Role of Youths in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Binita Karki
Co-founder, 2030 Youth Force

World leaders from 193 countries have adopted sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 25th September 2015. Those countries have pledged to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Nepal is also one of the countries agreed upon the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs build on the work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were emphasized from 2000 to 2015. The new SDGs are unique in that they’re broader in their scope of eradicating all forms of poverty by calling for action by all countries, rich and poor, to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. There are 17 goals, which are universal, integrated, and transformative. First, the most important goals apply to every nation and every sector. Cities, businesses, schools, organizations all are challenged to act on it, it is called universality. Second, it is recognized that the Goals are all inter-connected, in a system. We cannot aim to achieve just one Goal. We must achieve them all. This is called
Integration. And finally, it is widely recognized that achieving these Goals involves making very big, fundamental changes in how we live on Earth. This is called
Transformation. All those 17 goals aim to make this world a better place to leave for all.
The Sustainable Development Goals are not legally binding, so it’s up to us, the citizen changemakers of the world, to carry them out on the ground as well as to hold our countries’ leaders accountable to following through on their commitment. Below we have laid out some ways you can make your voice heard and contribute to the Global Goals agenda.

According to UNSCAP 2017, 60% of people aged between 15 and 24 live in Asia and the Pacific; that’s about 700 million youth. Most young people are optimistic about the future. A YouthSpeak global survey of 180,000 young people showed 68% believe the world will be a better place by 2030. Creating opportunities for youth to move out of poverty into decent and sustainable work will help capitalize on the demographic dividend created by the region’s youthful population. Youths like us have been working voluntarily to promote SDGs and make it happen by 2030. We have to be ones who take these goals as our own goal and must act on to achieve them. Investment on youths and their ideas, inclusion of youths in decision making level, providing youths spaces to stablish their social enterprises are some of the things that stakeholders must consider seriously to encourage youths to contribute on SDGs. SDGs are achievable and youths must take actions to achieve them.

The Sustainable Development Goals are an important opportunity to improve the quality of life for all human beings and our planet. We invite you to join us and the rest of the global community in promoting the Goals. Together, we can achieve a breakthrough in sustainable development and leave no one behind!

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The Power of Youth to Challenge Dangerous Online Narratives

On 15 March 2018, 2030 Youth Force Indonesia was at Sydney to attend DIGI Engage 2018: Challenging Online Narratives. The Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) is a non profit advocacy body representing Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oath and Twitter. Collectively they provide various digital services to people around the world, from search engines to social media and other communications platforms. One of DIGI’s core missions is to help people connect in meaningful ways, and work with government and the community to promote the internet as a safe and respectful place.

As regional leaders descend on Sydney for the 2018 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, DIGI has teamed up with the Australian Government and some amazing local and overseas partners to bring back DIGI Engage in 2018, an energizing and empowering technology-based event for young people to explore identity, diversity and leadership.

As we all know, youth play an important role in peacebuilding among the individuals. Using SDGs point 16 which states Peace, the role of youth in strengthening peace process is powerful. In today’s era, internet has been our day-to-day bestfriend. With internet, we use social media to fulfill our needs in the era of modernization. We produce, distribute and consume what is said to be our ‘online narratives’.

Radicalization to violent extremism are a complex process. Whether they are ideologically on the far right, the far left, or rooted in distortions of religion, these movements promote dangerous narratives or messages that seem to make sense of a complicated and ever-changing world like today. Internet as part of our life, can be categorized as one of the most potential platform to spread this dangerous online narratives especially on youth. So, what is dangerous online narratives? Where do these narratives come from?

The word narrative comes from the latin word narrare which literally means to tell. But basically, narrative is just a fancy word for a “story about connected events’.  Narratives come from us, from both our real world and online world. So simply, we can say that narrative is the stories that make us… “us”.

And, what makes narratives dangerous? Is it radicalization? Fraud/ fake news? Pornography? Cyberbullying? To conclude, narratives can be dangerous when it is able or likely to cause harm or injury to people, both physical and mental. Narratives are dangerous when the idea of doing harm makes sense to the person consuming them. Young people have the power to help challenge dangerous online narratives in their communities and online. Through representation, campaign, and movements, together we can help, spread and promote positive and respectful content on the internet.

 

Author: Dhifa Salma

Editor: Angela Shinta

Communication Officer Team 2030 Youth Force Indonesia