SDG Young Ambassadors Educational Program (11-16 yrs) - Let's hear their voice!

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They  are universal, inclusive and a bold commitment to people and the planet.

Eleanor Ayoola,  is the SDG Young Youth Ambassador for NET Africa. She is also U-reporter with UNICEF.

Leave no one behind

Why are the SDGs important?

The SDGs represent a people-driven, transformative agenda built on the foundations of transparency, participation and inclusion. The SDGs matter to all of us as we have a shared responsibility for our future and that of our planet. Without clear goals and measurable targets, as well as comprehensive data sets that allow an analyse of the situation, including at the local level, we risk leaving the most vulnerable behind and not properly addressing new challenges that impede development and harm our planet. Achieving the SDGs will depend, among others, on the degree of ownership and engagement of people in addressing them.

Calling all young budding writers based in Africa!
Write your understanding of what the SDGs can do for your country. Minimum 500 words maximum 1,500 words. It must be your original work.
The best 25 articles will be featured in a new book titled, 'Young Voices'.
You have to be 11-16 years to enter the competition. Competition closes 31 March 2020. Send to

Who are the key players in the SDGs, and what is their role?

The primary responsible for achieving the SDGs are the governments and the people they represent. UN Member States are the signatories of the 2030 agenda. They will need to reformulate policies taking into account their national realities to help achieve the Goals, as well as provide the regulatory incentives that will align business decisions with the SDGs.

How will progress on SDGs be tracked?
The UN will support implementation at national level through its Resident Coordinator’s system. The SDG agenda poses however a significant challenge in terms of tracking progress in all countries, for all people. Its sheer breadth, plus the call to leave no one behind, mean that the UN will have to change the way it supports governments (and others) to produce, make available, and analyse data. The UN development system is fully committed to strengthening data collection in key areas and to improving the quality and availability of data for implementing and monitoring the 2030 agenda. Volunteers can play a role in strengthening participatory forms of planning and monitoring as well as in enhancing quantitative and qualitative data collection, especially in remote areas.

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