The team behind Global Youth for Peace Fest (GYPF) 2016 plans to create/train young leaders to actively seek out and support their meaningful participation in decision-making and implementation of the post-2015 agenda.
The SDGs are formally adopted by Heads of State at the UN marking a historic moment that sets the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years. However, the SDGs are not legally binding. Each government will decide how to implement the ambitious goals based on their own national contexts. Furthermore, review of a country’s progress toward the Goals will be strictly voluntary. This means the implementation of the SDGs will to a great degree rely on citizens who will have to hold their leaders and governments to account and remind them of their commitments.
This is where young people have a critical role to play. If countries are to succeed in achieving the SDGs, leaving no one behind along the way, governments must seek out an active and substantive engagement of young women and men from diverse backgrounds in national-level planning, implementation, and monitoring. The overall success of the SDGs depends on youth engagement for these goals to be realised. It is critical that all stakeholders, in particular, the young people be made part of the process right from the start.
This year GYPF will bring young people together in Chandigarh and Shimla, India to discuss the SDGs and the role of young people in helping to implement them. Find out more about the event, those involved and what will be discussed here.