We have launched a new powerpack to encourage and help young people to push for their active participation in their government Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) happening this week - and to call on governments to generally do more to reach out to their youth populations on the SDGs.
HLPF is the main UN platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. It provides young people with a unique opportunity each year to hold governments accountable for their global commitments to end poverty, inequality and climate change and provides us with a platform to call for strengthened youth engagement in all things SDGs!
At the HLPF, governments present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), which are both written submissions and formal presentations, on how they're progressing towards their implementation of the SDGs. VNRs highlight the challenges, successes and sustainable development priorities for the future. Governments are supposed to engage a whole host of different stakeholders in the development of their VNRs, including of course young people. However, many governments fail to run consultative and inclusive processes to gather stakeholder inputs and so often the perspectives and priorities of young people get left out. We as Restless Development are working to change this...
We are supporting two youth accountability advocates - Judith from Tanzania and Omang from India - at this year's HLPF. Both Judith and Omang bring powerful insights and recommendations on youth-led accountability for gender equality and will be calling on governments to increase implementation of policies relating to FP2020 (Family Planning) commitments and SDG 5 (on Gender Equality) specifically
Omang and Judith with their VNR Powerpacks
Judith, Omang and the US hub team will be hosting two exciting events that will be calling on governments to support greater youth leadership towards SDG implementation, follow up and review:
Thursday 12 July - A closed-door roundtable on 'Harnessing Youth-led Change for Gender Equality', in partnership with UNFPA
Friday 13 July - A high-level dialogue on 'Strengthening Youth Leadership to Create Sustainable and Resilient Societies', in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Denmark and the Dominican Republic to the United Nations, Office of the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ActionAid.
1) Share our powerpack to help other young people like Judith and Omang push for their active participation in their government VNRs
2) Join the conversation by using #YouthPower AND #HLPF2018.
3) Follow Omang (@being_mango), Judith (@JudithKitinga) and Freya (@FreyaSeath) (Global Advocacy Manager, Restless Development) for advocacy highlights throughout the week
Judith and Omang in action, with the US hub at the UN on Saturday