The Youth SDG Dashboard is a data visualization platform that enables youth to navigate all 17 SDGs and their indicators, and to track the specific indicators that relate to youth under various SDG targets.
An event on the sidelines of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) introduced a Youth SDG Dashboard to the public and sparked dialogue on youth-led, data-driven advocacy for SDG accountability.
The virtual side event on 9 July 2021 was presented by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in partnership with the UN Office of Information, Communication, and Technology (OICT) alongside a Sweden-based software company, Qlik.
Moderating the event, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, set the tone for the dialogue by noting the critical need for youth to be well integrated into the follow-up, review, and accountability processes of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. Referencing publications by her Office earlier this year – the Working Paper ‘Believe in Better’ and Youth2030: Progress Report 2021 – Wickramanayake described youth development as a cross-cutting initiative with interactions across all 17 SDGs, and emphasized the importance of upholding the rights of young people. The Youth2030 report calls for making institutional arrangements for coherent delivery of the first-ever youth strategy, specifically requesting transparent resources and tracking results for youth.
The Dashboard addresses the challenge young people face in accessing critical data. By organizing and aggregating data for refined accesses, youths may better leverage such resources for their respective causes. The Youth SDG Dashboard therefore had potential for transformative action by facilitating civic engagement through storytelling backed by clear data.