Resources

Youth Solutions Report

Developed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth (SDSN Youth), the report allows youth leaders and innovators to communicate the projects they are undertaking to reach solutions towards the 2030 Agenda. The Report includes 50 solutions and ideas that address a multitude of issues. The goal of the report is to serve as a guide and to inspire young social entrepreneurs from around the world to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. English

Biodiversity and Lifestyles Guidebook

Developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity, this guidebook helps young people to learn about the different dimensions of biological and cultural diversity and to develop essential skills to take action for its conservation. The guidebook highlights the interactions between biodiversity and the lifestyle choices of young people, and it untangles the connections between food, consumption, culture and biodiversity conservation. English 

Green Skills and Lifestyle Guidebook

The YouthXchange Green Skills and Lifestyles Guidebook developed by UNEP and UNESCO, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), helps young people connect the talk about the green economy, green societies and green jobs to their lifestyles. It focuses on the skills required to make these transitions – providing case studies and insight on green jobs and the skills they will require in terms of social innovation and entrepreneurship, the role of different stakeholders (government and private sector) and life skills. English

Training kit on responsible consumption for Africa

Published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is the first regional training kit aims to engage Africa’s young people to shape a more sustainable future.
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Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

A publication from the UN Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change highlighting concrete activities young people are leading around the world.
Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish

Growing Together in a Changing Climate: The United Nations, Young People, and Climate Change

Produced with financial support from the European Union, the publication lists inspiring examples of youth-focused activities – from on-the-ground action to raising awareness to advocacy efforts at the UNFCCC negotiations.
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Youth Participation in the UNFCCC Negotiations

A series of interviews with government delegates, UN officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations and young people.
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Agenda 21

Agenda 21 addresses the pressing problems of today and also aims at preparing the world for the challenges of the next century. It reflects a global consensus and political commitment at the highest level on development and environment cooperation.
Agenda 21: Chapter 25 “Children And Youth In Sustainable Development” and Chapter 36 “Promoting Education, Training and Public Awareness”

World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY)

The WPAY, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, provides a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people around the world. The WPAY covers fifteen youth priority areas and contains proposals for action in each of these areas.
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Article 16: UN General Assembly Resolution

"Policies and programmes involving youth", Article 16
United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/130

GEO-5 for Youth “Tunza Acting for a Better World”

Global Environment Outlook 5 is written by youth for youth. It examines a variety of trends related to the Earth’s system, equips youth with cutting edge knowledge on environmental challenges, and explores whether internationally agreed environmental goals are being achieved.
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Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge

Our Climate, Our Food, Our World” is designed to helping educate children and young people about climate change and food security while encouraging them to take action against global warming, environmental degradation and hunger in the world.
Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Forests Challenge Badge

Our planet’s forests are the lungs that clean the air we breathe, the homes of countless species of plants and animals, and the source of inspiration and livelihood for millions of people.
Chinese, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian

Challenge Badge: Ending Hunger

Food is the fuel of life. Unfortunately around 1 billion people in the world live in hunger, and factors like climate change threaten to make this situation worse. Let the YUNGA Ending Hunger Challenge Badge inspire you: join the fight to end hunger today.
Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish

Challenge Badge: Ocean

The ocean plays an essential role in regulating the world's climate. Educate children and young people about the vital role the ocean plays in supporting life on Earth. Dive in and discover activities that you can do to help protect the ocean!
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish

YouthXchange Guidebook on Climate Change and Lifestyles

UNEP, in collaboration with UNESCO, launched a guidebook on climate change and lifestyles targeting young people. The guidebook is a training kit seeking to promote sustainable lifestyles through education, dialogue, awareness raising and capacity-building.
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UNESCO: ‘Learning to address climate change’

This animated video by UNESCO shows in four minutes why climate change education is important and how it shapes sustainable development in practice.
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Climate Change Take Action Now

This is a guide for supporting local action by children and young people, with special emphasis on girls and young women, for addressing climate change. It provides guidance for working as a change agent.
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