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SDG Choupal Academic Launch along with UN Academic Impact Conference UNAI10 at Chandigarh University

SDG Choupal – Rural India Enabling SDGs

The United Nations Strategy on Youth is to scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities as agents of change….

Young  people  today  want  the  sustainable,  peaceful  world envisioned  in  the  2030  Agenda  for Sustainable Development .The Young Change makers contributions fast changing the Sustainable Development needs for a better world , leaving no one behind. Youth for SDGs play a critical role in SDGs outreach & engagement on ground .

The SDG Choupal is a collective community initiative of NITI Aayog, Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Ministry of Social Justice Govt. of India, MSME Govt. of India, NSIC, RIS, TERI,The Commonwealth Secretariat, Nagrik  Foundation  (Philanthropy  Arm  of  Dainik  Bhaskar),  UN Habitat,  UNWomen,FICCI- ARISE India, CII India@75, WHO, UNESCAP, ONGC, GCNI , Chandigarh University, Amity University in collaboration with other stake holders.

It  is  dedicated  to  support  the  UN  system,  national  and  state Governments,  and  institutions  on advocacy and community engagement for SDG implementation in India. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals and 169 targets that all 193 UN Member States, including India have committed to achieve between 2016 and 2030.

Based on the basic principle of engaging people with policy makers, the initiative endeavours to create awareness about the SDG Agenda, empower and inspire people across the communities to enable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while generating political will, and help make the Goals attainable by 2030.

On  18th  November  2019,  the  United  Nations  Academic  Impact (UNAI)  will  be  entering  into  its’ successful decennary year. Launched on 18th November 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York by then UN Secretary General H.E. Ban Ki-moon and UNAI Head Mr. Ramu Damodaran, this unique initiative of UNAI has shown great impact through collaborative synergy of higher education institutions and universities across the world. The launch of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 also emphasized the need for innovative partnerships (SDG17) for accomplishing other SDGs including SDG 4 on quality education.

SDG Choupal Academic Launch with over 40,000 Youth at Chandigarh University committed to change the world for better leaving no one behind . The SDG Choupal Youth Ambassadors will take SDG pledge for a better world.

Venue Chandigarh University | Date Nov 18-19 /2019

The surveys and reports in the past has indicated that Higher Education has significant role to play in

accomplishing the UN SDG Agenda 2030 through active engagement with the community and other stakeholders. Also while we are celebrating 75th year of United Nations, the role of higher education institutions and universities has become critical in continuously evolving multilateralism for global sustainability.Young people will play a crucial role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Most of the world’s young people live in Asia and the Pacific.

  • 60% of people aged between 15 and 24 live in Asia and the Pacific; that’s about 700 million youth.
  • Over 85 million young people in the region live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 a day.
  • The share of young people in the region is expected to decline by about 10% through 2030, due to ageing populations—highlighting the importance of equipping them now with a sustainable future.
  • Over a third of the 169 SDG targets highlight the role of young people and the importance of their empowerment ,participation ,and well-being.
  • 20  targets  across  six  SDGs  are  strongly  focused  on  youth:  Zero  Hunger,  Quality  Education,  Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, and Climate Action.
  • Most young people are optimistic about the future. A YouthSpeak global survey of 180,000 young people showed 68% believe the world will be a better place by 2030.
  • Creating opportunities for youth to move out of poverty into decent and sustainable work will help capitalize on the demographic dividend created by the region’s youthful population. 
  • Sustainable  access  to  water  and  sanitation,  particularly  for  young  women  and  girls,  can  help  them regularly and safely participate in productive activities such as education.
  • In 2015, the Asian Development Bank, through its NGO and Civil Society Center’s Youth for Asia initiative, became a founding member of Youth for Global Goals (Y4GG), which aims to create a community of 1 million young people to work toward the SDGs.
  • Responsibly engaging youth in sustainable agriculture is key to achieving SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger). It can bolster rural productivity and reduce the number of young people leaving rural areas for city jobs.

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