’16 x 16’ is a new global initiative, supported by the Government of Italy, as part of UNDP’s Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (Youth-GPS), to recognize and support 16 youth-led organisations, movements or networks that promote Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16). It is also a contribution to the implementation of the United Nations Youth Strategy, “Youth 2030”.
In 2019, SDG16 is under review at the High-Level Political Forum, which provides an opportunity to take stock and promote understanding of and support to peace, justice and strong and inclusive institutions. In May 2019, Italy will host in Rome, in partnership with UNDESA and IDLO, the SDG16 Preparatory Conference in advance of the High-Level Political Forum 2019. The Conference will gather United Nations entities, Governments and representatives from civil society, including youth organisations, and other stakeholders, for an in-depth discussion on the status of implementation of SDG16 and its interlinkages with the rest of 2030 Agenda. This initiative aims to meaningfully engage youth-led organizations in key processes leading to the HLPF and the SDG Summit at the United Nations, in 2019.
This global call for applications for the ’16 x 16’ Initiative is open to young people leading organisations, movements and networks that promote and support peaceful, just and inclusive societies. If selected, as a ’16 x 16’ participant, you will be part of a comprehensive programme of activities led by UNDP in collaboration with UN and other partners, as part of formal and informal SDG16-related processes and implementation.
More details, and application form, available here (must have Google account).