Youth Powering SDGs- HLPF Side Event

Side Event to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF)
1:15pm – 2:30pm

Monday 18 July, 2016

CR A, United Nations Headquarters, New York

PDF Version- HERE

Concept Note of the Event- HERE

Good afternoon everyone,

First of all let me extend my gratitude to the organizers for this opportunity. I am speaking on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. I would like to share with you about how children and youth can engage within the Follow up and Review of the agenda 2030.

Paragraph 89 of agenda 2030 states “HLPF will support participation in follow-up and review processes by the major groups and other relevant stakeholders in line with resolution 67/290”. “We call upon those actors to report on their contribution to the implementation of the Agenda”

This paragraph gives the mandate and obligation to work on these elements of the agenda.

In line with the core mandate of the UN MGCY as a coordination mechanism, this can be interpreted in a few ways.

Our role in the actual delivery of initiatives that forward agenda and our role in enhancing space in all stages of the policy process.

Our engagement in Follow up and Review can take place in two ways; report on our activities and pursue shadow reporting.

Children and youth are conducting many activities and projects started from the very locally ground to national, regional, and global level.

UN MGCY helps youth-led organizations to align these activities and strategies to be in line with Sustainable Development Frameworks, and to develop a system through which they report on their contribution and implementation of the Agenda 2030.

This feeds into the Follow up and Review of the HLPF, and to the country reports in countries where they are situated.

This reporting and further engagement of Major Groups and other Stakeholders in HLPF are to be carried out in line with the “Proposal for voluntary common guidelines for major groups and other stakeholders to report to the high-level political forum on their implementation of the 2030 Agenda “

These guidelines were developed through a transparent process facilitated by UN DESA, which took place during the expert group meeting held in April earlier this year. The Expert Group Meeting gathered major groups and other stakeholders to discuss and agree upon the guidelines of reporting from non-state actors to agenda 2030.

The guidelines includes standards on how to report, and to ensure an enabling environment of MGoS. This includes:
Creating awareness and ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals in programmes and activities

Integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development in activities and reporting – economic, social, and environment.

Goals and targets to prioritize by the major group and other stakeholders. The discussion focuses on trends, successes, challenges, emerging issues, and lessons learned.

Thematic analysis which includes analysis of progress and initiatives, also provided by other UN reporting mechanism.

Effectiveness and impact of the contribution of major groups and other stakeholders
Progress, Challenges and Recommendations

The DRR element of newly established platform of the UN MGCY youth science policy interface platform functions as evidence based assessment, allows for children and youth to take part in reporting activities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This platform has established a “Young Scientists Roadmap on DRR” as a tool of reporting with clear guidelines on objectives, targets and deliverables. This is the good practice which we hope will be replicated throughout all processes within the UN MGCY structure. This is line with the S&T road map for the implementation of the SFDRR.

In addition, we also have the mandate to influence the global agenda and implementation of Agenda 2030 through shadow reporting. Shadow reporting is a strong tool to keep the state accountable.

Within the UN MGCY report to HLPF 2016– we identified a few emerging issues which I want to share with you before I hand over the floor to the our moderator Stephanie.

First of all, we have noticed a gap in and thereby urge for enhanced interlinkage and coherence throughout all sustainable development processes.

Second, we want to stress the importance of respecting the guidelines mentioned earlier and thereby ensure meaningful engagement of young people throughout the spectrum of implementation, follow up and review processes.

The need for space for young people at the global level is necessary in order to secure the active contribution of children, adolescent and youth, as well as to extend the collective voices of young people around the globe. We, children and youth care about the future, the sustainability of our planet and the progress and economic and social rights of the people on it. We are here as a space for the voices of children and youth globally. We are looking forward to further working with you during the fifteen years to come, and together, joining hands in transforming the world.


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