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Youth organisations and the 2030 Agenda

Youth organisations play a crucial role in the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and young people are recognised in it as “critical agents for change”. Three years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, what role do youth organisations in Europe play?

The European Youth Forum’s new study “European youth organisations’ contributions to the 2030 Agenda” presents key data and case studies documenting these contributions. Presenting qualitative and quantitative data collected from 89 youth organisations across 37 countries and with concrete recommendations for governments and public institutions, this study can serve as a toolkit to work more effectively with and for young people towards a more sustainable world.

The European Students’ Union and its member in Denmark collaborated with this publication presenting:

  • A case study about the National Union of Students in Denmark (DSF). The study case covered the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and the impact of the different campaigns carried out by DSF, a national students’ organisation.
  • A case study about the European Students’ Union (ESU), where all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been covered, mainly SDG4. ESU sees the SDGs as having a major role to play, not only in framing the work of the advisory group but in informing the strategic decisions of ESU itself.

Our role should be to be consulted, not pushing to be consulted. It should be up to the authorities to engage the people and organisations at every level before devising policy.” Robert Napier, Vice President

You can download the publication here.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.



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