Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative organized a youth summit to commemorate the UN 75 and Global Week of action. The event, with the theme ”The Future We Want, The UN We Need”, hosted seasoned speakers and SDGs experts across different developmental sectors in the world.
As the world begins to rebuild in the post-COVID-19 era, some pressing issues have been highlighted as the core focus of the process. These issues revolve around gender equality, education, climate change, gender-based violence, economic inequality, ending conflicts and violence, investment in healthcare, and so on.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a reality check and reminder that the world as a long way to go if sustainability would be achieved. Panelists at the event proposed various solutions to these multifaceted problems. It was noted that quality healthcare systems are the bedrock of any country and in preventing future pandemics, investment in healthcare must be prioritized especially in developing countries.
One of the panelists, Mr. Temitope Amujo, suggested that supporting SMEs is critical to rebuilding economies. On youths losing their jobs during the pandemic, Mr. Godbless Otubure proposed that expanding the workforce beyond physical structures is crucial, noting that one of the causes of job losses is a structural problem and the unpreparedness of the workforce.
Ms. Taibat Aduragba emphasized the role of education in attaining sustainability while Ms. Rutendo Rachael Chilengi identified measures that policymakers can implement to combat gender-based violence and other forms of violence across the world.