Today, the world counts 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24: the largest youth generation in history. Close to 90 per cent of these, live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population. Connected to each other and the world like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, bringing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. They are agents of change, mobilising to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.
However, this generation has inherited unprecedented challenges that hinder them in creating a bright future for themselves. From the ever-stronger effects of climate change, to the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 and the consequences of the measures to counteract it, young people are suffering the repercussions of issues caused by previous generations.
Yet, we must remember, that young people are not only beneficiaries of aid. When they are provided with the necessary skills and opportunities to participate in decision-making and realise their full potential, young people can be a driving force for sustainable development, peace and security – they are able to make a positive impact at massive scale.
Why is LDC5 Important for Young People?
As the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) is set to agree the next decade’s action plan to ensure the Least Developed Countries are not left behind, the present and future of young people in LDCs is at stake, and young people have a right to shape it, and a responsibility to contribute to its making.
Why are Young People important for LDC5?
Not including young people in the creation and implementation of the new Programme of action as the crucial partners they are, would not only impact them, but also their communities, countries and – ultimately – our common vision for a better, more sustainable future. For this reason, OHRLLS is working to ensure young people are at the heart of the new Programme of action by meaningfully engaging them in the decision-making process shaping the new Programme of Action, addressing the development needs of young people in LDCs in the face of emerging challenges, and empowering them in furthering progress towards targets and goals of the next Programme of Action.
LDC5 will provide a platform for dialogue among LDCs, development partners and the global community on youth development in LDCs. The conference will create space to discuss and create targeted policies to empower the young population in LDCs and enhance their role in implementing the new Programme of Action as well as the 2030 Agenda.