India is pursuing ambitious, technology-driven reform that is making financial services and social protection payments accessible to underserved people, while also reducing leakage of public funds. This reflects part of one government’s effort to more effectively plan and fund its sustainable development strategy, the main theme of the “Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019”, the latest assessment of the progress that countries are making in mobilizing financing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Across countries and continents, our world is witnessing a rise in youth engagement and even a ‘youth quake’ as one news outlet described the recent Global Climate Strike. Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, some 1.6 million young people in 125 countries took to the streets, demanding world leaders to take climate action – now. To navigate our planet out of harms way, there is already a plan of action in place; the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This April, young leaders from different corners of the world, will join the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum with a mission: to put this plan into action.