Young people "best allies" in promoting sustainable agenda: UN official

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Christina Gallach, head of UN Communications and Public Information. © photothek/Inga Kjer.

The United Nations' best allies in promoting the sustainable agenda are young people, a senior UN official attending a global conference in Bonn, Germany has said.

Christina Gallach, the head of UN Communications and Public Information, made the remarks on day two of the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development.

The meeting aims to chart a new way of thinking on addressing some of the world's most complex development challenges.

Dianne Penn reports.

Policy makers, civil society, the private sector and even video gamers are teaming up in the German city of Bonn to come up with new ideas on how to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues, from hunger to climate change.

The Global Festival of Ideas is hosted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Campaign in partnership with the British think tank the Overseas Development Institute, with the support of the German government.

Young people need to help mobilize support for the UN Global Goals, or SDGs, to end extreme poverty around the world, the head of UN Communications and Public Information, Christina Gallach, said.

"They are going to be the ones that are going to be most profoundly mobilized. Because they are very aware; the planet is not going well. So they want to be part of the transformation and they know that the goals will be achieved when they become adults; when they will be at the peak of their lives. So this is a group of citizens that are our best allies in promoting the sustainable development agenda."

The 17 SDGs seek to create a more just and equitable world by 2030, including an end to extreme poverty and quality education for all.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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