Restless Development supported two youth representatives from India, Akram and Franklin to attend the 8th Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the UN Headquarters in New York in February 2014. The 8th OWG focused on promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment as well as conflict prevention and the rule of law and governance in the post-2015 development agenda.
Crucially, Akram and Franklin brought a youth lens to the discussions and supported the inclusion of youth voices derived from youth consultations in their country.
They met with the Representative of India to the UN and Helen Clarke, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand. They proudly shared their hopes and expectations for the post-2015 agenda as well as the key messages from the report, Youth Voices on a post-2015 World, in which governance was identified as a post-2015 priority by young people.
‘I stressed upon…ensuring youth participation in the design, monitoring and implementation of policies and programmes.’ Franklin Anand
The OWG was an opportunity for Akram and Franklin to network with other youth-focused organisations that are also active in India, enabling them to strengthen their advocacy in India on post-2015, and to better understand the policy-making environment at the highest level.
Our Country Director from Restless Development India, Aparajita Dhar and our Head of Global Policy and Practice, Victoria Forsgate, also attended.
Victoria spoke on the panel for ‘Rule of law and governance’. She discussed ‘how the agenda can deliver a people-centred rather than state-centred vision of governance’ . Her argument was backed by the recommendations of a recent civil society proposal for a stand-alone goal on governance and targets to be integrated into the other goals of the SDG framework.
At a side event of the OWG on ‘Exploring Inter-Sectionalities and Development Paradigms in South Asia Context’, Aparajita Dhar stressed the need for youth-led development. Click here for more information or documents from the 8th OWG.