Young people key for COVID recovery and a sustainable future

Participants show their support for the Sustainable Development Goals. (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) Youth activism has been “pushing the world forward,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told Day 1 of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)’s annual Youth Forum on Tuesday.

“From the streets of every corner of the world to the online arena, we have seen powerful demonstrations of youth commitment to equality, climate action and human rights,” she said, adding that they are demanding a seat at the table and holding Governments and businesses to account for their inaction.

UN experts joined youth leaders, activists and Government officials from around the globe in kicking off a virtual two-day meeting under the theme COVID-19 recovery: Youth taking action for a sustainable future

Given the disproportionate impact of their suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting highlighted that young people must be at the forefront of planning for a post-COVID-19 future.

From remote workplaces to green energy to truly inclusive decision-making, their vision and courage are more vital than ever.

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