The 2019 Youth Solutions Report is out! What does it tell us?

The 3rd edition of the Report showcases 50 solutions for the SDGs and urges policies to support youth-led innovation.

The third edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects that are accelerating global progress on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has been released on September 26th, 2019 at the 74th United Nations General Assembly. The Report is the flagship publication of SDSN Youth, the youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and constitutes a core element of its Youth Solutions Program.

Like its 2017 and 2018 predecessors, this year’s Youth Solutions Report provides selected for-profit and not-for-profit initiatives with a powerful platform to secure funding, build capacity, communicate experiences, and scale efforts. In addition, thanks to a new collaboration with Junior Chamber International (JCI), 5 of the winning not-for-profit solutions have directly received.grants from the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, managed by JCI in partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign.

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Besides identifying 50 new solutions, the new edition includes an in-depth analysis of the role of youth-led innovation in achieving the specific SDGs that have been reviewed at the July session of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum, focusing on the role of young people in improving access to quality education, promoting decent work for all, reducing inequality, combating climate change, promoting peaceful societies, and supporting a renewed global partnership for sustainable development. Across these sectors, the Report notes an urgent need to address cross-cutting challenges to youth-led innovation and highlights the importance of seeing young people as a fundamental component of the broader innovation systems that are required to implement the 2030 Agenda. Mariana Mazzucato, founder and director of University College London’s Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, said of the Report:


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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was launched at UN Headquarters in September 2015 and adopted by 193 member countries of the UN. The SDGs, which are relevant to all countries, aim to achieve social inclusion, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability for all people.

SDSN Youth is the youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), focused on empowering youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth educates young people about the challenges of sustainable development and creates opportunities for them to use their creativity and knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions for the SDGs. SDSN Youth creates platforms for young people to connect, collaborate, and integrate their ideas and perspectives within the public policy field.