Our Sustainable Development Goals and Young Londoners work

What are the priorities and concerns of young Londoners? What would a future informed by the views of young Londoners and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals look like? These are some of the questions being addressed by the ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Young Londoners’ strand of the LSDC’s Quality of Life work.

Background

The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals are a universal action plan for “transforming our world”. The United Kingdom is one of the 193 countries that has signed up to them. The 17 SDGs – or Global Goals – aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all: both for today’s and future generations. Meeting them will require action by everyone: governments, businesses and citizens.

Much of what the SDGs are trying to achieve is highly relevant to cities and their young residents. 

Almost half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today, and close to 70 per cent is expected to do so by 2050. Solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our and future generations – including climate change, inequality, ensuring decent jobs and homes, good health and education – must therefore be found in cities. 

And when we consider the young residents of cities, they are not just beneficiaries of positive action on the SDGs. They are also powerful agents of change that can help define the kind of future they want and ways to get there, and hold leaders to account on their commitments.

What we are doing

The LSDC has been working with the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Workers to engage with young Londoners. The Peer Outreach Workers are a group of 15- to 25-year-olds who engage with other young Londoners to help inform the Mayor’s policies. 

The LSDC is:

  • consulting with young Londoners to understand their priorities and concerns, and assessing how these relate to London’s Quality of Life indicators and the SDGs
  • developing a vision for London informed by the SDGs and based on the views of young Londoners 

London Climate Action Week

London Climate Action Week takes place from 1-8 July, bringing together expertise and talent across a wide range of sectors. The London Sustainable Development Commission will be hosting our own Climate Question Time for young people at City Hall on Thursday 4 July. We’re inviting over 100 young Londoners to question our guest panel on things they’d like to know about London’s response to the climate crisis.

We’ve been working with young Londoners over the past year to find out what matters most to them. The results of one of the largest surveys of its type will be released later in July but in the meantime, we’re taking this opportunity to bring engaged youngsters to City Hall to be part of a conversation with climate thought leaders.

Our chair for the evening is BBC Radio’s Tina Daheley, co-presenter on Radio 4’s Beyond Today podcast, our panel includes entrepreneurs, political leaders and climate activists and together they will face questions from our young audience. 

The responses from the event will help inform our work in the future. 
 

How to get involved

If you are interested in getting involved in this work or hearing more about it, please get in touch.