ACP YPN believes that ‘youth friendly’ policies, in the context of the new SDGs framework and in particular with regards to SDGs 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17 will strengthen results and the added-value of the partnership in the future.
The Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs requires a fundamental update of the ‘software’ of the international cooperation system and both parties should integrate the new policy domains of the Agenda 2030 into the existing framework.
Although all SDGs are of crucial importance, ACP YPN has highlighted these particular SDGs – SDG 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13, 16, 17 – as non-negligible in tackling the main challenges of human development in the future partnership:
(I) Strengthening peace and security: Objective 1 to ‘Eradicate poverty in all its forms and everywhere in the world’ and Objective 16 to ‘Promote the advent of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, ensure access to justice for all and implement, at all levels, effective institutions, responsible and open’;
(II) Fostering economic model of sustained and sustainable growth: Objective 8 to ‘Promote economic growth, shared and sustainable, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. In particular, sub-section 8.6, underlines that there should be a substantial reduction of the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training by 2020. Additionally, sub-section 8b notes that there should be the development and operationalization, by 2020, of a global strategy for youth employment and the ILO Global Jobs Pact should also be implemented; Objective 9: ‘Building a resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation’.
(III) Supporting strategies consistency with the requirements of sustainable development: Objective 12: ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’; Objective 13: ‘Take urgent measures to fight against climate change and its impact’. In particular, sub-section 13.b, which refers to the promotion of mechanisms for raising capacities for effective climate change related planning and management, in LDCs, including focusing on women, youth, local and marginalised communities.
(IV) Strengthening international cooperation: Objective 17: ‘Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development’;
(V) ACP YPN also recognises the importance of Objective 4 to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’, with particular regard to the need to increase the number of youth and adults with relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship (sub-section 4.4). This also includes the need to ensure that all youth and a percentage of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy (sub-section 4.6). Objective 5 to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ is also of paramount importance.
ACP YPN remains committed to facilitate the development of inclusive institutions and processes, whereby youth can contribute their capacities to foster positive international relations through dialogue and exchange.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in harmony with many of the stated sustainable development principles enshrined in the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, including notably poverty reduction and economic and social development. In light of these synergies, the ACP YPN expects the future partnership to continue promoting these goals.