The United Nations and the Global Goals
On 22 January 2020, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres outlined his priorities for the year, including the Decade of Action. September 2015 the United Nations made history – 193 member states unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): seventeen goals that the world aspires to achieve by 2030.
These goals aim to economically develop the world in a way that eliminates poverty, respects planetary boundaries and leaves no one behind. The international community agreed that every country is responsible for achieving these goals, and that all members of society – governments, business, and civil society – need to participate.
The stakes of YEST-IN in achieving Agenda 2030
YEST Initiative Cameroon is a brain child of these goals (SDGs) and has as agenda to work towards a better Cameroon, a better AFRICA and of course why not the world at large. Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.
Why a Decade of Action
The Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap especially through partnerships. The SDGs are in direct alignment with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the continent’s long-term transformational blueprint for the pan-African region.
Agenda 2063 calls for all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa. The SDGs complement the first 15 years of the agenda, and strengthen it by being grounded in globally agreed upon values.
UN75 – 2020 and Beyond
UN75 is building, a network of diverse groups, individuals and partners to convene dialogues. Through its global online and offline networks, UN75 aim to reach as many people as possible, including youth. But just when we need collective action more than ever, support for global cooperation is flagging. In many countries, public trust in traditional institutions is in decline and relations between countries are under strain. Dialogue – and action – on global issues could not be more urgent. Through these conversations, the UN aims to build a global vision of 2045 – increase understanding of the threats to that future, and support enhanced international cooperation to realize that vision.
Youth Empowerment through Science and Technology (YEST-IN) is an initiative created to promote volunteerism among Cameroonian youths as a method of involvement with development inline with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. YEST-IN aims at engaging youths into active participation through science and technology.
February 02, 2020, YEST- IN volunteers take it upon themselves to initiate celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the Decade of Action at the University of Buea where youths are pledged their active engagement and participation in realizing the SDGs and the Global Goals. Dressed in our Blue attire, we signify commitment, purity, diligence and teamwork as we Empower, Innovate and create Change for a better Africa.