ABOUT

The One Million Youth SDGs Solutions Initiative

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, acknowledge the centrality of the youth and their role in the path towards sustainable development. The young people of today will mature in the next 15 years. The youth are the people who will experience the success or failure of the 2030 Agenda. Failure is not an option. That is why it is important to engage with the youth and empower them in all efforts to have a more sustainable future.

Recognizing this, the Government, in partnership with the United Nations and the Youth for SDGs Coalition have come up with the “One Million Youth SDG Solutions” initiative, which focuses on solutions to improve the quality of life for all. The initiative is aimed at identifying and mobilizing Ugandan youth to present one million solutions which are changing lives in order to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. The initiative will identify solutions at national and sub-national level, leaving no one behind in efforts to accelerate achievement of the SDGs. The one million solutions initiative builds upon the 21 youth innovators who were identified during UN at 74 commemoration activities in Uganda in 2019, and the call by the UN Secretary General to hear the voices of youth around the world about the SDGs and the United Nations. It is directly linked to UN@75 and goes


To ensure that solutions are recognized by government, development partners and private sector, the Government and the UN in Uganda asked the National SDG Secretariat, under the Office of the Prime Minister, to work with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator to serve as hub for the youth submitting solutions.The launch of the initiative will kick off activities in Uganda to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations.

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Objectives

  • The One Million Youth SDGs Solutions initiative aims to:
  • Identify and build partnerships with and among young people as advocates of change.

  • Engage young people on local, national and international growth and development issues through dialogues, media and exhibitions.
  • Empower individual young people, youth organizations and communities with practical knowledge which is relevant to the advancement of their solutions.
  • Maximize the UN75 and SDGs outreach by introducing innovative feedback mechanisms to assess Ugandans’ perceptions and ways to increase effectiveness of SDGs acceleration.
  • Reach out to the most marginalized people, while surveying their understanding of the SDGs to increase the overall awareness.
  • Strengthen communication about the partnership between the Government and the UN, and to inform the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework formulation.
  • Track progress and youth participation in implementation and discussions on the SDGs.
  • Recognize and award young people and to motivate others to contribute to efforts to implement and achieve the SDGs.
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