So, in case you hadn't heard, it was International Youth Day this week (Wednesday 12th August) and Restless Development, along with action/2015 youth, went big on the theme of #YouthPower.
From now until the 31st July, Member States are meeting at the UN in New York, to finalise the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As part of the negotiations, there is a "Zero Draft" that details what States will be promising to act on. This is our response to the Zero Draft, and what we are pushing for in the final two weeks.
Launching a new guide in partnership with The Pact, and supported by UNAIDS – Strategising with your youth constituency: learning from The PACT experience.
In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours an OBE has been awarded to Nik Hartley, CEO of Restless Development - the youth-led international development agency - for services to young people.
Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) and Restless Development are excited to release the Report ‘The Ghana Youth Data Gap: Implications for Accountability in the Post-2015 Framework’.
We are launching a new practical guide to power, rights and participation in the context of the post-2015 process alongside Actionaid, British Youth Council and Plan UK. The content is adaptable to suit different levels of knowledge and familiarity with the issues, and local, national or international level advocacy.
This week Member States meet again in New York to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on “follow-up and review” - how will we collectively ensure we achieve the goals, see where we are failing, who is being left behind, and hold duty-bearers accountable. Here we identify the key issues at stake and our recommendations.
As part of our Case for Space project , we will be working with 19 talented young researchers from around the globe to try and answer the following question:
“What is the enabling environment (necessary conditions and structures) that ensures children and young people have access to their rights, can influence decisions, and have improved livelihoods?”
We are honoured to announce that Restless Development was elected as one of four Organising Partners in September 2014 of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). Having supported young people to engage and influence policy-making spaces at the highest level, this is an exciting opportunity for us to strengthen the voices of young people in the official United Nations space for children and young people.
MGCY Position paper on Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals
So today marks both #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and #ThankYouThursday in the world of social media so we thought that it would be a good point to look back and reflect on our amazing week of celebration for International Women's Day. Scroll down further below to see some of our highlights.
A toolkit for young people who want to make sure their voice is heard in a post-2015 world
As we settle into 2015 - when the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be finalised - the first session of intergovernmental negotiations is fast approaching, in just over a week.
The first session will be a time to take stock, prepare ourselves for the year ahead, and think about how to agree on the goals and targets we'll set ourselves as a global community. As this happens, it's essential that we continue to think ahead to how we'll implement and monitor the framework, and ensure accountability.
Key to this, and central to a lot of the exciting work we're doing at Restless Development is the "Data Revolution".
Here are our key recommendations for what the data revolution needs to deliver, how that can fit into the post-2015 development agenda, and how young women and men can and should play a vital role...
On Saturday 6th December nearly 200 young people from across Africa gathered at a Youth Symposium in Lusaka to discuss the barriers young people face to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.
A few days ago, I and many other people plugged into the post-2015 development agenda watched the clock and counted down the minutes, waiting for a Synthesis Report from the office of the UN Secretary General (UNSG) to be released. The report, titled “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet”, sets out six essential elements for delivering the next global development agenda – dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice, partnership - and is one of the last signposts on the long road to finalising the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs). The SDGs and accompanying ‘post-2015 package’ – including how to finance it all, and how to report on progress - will be finalised by the UN General Assembly next September, after almost 5 years in the making.
In this five-part series commissioned by Restless Development’s Global Policy and Practice unit, Dr Nicole Goldin asks what it would take in practical terms to have young people at the very heart of both monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals and also holding governments to account for their delivery. In this first piece, released as global civil society convenes at the CIVICUS International Civil Society Week, Dr Goldin explores the particular role civil society movements and organisations could play.