By the participants of the 16 x 16 Initiative & Nöella Richard, Youth empowerment team lead (global) & Maria Stage, Programme Analyst, BPPS, GPN, United Nations Development Programme.
18 June 2020
Young people are projected to experience disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. This trend aggravates the interlocked forms of discrimination they already face around the world.
The pandemic has however not stopped young people from leading for positive change. The 16 x 16 Initiative, by UNDP’s Youth Global Programme on Sustainable Development and Peace, partners with young leaders of organizations, movements and networks in 16 countries who are advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16). Their first-hand expertise and experience as peacebuilders, development practitioners, human rights defenders and activists illustrate the creativity and agency of young people and their role in advancing peace, justice and inclusion.