(19 December 2012 to 18 January 2013) – Received by e-mail, From: Richard Morgan, Nik Hartley & Charles Badenoch, Date: 19/12/20.
Dear friends and colleagues, Inequalities need to be addressed in the post-2015 agenda. You have an opportunity to inform the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities (co-led by UNICEF and UN Women) through a series of online, moderated discussions. These forums aim to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on what the post-2015 development agenda should look like.
We invite you take part in this online discussion on addressing inequalities faced by young people, co-moderated by UNICEF, Restless Development, World Vision International and UN Volunteers, taking place from 19 December 2012 – 18 January 2013. To participate, please visit the site http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/290113 and post your response in the discussion forum.
Children and young people must be seen as agents of change. They create innovative solutions and hold both present and future progress in their hands. They should be actively involved in the discussions, design and eventual implementation and monitoring of the post-2015 development agenda. We will be accountable to them.
Investing in children, adolescents and young people — their health, education, protection and well-being — is the cornerstone for healthy societies with more sustainable and inclusive economic growth and shared prosperity. How healthy, well-nourished, educated and protected a child is from the start of his or her life can have life-long repercussions.
Because of their age, children and young people are inherently more vulnerable. Adolescents and young people also face particular threats — from violence and exploitation to higher rates of unemployment. It is therefore critical that the rights and needs of children and young people are discussed and addressed in the next development agenda.
You are invited to register to the consultation here. The site is available in English, French and Spanish. Comments are welcomed in any of the sixty languages supported by Google Translate. If you are unable to access the site, please email your response here.
The discussion is co-moderated by Katy Chadwick, Restless Development and Arelys Bellorini, World Vision International.
Katy and Arelys are joined by representatives of youth voices who are co-moderating the discussion. Esther Eshiet from Nigeria, Michelle Alvarez from the Philippines, Liana Enli from Armenia and Bahaa Atallah from Palestine, are young people who are active in their country and communities and work to mobilize young people to raise their voices and be active members of society. Ester, Michelle, Liana and Bahaa are representatives of a generation who not only wants to be heard but want to be part of making decisions that will impact their lives.
To kick off the global conversation, we invite you to reflect on the following questions, among others:
- 1. What inequalities do young people face in their day to day lives? (Think about challenges you have seen, or challenges you have experienced yourself, including where they occurred and who they affected.)
- 2. Why do these inequalities exist, and are there different causes for inequalities in different societies?
- 3. What action can we take to challenge these inequalities, and what kinds of actions have the most long term impact? (Think about the different levels at which we can address them from grassroots work you have seen in local communities to changes in national and global policy. You can also give examples from your own projects or experience. Try to give evidence for why you think these are the most effective actions.)
- 4. What suggestions should be put forward to ensure that a post-2015 development agenda has a lasting impact on challenging inequalities faced by children and young people?
- 5. a. What actions can other stakeholders (i.e. different groups and individuals with an interest in the post 2015 agenda) take to challenge the inequalities faced by children and young people?
b. How can we involve the children and young people affected by inequality to participate in taking action once the new development agenda has been established?
The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on “Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, to be presented at a high-level meeting in February 2013 in Copenhagen. The report will also be transmitted to the High-level Panel on Post-2015, appointed by the UN Secretary-General.
We look forward to hearing from you on how to realize the Future We Want for All.
Warm regards, Richard Morgan, Senior Advisor on Post-2015, UNICEF, Nik Hartley, Chief Executive, Restless Development, Charles Badenoch, Vice-President for Global Advocacy, World Vision International.
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