Last Friday, July 16, the Global Youth Coalition along with UNITE 2030, FIA Foundation, and Restless Development officially launched the Youth Manifesto â€“ a document that presents the main issues and priorities young people face as it relates to the Sustainable Development Goals.Â
The Youth Manifesto
The Youth Manifesto is a product of a polling system that was launched last September 2020 during the 75thUN General Assembly called â€śnothing for us without usâ€ť. The poll asked young people about the biggest challenges they face which were then discussed through the UN75 Dialogue. All these ideas and opinions were gathered in a document that supports the demands of the youth when it comes to the global agenda.
The document emphasizes that young people are often â€śseen but not heardâ€ť stating that this was caused by the lack of meaningful youth engagement on issues that matter, lack of investment, and lack of political will at all levels of decision-making.Â
The Manifesto presents the everyday struggles of young people around the world, specifically unemployment, quality education, health and well-being, sustainable cities and communities, climate change, and road safety. To address these issues, through the manifesto, young people are demanding advocacy and collaboration, data and investments, and human-centered and community-based actions
The launch featured different youth leaders from around the world to talk more about Manifesto. The Global Youth Coalition was represented by Thiago Gruner from Brazil, Soumita Chakraborty from India, and Simon Patrick Obi from Nigeria.
Soumita talked about the urgency of addressing the climate crisis and talked about how it connected with road safety. â€śClimate change is not anymore is an event that will take place in the future, it is already here. I would like to highlight that, among others, transportation is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions hence climate action definitely needs to be planned for in accordance to sustainable mobility and efforts to de-carbonize the transport sectorâ€ť.
Simon talked about the importance and necessity of involving young people in policymaking and decision-making efforts saying that â€śwe have the solutionâ€ť, especially when it comes to the leading killer of young people worldwide; road crashes.Â Â
The manifesto was written by youth leaders of the different organizations who worked on the manifesto; Thiago Gruner from the Coalition, Shagun Sharma from Restless Development, Linda Ngozwana from UNITE 2030, and Kristeena Monteith from the Office of the Secretary-Generalâ€™s Envoy on Youth.Â