High Level Webinar on Youth and Sustainable Development in Africa On the International Youth Day 2020 “Youth Engagement for Global Action”

High Level Webinar on Youth and Sustainable Development in Africa On the International Youth Day 2020 “Youth Engagement for Global Action”

The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is contributing towards the agenda 2030, 2063 and beyond, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

2015 marked the adoption of historic agendas for Africa at both the continental and global levels. At the continental level, African countries have adopted Agenda 2063, the 50-year Transformative Agenda for Africa, and its First Ten Year Implementation Plan. At the global level, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both frameworks seek to achieve inclusive growth, sustainable development, and peace and security for the continent. 

The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is contributing towards the agenda 2030, 2063 and beyond, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

The aim of IYD 2020 is to shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youth by making local, national, and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity (and relevance) to achieve global action.  

Watch our webinar on youth and sustainable development in Africa below.

The objectives of this event are to: 

  • Accelerate the youth agenda in order to fulfill the 2020 theme and realize the UN roadmap to harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Africa through the agenda 2030 and agenda 2063
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the role of youth engagement in Africa and present positive experiences of youth-led initiative and well-articulated political and social agenda in Africa
  • Review good practice on policies and programs promoting youth engagement in Africa building on SDSN Youth’s SDG Student Program model.
  • A call to action to scale up youth engagement efforts for the SDGs at a continental level 
  • Display youth talent, and action being carried out nationally, regionally, and continentally towards harnessing the Demographic Dividend.
  • Cement the need to make youth voices heard and make them the principal agents of decision making where youth are concerned.
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