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At the Rio Summit 1992 young people have been recognized for the first time as a distinct group that is particularly affected by sustainable development issues.

Youth Delegates for Sustainable Development

Since the Earth Summit 2002 in Johannesburg (“Rio+10”) Youth Delegates are sent to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development by the German Federal Youth Council (DBJR) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

After Rio+20 the Commission was replaced by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations. The Youth Delegates give young people from Germany a voice there.

In order to do that the delegates are involved in a close exchange with children and young people. Over the course of events that take place regularly at schools, associations and various initiatives, they collect ideas, wishes and demands. At the same time, they share their experience and talk about how Germany progresses in implementing the Agenda 2030.

The Youth Delegates for Sustainable Development accompany the German government delegation led by the Federal Ministry for the Environment to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (in short HLPF). This is where they represent the interests of young people in Germany to the world community.

Information for applicants
Applications can be submitted to the DBJR once a year, usually in autumn. The selection is made by the DBJR and the BMU. The delegation lasts two years. Applicants may not be older than 25 years. English spoken and written (fluent), strong communication skills and interest in international politics and sustainability are prerequisites. Political orientation is irrelevant. Experience in voluntary work, in committee and youth association work as well as in representation tasks is helpful. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact jugenddelegierte@dbjr.de .
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The current Youth Delegates

Sophia Bachmann
Jugenddelegierte für Nachhaltige Entwicklung 2019-2021

Education for Sustainable Development, gender justice and anti-fascism are the topics that particularly move Sophia. She has her associational roots in the German Scout Association Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg; during her studies she began to get involved with the NaturfreundeJugend of Thuringia. She is currently studying Social Sciences and Economics in her Bachelor’s degree in Erfurt.

Felix Kaminski
Jugenddelegierter für Nachhaltige Entwicklung 2018-2020

Eradication of poverty and social injustice within and among states as well as a consistent energy transition to combat climate change are Felix’s main topics. He was involved in various jobs in youth participation and is actively engaged at the young socialists. Felix completed a cooperative study program in industrial engineering and is now studying Sustainable Electricity Supply at the University of Stuttgart in a master’s programme.

Our Work

In September 2015 the Agenda 2030 was voted during the UN General Assembly. The Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals which the world community wants to achieve by the year 2030.

The progress is assessed annually during the High-level Political Forum (HLPF).

The Youth Delegates are part of a delegation of the Federal Government and represent young people from Germany in this body. During their days in New York City, they work together with the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU). Together with Youth Delegates from other states they also formulate expectations that young people have of governments and the United Nations.

In this context they also cooperate with Major Group for Children and Youth, which is representing global interests of young people at the United Nations.

Moreover, the delegates visit, in agreement with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, conferences and summits on other related issues, such as the UNEA and PAGE conferences.

Die Jugenddelegierten geben den jungen Menschen bei den Vereinten Nationen eine Stimme.

The Youth Delegates at the HLPF in New York City 2018

Rebecca Freitag berichtet über die UN und ihre Nachhaltigkeitsziele bei einer BUNDjugend- Versammlung.

Rebecca Freitag provides insights about the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals at a BUNDjugend meeting.

We travel around Germany throughout the whole year to enter into dialogue with young people. We report on the international sustainability goals and the German way of implementing them. At the same time, we also collect your demands, wishes and criticisms which we will express in New York City.

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The 17 SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are political objectives of the United Nations that are meant to safeguard sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level. The goals entered into force on the 1st of January 2016, covering the period of 15 years. This means that all goals are to be achieved by the year 2030.

In contrast to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which especially applied to developing countries, the SDGs apply to all states.

Youth and the SDGs

The German Federal Government has ratified the agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals in parliament, which means Germany has explicitly set itself the goal to implement the agenda by 2030.

This is the reason why we consider the knowledge of this agenda and the ambitious goals a powerful tool, especially for young people, to remind politicians of their responsibility.

Many youth organizations already now work and argue using the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gruppenfoto von Jugenddelegierte aus ganz Europa mit SDG Schildern.

Young people from all over Europe are advocating the SDGs.

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