Youth for Peace

Today, the world is home to the largest generation of youth in history, with 1.2 billion aged 15-24 worldwide. What’s more, this number is expected to continue to grow: between 2015 and 2030 alone, around 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.  In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must engage a generation of young people who know about the Goals, care about their success and actively works toward their realization.

 

Youth for Peace

 

Youth for Peace is an initiative that supports the achievement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of Youth for Peace is to activate the leadership potential of young people around the world and to engage and mobilizing them for contribution in achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

The Youth for Peace primarily aims to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals through campaigns on it, with motivation to create a history with contribute in achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, and secondary to  provide opportunities for young people to create volunteering and social impact projects that support the SDGs. Whereas, The core of Youth for Peace is to empower youth to take action toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

 

Youth and Sustainable Development Goals:

 

This is where young people have a critical role to play. If countries are to succeed in achieving the SDGs, leaving no one behind along the way, governments must seek out an active and substantive engagement of young women and men from diverse backgrounds in national-level planning, implementation, and monitoring. The overall success of the SDGs depends on youth engagement because young people are:

  • Critical thinkers: Youth have the capacity to identify and challenge existing power structures and barriers to change, and to expose contradictions and biases
  • Change-makers: Young people also have the power to act and mobilize others. Youth activism is on the rise the world over, bolstered by broader connectivity and access to social media. 
  • Innovators: In addition to bringing fresh perspectives, young people often have direct knowledge of and insights into issues that are not accessible to adults. Youth best understand the problems they face and can offer new ideas and alternative solutions. In Uganda, Plan International worked with student councils to monitor education services at their schools using mobile phone reporting. 
  • Communicators: Outside the international development sector, too few people are aware that world leaders have come to a historic, far-reaching agreement to eradicate poverty by 2030. Young people can be partners in communicating the agenda to their peers and communities at the local level, as well as across countries and regions. For instance, based on their own experience living through Typhoon Haiyan, participants in Plan International’s “Youth Reporters Project” in the Philippines created a video message* with advice and encouragement to children who survived the earthquake in Nepal. 
  • Leaders: When young people are empowered with the knowledge of their rights and supported to develop leadership skills, they can drive change in their communities and countries. Youth-led organisations and networks in particular should be supported and strengthened, because they contribute to the development of civic and leadership skills among young people, especially marginalized youth.