UNDP Engaging Youth to Better Understand the New Global PartnershipAug 29, 2013
The United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) led an educational outreach session with youth on the Post 2015 Development Agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals during a “Fun Thursday” held in Dar-es-Salaam. The event was organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on the 29th August with a presentation made by UNDP’s Senior Economist, Amarakoon Bandara.
The session involved 30 youth from various secondary schools and out-of school youth from the Jitambue, Buza Jogging and Ngao youth centres. The main topic of discussion was the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda and more specifically a lively discussion on the new report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda titled; "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development."
During the presentation, youth were informed about the very consultative process on the post 2015 Development agenda at three layers - consultations undertaken by the Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, regional level thematic consultations facilitated by UNDESA, and national consultations initiated and supported by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in over 50 countries, including Tanzania. Youth in Tanzania actively participated in the national consultations and their views were part and parcel of the country report, including a key section on volunteerism and the role of youth in shaping the Post 2015 development agenda.
The Senior Economist highlighted the recommendations from the High level Panel report which included five big transformative shifts on addressing the post 2015 development agenda, namely (i) leave no one behind - ending extreme poverty and all its forms; (ii) putting sustainable development at the centre of everything; (iii) transforming economies for jobs and inclusive growth; (iv) effective and accountable institutions for all; and (v) forging new partnerships. Mr. Bandara emphasized that during the local consultations in Tanzania some of the issues raised by the people included poverty and inequality; employment opportunities for youth and other groups; quality of education and learning environment; access to quality health services; food security; good governance and accountability; effects of climate change especially on the poor; and aid effectiveness –issues that are also included in the current high level panel report.
''I think it is a nice idea to move from the Millennium Development Goals to sustainable development goals with the inclusion/ consultation of the whole society. I call upon all youth to focus on personal commitment and community support toward achieving MDG's. Primary education should consider quality issues rather than quantity of students enrolled,” said student Monique Kimaryo from St Joseph Cathedral High School.
“Fun Thursday’s” is the monthly outreach activity organised by UNIC for students from various secondary schools and out-of-school youth clubs across Tanzania. The programme held on the last Thursday of each month, invites different UN agencies, funds and programmes to engage and present relevant global topics on development as part of the educational outreach initiative aimed at sharing information and engaging youth in the development dialogue.