Are the SDGs reflective of the concerns of young people? | Youth Progress Report

26 August, 2022  |  Regional Initiatives  ,  SDG Localisation  ,  SDSN Youth  ,  Universities & SDGs   

Young people’s voices are often left unheard during conversations about sustainable development. This should be concerning given that young people are often disproportionately affected by the issues covered by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This also presents a missed opportunity as young people are shaping the future they have to live in and are extremely passionate about ensuring a liveable planet for future generations.

This project aims to utilise the passion that young people have for sustainable development and curate a list of the key concerns young people have. We will then be finding and analysing data to measure if youth concerns are being addressed. This project will use the SDGs as a guide and will collate supporting data to illustrate and platform the concerns of young people.


Project aims

  1. Track youth progress in achieving the SDGs (in particular, the SDGs that they believe they will be disproportionately affected by)
  2. Create and share a method for data analysis that others can use to create their own SDG Progress reports 
  3. Advocate for greater youth consideration (in policy and data collection)



If you are interested in helping us with this phase of the project, we are looking for youth testimonials on your experience/perspectives as a young person living in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific! If you want to participate, fill out this short Google Form.


We have completed consultations with university students from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Their key concerns have shaped the indicators our report is focusing on.

We are now conducting a data analysis project which aims to measure youth progress compared to the general population.


If you have any questions about this project, please contact SDSN Youth AusNZPac Network Coordinator via