Youth2030: The United Nations Strategy on Youth

With Youth 2030, The Youth Cafe supports the UN to become a leader in working with young people: in understanding their needs, in helping to put their ideas into action, in ensuring their views inform our processes.

The Strategy is aimed at guiding the entire United Nations (UN) system to empower young people to realize their full potential and to stand up for their rights. It also aims to ensure youth engagement and participation in the implementation, review, and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as other relevant global agendas and frameworks.


A world in which…

the human rights of every young person are realized; that ensures every young person is empowered to achieve their full potential; and that recognizes young people’s agency, resilience and their positive contributions as agents of change.

The Secretary-General tasked his Envoy on Youth, in conjunction with the UN system and youth themselves, to lead development of a UN Youth Strategy. Its aim: scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities as agents of change.

The strategy is ambitious. It will guide the UN system in stepping up support for the empowerment of young people, while ensuring that the Organization’s work fully benefits from their insights and ideas.

Investment in four areas will consolidate the position of the United Nations as a global leader in engaging with youth. It will become a pioneer of knowledge, a dynamic source of innovation, a catalyst for solutions and a champion of accountability. The strategy’s thematic priority areas reflect all three pillars of the UN system: sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights.

Young people today want the sustainable, peaceful world envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Realizing their aspirations depends on realizing their rights — to empowerment and development, participation and choice. They offer 1.8 billion reasons for the United Nations to stand by their side.

The High-Level Event “Youth2030”

The official launch of Youth2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy, took on Monday, 24th September 2018 at a High-Level Event  at the United Nations in New York.  The Strategy was presented by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.