Unleashing the power of youth through Education: Sustainable solutions for a Better Future | RFSD2023
28 Mar 2023
Venue: Online | Webex
Organization: UNEP Europe Office, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva Environment Network
This Side Event to the 2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region, will serve as a platform to connect the different organizations and networks working in the areas of education and youth development, and further strengthen the engagement of youth from the European region to support the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the power of education for sustainable development.
About this Event
2023 marks an important milestone for the 2030 Agenda, representing the halfway mark for its implementation, and to continue building the momentum to recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and accelerate the Decade of Action and Sustainable Solutions for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels. It is also the European Year of Skills.
In addition of being the halfway mark, 2023 was meant to be the year to organize the ‘Summit of the Future: Multilateral Solutions for a Better Tomorrow’ in order to better respond to humanity’s most serious and pressing challenges – ranging from coronavirus to war, climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, human rights – challenges that can only be solved by working together to make life better for everyone, rebuilding trust, to protect the planet, and to think for the long term, to deliver more for young people and succeeding generations. These are elements captured in the UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report and his vision on the future of global cooperation.
The specific focus on meaningful, diverse, and effective youth engagement both within and outside the UN is crucial for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and the transition to climate-neutral society and economy both an urgent challenge and an opportunity to build a better future for all. Engaging young people in decisions that affect them is not just a matter of right, it is a matter of principle
Young people play a major role in articulating the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and to respond to current and future challenges. As leading innovators and knowledge creators, young people have proven time and again how crucial they are to social change notably through youth-led research and action. During COP27, Youth representatives and Ministers of environment and education came together to address young people’s needs and demands on climate change education, and the Greening Education Partnership was launched as a concrete global mechanism for mainstreaming climate change education.
As part of the UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda, the Transforming Education Summit set the tone for the necessary skills, training, and lifelong learning. Almost all the serious and most pressing global challenges listed in the UN75 declaration A/RES/75/1 can be tackled by investing in education. We must elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity, and solutions to bring about profound changes in the world.
This side event will build on the outcomes of key global and regional commitments made since the RFSD2022 and how they can be used to strengthen and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the active participation of young people and the education for sustainable development network. These include, the UN Transforming Education Summit, the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, the Third High-level Meeting of Education and Environment Ministries, the European Year of Youth 2022, and Climate Chane Conference (COP 27) and UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) Youth summits.
This event can serve as a platform to connect the different organizations and networks working in the areas of education and youth development, and further strengthen the engagement of youth from the European region to support the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the power of education for sustainable development.
By order of intervention. Additional speakers to be confirmed.
António MARQUES PINTO
Association of Young Doctors of Portugal
UN Youth Delegate for Ireland 2022/23
UN Youth Delegate for Ireland 2022/23
Coordinator, UNECE ESD Youth Platform
Coordinator, Geneva Environment Network
UN SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
The Brookings Institution, Center for Universal Education
World Future Council
Chair of the UNECE Steering Committee for ESD
Coordinator, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Turkey (SDSN)
Wondwosen ASNAKE KIBRET
Policy and Partnerships Coordinator, Europe Office, UNEP | Moderator
- Welcome and Introductory Remarks
- Engagement of youth in SD policies (lessons from community/organizational involvement)
- Commitments to accelerate 2030 agenda
- Promising collaborative actions to advance the intrest of young people
- Good practices of youth enagement through education
- Wrap up of the session and concluding remarks