Youth to voice opinions on development targets

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Young people at the launch of the International Year of Youth, celebrated annually on 12 August. UN File Photo.

Young people around the world are being encouraged to voice their opinions on the implementation of newly agreed global development targets.

Some 800 people are gathering at the UN on Monday at the Youth Form to discuss how to make the so-called SDGs a reality, both nationally and internationally.

Veronica Reeves has more details.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs were agreed by world leaders at the UN in September last year.

Known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the targets cover everything from poverty reduction to building sustainable and peaceful societies.

They'll frame international development for the next 15 years.

Young people are meeting at the UN to discuss how they can play an active role in their implementation.

Ahmad Alhendawi, is the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.

"On the 17 goals there are different targets relating to youth development. So I think part of our task in the future is grouping the targets relating to youth development and make sure we measure the progress we are making in the coming years."

The two-day event will enable young people to meet with government representatives from around the world in the expectation that they can contribute to developing policy on global economic, social and environmental issues.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations

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