"Last week, over 45 participants representing youth-led organisations, civil society organisations, various agencies of the United Nations, representatives from the private sector and academia, met for two days in New York to coordinate and harmonize their efforts to enhance child and youth participation in the formulation of the agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. World Scouting was invited as a leading youth-led organization for this key consultation meeting.
Liana Manusajyan, a youth representative from Armenia, opened the meeting. “I am asking you to lift the barriers to child and youth participation,” she said. “Because we need your help, we offer you our help in return.” Rajiv Joshi, Global Call to End Poverty at the opening said “As World Leaders craft the Post 2015 Development Agenda, we call for a future framework that is built upon the voices of citizens around, particularly young people who are in the forefront of changing their nations and the world".
Speaking at the session Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General in Post-2015 Development Planning said “Youth participation is fundamental for the post-2015 agenda. Their vision and energy will be needed to do the heavy lifting in its implementation.” Child and Youth-led society organizations such as Restless Development, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), CIVICUS Youth Assembly and others also had the opportunity to share their work and create synergies that will provide them a truly global reach in order to move forward child and youth participation.
Some of the key recommendations from the group were: focusing on the enhancement of girl and young women’s participation, and paying special attention to ways to breech the digital divide and guarantee an inclusive use of social media and ICTs with marginalized children and young people. Despite its considerable size, the group managed to formulate concrete recommendations for child and youth engagement. Their joint commitment to participation will be guided by the fundamental principles of gender equality, protection, accountability and non-discrimination."