** We will now be drawing this online discussion to a close **
Many thanks to those who have actively inputted in to the discussion over the past few weeks, and to those who have shared ideas via other means.
If you would like to read the responses, you can access the archive by following this link: www.worldwewant2015.org/node/367714/list?type_1=forum
Whilst on this occasion, there was no consensus on the specifics of a Youth High Level Panel / Youth Panel on Post-2015, there have been some great ideas and thoughtful questions raised. So, what does this mean for next steps, I hear you ask!?
Next Steps for Children & Youth
There is still much work to be done to ensure that children and young people’s voices and priorities are reflected in the post-2015 agenda moving forward, and that a clear mandate is outlined for young people to take up active roles in implementing and monitoring the new framework in 2016 and beyond.
- Championing the key issues that young people want to see prioritised in the post-2015 agenda (see this summary, www.youthpost2015.org and this website to read-up on youth consultations so far), by communicating these to your decision-makers and building coalitions with other like-minded groups and individuals. See this guide for ideas: www.youthpost2015.org/wordpress/report/disseminationguide.pdf
- Developing innovative new ideas and piloting projects that demonstrate how young people could be involved in the implementation and monitoring of the new development goals.
- Thinking through the detail of what the new development framework should look like –
- what might be the big over-arching goals that reflect ‘youth priorities’ (see above)?
- what kind of targets should we be aiming to meet by the end of the end of the next goal period? You might want to think about ‘youth-specific’ targets to be met potentially by the year 2030;
- what indicators should we be measuring to ensure that we can track progress against these targets? (e.g. youth unemployment rates, participation in governance processes like elections, etc.)
If you are interested in getting more involved with the children and youth constituency of the UN post-2015 process, then you can find out more and sign up to the mailing list of the Major Group of Children and Youth online at: childrenyouth.org
And to keep up-to-date on key developments in the process and the Beyond 2015 civil society campaign, why not subscribe to the mailing list of the Beyond 2015 Children & Youth Working Group: groups.google.com/d/forum/beyond-2015-children-and-youth-wg
On the 18th of July, members of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Tawakkol Karman and John Podesta, held a Google Hangout on “Youth and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” with Youth Representatives from Asia, Africa and Latin America. During the Hangout, Youth Representatives proposed the establishment of a Youth High Level Panel (YHLP), to continue involving their perspectives, play an integral role in forming consensus on youth issues and by advancing the role in accountability, advocacy and implementation of the Post-2015 framework.
On the International Youth Day, Tawakkol Karman and John Podesta became YHLP Champions by endorsing this proposal and by writing an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on him to form a Youth High Level Panel on Post-2015.
YHLP facilitators helped to open the discussion about ways in which young people can be active in the next steps of post-2015, and are here to answer any questions you might have.
Facilitators can be reached at email@example.com