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Opinion: Young people as key agents in the post-traumatic world – KBC

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More than a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the world is still struggling with how to rebuild and recover from its many effects.

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The lives of young people have been severely disrupted by the epidemic, increasing inequality. It has placed significant limitations on freedom and socialism, by reducing the chances of youth participation and participation because of preventive measures, no doubt leading to the emergence of a generation of locks.

Especially important is the need to create jobs and opportunities for the new generation that continues to grow. The World Labor Organization estimates that 470 million more jobs will be needed to recruit new participants by 2030.

According to the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), approximately 1.7 million Kenyans in 2020 lost their jobs in the first three months of the epidemic. Ironically, more than a third of Kenyan graduates are unemployed in an economic environment where the government seeks to resolve the country’s ongoing unemployment crisis.

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Despite strong purchases from government and non-government actors, as well as the growing awareness of the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a number of factors contribute to why we are still lagging behind.

In fact, it will be easier to rely on the big lag in achieving the SDGs in the catastrophe. However, progress was already slower before COVID-19 because of social challenges including lack of access to health care, better education, increased equality, and environmental degradation. The 2020 Social Development Report revealed shocking predictions, that the SDGs would not be achieved until 2082.

What is clear is that business as usual is not a good example for our current society and the current problems we face. Traditional business models do not have what it takes to meet the needs of billions around the world who face the challenges presented by the SDGs on a daily basis.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development presents a broad and ambitious agenda for global and local action on sustainable development. The scope of the SDGs promotes technological innovation, high productivity levels, and sustainable economic growth.

Business leaders see youth unemployment as one of the biggest risks in the world today, but they also recognize youth investment as one of the best opportunities for business growth and development.

Considering that young people will no doubt experience long-term effects of the epidemic, how can we meet the SDGs and enable millions of young people to succeed in the post-epidemic world? Strategies for post-disaster recovery and the success of the SDGs are closely linked, and youth is the link between the two.

Innovation is the speed with which we achieve the SDGs using new ideas and technologies that change the way we view these problems, solve problems, and shorten the delivery schedule.

Investing in youth will win the war on sustainability. Young people continue to break the foundation and desire to address the social issues of our time such as climate change, poverty, and structural inequality.

The UN Charter recognizes the need to invest in the next generation of leaders. Young SDG Innovators is a program for any company that is interested in investing in the long-term sustainability of their business and its ability to meet future needs and requirements. The program provides a platform for hard-working and dedicated young professionals to come together and create successful solutions to meet the specific needs of the SDGs within their companies and market value.

In addition, UN Compact Global encourages entrepreneurs to take advantage of the many opportunities they can engage, discover and support young people around the world, through on-the-job training, bridging the skills gap, and investing and empowering young entrepreneurs.

Public-private partnerships are key to tackling the high unemployment rate in Kenya. Now is the time for Government, the private sector, and other stakeholders to create sustainable and sustainable models that will address climate change, current and future, which could have a significant impact on achieving the SDGs.

The author is the CEO of the Global Compact Kenya Network. He can be reached by info@globalcompactkenya.org

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of KBC.

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