The Unlock Declaration: Building with and for Young People

As a founding member of the Global Youth Mobilization and a global women’s rights movement, we are happy to sign the #UnlockDeclaration.

A statement for the 76th session of the UN General Assembly

In the week that global leaders gather for the opening of the UN General Assembly, along with key partners, we commit to building a coalition with and for all young people and future generations. The Unlock the Future coalition brings together the leaders of the world’s largest and most far-reaching youth-led and youth-focused networks and movements.[1]

The coalition’s initial priorities include:

  1. Advancing shared goals. We will increase commitments to act on priorities for young people and future generations, securing gains that make a difference to their lives and to the planet.
  2. Fostering opportunities. We will help young people to find opportunities for civic engagement and social action, and to develop the skills they need to lead and mobilise in the face of emerging threats and challenges.
  3. Voice and representation. We will ensure that young people from all backgrounds are at the heart of decision-making processes and improve meaningful representation for all young people, including those most impacted by discrimination and inequality.
  4. Resourcing. We will work collectively on increasing funding for child, youth-led, and youth-focused networks and movements, and work with funders to make funding more strategic, inclusive, and accessible. 

We are committed to broadening this coalition, welcoming a wide diversity of partners, children, and young people to help shape, develop, and drive the key principles and ambitions of our shared intent.

[1] The coalition commitment includes BRAC, Girl Up, Global Youth Mobilization, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), World Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The Award), Restless Development and the Youth Collective, the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum, and the UN Foundation.