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Five Youth Advocates will be attending next week’s 2017 UN General Assembly (UNGA), a crucial moment to influence global leaders in order to make sure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved. The advocates will kick-start their work on Monday by leading a high-level event to discuss how youth-led accountability is proving a key tool in the fight to achieve gender equality by 2030.
Restless Development, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations, are supporting this diverse, talented and experienced group of young people, who have all been leading on the monitoring and accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals in their local communities and with national governments.
The latest information on the effects the recent floods have had on communities in which we work and how Restless Development Sierra Leone is responding.
To coincide with the High Level Political Forum - an event taking place at the UN in New York to track progress towards the Global Goals - the UNDP, Restless Development and the United Nations Inter Agency Network on Youth Development have launched new guidance to help UN agencies and national offices involve young people in the Global Goals.
Eva Tolage, a young campaigner from Tanzania, launched Stand With Eva back in February 2015 and since then has been campaigning locally and nationally to get a clean supply of water for her community and school.
Now, just over a year since Eva launched her campaign, a new water point has been installed at her school.
After seven years leading Restless Development as CEO and almost two decades working at the agency, Nik Hartley has announced he will be stepping down in March 2018. Nik said:
“For almost 20 years I have had the privilege to work with tens of thousands of young people across the globe who have transformed the way the world’s biggest challenges have been taken on. What started as a tiny but brilliant concept with some unpaid staff working out of a converted bathroom, has grown into a truly global movement of young leaders - one that has challenged the status quo by putting the leadership of young people at the heart of development. I have been privileged to have been a part of this journey."
A glimpse of Youth Power action around the world.
Earlier this year, Restless Development, War Child and Youth Business International (YBI) published the Case for Space From Rhetoric to Action research. The research, which was carried out by 18 youth researchers, aims to better understand the conditions needed for young people to be part of and lead development.
For three days last week, young people from across the Asia-Pacific region met at the Case for Space Conference in Bangkok to discuss this topic and figure out how to make it happen.
We look back on some our highlights.