27 September 2015: #Generation2030 - Youth as Torchbearers for the SDGs

High-Level Event on the Role of Youth in the Implementation and Monitoring of the SDGs

Meet the 7 Youth Delegates taking part in the High-Level Event Photo: Restless DevelopmentMeet the 7 Youth Delegates taking part in the High-Level Event. Photo: Sho Konno / Restless Development

On 27 September, during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, UNDP will be co-hosting a youth-led High Level Event focusing on the Role of Youth in the Implementation and Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Young people, high-level member state 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 #Generation2030, 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. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, will be taking part in a High Level Panel on implementation and accountability, focused on young people’s role in the translation, implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. Other panelists include Rt. Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, UK Government; Farah Mesmar, Youth Governance & Accountability Task Team, Jordan; Hon. Alimamy Kamara, Youth Minister Sierra Leone and Nik Hartley, CEO, Restless Development. There will also be opportunities for questions and responses from governments, agencies and youth throughout the event.

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 and follow us @UNDP4Youth for regular updates!


Event Details

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

Agenda: A brief concept note and Agenda is available HERE.

Contact: Noëlla Richard (noella.richard@undp.org)

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