Wesustain’s Approach to Sustainability
Today’s generation of adolescents and young people (between 10 and 24 years old) is close to 1.8 billion, more than at any other time in human history. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 169 targets were adopted in 2015. 65 out of the 169 SDG targets reference young people explicitly or implicitly, with a focus on empowerment, participation and/or well-being. There are 20 youth-specific targets spread over six key SDGs: Goal 2 (hunger), Goal 4 (education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 8 (decent work), Goal 10 (inequality) and Goal 13 (climate change). Young people’s involvement is also key if the call for participation, inclusion, accountability and revitalized global engagement embedded in Goals 16 (peaceful, just and inclusive societies) and 17 (partnerships and implementation) is to be achieved
Achieving the 2030 Agenda in Kenya will require strong partnerships between young people and all stakeholders so that young people’s challenges are addressed, their contributions recognized, and that they are included at all levels of decision-making. Wesustain’s approach is founded on partnering with youth across all dimensions of sustainable development and the commitment to support their efforts at empowerment and innovation.
Wesustain promotes the empowerment of youth through programs across its national network, which spans more than 47 counties of Kenya. We work with civil society partners, including youth organizations and networks, other UN agencies and development partners to advance youth empowerment for sustainable development in Kenya. Wesustain’s Program Implementation Strategy for the year 2019-2021 includes “awareness creation” as a core component.