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NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT-POST MDG 2015AGENDA Sierra Leone CONCEPT NOTEOrganizers:Lead: Youth Millennium Development AmbassadorsCo-Lead: Worldview Mission & Democracy Sierra LeoneA collaboration effort of Youth Millennium Development Ambassadors, Democracy SierraLeone (DSL) & Worldview MissionTHEME: "Putting Young People at the Heart of SustainableDevelopment"Venue: British Council Hall, Freetown Sierra LeoneDate: January to 21st March, 2013Time: 10am-4:30pm promptBACKGROUND:The Issues: The priority of the 21st Century has been ending poverty asthe central purpose of development. Top objectives have included peaceand security; and democracy and human rights. With only less than 3years to the end of MDGs in 2015, poverty remains a major globalchallenge and priority. What then would be the most effective way totake the international development agenda forward after 2015?
KEY Questions to be Addressed during SummitWhat have been the major hindrances and challenges in West Africa towards achieving the MDGs?Where did we do it wrong?What role have young people played in promoting youth-led development towards achieving the MDGs?Even after our efforts of 12 years trying to eradicate poverty, why do we still have more than 218 millionpeople living in extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa?Are our countries committed and doing enough to creating decent jobs and reducingyouth unemployment?What can we do between now and 2015, in a collaboration between the young people, governments,development partners, civil society and other stakeholders, to meet some of MDGs targets and makingsure that all is not lost and we did our best.As it is their right, how will we ensure and support West African youth participation in the national,regional and international consultations onPost-2015 Development Agenda and their inputs included in itsformulationWhat are the priorities of West African Youth in the Post-2015 Agenda?STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:1. To bring together youth activists to review the attainment of MDGs in Sierra Leone and westAfrica, develop strategies for accelerating the achievement of the MDGs and plan for the Post-2015 Development Framework.2. To strengthen partnership within youth organizations in the region to implement MDGs basedprojects.3. To create a platform for young people to learn and share their best practices in their actionstowards achieving the MDGs.4. To mobilize and motivate young people to actively get involved in the ongoing national,regional and international consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.5. To Present an African Youth Declaration on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.OUTCOME1. Present an West African Youth Declaration on Post 2015 MDG and the Sierra Leone Agenda forprosperity2. Come up with a youth-led strategy on advocacy and action projects to undertake in acceleratingthe achievement of MDGs in West Africa3. Creation of Provincial Youth Working Groups that will facilitate collaboration with the YouthMillennium Development Ambassadors, Democracy Sierra Leone, Worldview Mission,Government and UN Country Teams to actively get involved in the post-2015 developmentframework
4. Identify organization that are youth oriented in supporting new and innovative ideas on MDGsand upscale the existing ones in each of the regions in various thematic areas with focus onrural development and poverty eradication.5. Prioritizing investment in youth as key drivers of development.Participatory Outreacha. MDGs and Post-2015 Youth Survey:The aim is for Youth Millennium Development Ambassadors to share their thoughts on whatneeds to be done to tackle extreme poverty and their issues and priorities that need to beFocused on in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. We have patterned with other youthorganizations to develop a youth- friendly questionnaire to be used in the survey, via online andoffline platforms. This aims to mobilize young people to participate in the Agenda and sharetheir inputs through their experiences.b. Social Media Mobilization and youth Engagement:Extensive social media will be used before, during and after the conference. Young people beingtechnologically receptive and excited about engagement through social median and networks,can greatly develop interest in Post 2015 Agenda an and contribute to an online based initiativeand support its cause. We will use Face Book, Twitter, Blogs, online mapping as tools tomobilize the young West Africans to get actively engaged in the consultations. The social mediawill also be used to generate and vote for 10 innovative ideas that will earn 10 participantsconference sponsorship.c. Media Campaign:There will be campaigns and awareness creation processes in Televisions and radio stations.Through the talk and call in shows, we anticipate reaching a bigger audience, taking stock onMDGs achievements and raising an interest in citizen engagement in Post 2015 DevelopmentAgenda. We will also send press releases and communiqué about the need for youth rolesand participation in the Post 2015 Agenda. We will invite young Africans to come up withessays articulating their views on Post 2015 and MDGs. The best 10 essays will be publishedonline and in the conference package booklet.d. University debate/symposium:We will hold a 3 hour debate in University of Sierra Leone as part of the preparatory process toengage the students in the Post 2015 Agenda. The symposium will focus on how the students cancontribute to the MDGs through innovations and creativity.
