How can youth be further engaged in the sustainable development of their country.
Youth are the backbone of any country. To make a country happy prosperous and economically strong, the power of youth is to be needed. The world has more young people today than ever. 2019 statistics by the UN estimated that nearly 1.2 billion people were between the ages of 15-24 years. By 2030, this number is expected to increase by 7%, to 1.3 billion. Almost 90% of young people live in developing countries, with almost 500 million residing in India and China. They are clearly the future. In the lead up to International Youth Day 2021 on 12 August, we are calling for articles on youth engagement and leadership in SDP. This call for articles is in partnership with The Commonwealth.
The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.
More efforts are needed to raise awareness about the importance of youth civic engagement and its benefits to the individual and to society, including for sustainable development as well as resilience and wellbeing. The International Youth Day campaign aims to promote civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society, development and peace. India is a under developing country while it has large number of youth. In future India can become a superpower if youth has to be employed and able to contribute for sustainable development.