Pampa2030 analyses in new study the future of youth from a 2030 Agenda and SDG 8 approach

Entitled "Tomorrow is today: the future of youth in a present in crisis", the study reveals the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in addressing the challenges facing Argentinean youth, who, as in the region as a whole, have been hard hit by the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment, education, health and social protection.

Written in the framework of Pampa 2030 by Nahuel Platanica of the General Confederation of Labor of Argentina (CGT), this study analyses the correlation of the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis with the reality of Argentina in general and of its youth in particular.

The outbreak of Covid-19 entailed a global shock that simultaneously affected all the economies and societies of the world. However, the impact of the crisis on the region’s youth was extraordinarily strong because the structural sources of poverty and inequality are deeply rooted in Latin America and the Caribbean. Youth, who make up 16.5% of the region’s population, were already experiencing great difficulties in accessing the labor market and their rights before the pandemic. With Covid-19, the situation deteriorated further, resulting in further setbacks to the SDGs, particularly SDG 8, and key targets for youth such as target 8.5 on achieving by 2030 full and productive employment with decent work for all, including youth and persons with disabilities; target 8.6 on reducing the proportion of youth neither in employment, education nor training; and target 8.b which calls for the implementation of a global strategy for youth employment.