Youth Co:Lab is a multi-dimensional and multi-level response to tackle the challenges young people face, by positioning them front and centre to find solutions to today’s most pressing problems.
Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
In India, the Youth Co:Lab initiative has been launched as a joint endeavour between UNDP India and Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.
In India, the implementation of Youth Co:Lab is guided by the importance of bringing the efforts to promote youth-led entrepreneurship and social innovation to the national level. The efforts of UNDP and NITI Aayog will be directed at supporting young people with an emphasis on the following overarching priorities: catalysing youth innovation, empowering young people through technology, fostering youth inclusion, promoting youth leadership, and promoting social entrepreneurship.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises the important role of young people in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and calls for action against the challenges faced by young people that limit their economic, social and political inclusion. Across the world, young people are responding to challenges with innovative approaches and fresh ideas, building bridges and creating the world they want. They are leading development for themselves, their communities and their societies.
Youth Co:Lab India is inviting ideas and start-ups that would aid in the implementation of the following six goals:
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