Young people are living in a world that is undergoing rapid changes in the form of climate change, rising unemployment, new and entrenched conflicts as well as widespread economic and forced migration. All with potentially drastic outcomes for youth as well as the wider global population. Amidst such changes young people are not simply a generation that is waiting to take the lead in the future, but a generation that needs to take the lead right now.
In September 2015 the Member States of the United Nations adopted 17 global goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. These goals, if implemented and worked upon, have the potential to bring far-reaching positive change to our lives and aspire towards the creation of a world that is developed and sustainable in which no one is left behind.
The UNDP Youth Strategy entitled “Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future”, was launched in 2014 in the advent of the SDGs. As a result sustainable development and inclusion is at the core of the Youth Strategy that seeks to maximize the contribution of youth in achieving the SDGs
You can view the full text of the UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017 here.
As the first and only network of young gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men and transgender people, Youth Voice Count believes that young gay and bisexual men, other young men who have sex with men and young transgender people must be given a specific focus in the implementation of the UNDP Youth Strategy. These populations are widely subjected to stigma, discrimination, police abuse and violence throughout Asia and the Pacific region. Currently, there are only a few countries in the region that offer legal protections and remedies for human rights violations against LGBTI people. While nineteen of the forty-eight countries in the region still criminalize same-sex conduct.
Achieving the strategic outcomes of the UNDP Youth Strategy necessitates meaningful engagement of young people from key populations including young LGBTI people. In order to do this UNDP need to implement effective strategies to ensure that young people from these populations are reached, engaged and benefited from their engagement. Local and regional organizations of young key populations and young LGBTI people have a vital role to play in bridging UNDP outreach and capacity gaps in reaching young key populations due to their extensive established networks.
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Prepared by Youth Voices Count