Leaving No Youth Behind:
DECADE OF ACTION
Not Leaving Anyone is a key principle of the SDGs. With these principles SDGs must at least be able to answer two things, procedural justice, namely the extent to which all parties, especially those who have been left behind, can be involved in the entire development process, and substantive justice, namely the extent to which development policies and programs can answer the problems of citizens, especially groups left behind.
Bangladesh is now on the journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The 2030 Agenda identifies youth as one of the vulnerable groups which at the same time have the potential to arise as the driving force of any development approach. The SDGs recognize the need of providing a nurturing environment to the youth generate by youth ensuring quality education and decent jobs. So that they can apprehend the full realization of their rights and capabilities. Achieving this global agenda will require the knowledge, innovation, and enthusiasm of the dynamic youth force. It is necessary to have strong and effective partnerships between young people and all implementing stakeholders.
We believe that the role of young people in implementing SDGs in their institutional belonging must be recognized as a critical one and their voices need to be reflected in national policies. The core intention behind organizing this summit is to bring forward youth south perspectives on the new global development agenda in the Bangladesh context.
We cannot fit the youth of Bangladesh into a one-size-fits-all approach, and we will need different approaches to meet the needs of the youth. For example, if we look at gender, we see that girls are more likely to drop out of school after primary level compared to boys, so steps need to be taken to ensure that they continue their education.
Therefore, SDG Youth Summit 2022 under the theme of
“Leaving No Youth Behind: DECADE OF ACTION” is a timely initiative by SDG Youth Alliance.
The Summit will be a platform for the discussion and reflection on what policies and activities can be taken to improve youth development and sustainable development. It shall address the needs of both the youth and the nation at large. It will culminate in the formulation of key recommendations in particularly;
- Decent Work for Economic Growth & Youth Expectations
- Quality Education For The Future Generation
- Displacement & Migration
- Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Climate Action
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation Startup
This Summit will provide participants with an excellent opportunity to meet in different areas of youth in a time of panel discussion and get the opportunity to share the thoughtful insights to uprise the new generation’s thoughts for national and local development for the community which will mainstream youth voice in the national development as well as to ensure contribution in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
YPSA-Young Power in Social Action, The Earth Society, Global Law Thinkers Society, Maslow Bangladesh, We Can Cox’s Bazar, Inspiration for Human Welfare, Parents Ageing Foundation, Bekarotto Hotaw, Youth Development Centre are the organizing partners of the SDG Youth Summit 2022. They are acknowledging the fact that the youth group are the major beneficiaries and stakeholders of the 2030 Agenda, as well as the other development aspirations. The youth of Bangladesh has become increasingly visible and effectively active in influencing national policy with new ideas, philosophy, and technological expertise. They have set their marks in the international arena as well. Proactively they are engaging themselves in shaping the development of Bangladesh using new tools of communications.
The SDG Youth Summit will be organized with four major objectives. The followings are the expected objectives:
- To improve awareness and knowledge among rural, urban and international youth, about the SDGs and their roles in the implementation process;
- To a better understanding of Decent Work for Economic Growth & Youth Expectations, Quality Education For The Future Generation, Displacement & Migration, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Climate Action, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Startup and motivation to create a platform for the youth of Bangladesh to showcase and explore their aspirations as regards national development;
- To explore the youth agenda in the context and policy discussions at national and local levels.
- To promote youth innovation in agriculture, employment, renewable energy, startup support, and private sector collaboration.
Intends to find out the youth recommendations to identify and bridge the gaps in discussion and action along with engaging young innovators, activists, and enthusiasts to proceed with their efforts to achieve the SDGs
- Creating a platform for cooperation, coordination, and exchange of thoughts between various Bangladeshi and South Asian youth and understudy gatherings, to increment collaborative effect.
- Empowering youth to adjust their current targets and missions with the SDGs structure. Specifically, to involve the Goals as a name for their exercises, to smooth out needs and goals across Bangladeshi and South Asian cultures.
- Coming up with the Cox’s Bazar Declaration as the key recommendation from youth in the process of achieving SDGs.
- Participations additionally distinguished significant apparatuses and guides, which could be utilized for better understanding and use of the SDGs.
SDG Youth Summit 2022 Overview:
The 2 day-long conferences will be attended by youth representatives from all walks of life and partners of the platform, government and non-government organizations and development partners, and other partners. The Summit comprises 2 Expert Sessions, 6 Thematic Parallel Sessions along with Thematic Presentation, Cultural Events, and other networking events.
College students, University students, Entrepreneurs, Startup Founders, Youth Activists, Social Activists, Persons with disabilities, LGBTQ community, Gender Experts, Private Sectors representative, Civil Society representatives, GO, NGOs, Journalists, and International Youth who are experts on SDG, Green Business Owner.
THEMATICS AND SEGMENTS
Decent Work For Economic Growth & Youth Expectations:
- The great potential of investing in youth and tremendous costs of neglecting youth: The need to act
- Vulnerability: Why are some youths more disadvantaged than others in the labor market? – Impact of discrimination and exclusion
- Promoting Employment Creation and Skills Development for NEET Youth
- Global Employment Agenda: Promoting employment, economic development, and social justice
- Sustainable Tourism: Creating Jobs and Promotes Local Culture and Products
- Investing in Workforce: Labor Welfare and Skill Development
- Youth employment and social inclusion in Bangladesh
Quality Education For The Future Generation:
- Better access to schooling: The first step to Better Learning
- Learning for All: Investing in Teachers and School Leaders
- The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World as Half of the world’s jobs are expected to disappear due to automation by 2030.
- E-learning: Unfolding a new era
Displacement & Migration:
- Young and female: A double strike?
- Rohingya repatriation recommendations
- World displacement Solution
- The way for Fare labor migration
Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)
- Young and female: A double strike?
- Gender Equality: Fundamental to Transformative and Sustainable Peacebuilding
- My take, Your take: Re-Thinking Social Attitudes and Gender Expectations
- Understanding Meaningful Participation of Youth, Peace, and Gender
- Young People in Peacebuilding: Unfulfilled Potential?
- Women in Power and Decision-making and Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women
- Blue economic growth: sustainable ocean governance and coastal and marine spatial planning.
- COP 27: Echoes of Change to Address Planetary Crisis
- Carbon Tax: Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy options
- Green Finance in Bangladesh: Policies, Institutions, and Challenges
- Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Securing the Future of Water Resources and Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change and Natural Disasters
- Clean Air, Waste management, and Plastic-free eco-
Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Startup:
- From School to Business: Policy Support to Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-employment
- Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and Startup Ecosystem development
- Sustainable Tourism: Creating Jobs and Promotes Local Culture and Product