Young People, 2015 and Beyond
Dublin Castle, Tuesday 10th February, 2015
2015 must be the year the world wakes up and delivers a safer, more just future for children and young people. We all must play our part in ensuring this is the case. Do not let this opportunity go to waste - Malala Yousafzai
We need all countries to do their part through the choices they make, from voting booths to grocery stores...It is not only Government leaders, but everybody – individual citizens, civil society, and particularly the business community – Ban Ki-moon
Young people will be the torchbearers of the next sustainable development agenda through 2030. We must ensure that this transition, while protecting the planet, leaves no one behind. We have a shared responsibility to embark on a path to inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful and resilient world, where human rights and the rule of law are upheld – UN Report, December 2014
World governments have been meeting to negotiate a new set of agreed world goals called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the betterment of everyone particularly those living on the margins.
The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs can be defined as new goals, targets and indicators that United Nations member states, including Ireland, will be expected to use to make sure people around the world live better for themselves and for the planet. The new goals are a follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will be in place for the next 15 years until 2030.
There are currently 17 goals with over 100 targets to be achieved.
The world negotiations have included discussions on everything from poverty, hunger, health, child protection, inequality, sustainable living, education, climate change, development, gender equality, water and sanitation, peaceful societies and sustainable development.
Young people have an important role to play in the development, monitoring and implementation of the new goals. Indeed, Ban Ki-moon has referred to young people as being 'the torchbearers' of the new goals which will be in place from 2016-2030.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) held a Roundtable discussion involving young people and those who work with young people to explore the up to date information on happenings at the United Nations as well as to examine how young people in Ireland can actively engage in this new agenda at local, regional, national, and global levels.