Last week, a group of five Youth Advocates supported by Restless Development attended the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York.
With governments, decision makers and civil society organisations meeting under one roof, the HLPF offered a critical window to voice the need for young people to be involved in the delivery, monitoring and accountability of the Global Goals.
L-R: Peter Otiende, Maria Paula Garcia, Pooja Kapahi, Kosi Izundu and Ignatious Chiveso
The is was the job of the Youth Advocates, who used every opportunity they had to lobby governments at HLPF to include the perspectives and expertise of young people in their efforts on the goals.
Throughout the forum, Restless Development called on all governments to meaningfully engage with young people as partners in their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) - which is the way governments present on the progress they’ve made so far and outline their plans for achieving the SDGs in their country by 2030.
Young people around the world got involved too, supporting our message to involve youth in the accountability of the Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In addition, Pooja found time to record footage from the event to help open up the process to young people around the world.
The forum was bookended by two fantastic events for Restless Development. Before the HLPF began, staff and advocates hosted a two day training for all the young people in New York who are attending the forum in order to build their capacity to successfully navigate and increase the impact of their work at the HLPF. Over 15 different partners from the UN and civil society, including representatives of six different UN missions, delivered sessions and trained more than 40 young people from across the world.
On the final day of the forum, our Youth Advocates spoke at an event co-hosted by Restless Development, the Danish, Ethiopian and Indonesian Permanent Missions to the UN, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNAIDS, the UN Major Group for Children & Youth and the Act!2030 Alliance.
The side event, titled Youth and the SDGs: From Local Roots to Global Reality, also marked the second speech made by the Secretary General's new Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, since taking up the role.
The event also included contributions from our Youth Advocate Peter Otiende and other youth delegates.
Full house at "Youth + the SDGs: from local roots to global realities". Follow the event on FB Live and send us your Qs for the speakers! pic.twitter.com/sHQ6rB9Tj8— UN Youth Envoy (@UNYouthEnvoy) July 19, 2017
During the HLPF, Restless Development called on all governments to meaningfully engage with young people as partners in their Voluntary National Review process – ensuring young people’s perspectives and expertise are actively sought out, included and acted upon.
Youth Adovcates blogged throughout the event. Read the full series: