MDGS and Youth

This page contains information related to all materials associated with MDGs and Youth Development. It is worth noting that more and more people around the world are becoming interested in issues related to the elimination of poverty, the improvement of literacy, securing access to healthcare and preserving the environment.

Why are youth interested in promoting MDGs?

Young people have strong commitment to achieve Millennium Development Goals both in their local communities and at national levels;

  • Young people are current innovators and will become a new generation of leaders, and are therefore instrumental in the achievement of MDGs;
  • Young people can be empowered in a way that will contribute to a country’s development;
  • Young people can contribute to development not only on an intellectual level, but also in terms of their ability to mobilize peers in regards to making appropriate decisions;
  • Young people easily understand the core values of MDGs within the context of poverty reduction;
  • Young people realise that by empowering local communities, MDGs can be achieved in a faster way;
  • Young people can organize campaigns designed to foster the implementation of MDGs;
  • Young people can contribute to development processes with their ideas, intentions and clear expressions regarding the challenges that confront today’s developing world.

Youth and the UN

The United Nations empowers young people to take control over their future lives and intentions, while supporting the activities of youth in relation to the social and economic development of their respective countries.

The importance of youth involvement in development processes was acknowledged by United Nations Member States in 1965,when they endorsed a Declaration of the Promotion among Youth the ideals of Peace, Mutual Respect and Understanding between Peoples.

Since its formation, the United Nations has increasingly called for the active participation of youth from around the world. Youth participation can currently be observed in all levels of UN programmes. UN agencies coordinate and implement various programmes dedicated to youth and fulfilled by Youth.

The Member States of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration in 2000, which encompasses eight goals aimed to increase the living conditions of ordinary people. These goals include eliminating poverty and hunger, providing boys and girls with equal education opportunities,improving the quality of healthcare in order to prevent the spreading of communicable diseases, and securing the environment for future generations.Millennium Development Goals are meant for all people, especially designed to target a population’s most vulnerable groups. They represent a new development agenda for UN member states, and therefore the participation of youth future leaders is important for development.

The World program of action for Youth

The development of the society requires equal participation by both young men and women, which can allow a better understanding of thecurrent world and the challenges it faces. The need to involve youth in development processes was acknowledged in 1965 by UN Member States, when they endorsed a Declaration on the Promotion of the Ideals of Peace, Mutual Respect and Understanding between Peoples, among a young target audience.

In 1985, the UN announced the International Year of Youth. Participation, Development and Peace were the main issues addressed during the year, investigating the potential role of youth in the world while endorsing guidelines for further planning and suitable follow-up.

In 1995, on the tenth anniversary of International Year of Youth, the United Nations strengthened its commitment to young people by directing the international community's response to the youth challenges in the next millennium. The United Nations achieved this by adopting an international strategy, the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond. This strategy helped to address the problems faced by young men and women, while increasing their participation in society. This strategy works to make governments more responsive regarding the aspirations of youth for a better world, as well as promoting the importance of making youth part of the solution rather than part of the problem. 

 The ‘World Program of Action for Youth’ has the following priority areas:

Priority 1 - Education

Priority 2 - Employment

Priority 3 - Hunger & Poverty

Priority 4 - Health

Priority 5 - Environment

Priority 6 - Drug abuse

Priority 7 - Juvenile delinquency

Priority 8 - Girls and young women

Priority 9 - Leisure time activities

Priority 10- The full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making

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