From 25th - 27th September, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations Summit for Sustainable Development to agree 17 Global Goals for ending poverty, fighting inequality and fixing climate change. Restless Development has been pushing youth involvement in the shaping of these goals for the past three years, and now that they are finally being signed off by all member states of the United Nations, we are making sure youth are right at the front of the global launch of these Global Goals, and starting the much harder work of achieving them:
Alongside our partners Plan and the UK Department for International Development, Restless is supporting 8 young delegates from Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, and the United Kingdom as well as 8 young representatives of the Have You Seen My Rights? campaign on Sexual Rights, to get inside the corridors of power in New York and make sure the voices of young people are heard. They also played a special role in the opening ceremony of the Summit, following Pope Francis' speech by standing alongside Malala as world leaders were addressed by youth from the balcony of the United Nations General Assembly Hall for the first time.
You can follow all of our youth delegates, staff and youth allies by subscribing to the #Generation2030 Twitter list.
The launch of the Global Goals will be celebrated and promoted in huge publicity campaigns - but if we are to turn rhetoric into reality there is a huge amount of work to be done. Restless Development's Global Policy & Practice team has taken some of the opportunities and challenges for youth-led development posed by the Global Goals and created a short briefing with three specific actions on Implementation, Accountability, and Sexual Rights which must happen in the 'First 100 Days' of the new Global Goals coming into effect from 1st January 2016. You can download this briefing here or read below:
“Young people will be the torchbearers of the next sustainable development agenda through 2030” - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (Post-2015 Synthesis Report)
On 27 September, during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, a youth-led High Level Event will focus on the Role of Youth in the Implementation and Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Young people, high-level member states representatives and civil society organisations, along with the President of the General Assembly and UN entities will be joining forces in New York to recognize the role youth have played in shaping the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and launch a call to action on youth leadership and participation in the implementation of the SDGs.
Why now? 2015 is a turning point for international development. The 2030 Agenda will shape our common future for at least the next 15 years. With half of the world under the age of 30, it is crucial that this agenda puts young people at the forefront of change and development. Today’s youth population, particularly Generation 2030, who will become adults during the 15-year time span covered by the SDGs, have the ambition, commitment and vested interest in seeing the success of this transformative development agenda. Young people from around the world have already contributed to the post-2015 process in an unprecedented way, identifying and shaping the new development priorities – now they want to ensure they are seen as equal partners in their implementation and monitoring.
What are our aims? Inspire, Activate & Energise! Young people have the right to participate in decision-making processes at all levels and the event will provide a space to showcase how young people are already leading development, how they partner with government and UN entities, and the crucial role they can and will play in the implementation of the SDGs. As well as being co-moderated by young leaders, young representatives from the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom will be taking part in this interactive event.
This High Level Event will encourage an interactive dialogue throughout the programme to discuss key issues such as the transition from the MDG to the SDG generation; putting the spotlight on youth-led development; translating and localising the SDGs and ensuring youth participation in SDG implementation and accountability. There will also be opportunities for questions and responses from governments, agencies and youth.
At the same time, Restless Development will launch an initiative to gather commitments from development stakeholders & decision-makers on supporting and involving young people in the implementation of the SDGs.
The event sold out in a couple of days but you can still be involved using #Generation2030 on Twitter!
Time: Sunday, 27th September, 13:30 – 15:00 (New York time)
Hosts: The Permanent Missions of Denmark, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka; the Government of the United Kingdom, the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the United Nations Development Programme and Restless Development