SDSN Youth wants to recognize and celebrate Solutions led by young people around the SDGs and provide them with a solid network of supporters willing to promote and support their projects and initiatives.
The Youth Solutions Report aims to identify and celebrate youth organizations, youth-led projects and ground breaking ideas that are successfully working towards achieving the targets set in the 2030 Agenda. Covering an international spectrum, the Report will consolidate information on 50 projects run by youth-led organisations and individuals committed to implementing the SDGs and making them a reality.
Youth must be seen as key stakeholders in the sustainable development debate, and acknowledging their essential role in achieving the SDGs represents a pressing need. Through their actions and undertakings (i.e. educational and charity initiatives, research activities, enterprises, and so forth), youth organizations and young people worldwide are already contributing to the 2030 Agenda. However, they face common challenges that prevent them from realizing the full potential of their solutions, including reduced of visibility, limited access to funding, and lack of sufficient capacity, training, and technical support.
Creating a Solutions Report, presenting it at major conferences and establishing meaningful partnerships with UN Agencies, companies and media outlets will facilitate the dissemination of promising youth-led solutions, giving them additional fora to showcase their work and opportunities to draw interest from potential supporters. In turn, this will help investors, donors and supporters better understand the multi-faceted role of young people in the 2030 Agenda.
How will solutions be promoted?
The solutions contained in the Report will be divided by sectors, regions, and SDGs they are targeting. They will be showcased at high-level conferences and events (i.e. UN High-Level Political Forum; International Conference on Sustainable Development, UNFCCC COP meetings and so forth) and will also be featured online thanks to our media partners and an interactive website that will help users explore them. In the long run, the most promising of them might become part of our direct efforts under Support and Scale, a project that SDSN-Youth is planning to develop for 2016-17.