New Delhi Declaration of Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals

This Declaration builds on voices of more than 1,200 young people from 117 countries who responded to a call for contribution by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). Assembling in New Delhi, India from 20 to 23 August 2019 in honour of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we present this Declaration as a continuum of Gandhi’s admonishment of violence, behest for compassion, and embodiment of peace.

The New Delhi Declaration on Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was released at the first-ever World Youth Conference on Kindness held in New Delhi, India on Friday, August 23, 2019. Themed 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World - Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’, the Conference saw participation from over 1,000 global youth from over 27 countries. The Conference was inaugurated by the Hon'ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.


As part of the Declaration process, UNESCO MGIEP called for contributions, which resulted in the formation of a Global Youth Alliance comprising motivated youth leaders and a declaration of more than 1,200 youth from 117 countries, who will spearhead the motion and urge UN Member States to declare a United Nations Decade of Kindness for the SDGs by 2021 to culminate in 2030.

This youth-led Declaration is a manifesto appealing to the global youth and youth organizations to implement the SDGs through transformative acts of kindness, and broadening the impact made by youth across sectors, demographics, and generations.


At 1.8 billion, the global population of the youth is the highest, ever growing, and represent the innovators, builders and leaders of today and tomorrow. UNESCO MGIEP believes it is imperative to empower the youth and give them the agency they deserve, promoting youth actions to preserve the environment, strengthening a culture of tolerance and respect, supported by kindness.

The Declaration urges relevant stakeholders to recognise the importance of empathy and compassion, and understand the role of educational pedagogies to empower youth to take actions through empathy and kindness.


The Global Youth Alliance will work towards presenting the action plan at the upcoming 11th UNESCO Youth Forum – Youth Space in Action from 18-19 November to young changemakers and youth representatives, to UNESCO and its Members States, and with other stakeholders.  


Declaration Draft


The draft of the New Delhi Declaration of Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals can be accessed here:


Review & Participate


The Global Youth Alliance for Kindness (GYAK) is currently holding a review process on the New Delhi Declaration of Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals.


We are inviting Youth from around the world to participate and share their feedback on the Declaration. This feedback will be reviewed at the next World Youth Conference on Kindness 2020 and incorporated in the next version of the Declaration.

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