Youth Development links to Sustainable Development
Nelson Mandela once said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world", and throughout history, the United Nations has been doing just that- encouraging the education of millennials in sustainable development. This inclusion is evident in youth participation in official United Nations sustainable development negotiations in consultations with young people held at the national level by Member States to inform their national positions; and in the many grassroots movements that young people have started in favor of sustainable development.
Millennials are given specific mention in four areas: youth employment, adolescent girls, education, and sports for peace. Additionally, young people are recognized as "agents of change", entrusted with fulfilling their own potential and ensuring a world fit for future generations. For instance, YIELD (Youth Initiative for empowering leadership and development), promotes: active youth citizenship and young change-makers whose leadership will catalyze the achievement of peace and SDGs.
History proves that the inclusion of youths in the development of sustainability has always been effective, hence the continuation of their inclusion. Furthermore, the UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), promotes pledges made in the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, ensuring that youths are included in all aspects of the Agenda, as well as prompting the reduction of inequalities and eradication of poverty.