Catriona Currie is the Campaigns Manager at Restless Development and is overseeing the global Youth Power Campaign. In this post she reflects on the campaign launch and how young people are leading the way to a better world.
It’s been a whirlwind year. Towards the end of 2015 we celebrated two big achievements in our office: the agreement of the Global Goals and an ambitious new Climate Agreement. But instead of wrapping up for Christmas and coasting on a sea of mince pies until the New Year, we got straight down to plotting how we could make these agreements a reality.
We started by looking back on what we had achieved. As Co-Chair of the action/2015 Youth Panel, we were proud to unite young people all over the world in campaigning for ambitious global agreements. This was no better exemplified than on International Youth Day when over 100,000 young people took to the streets globally and around 36 million heard our #YouthPower message online.
Our message was simple: we as young people will make sure these promises made by world leaders are turned into reality. So here we are in 2016. Keeping our word in an effort to make sure world leaders keep theirs, we wasted no time launching our new campaign “Youth Power: Keeping the Global Goals promise” in February of this year.
In Uganda, the Alliance for Sustainable Health and Wealth in Africa are hosting a radio debate about the Global Goals with their local leaders, Restless Development Nepal are meeting with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and PROMISE Africa of Cameroon are holding a dance-themed photo exhibition.
We know that if we’re going to solve the world’s toughest problems, then every day counts. Complacency will get us nowhere.