Youth strategy for sustainable development of Miory District for 2022-2035

Sustainable development is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations" (World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future, 1987).

 

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Participation of pupils of the state educational institution "Novopogostskaya Kindergarten - Secondary School" in the development of the YSSD of Miory District, February 2020

 

It is in the language of the UN Commission on Environment and Development that the key idea of the new paradigm is contained - the consideration of sustainable development as an intergenerational balance, which has become a guiding principle for long-term global goals and is now presented in key documents such as Agenda 21.

 

The intergenerational bond that underpins the concept of sustainable development has taken on greater meaning in recent years and is reflected in the recognition of the significant role of the younger generation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This role is manifested on the one hand in taking into account the interests and needs of youth in the work of achieving the SDGs, and on the other hand in recognizing the role of youth as drivers of socio-political and social development.

 
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Participation of pupils of the state educational institution "Miory Secondary School No. 3 named after the Hero of the Soviet Union E.A. Tomko" in the development of the YSSD of Miory District, March 2020

 

The World Youth Report: Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states that the active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving a sustainable, inclusive and stable society by the target date and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the effects of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict and migration. The report highlights key elements that help to ensure the effectiveness of youth policies, including providing political leadership and strategic vision; ensuring adequate budgetary and resource allocations; using timely and accurate data on the situation of youth; drawing on youth knowledge, experience and expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating youth policies; mainstreaming and integrating youth policies across sectors; considering the interlinkages and impact of policy goals; and developing trans Also highlighted in the global paper is the need to strengthen mechanisms for youth participation in policies and activities to enhance efforts towards sustainable development. Particular attention should be paid to enhancing youth participation in national sustainable development coordinating councils, working with national youth councils, expanding the UN youth delegate programme and other opportunities for youth representation, and ensuring that youth contribute to voluntary national reviews of progress towards the SDGs.

 

Global efforts have given rise to local-level instruments for sustainable development - Local Agenda 21. Similarly, to the rest of the world, a number of local communities in Belarus, guided by the principle "think globally, act locally", have developed such documents. One of the first communities in Belarus, which supported the Local Agenda for Sustainable Development, was the town of Disna and the v. Perebrodye, Miory District. In 2005, the Sustainable Development Strategy of Disna District was developed. - Perebrodye and its surroundings. A strategy of sustainable development of Miory District for 2022-2035 was elaborated in 2019-2021. This was accompanied by information and educational activities, involvement of the population, including young people, in the discussion of issues of district development and elaboration of directions for the future. The strategy was published in 2022.

 

The progressive progress of Miory District towards sustainable development, a thorough understanding of the concept in general and the long-term practice of implementing its individual components have resulted in the region becoming a pioneer in the conscious involvement of young people in achieving sustainable development goals. It is in Miory District that the country's first Youth Sustainable Development Strategy (YSSD) has been developed and that the Youth Chamber under Miory District Council of Deputies is active. 

 
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School camp held on the premises of the state educational institution "Miory Secondary School No. 2", March 2021

 

The development of the YSSD of Miory District in the context of international and national sustainable development instruments and youth policies is a tool for community development and resilience building at regional and country level.

 

The YSSD of Miory District was based on summarized materials from expert meetings with the local youth community (schoolchildren, working youth of the district), and primary data obtained through questionnaires administered to young people. To collect primary information, online surveys, online forms, focus groups within specially created thematic communities in social networks, mental maps, SWOT analysis, brainstorming, etc. were used.

 

UN documentation and statistics, data from the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, National Youth Reports, information from Miory District Executive Committee and village councils of the district were also used in the preparation of the YSSD.

 

Youth Strategy for Sustainable Development of Miory District, 2022 (download)

 

The Youth Strategy for Sustainable Development of Miory District was developed in the framework of the project "Together for Community and Nature: Strengthening of Development Process in Miory District through Partnership of Authorities and Civil Society", implemented with the financial support of the European Union.