The world is currently home to nearly 1.2 billion youth, and among them 27.4 million reside in Bangladesh. Recognising the immense potentials of this huge youth population, the Agenda 2030 strongly advocates for creating a safe and enabling environment for them, where they will fully enjoy their rights, and will grow as capable citizens to take on the responsibility of the future of this world. In this context, the present study seeks to portray an overview of the state of youth globally and in Bangladesh from the perspectives of SDG 8 (employment), SDG 4 (education) and SDG 3 (health), and also illustrate an analysis of the existing obstacles and possible pathways of youth development.

The research concludes that the SDGs present a momentous opportunity to increase the world’s concern about the rights and needs of youth and their immense latent potential. The 2030 Agenda outlines how to nurture youth in order to tackle the challenges of education, employment, health and gender equality and carry out the responsibility of promoting their successful transition from adolescence to adulthood.