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Not Leaving Behind Future Generations: How do we bridge the growing gap between generations and communities?

... delivering on the priorities of young people and meaningfully including them in decision-making are investments that will deliver immediate returns, as well as build human capital and social cohesion for the longer term.

We invite you to join us for our Side Event for the 62nd Session of the Commission on Social Development (CSocD62). The virtual CSocD62 Side Event, “Not Leaving Behind Future Generations: How do we Bridge the Growing Gap between Generations and Communities” is co-hosted with Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, VIVAT International and Medical Mission Sisters will be held on February 8 (Thursday) from 9:45 – 11 AM EST.

The CSocD62 Priority Theme is “Fostering social development and social justice through social policies to accelerate progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieve the overarching goal of poverty eradication.” The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals prioritize eradicating poverty, but we are not on track to achieve this. The 2023 Secretary General’s Report warns that around 575 million people, including 340 million women and girls, may still live in extreme poverty by 2030. Poverty is both a gendered and generational issue, disproportionately affecting young people, with over 1.8 billion young individuals globally facing obstacles despite being the largest generation.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened economic challenges for young people, particularly those in lower socio-economic backgrounds, with one in five reporting job losses. To address this, incorporating social principles, human rights, and equal opportunities into government policies is crucial for achieving the 2030 goals. The active involvement of young people in decision-making is essential for immediate and long-term success.

In this side event we will hear from the voices of young women and experts in the fields of small business, public policy, and academia, and learn from their experiences as they relate to the intersectional impacts of poverty. They will also provide their policy recommendations for their government and world leaders, especially policies that are based on the principles of social justice. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Click HERE to register.

Click HERE for the Concept Note.