Aligned with “Youth2030: Working with and for Young People", the 2018 youth strategy of the UN Secretary-General, UNDRR supports and harnesses the energy and motivation of youth to find solutions to risks and participate in disaster risk reduction for enhanced resilience. UNDRR works closely with the DRR Working Group of the UN Major group on Children and Youth (UNMGCY), Science Policy Interface Platform, youth representatives of the UN Major Group on Science and Technology and the Global-Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) and the Special Envoy of the Secretary- General for Youth.

Key focus areas include:

  • Advocacy and implementation of the Sendai Framework and coherence, including the development of guidance at all levels;
  • Catalyzing and empowering youth as drivers of innovation and new ways of communication including through social media and other new technologies;
  • Capacity building and risk education for children and youth.

Within these efforts, UNDRR will also seek close collaboration with UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women to ensure coherence, cross-fertilization and coordination in the implementation of the Youth Strategy and other initiatives.