The President of the General Assembly (PGA) will be hosting high level events/thematic debates on a variety of areas critical to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The MGCY met with several officials from the PGA’s office during OWG 6 in order to obtain information concerning engagement with the specific event dealing with youth. The dates for each event/debate is as follows:
- Feb. 20-21: Water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda
- Mar. 6-7: Role of women, the young and civil society in the post-2015 development agenda
- April 8-9: Role of partnerships and their contribution to the post-2015 development agenda
- Late April: Ensuring stable and peaceful societies in the post-2015 development framework
- May 20-21 or 21-22: Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the post-2015 development agenda
- June (TBD): Contributions of Human Rights and Rule of Law in the post-2015 development agenda
The event on March 6 -7 will provide young people with several opportunities for engagement. So far, the following opportunities have been proposed:
The UNSG’s Envoy for Youth, Ahmad Alhindawi, has partnered with the PGA’s office to establish a crowdsourcing platform as to collect inputs from relevant stakeholders in preparation for the event. This platform will help bridge the gap that currently exists between government officials and youth by creating a single site where inputs into the process can be gathered. More information on this platform will be shared as soon as possible.
On February 8, the PGA’s office will host a civil society engagement event. It will consist of an interactive discussion on the concept papers that are being formulated in preparation for the six events/debates.
The actual event/debate will consist of an interactive dialogue where a level playing field will be established between civil society and Member States.
The MGCY will be asked to feed into this through a seat on advisory structures.
As consultations on the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda are ramped up, discussion is becoming more specific in terms of the wording, structure and goals/targets/indicators of the proposed Post-2015 agenda. The announcement by the President of the General Assembly on hosting a youth-focused event as part of the “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage” theme, has raised expectations among youth organisations around the world for this event to help in starting the transition from consultation to consolidation of goals/targets/indicators for the Post-2015 development agenda. However, to maximize the results of the PGA’s initiatives, the process has to start now, to allow young people to formulate concrete ideas that can feed into the inter-governmental deliberations on the Post-2015 development agenda. The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth would like to contribute to the work of the PGA, so as to address the lack of concrete ideas, and in partnership with the office of the PGA, ECOSOC, as well as the UN Millennium Campaign, the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations Development Programme, UN Foundation, World Bank, the Inter-Agency Network on youth Development and the Alliance for International Youth Development. Through this partnership, the objective is to offer a platform for thousands of youth from around the world to build over the results of the My World 2015 survey and the proposed illustrative goals and targets of the HLP on Post-2015 report, under 5 thematic areas, which are the top priorities emanating from the My World Survey: (Education, Employment, Health, Good Governance and Peace and Stability). The objective of this crowdsourcing exercise is to allow youth to identify and formulate targets and indicators which could support the youth agenda within the Post-2015 development framework.
The following timeline can be shortened or expanded depending on time constraints. The current methodology requires 6 months:
- Phase I: January 2014
Consultation with partners on format of crowdsourcing challenges.
- Phase II: January 2014
Formalize necessary internal structures for effective project management, including content moderation team and youth advisory board.
- Phase III: 01.02.14-10.02.2014
Programme crowdsourcing platform with challenges.
- Phase IV: 14.02.14.
Online consultation period will be launched in a press conference with the PGA, SG and the Envoy on Youth during the PGA event, with concerted and coordinated outreach via social media etc. ideally developed around a series of Hangouts or similar with leading, global personalities.
- Phase V: 15.05.14
1st round of amalgamation and consolidation and World Conference on Youth.
- Phase VI: 06.14
Draft wording presented for open, public feedback/endorsement. This will be done during the ECOSOC Youth Forum.
- Phase IIX: 06.14 Onwards
Awareness raising and advocating for the consolidated youth targets
The crowdsourcing process will be launched in February and will continue in partnership with youth organizations and UN partners. A key occasion to gain momentum will be the high-level event being convened by the President of the General Assembly in March. The outcomes of the crowdsourcing will be presented at the ECOSOC Youth Forum in June.