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Empowering the Student Movement for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Recovery and the Realization of the 2030 Agenda

The Global Student Forum (GSF) acknowledges the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the world’s youth, particularly in the areas of education, training, and employment.

Empowering the Student Movement for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Recovery and the Realization of the 2030 Agenda
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As a unified voice representing students worldwide, the GSF proposes the following recommendations to harness the power of the student movement in achieving the SDGs and accelerating the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum must build on the momentum of the Transforming Education Summit and its Youth Declaration, and recognize that to achieve meaningful engagement and empowerment, commitments must be translated into tangible actions. These recommendations aim to guide the realization of this effort.


Strengthening student engagement and representation in decision-making
To ensure the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda, it is crucial to involve students in the decision-making processes at local, national, and international levels. Governments and institutions should create platforms for meaningful student participation and collaboration, including financially fostering the student-led establishment of student/youth-led organisations and initiatives.

Prioritizing quality education (SDG 4)
Access to quality education is a fundamental right and a catalyst for achieving the SDGs. Governments and educational institutions should prioritize enhancing the quality and accessibility of education by investing in teacher training, digital infrastructure, and inclusive learning environments. This will empower students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for contributing to sustainable development.

Fostering global citizenship and education for sustainable development

Curricula should be updated to incorporate global citizenship education and sustainable development principles, enabling students to understand the interconnectedness of global challenges and their role in addressing them. This approach will equip future generations with the skills and values needed to contribute to a sustainable and just society.

Enhancing collaboration between student organizations and other stakeholders
The student movement can be more effective in achieving the SDGs by collaborating with other stakeholders, such as governments, international organizations, and the private sector. These partnerships should be based on mutual respect and shared objectives and can include joint initiatives, knowledge-sharing, and capacity-building activities.

Supporting the mental health and well-being of students
The mental health and well-being of students must be prioritized to ensure their ability to contribute to sustainable development. This includes providing access to mental health support services, promoting mental health awareness, and creating supportive learning environments that foster resilience and self-care.

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