2021 Youth Delegate Communiqué

Re-imagine a better future with the input and policy recommendations of young people across 137 countries.

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Re-imagine a better future
with the input and policy
recommendations of young
people across 137 countries.

2021 Youth Delegate Communiqué

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2021 Youth Delegate Communiqué

Re-imagine a better future with the input and policy recommendations of young people across 137 countries.

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Re-imagine a better future with the input and ideas of young people across 137 countries. Younga, organized by BridgingTheGap Ventures, serves as a global platform to amplify the voices of young people and call upon our leaders to act upon the hopes and concerns young people have for our future. To this end, this annual Younga Communiqué summarizes the recommendations and tangible action steps our 2021 Youth Delegation wants to see our current decision-makers implement.

Over the course of six weeks together our youth-led Working Groups:

  1. Explored youth priorities and needs as they relate to their Younga thematic track and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
  2. Identified the external factors, challenges and opportunity gaps in advancing the change youth want to see in the world
  3. Summarized results from these working sessions and expert consultations
  4. Developed action recommendations for decision-makers and current leaders
Download the full 50 page 2021 Communiqué report to learn more about the future youth want and the action we need to accelerate progress towards an inclusive, sustainable future for all.
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Re-imagine a better future with the input and ideas of young people across 137 countries. YOUNGA®, organized by BridgingTheGap Ventures, serves as a global platform to amplify the voices of young people and call upon our leaders to act upon the hopes and concerns young people have for our future. To this end, this annual YOUNGA Communiqué summarizes the recommendations and tangible action steps our 2021 Youth Delegation wants to see our current decision-makers implement.

Over the course of six weeks together our youth-led Working Groups:

  1. Explored youth priorities and needs as they relate to their YOUNGA thematic track and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
  2. Identified the external factors, challenges and opportunity gaps in advancing the change youth want to see in the world
  3. Summarized results from these working sessions and expert consultations
  4. Developed action recommendations for decision-makers and current leaders

Download the full 50 page 2021 Communiqué report to learn more about the future youth want and the action we need to accelerate progress towards an inclusive, sustainable future for all.

The 2021 Younga Youth Delegation¹ were…

The 2021 YOUNGA Youth Delegation¹ were…

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Young people ages 15-30
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People of Colour²
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LGBTQ+
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Persons with disabilities
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Low-income persons and persons who are underemployed/ unemployed or experiencing barriers to employment
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Women
Representing
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countries
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Immigrants, refugees and/or migrants
¹ Of those who chose to identify themselves

² Includes those who identified as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) (22%),
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) (8.1%), Indigenous peoples (4.7%) and/or visible minorities (7.6%)
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Young people ages 15-30
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People of Colour¹
0 %
LGBTQ+
0 %
Persons with disabilities
0 %
Low-income persons or persons facing barriers to employment²
0 %
Women
Representing
0
countries
0 %
Immigrants, refugees and/or migrants
¹ Of those who chose to identify themselves
² Includes those who identified as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) (22%), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) (8.1%), Indigenous peoples (4.7%) and visible minorities (7.6%)
³ Includes those who identified as low-income persons (23.1%) and persons who are underemployed/ unemployed or experiencing barriers to employment (13.2%)
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Young people ages 15-30
0 %
People of
Colour²
0 %
LGBTQ+
0 %
Low-income
persons or persons facing barriers to employment³
0 %
Immigrants,
refugees
and/or migrants
0 %
Persons with disabilities
Representing
0
countries
0 %
Women
¹ Of those who chose to identify themselves
² Includes those who identified as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) (22%), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) (8.1%), Indigenous peoples (4.7%) and visible minorities (7.6%)
³ Includes those who identified as low-income persons (23.1%) and persons who are underemployed/ unemployed or experiencing barriers to employment (13.2%)

Key Recommendations

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Select a thematic track to view its key recommendations

Key Recommendations

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key recommendations

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Climate Action and Sustainable Living

It is predicted that in 2050, the world population will reach 9.7 billion (UNDESA, 2019). This expanded population could require the equivalent of three planets to provide the necessary natural resources if most people maintained their current lifestyle (United Nations)—which includes a reliance on non-renewable sources with limited reusing or recycling.

