The World Youth Report: Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, examines the mutually supportive roles of the new agenda and current youth development efforts. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides an interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action.
The United Nations World Youth Report, a biennial flagship publication, offers Member States and other stakeholders information and analysis to take stock of progress made in addressing youth issues, assess policy gaps and chart possible policy responses.
This Report provides insight into the role of young people in sustainable development in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related frameworks, in particular the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the World Programme of Action for Youth. In doing so, the Report explores the critical role young people have in the implementation of sustainable development efforts at all levels.
Far from being mere beneficiaries of the 2030 Agenda, young people have been active architects in its development and continue to be engaged in the frameworks and processes that support its implementation, follow-up and review.
Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population.1 The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration.
While all the Sustainable Development Goals are critical to youth development, this Report focuses primarily on the areas of education and employment, underlining the realization of targets under these Goals as fundamental to overall youth development. Issues related to other Goals—including gender equality, good health, reducing inequality, combating poverty and hunger, and action on environmental issues and climate change—are also addressed briefly within the scope of the Report.
The Report highlights key elements that help ensure a youth policy is effective, including providing political leadership and strategic vision; securing adequate budget and resource allocations; using timely and accurate data on the situation of young people; utilizing the knowledge, experience and expertise of young people in the design, implementation and evaluation of the youth policy; mainstreaming and integrating youth policies across sectors; taking into account the linkages and impacts of policy objectives; and developing a transparent monitoring and accountability framework.
The Report further underlines the need to strengthen youth participation mechanisms to facilitate young people’s engagement in policies and activities that enhance sustainable development efforts. Particular attention should be given to increasing youth involvement in national sustainable development coordination councils, working with national youth councils, expanding the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme and other opportunities for youth representation, and ensuring that young people contribute to voluntary national reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Implementation of the State youth policy in the Republic of Belarus
The state youth policy in the Republic of Belarus is an integral part of the state policy in the field of socio-economic, cultural and national development of the Republic and represents an integral system of measures of legal, organizational, managerial, financial, economic, scientific, information, personnel nature aimed at creating the necessary conditions for the choice of young citizens aged 14 to 31 years of their lifepath, development for their self-realization and responsible active participation in the creation of a strong and prosperous Belarus.
According to the information provided by the National statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the average annual number of young people aged 14-30 years in 2018 is amounted to 1,992,512. This socio-demographic group makes one fifth of the total population.
The law "About the basis of the state youth policy" and the Code of education are the strategic documents defining the goals and directions in the sphere of the state youth policy.
Planned the development and adoption of:
amendments and additions to the Law of the Republic of Belarus "About the basis of the state youth policy";
concept of organization of volunteer youth movement in the Republic of Belarus;
concepts of development of student self-management in the Republic of Belarus;
systems for assessing the effectiveness of the implementation of the state youth policy in the Republic of Belarus, etc.
How to get involved
Youth are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda – young people all over the world are contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Here are a few easy ways you can get involved:
1. Get involved in a local NGO
Participating in a local NGO is a worthwhile way of supporting sustainable development efforts. For inspiration, read about the NGOs featured as case studies in the Report – from Restless Development, which helps youth participate in national decision-making processes related to the SDGs, to The Butterfly Project, which gives young women in India the confidence to demand change in their local communities, there is an incredible range of NGOs all doing amazing work globally to advance the SDGs.
2. Get engaged in local politics
The engagement of young people in local politics is crucial to raising awareness of youth-related issues and demanding change. Read about the Not Too Young to Run campaign, an initiative anyone can join to support young people’s right to run for office: http://www.nottooyoungtorun.org/
3. Join Youth4Peace to help promote and maintain international peace and security
Youth4Peace is an UN-led initiative that supports young people’s participation in peacebuilding. It recognizes that young people play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change and helps them achieve this. Get involved here: https://www.youth4peace.info/
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