Are you a young person or member of a youth organisation? Are you passionate about having an honest and responsive government and that young people must be involved in making the decisions that affect them? Are you keen to raise awareness of important issues in your local or national government and connect with other young people promoting the same causes? If so, then this short toolkit called ‘Global agreements, Grassroots Advocacy; Youth and Governance in a Post 2015 world’ is for you!
Use this handy toolkit to find out how you can make a difference to ensure that the voices of young people are heard in the corridors of power. It will equip you with the terminology and knowledge you need to know, explain why and how young people can be involved in governance processes and support you to build an advocacy plan so that you can influence key decision-making processes in your part of the world. UN Member States, including your country representatives, will finalise the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ by September 2015, so there is no time to lose to influence these negotiations!
The toolkit has been created by Restless Development and Plan UK. It is part of a joint project with Action Aid and British Youth Council that supports a task team of young people to advocate for effective youth participation in governance and accountability processes and mechanisms. Specifically, the Task Team influence global and national discussions on the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that youth are explicitly mentioned as a priority group in related goals, targets and indicators, and in accountability frameworks to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It has been created to be used in conjunction with a report by Overseas Development Institute, Restless Development and Plan UK called ‘Partners for Change. Youth and Governance in a Post-2015 World’ (September 2014).
For more information, contact Miriam Freudenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)