Key Recommendations

  1. Ensure government accountability and transparency regarding environmental policy
  2. Create and improve community awareness and actions taken to address the impacts of climate change
  3. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in clean, renewable energy and sustainable processes
  4. Increase sustainability in agriculture and the food system 
  5. Develop and enforce a sustainable waste management policy
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Equality and Inclusion

Nearly one in four countries (24%) continue to have no legal protection from discrimination at work based on race and ethnicity and half of countries (51%) offer no protection from retaliation against workers who report discriminatory treatment based on race or ethnicity, preventing individuals from obtaining justice (UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center, 2020)

Key Recommendations

  1. Ensure the availability, affordability and accessibility of the COVID-19 vaccine in all countries
  2. Increase access for youth to resources and opportunities that will advance their professional development and improve employability
  3. Prioritize protecting victims of gender-based violence (GBV)
  4. Provide safe and inclusive work and workplace environments for all
  5. Make communities more accessible for people with disabilities
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Future of Education and Work

In a global survey on future workforce needs, executives and managers said their organizations lack the talent they will require: 43% report existing skill gaps and another 44% expect to face skill gaps within the next five years—meaning nearly nine in ten (87%) are experiencing gaps now or expect them within a few years (McKinsey & Company, 2020)

Key Recommendations

  1. Provide a practical, experiential and holistic education to eliminate the skills gap
  2. Ensure underrepresented and underserved groups have equal access and opportunities in education
  3. Increase the focus on mental health and wellbeing in schools
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of executives and managers who took part in a global survey on future workforce needs said their organizations are experiencing skill gaps or expect them within a few years
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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Nearly one billion people around the world have a mental health disorder (The Lancet Global Health, 2020), and of those residing in low- and middle-income countries, 75% receive no treatment (World Health Organization).

Key Recommendations

  1. Equip people to provide agency over their own bodies
  2. Identify and remove stigmas associated with mental health
  3. Increase access to mental health care services
  4. Make mental health a priority in the workplace
  5. Prioritize mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
  6. Recognize wellbeing in humanitarian crises
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Peace and Justice

The most recent Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows that in 2020, countries in MENA and Eastern Europe regions had some of the highest perceived levels of public sector corruption—on a range from 1 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), many of these countries had a score under 20 (Transparency International, 2020)

Key Recommendations

  1. Provide greater awareness, tracking and laws to reduce human trafficking and better support victims
  2. Ensure fair elections with informed voters
  3. Prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and better support victims
  4. Create greater awareness, accountability and supports for human rights
  5. Combat hate crimes through education and international cooperation
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2021 Younga Forum

Organized by BridgingTheGap Ventures, the Younga® Forum is a pioneering annual global youth takeover event uniting young people with decision-makers using VR/XR technologies to co-create solutions for a more inclusive, sustainable world during the United Nations Decade of Action from 2020 to 2030. Through an inclusive, forward-looking youth-driven dialogue, Younga amplifies the youth voice, creating a global interactive and participatory platform for the hopes, concerns and ideas of young people to be seen and heard by the world’s top decision-makers.
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About BridgingTheGap Ventures

BridgingTheGap Ventures was founded with the goal of bringing together young changemakers with the world’s top industry leaders, decision-makers and influencers to usher in a new era for humanity that is more connected, collaborative and empowered than the status quo.

Providing access is central to all that we do—bridging opportunity gaps for underrepresented and underserved groups in order to foster inclusive innovation, prepare for the future of education and work, and co-create solutions to community challenges.

Through interactive, intergenerational and intersectional live experiences, we create spaces for youth-led innovation and future skills development so the next generation can adapt and thrive.

Our policy efforts and research insights not only inform the work that we do but are leveraged and highly valued by partners to understand, engage and amplify the youth voice.

We’ve built a global, curated community of active youth champions and passionate young people that organizations, brands and thought leaders can directly tap into—whether it be to showcase new initiatives, gather youth input or scale social impact.

About BridgingTheGap Ventures

BridgingTheGap Ventures was founded with the goal of bringing together young changemakers with the world’s top industry leaders, decision-makers and influencers to usher in a new era for humanity that is more connected, collaborative and empowered than the status quo.

Providing access is central to all that we do—bridging opportunity gaps for underrepresented and underserved groups in order to foster inclusive innovation, prepare for the future of education and work, and co-create solutions to community challenges.

Through interactive, intergenerational and intersectional live experiences, we create spaces for youth-led innovation and future skills development so the next generation can adapt and thrive.
Our policy efforts and research insights not only inform the work that we do but are leveraged and highly valued by partners to understand, engage and amplify the youth voice.

We’ve built a global, curated community of active youth champions and passionate young people that organizations, brands and thought leaders can directly tap into—whether it be to showcase new initiatives, gather youth input or scale social impact.

Download the complete 2021 Communiqué to access all of the issues and recommendations brought forth by our 2021 Youth Delegation

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2021 Youth Delegate Communiqué

Download the complete 2021 Communiqué to access all of the issues and recommendations brought forth by our 2021 Youth Delegation

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Download the complete 2021 Communiqué to access all of the issues and recommendations brought forth by our 2021 Youth Delegation