Achieve youth equity and elevate youth contributions to society and the natural ecosystem.
The term "youth" includes the United Nations’ definition of youth (15-24 years old) as well as expanding youth to be inclusive of all peoples under the age of 35 as the UN also recognizes that the term varies without prejudice to other age groups listed by member states.
Over the past decade before Global Futurist Initiative™ was even a concept, our youth activists have been working hard to build an agenda for making youth issues a priority and defining what it means to achieve this goal.
Inspired by both the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, youth from all over the world connected by this common passion gathered over a series of video calls to develop the blueprint and create the illustration of a new "18th SDG," following in the footsteps of the original 17 Goals, entitled Youth Equity.
Pictured left: Global Futurist Initiative™ Co-founder, Julia Samson, with the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake.
After hearing the news that the the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution for establishing a UN Youth Office in 2022, we felt emboldened to launch our campaign and build on the momentum of elevating youth. Therefore, we are proposing the resolution of the newfound Sustainable Development Goal for adoption by consensus of the 193 United Nations member states.
Pictured right: Global Futurist Initiative™ leadership and activists at ending ceremony for 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum.
Read the Global Futurist Initiative™ proposal to see how we are launching the SDGs into the future, and download our icon to show your support in solidarity of youth worldwide.
More translations coming soon! If you don't see your native language but would like to volunteer translate for your local community, reach out and a member of Global Futurist Initiative™ will provide you with a workable copy.
[Português] ODS 18 Equidade Jovem (pdf)Download
[日本] 持続可能な開発目標 SDG 18 (pdf)Download
[Yoruba] EIA 18 IDOGBA ODO (pdf)Download
[Español] ODS 18 Equidad de la Juventud (pdf)Download
[Français] ODD 18 Équité de la Jeunesse (pdf)Download
[Deutsch] UN-Nachhaltigkeitsziel 18 Jugendgerechtigkeit (pdf)Download
[Igbo] EMA 18 Nha Nhatanha Ntorobia (pdf)Download
[IsiNdebele] Isicelo Sokwengeza i-SDG 18 Ukulingana Kwentsha (pdf)Download
[РУССКИЙ] ЦOУР 18 «Молодежное равенство» (pdf)Download
[Shona] SDG 18 Yekuenzana Kwevechidiki (pdf)Download
[Nederlands] VN-doelstelling voor duurzame ontwikkeling 18 (pdf)Download
[Polski] SDG 18 Współudział Młodzieży (pdf)Download
[Mandarin] SDG 18 青年公平 (pdf)Download
[Swahili] SDG 18 Usawa wa Vijana (pdf)Download
Bermudian English SDG 18 Youth Equity Proposal (pdf)Download
18.1.1 Participation rate of Youth Office in global agenda settings
18.1.2 Proportion of young people in managerial positions
18.1.3 Participation rate of children and young people in (youth) organizations
18.1.4 Proportion of youth organizations (compared to parent organizations)
18.1.5 Proportion of youth representative or young people on boards of directors
18.1.6 Proportion of people who identify themselves as global, national and/or local youth advocates
18.2.1 Proportion of seats held by youth in (a) global agencies, (b) national parliaments and (c) local governments
18.2.2 Number of legislations created and/or introduced by young advocates
18.2.3 Number of countries with laws and regulations that promote political and/or apolitical youth engagement
18.2.4 Proportion of young people in (international, supranational, and/or national) advisory boards and/or delegations
18.3.1. Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for youth equity and the Seven Generations Principle
18.4.1 Proportion of children and young people who are confident: (a) In their Social Emotional Learning (SEL), i.e., positive identity, self-management, (academic) self-efficacy, social skills, social capital; and (b) In their skills and youth leadership development
18.5.1 Participation rate of youth and in formal and non-formal financial education and training in the previous 12 months, by sex
18.5.2 Proportion of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) financial literacy and (b) financial numeracy skills, by sex
18.5.3 Extent to which (i) financial literacy education and (ii) education for independent banking are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education and (d) student assessment
18.5.4 Proportion of young people who qualify as having debt distress
18.5.5 Proportion of young people who believe financial decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability, and population group
18.6.1 Proportion of population that feel safe and that their data is protected on the internet
18.6.2 Proportion of population subjected to (a) cyber violence, (b) psychological violence, (c) sexual violence virtually, and (d) physical violence that arises from cyber violence in the previous 12 months
18.6.3 Existence of independent human rights institutions that specialize in internet governance
18.6.4 Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for internet safety including privacy and data protection
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