August 16, 2017 | UNESCO MGIEP, New Delhi, INDIA
As part of the continued International Youth Day celebrations, the YESPeace Network hosted a round table with the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake along with youth and youth organisations on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India. The purpose of the interactive session was to provide a platform to youth organisations and young people to share their perspectives, concerns and details of their work in India with the UN Youth Envoy.
The lively and thought-provoking discussion provided a bottoms up perspective on the real issues facing young people in India and gave them an opportunity to share their expectations of the United Nations. Partners of the YESPeace Network-India Chapter including STEPS, Pravah and CYC were also present as a part of discussion session. Along with them representatives from Breakthrough, YP Foundation and Tata Institute of Social Sciences and UN Women also jointed the round table discussion.
Some of the key points which came forth during the discussion were as follows:
The UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake mentioned that it is important to localise the SDGs for young people to make them more accessible and that the UN has responsibility to go into the community and talk to young people and empower them. She added that we need to find creative ways to measure outcomes of the work carried out by youth organisations. Furthermore, she said that there was a need to more focus on mainstreaming youth voices through formal institutionalised mechanisms and structures.
The enriching interactive session displayed the passion of youth organisations working with young people in India and again re-enforced the belief that in order to achieve the SDGs, the role of young people needs to change from being mere beneficiaries to becoming active partners in implementing and monitoring the SDGs.
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