, youth organizations, movements, and networks, philanthropy, civil society actors, and the private sector better partner to unlock impact, commitments, and financing for young people?

To better partner with young people and unlock impact, commitments, and financing, stakeholders must prioritize youth participation and engagement at all levels. This includes providing opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making processes, investing in youth-led initiatives and organizations, and allocating resources to support youth entrepreneurship and innovation. Partnerships must also be built on trust, mutual respect, and shared values, with a focus on building sustainable, long-term relationships.

How can the meaningful engagement of young people, in particular from marginalized communities, be further strengthened and mainstreamed in SDG implementation, monitoring, and review, including at the grassroots level?

Meaningful engagement of young people, particularly those from marginalized communities, can be further strengthened by creating more inclusive and accessible spaces for participation, providing training and capacity-building opportunities, and recognizing the value of diverse perspectives and experiences. Additionally, there is a need to promote greater awareness and understanding of the SDGs and the role of young people in achieving them, especially in remote and rural communities.

Key messages and recommendations to the ECOSOC Youth Forum and the SDG Summit:

As an organization committed to promoting sustainable development and clean energy, Waga Tanzania encourages greater investment in youth-led initiatives and entrepreneurship, as well as greater collaboration and partnerships between governments, civil society, and the private sector. Additionally, Waga Tanzania calls for a greater focus on building resilient and sustainable communities, with a particular emphasis on addressing the needs and priorities of marginalized communities. Finally, Waga Tanzania encourages the integration of the SDGs into all aspects of policymaking and development planning, and urges stakeholders to prioritize the meaningful engagement of young people in this process.