Next year, Sweden will host Stockholm+50, a UN conference that aims to help accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. At the ongoing UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Sweden today launched an initiative to strengthen young people’s participation in the work ahead of and during Stockholm+50.
The Youth Task Force project will contribute to the meaningful participation of young people at global level ahead of and during Stockholm+50. The Youth Task Force will provide input to various thematic areas within Stockholm+50, as well as facilitate youth consultations and mobilise youth organisations that want to become involved in Stockholm+50.
“Young people play an incredibly important role in the work for a sustainable world. At the same time, they are often excluded from contexts that shape their future. By forming a Youth Task Force, we are making sure that we receive valuable input from young people right up to the start of meeting, but also for what happens after the meeting,” says Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund.
Youth representatives from the Youth Task Force took part in today’s launch together with Mr Bolund and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director and Secretary-General of Stockholm+50 Inger Andersen.
During the launch, a panel discussion was held during which participants discussed what they hope the Youth Task Force will achieve, and their expectations for Stockholm+50 from a youth perspective.
Stockholm+50 deals with issues that are of great importance for the future of young people, and the Government wants young people’s messages to be reflected in the outcome of the conference. That is why it is important that young people are involved in a meaningful way in all processes ahead of and during the meeting. In this way, the Youth Task Force can also provide lessons for future international environmental efforts.