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Youth Solutions Report 2020

Jan 22, 2021

The Youth Solutions Report is a flagship annual report under the Sustainable Development Solutions Network featuring youth-led solutions that offer sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. The Youth Solutions Report 2020, the fourth edition, captures key lessons and insights from 50 youth-led initiatives contributing to the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Selected by an Advisory Panel comprising world-leading experts and crowdsourced from a vast network of partners, these youth-led solutions demonstrate the transformative role of young people in the realization of the 2030 Agenda. The Report also includes analysis by a range of partners on how to address barriers that hinder the contribution of young people to sustainable development.

Chapter 4 of the report, 'Solutions from Young Social Entrepreneurs in Asia-Pacific to the COVID-19 Pandemic', is contributed by the Youth Co:Lab initiative led by UNDP and the Citi Foundation. The chapter highlights the deep and disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and youth entrepreneurs in Asia-Pacific. It analyses the characteristics that make young social entrepreneurs effective as leaders on the frontlines in COVID-19 response. It showcases the innovative responses to the pandemic from a wide range of young social entrepreneurs in Youth Co:Lab’s network. Finally, the chapter highlights the support that young social entrepreneurs need to survive the crisis, to multiply their impact, and to lead the way in forging an inclusive and sustainable recovery. Read to learn about the innovative, rapid and resourceful responses of young social entrepreneurs who have deployed their capabilities, energies and ingenuity to support their communities to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic; even while facing unprecedented threats to their businesses’ own survival.

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