Youth survey on sustainable development goals announced

Friday, 2018-02-02 17:19:20
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At the ceremony on February 2.
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NDO – The results of the first-ever Youth Survey on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced at a ceremony held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI)’s Sustainable Development Office and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, in Hanoi, on February 2.

Speaking at the event, UNDP Country Director in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen said that young Vietnamese people play a central role in the success of SDGs and Agenda 2030, adding that it is time to shift the notion of partnering with young people and engaging the youth as beneficiaries to partnering with the youth as agents of change, driving the SDGs and the future they want.

The survey was made to “better understand the concerns, perceptions and interests of young people and the SDG priorities they see as vital for their future,” Wiesen said.

More than 7,000 young people from all 63 provinces responded to the survey, which offered 18 questions and lasted 37 days, nearly 75% of them are female and 65% live in urban areas. It was noted that three quarters of the respondents said that they had never heard about SDGs before.

The survey offered some key recommendations, including coordination and support mechanisms, and agents; gender-sensitive approaches; awareness campaigns and public engagement activities, as the next steps to empower young people to take action in achieving the SDGs.

According to Dao Dinh Tan, Chief of the MoPI’s Sustainable Development Office, Vietnam is in the golden population period with 27.7% of its population aged 16-30, making the youth become an important force in the fulfilment of the SDGs by 2030.