International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.4 Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Honourable chair, distinguished delegates,
It is my great honour to speak on behalf of The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), which is the voice of over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide.
Youth are instrumental in the implementation of 2030 agenda for sustainable development. It is therefore no coincidence that 65 out of 169 SDG targets reference youth explicitly or implicitly with a focus on empowerment. Youth all over the world are critical thinkers, change makers and contribute to the resilience of their communities, inspiring action and societal progress. For member states to achieve implementation of 2030 agenda, youth must be included to shape policies and interventions.
Moreover, IPSF plays a specific role in youth development, educating and advancing the future generation together with informing society on important health issues. We must also invest in the quality of education provided to our future workforce to enable the 2030 agenda to become a reality. We urge member states to consider reforms in the quality of education, shaping education systems especially in vulnerable areas.
The inclusion of youth in implementing the agenda must be fundamental on all levels from country-level actions to regional and expanded to global. IPSF calls for countries and member states to involve youth in the implementation of 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Through our optimism, innovation and ambition, youth should be recognised as the significant stakeholders in the future of the 2030 agenda.