UN Youth Forum discusses sustainable development goals

UN Youth Forum discusses sustainable development goalsNew York, Feb.2 (Petra) -- Some 800 young leaders gathered in New York late Monday for the annual United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum. The new initiative aims to tackle youth unemployment, making it clear that success in fighting poverty and inequality will largely depend on them being a driving force.

This year's Forum focuses on the role of young people in implementing, communicating and realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims for global changes through 17 goals (SDGs) within the next 15 years.

Speaking at the 5th forum held under the theme "Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda", UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said "Young people around the world were crucial in shaping the 2030 Agenda." Young people helped build a transformative, integrated and interrelated agenda. I call it a '21st century Declaration of Interdependence'," said Eliasson.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are centered, universal, inclusive and inter-dependent, he said. "They can determine your future and set the path to a world where balance and equity can be found and where no one is to be left behind.

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