SDG Summit 2023 

Proposals for Joint Action through the Unlock the Future Coalition

The SDG Summit in September 2023 will be crucial for world leaders, the UN, and the broader international community to review progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accelerate action towards their achievement. Young leaders and thinkers are essential to delivering the 2030 Agenda as they are both the current and future leaders and agents of change who will be most impacted by the achievement or non-achievement of the SDGs. Often at the forefront of global movements advocating for transformative change, young people’s energy and determination make them a powerful force in driving progress toward the SDGs. They bring fresh ideas, innovative solutions, and a sense of urgency to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Young people also hold a unique ability to bridge divides with their future-oriented perspective, fostering the intergenerational solidarity necessary for collective action to tackle immediate and long-term challenges. Their involvement ensures that today’s decisions are sustainable, equitable, and consider the needs of current and future generations.

With a reach of over 875 million people, the Unlock the Future coalition is well-positioned to mobilize efforts to increase the commitments, financing, and impact to accelerate SDG implementation. Together the coalition can advocate for urgent SDG actions and investments in young people for the benefit of current and future generations, and ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged and represented in the SDG Summit and the process toward the Summit of the Future in 2024.


  • Generate greater political and strategic impact through joint action, with shared recommendations and commitments presented to world leaders and decision-makers throughout the SDG Summit and preparations for the Summit of the Future.
  • Mobilize intergenerational action and dialogue with political champions and young changemakers to increase impact, commitments, and financing for next and future generations. 
  • Ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged and represented in the SDG Summit process at all levels, including through the participation of Unlock coalition members in various SDG Summit-related events and activities.

Showcase Unlock contributions to achieving the SDGs and advocate for greater investment in young people to foster more networked and inclusive multilateralism.