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Youth Engagement in Sustainable Development Goals/ Future we want Campaign

September 15, 2020 · No Comments · SDGs

Upon reading the SDG’s/ Future We Want Campaign  a couple ideas of how the Youth can engage came to mind. Here is a brief list!


             Goal number 1 ” By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day”. Schools and local programs where our youth attend can set up a go-fund me for less impoverished people living under $1.25/ day.

          Goal number 2; “Zero hunger,” Youths can benefit local farmers and markets by encouraging good nutrition in their homes.

          Goal number 3; “Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services,.Youths can teach these to the kids of undeveloped countries (via, Youtube,)  who are their age about contraceptives.

              Goal number 4; “ About 260 million children were still out of school in 2018 —.”Youth can teach or tutor remotely with children.In my experience smartphones are the biggest commodity in Africa, so we can teach!

            Goal number 5; “End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere”  The youth may rally, protest, or hold virtual meetings which can all be implemented in local communities for all ages .

           Goal number 6; ” Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation managementOur youth can write letters to our local politicians, to increase the EPA standards of our local area.(

         Goal number 7; “By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency” Our future starts with our children,  encouraging the knowledge of many renewable resources in our elementary schools will push future generations to enter more “green wise” businesses. 

         Goal number 8; “By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or trainingA mentor/mentee program with youth can be implemented on a state level and local level in town halls or community centers.

        Goal number 9; “Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030”  Youths can intern and taking applied work experiences in scientific research in foreign exchange programs in developing and developed countries.

         Goal number 10; “By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status” Youths can start enrolling in LGBT classes.

          Goal number 11; “ Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage” The youth can inform themselves by taking classes in community settings on the world’s various cultures and heritages and visiting museums.

          Goal number 12; “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuseThe youth can start programs in there school to recycle their everyday waste products they use  such as lunch bags, utensils etc, and food.

          Goal number 13; “Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning” Allow professionals from environmental protection programs to come to schools and educate youth on the seriousness of the matter and possible solutions.

         Goal number 14; “Provide access for small-scale fishers to marine resources and markets” The youth can conduct research on small scale fishers and their benefits and provide this information to governing powers.

          Goal number 15; “Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products” Youth can create awareness on strategies that can prevent poaching and trafficking of protected species like the dying of ivory on live animals.

         Goal number 16; “By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration” The youth can recruit groups of volunteers that will travel to countries where the recordings of births of children under five are low to help recording undocumented children and better protect their rights.

         Goal number 17; “Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources”  Youth can create fundraisers through go-fund me, and crowd funding in developing countries.


         Finally, in regards to the “Future we want Campaign  it actually ties into my topic of how Youth can engage in Sustainable Development Goals. I think it is great idea that the mayors office is asking youths to submit videos in how they can be involved in global affairs ( i.e. explaining what the SDG’s mean to them). This will ultimately help put the youth in roles in leadership both in government and social affairs!


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