International Youth Day falls on 12 August annually. It is a day which highlights the potential of youths as catalysts to achieve the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. While each goal focuses on separate issues, these goals interconnect and value-add onto one another.
For Tomal Global, Goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation stands out in its emphasis. Clean accessible water for all is an essential need in the world that we want to live in. Complementing efforts from public institutions, youth-led groups have served as prominent educators and change-makers in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Youth-led initiatives creates a tangible impact in improving quality of life of the beneficiaries.
Young people today have the tools, ideas and motivation to be positive agents of change more than ever before. Educators in the WASH industry exercise thought leadership, innovate solutions to challenges and work inter-generationally to create inclusive campaigns. Under the Global Water Partnership (GWP) action network, a regional youth division was incorporated in GWP Central America to drive youth participation in Integrated Water Resource Management. They organise focal national activities every year in accordance with the GWP Youth Focal Point identified. Along with 3,000 GWP Partners, we recognise the efforts of these passionate youths in driving positive change in communities.
According to the Sanitation and Water for All organisation, increased youth involvement in 2019 had paved the way for a stronger representation for youths in the global water and sanitation sector. This also fosters their appreciation towards clean water for healthy living from a young age. Through the capacities of young people, political advocacy, environmental education and volunteering, we hope for even greater impact in 2020.