As consultations on the post-2015 development agenda move forward, expectations among youth organizations around the world have been expressed and raised through numerous fora, online and offline consultations. It is now important to build on the results of these consultations, amplify young people’s voices and advocate for their priorities to be reflected as concrete commitments in the post-2015 agenda.
On 18 February 2014, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, in cooperation with the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, launched a Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, to bring together a wide spectrum of stakeholders to be a unified voice for youth priorities in the post-2015 development agenda. The Partnership will aim to create an inclusive platform for young people to formulate concrete ideas that can be proposed for the inter-governmental deliberations, including:
- The High Level Event on “Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda” organized by the President of the General Assembly in March 2014;
- The third ECOSOC Youth Forum from 3 to 4 June 2014 that will contribute to its Annual Ministerial Review in July 2014 on the theme of “Addressing on-going and emerging challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, and for sustaining development gains in the future”;
- The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
As a first step, this crowdsourcing platform aims to consolidate the outcomes of national, regional, global and online consultations into concrete proposals for the post-2015 development framework. These proposals will be informed by the latest available data and reports, including those from the United Nations and the High Level Panel on Post-2015.
The exercise will also build on consensus emerging from youth-led organizations and networks, including the Major Group on Children and Youth, the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations, the Youth Advocacy Group for the Global Education First Initiative, amongst others. It will build on the framework of the top priorities that have emerged for young voters of the MyWorld2015 survey: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Health, Good Governance and Peace and Stability.
Moderated by experts from the United Nations, youth-led organizations and academia, the exercise will result in an outcome document that will contain the consolidated proposals that the Partnership will advocate for in the post-2015 discussions. The partnership can potentially also assist in monitoring the implementation of youth priorities in the future development agenda.
The partnership is supported by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Millennium Campaign, the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development and Crowdicity.
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