Just 2 days after the Security Council passed a historic resolution on youth, peace and security, the world’s largest youth run organization – AIESEC, made a bold and ambitious commitment to the world.
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) which is a a sweeping 15-year global plan of action. As soon as the goals were passed, it was clear that the achievement of these goals will require the youth to take up an enormous role in leading it.
For this, over 90 member presidents of AIESEC came together for AIESEC Youth Aciton Summit at theUnited Nations to build and launchthree bold commitments that will ensure achievement of the SDGs:
- Create awareness of the global goals – Majority of the world doesn’t even know that the sustainable development goals exist – whereas the goals are for them. Hence, AIESEC will pioneer the responsibility of raising awareness about these global goals among its members, partners, collaborators and young people across the world.
- Foster engagement around the global goals – AIESEC believes that youth opinion is what makes the world spin. Hence, it commits to gather and amplify youth opinion on issues that matter to them. AIESEC also aims to facilitate global and local discussions that will help young people turn their opinions into actionable ideas.
- Take action on the global goals – AIESEC has been successfully running two worldwide exchange programs – Global Citizen (Short term volunteer exchange) and Global Talent (Long term professional exchange). After this summit, AIESEC commits to shape its programs around the global goals in a way that its accelerates achievement of the global goals.
By making these three commitments, the world’s largest youth run organisation is sending a huge message to the world. The message is simple – there is no way that the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved without a youth-led movement!