Young people and stakeholders pledge to support South Sudan’s Sustainable Development trajectory.
15 August 2023
All the 17 SDGs are interrelated and connected, they focus on people, planet, prosperity, and peace.
“Young people are strong, resilient, and innovative, when equipped with the right skills, they can play critical roles that can enhance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). When girls are allowed to go to school, a bright future is guaranteed for all and the nation will develop" said Yom Benjamin, while speaking on behalf of the youth delegates at the opening of the youth dialogue on SDGs in Juba.
The youth dialogue provided an opportunity for young people to contribute strategies to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs in South Sudan. It also provided youth with an avenue to reflect on the SDG progress, identify and showcase catalytic innovations that can help fast track the implementation and achievement of the SDGs.
“Young people make up the majority of South Sudanese population, they should be on the decision-making table to drive the SDG agenda forward,” said Hon. Gai Mayen, the chairperson of the specialized committee for youth and sports.
He encouraged young people to work hard, study and acquire skills that will enable them to participate in leadership and development initiatives in the country.
In his opening remarks, the UN RC ai Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert stressed the need for all stakeholders to work together. “We cannot talk about development without the youth, the implementation of the SDGs requires collective efforts from all stakeholders, said Peter.
Youth discussed, and shared strategies on how stakeholders can work together to expedite the implementation of the SDGs in South Sudan.
Representing the undersecretary of Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr. Maxwell Loboka said, “SDGs, represent the world’s shared commitment to building a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable world. They provide a roadmap for South Sudan’s future, one that is inclusive and driven by the aspirations of our youth, the backbone of our nation.”