Harnessing the power of youth to achieve global goals

New Delhi, India

n 5 February, the UNESCO House in New Delhi opened its doors to 24 fellows from the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) Youth-N-Democracy Fellowship to interact with in house experts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brainstorm scalable actions to achieve Agenda 2030. The interactive capacity building session emphasized the role of youth leadership for achieving the goals. 

While moderating the session, Head of Social and Human Sciences (SHS) at UNESCO New Delhi, Juan Pablo Ramirez Miranda commended the role of the youth in the process of development and propagating the SDGs. “You can ensure that the UN leaves no one behind by reaching out to people from every corner and bringing their voices and concerns to us,” he said.    

UNESCO believes in the power of youth to create to create the future they want by acting as agents of change. For one of the on-the-spot activities, the fellows had to present concrete ideas and devise approaches to tackle issues like gender disparity, illiteracy and poverty. 

The interaction witnessed several solution-based approach to local issues and served as a platform for exchange of ideas on strengthening the dialogue on gender divide, youth empowerment, role of women in sports and knowledge sharing. Fellows pointed out that only community-based programme can be instrumental in bringing us closer to achieving the SDGs.

The session encouraged the participants to formulate project proposals in line with the core programs of SHS and help bridging the gender gap in the Indian society. 

About the Programme:
The PRIA Youth-N-Democracy Fellowship aims to engage independent, motivated and creative young adults who are interested in promoting UN values in their community. The fellowship will explore the topics of self-identity, critical thinking, social responsibility, research competencies, leadership and problem solving as well as understanding democracy in everyday life.

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