The SDGs Agenda is Youth business! 0 Reply

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Youth and the SDGs Agenda

Today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population. Their numbers are expected to grow—between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.  Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. They are also agents of change, mobilising to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.

Provided with the necessary skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential, young people can be a driving force for supporting development and contributing to peace and security. Youth-led organisations need to be encouraged and empowered to participate in translating the 2030 Agenda into local, national and regional policy. They play a significant role in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Agenda as well as in holding governments accountable. With political commitment and adequate resources, young people have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all.

In a nutshell, this new Cycle of 3 DC sessions – scheduled to take place on 18 May, 25 May and 1st June 2019 aims at inviting youth to:

Achieve the Goals

The Global Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the current challenges we face, and to leave no one behind is necessary to achieve the Goals and its targets.

Lead the Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the key role that today’s youth play in its achievement. Youth empowerment and action is key in the global efforts being taken in the implementation of the Global Goals.

Live the Goals

Young people are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and only with their energy, new ideas, voices and innovation we will make a difference.




Young people from 20 to 30 years old are invited to join this cycle of debates organised in partnership between Dialogue Café and Garion Group!!

FIRST SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. Fighting poverty and inequality

At the kick off session, on 18 May, an overview of the SDGs will be provided to all participants and an exchange of views with the audience on how to achieve, lead and live the SDGs will take place. Participants will be asked to share their experience and knowledge on this topic as well as their ideas to take action on the ground.  Against this backdrop, the session will focus on SDG 1 and 8 addressing the topical issues of ensuring sustainable and equal lives and fighting poverty and inequality.

Youth based in cities of Belgrade, Évora, Lisbon and Seoul, will discuss on how their understanding of poverty and sustainable economic growth, share ideas on how best achieve SDG1 and SDG8, analyse the impact of climate crisis on poverty and economic growth and understand why having nowadays a job does not guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. Youth unemployment will be also addressed and national experiences and perceptions shared during the debate.

SECOND SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. SDG2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century.

During the first session, on 18 May, an overview of the SDGs was provided to all participants and an exchange of views took place on how best to achieve the SDGs. Participants shared their experience and knowledge on the SDGs as well as their ideas to take action on the ground. During the second session, participants will be invited first of all, as follow-up of the first session, to make a short presentation of SDG 1 and 8 (5 minutes each) and address how best to fight poverty and inequality.

Afterwards a presentation of SDG 2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century will be provided and participants will commonly define the concept of hunger. Participants will present how hunger is affecting each participant country, Portugal, Serbia and South-Korea, but perspectives from other countries can be also shared. Participants will be invited to share knowledge and references.

Furthermore, youth based in cities of Belgrade, Évora, Lisbon and Seoul will discuss on the link between climate change and hunger in the XXI century. Following a video of Greta Thunberg on climate change, participants will debate on how best fight against climate change in order to reduce hunger in the XXI century and beyond.

Last but not least, a short introduction of the third session and SDGs 3 (health) and 4 (education) will be made. Participants will be invited to reflect during the week about the challenges confronted by their countries and cities in terms of education and health and how it impacts on sustainable development.

THIRD SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. SDGs 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

During the second session, which was held on 25 May, first of all participants also made an overview of SDG 1 and 8 and addressed how best to fight poverty and inequality. In the second part of the session, an overview of the SDG 2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century was provided to all young participants and thoughts and ideas on how best fighting hunger shared. Young participants based in Belgrade, Lisbon and Seoul shared the case study of their countries and a special presentation was made by participants in Belgrade. A special link was made to climate crisis and its impact on hunger rise and consequences. They debated how best fight against climate change in order to reduce hunger in XXI century and beyond. They also shared ideas of policies and actions that should be applied.

During the third and last session, a presentation of SDGs 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all will be provided to participants and they will be invited to present how those challenges affect their own countries and realities. They will commonly define the concept of education and healthy lives. Young participants based in Lisbon and Seoul will be invited to reflect on actions to implement at the individual, collective and political level to ensure the achievement of SDG3 and SDG4.

Furthermore, following a video of Greta Thunberg on climate change, youth will be invited to reflect on how climate change may affect those SDGs and the access to healthy lives and education opportunities to young people in the near future.

Last but not least, young participants will be invited to share their reflections and commitment to fight against climate change and promote the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Youngsters´views on Human Rights 0 Reply

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The general objective of this session would be the realisation of an exchange of ideas among the students of Dialogue Cafe Network countries, based on a critical, intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective with a focus on the promotion of counter-hegemonic knowledge and practices.

It is intended with this session that there is a question mark of each student about what moves us, what unworthy us, what is happening on the other side of the border.

We know that human rights are the basic rights of all human beings, but are they living in the same way in all countries? We also hope that this session will help students in their academic and personal lives.

Regarding the methodology, from an informal but at the same time critical pedagogical approach centered on school subjects. We cannot forget what the Dialogue Cafe is, and as such this will not be a class session, but an exchange of experiences among young people that brings them great value.

The activity will be composed of 10th year students, from the Language and Humanities class, with an average age of 15 years.

These students are focused on the subject of Human Rights and will work on this subject in their academic course so we think this sharing between cultures is important.


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Dialogue CafĂ© Association – Dalia Sendra (

Dialogue Café Évora – Ana Rita Valido (



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Social Innovation Initiatives Supporting NEETs 0 Reply


Engaging Europe’s young people as possible in the world of work, is one of the major challenges the European Union, and other regions of the world, face nowadays. High levels of youth unemployment and thus disengagement among young people are direct consequences of the global economic crisis suffered in the latest years, but are not the only factors.

Since 2010, the term NEET has been used at the policy level to describe young people not in employment, education or training. At the EU level a percentage of 14.2% of the population aged 15–29[1]. While at the global level NEETs varies widely according to both location and sex. According to the ILO Global Employment Trends for Youth 2017 report[2], young women are over three times more likely to be NEET than young men (34% of young women against 10% of young man are NEETs). Indeed, the proportion of youth NEET global estimation is 28.1%, 76.9 per cent of which are female.


In this context, Dialogue Café Association and its network members would like to analyse how social innovation can support NEET´ social inclusion and present initiatives community initiatives helping young people to change depressed NEET situations. Initiatives targeting and providing individualized and tailored attention and service to young people at risk of exclusion will be shared in this international session.

This session will allow us to debate on issues concerning prevention of this situation, the resources that need to be mobilised at the local level, as well as the mechanisms that must be promoted to offer better opportunities and solutions to young people.

The session will take place on 29 November 2018 from 15h to 17h London time and will join participants based in different cities such as Évora, Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro!

Provisional Programme

Dialogue Café Lisbon (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian):

Dialogue Café Évora (Eugênio de Almeida Foundation): 

 Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro (UCAM Universidade):

Contact us for further information at

 [1] European Commission Reference

[2] ILO Global Employment Trends for Youth 2017 Report: “Paths to a better working future” ––en/index.htm




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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29