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.


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 

How to get involved

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