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Voices4Development : Les jeunes délégués ONU rappellent l’importance de la jeunesse dans l’agenda 2030

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Dans le cadre des European Development Days, la jeune déléguée développement durable du Conseil de la Jeunesse, Anne-Sophie Dubrux, et son homologue néerlandophone, Herlinde Baeyens se sont exprimées lors de l’événement #VOICES4DEVELOPMENT. Leur intervention a permis de rappeler aux personnalités politiques présentes et aux acteurs clés du développement durable, la place centrale de la jeunesse et l’importance de l’éducation dans l’implémentation des objectifs de développement durable de l’Agenda 2030. Retrouvez leur discours ci-dessous. 

Your Majesty the Queen, Minister De Croo, Distinguished SDG advocates, Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you to the organizers of Voices4Development for giving us the opportunity to speak tonight. It’s a great honour and pleasure to be here.

As UN Youth Delegates and representatives of the Belgian youth councils, we are advocates for sustainable development, as you all are, and as such we raise awareness among young people about the Agenda 2030. We work to ensure that they become aware of the necessity of a radical shift towards a sustainable world, of the urgency to take action and of the role they can and have to play to make it a reality.

Why is the Agenda 2030 important for young people? Because this Agenda is about our present and future lives. It’s today’s generation of young people who are hesitating to have children out of fear and uncertainty about what the future holds. Today’s generation of young people who are living and will continue to live with the adverse consequences of extreme inequalities and climate change. But today’s generation of young people are also part of the solution and could be the first to put an end to poverty and climate change if it’s given the means to do so.

We think education is the first step to build support for the radical shifts needed in our society. Since we need everyone on board to make the Agenda 2030 a reality, we are convinced of the necessity to develop everywhere proper inclusive education systems designed to shape active, caring and responsible citizens with the knowledge and skills to build a sustainable world.

We need “radical choices” because it’s clear: any choice intended to be a choice for the future needs to be radically different from business as usual. The way we are living today and the way we are evolving as humanity is not sustainable. It creates tremendous problems today and will compromise the possibilities of future generations. As Albert Einstein said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. In other words:

  • We can’t expect globalised capitalism to reduce inequalities when such inequalities are simply needed to keep up with our consumption patterns.

  • We can’t expect to continue to consume ever more but have cleaner oceans when we are already drowning in waste today.

  • We can’t expect people to be healthy and happy when pressure in all forms keeps growing.

  • We can’t expect to turn around climate change if we are not prepared not only to use different energies but also to use them smarter: the switch to a low-carbon society is necessary and needed around the globe. The European countries need to bridge the gap between their policies and ambitions. The recent events provide Europe with a key opportunity to show leadership in this matter. Or as the newly elected French president would say: #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain!

We are here tonight to reaffirm our commitment to pursue our efforts to raise awareness and build support among young people, but we need you, dear advocates, dear diplomats, your Majesty the Queen and our distinguished ministers, too. The shift towards sustainability will need to be not only bottom-up but also top-down. That’s the second part of our job: We hold our governments accountable for their choices and we demand those choices to be future-oriented and based on the principle of intergenerational equity.

Governments need to create the framework in which sustainable choices are the easiest choices. A framework in which every individual is encouraged to live sustainably and responsibly.

We brought you a beautiful frame, Minister De Croo.

  • A frame like the one we would like you to build for our society. It’s made with respect, using natural and recycled materials like we want our economy to be.

  • It’s made with care, with eye for detail and possible weaknesses, as we want our healthcare and education, and more broadly our society to be.

  • It’s a robust frame as well. It will resist some shocks and traumas and will not change appearances easily.

  • This frame is the result of a cooperation, like we want our framework to be the result of the inclusive collaboration of all the stakeholders of our society, including young people.

  • It’s not perfect, because it’s handmade, like your frame will be man-made, but unlike us, you are professionals, and unlike us you don’t need to deliver a finished object, you will have the possibility to adjust the frame when needed.

Within this frame, there is a mirror. Everybody can see the reflection of his or her responsibility. Your frame will encourage everybody to reflect and to make sustainable choices. What’s more: in this mirror everyone can shine. Your framework for our society will not only leave no one behind, it will make every individual shine bright with hope and ambition to realize this Agenda 2030 that has made a clear vision of sustainability.

Thank you for your attention!

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