The youth in the Federation are being called upon to help in achieving seventeen Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.

According to the United Nations Development Program “the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another”

The Observer spoke with Director of Youth Development in the NIA Zahnela Claxton, on Friday during a Youth March and Rally and said that the march was not one of protest “but a march of education to teach our young people to open their eyes to the existence of the Sustainable Development Goals” .

“Our country signed on to achieving the goals by the year 2030 and the youth are going to be great agents in making sure of that goal . Without the work of the youth and the involvement of young people we would not be able to achieve the sustainable development goal. There are 17 goals and some will be more relevant to us than other but we signed on to all of them so we will try our best to make advancement in all 17 goals,” she said.

The 17 goals are No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land, Peace and Justice Strong Institutions and Partnerships to achieve the Goal.

On Friday over 30 youth groups took to the streets of Charlestown for the Youth Month March and Rally.

April has been recognized as youth month and month-long activities are led by the Department of Youth in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), with the support of youth organizations and other government and non-government stakeholders. The theme for Youth Month 2018 is “Securing our Future, One GOAL at a time.”

The March began at the Old cinema and ended at the Culture Village .