e. Postcards/stickers:Youth Millennium Development Summit-Post MDG 2015 Agenda Sierra LeoneThese will be used to pass different messages about MDGs and Post 2015 Agenda, more so forthe offline community. The stickers will be pinned on the conference package folders, vehiclesand laptops. The postcards will be printed and distribute to youth to write their message on howthey want the Post-2015 Framework to look it and the message will be passed to the leaders anddecision makers.The conference will include the following activities: Plenary Session: It will include keynote speeches and panel discussions. This will be anopportunity for the youth delegates to engage on a one on one dialogue with representatives fromthe Government, UN Agencies, Civil Society, Development Partners and Academicians. Also toengage with the Special Adviser to the Secretary General in Post 2015, an appointee to the HighLevel Advisory Panel and a Co-Chair of Beyond 2015 Campaign. Presentations: They willintroduce the delegates to the Post- 2015 Agenda, the ongoing consultations, calendar of events,position of African CSOs and how they can participate in the process. Workshops: To run by young people and other partners including the Civil Societies,Development organizations and UN Agencies so that the delegates can learn and develop skillswhich they feel are important to them. It will be an opportunity to share best practices, showcaseinnovation and develop partnership to working together after the conference. Group Discussions: The delegates will share their country experiences and their priorities asyoung people in the Post-2015 Agenda. Their recommendations will feed in the Declaration tobe released in the last day. African Cultural and Peace Event: during the last dinner, there willbe an African cultural and peace night. The aim of this is to showcase the unique Africancultures, talents and diversity. The event will be led by Youth Millennium DevelopmentAmbassadors in partnership with Worldview Mission and will be aimed at advocating forappreciation of our differences, values and heritage for a prosperous Africa. There will also be arecitation of peace pledge by the participants. The event will be used to commission theparticipants as Youth and Millennium Development Ambassadors and also pass a strongmessage for peace to Sierra Leonean leaders to ensure peaceful Democracy and transition. Theconference will also be streamed live on social media to allow for wider participations andcontributions of African youths in various parts of the world. There will be a blog for theparticipants to share their success stories in tackling MDGs in their respective communities. Adaily e-Newsletter capturing the days‟ events and outcomes will be published and circulated tothe global audience. We will also set up a blogging room with computers connected to internetfor the participants to blog, update Facebook status and tweet to share the key messages and theirthoughts to other youth.
The process for developing the post-2015 frameworkWith the 2015 MDG deadline fast approaching, the UN Secretary-General has outlined the UN-led process to determine the post-2015 development framework. To contribute to the UN system-wide effort, the UNDG has been asked to: 1) facilitate national consultations in at least 50countries; 2) hold global thematic consultations on key issues pertaining to the post-2015development agenda; and 3) create a web portal for interaction and information exchange. Theresults of these efforts will serve as input to the work of the High-Level Panel to be named by theSecretary-General after the Rio+20 conference in June 2012.The global thematic consultations will be organized in partnership with civil society, academia,the private sector and decision makers and will be based on the following nine topics: Inequalities; Population; Health; Education; Growth & Employment; Conflict & Fragility; Governance; Environmental Sustainability; Food Security and Nutrition.The thematic consultation on Governance in particular is a response to an increasing demandfrom various actors over the past few years, especially civil society1, to discuss governance andaccountability bottlenecks in the context of the MDGs, and how these gaps could be addressed ina new global development framework. As with all global thematic consultations, thisconsultation will feed into the UN‟s overall post-2015 process and provides the opportunity toadvocate for meaningful participation through global outreach which factors in national and localpriorities shaped by multiple stakeholders, and championing the universal rights and valuesenshrined in its charter.1 See, for example, IDS/CAFOD, „100 Voices – Southern Voices on What should come after the MDGs‟,http://www.cafod.org.uk/100voices
Conference Follow-up a. Youth Ambassadors Working Group on Post 2015 Development AgendaThe conference is just the start of youth participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda andacceleration of the achievement of MDGs by 2015. We will form a Youth Working Group onPost-2015 comprising of representatives from different organizations to ensure that ourDeclaration is presented to the High Level Panel on Post 2015. The group will also ensure ourstrategy of participation is implemented. Also work in close collaboration with the UNAIDS,UNFPA the Government and UNDP and ensure the opinions of youth are well articulated in thehigh level meetings. They will also work on a fundraising strategy to ensure African youth haveresources to effectively participate in the consultations.The conference organizers will cater for all participants‟ accommodation, meals and internaltransport during the conference days. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs fromtheir country of origin to Sierra Leone and we encourage all applicants to start fundraising andseeking sponsorship to cover for this. We are however fundraising and talking to variousorganizations to sponsor disadvantaged and marginalized young people to enable theirparticipations.More details will be available soon. Kindly indicate in the nomination letter if you needsponsorship or are able to fund yourself.Participants are responsible for their own personal expenses. Disadvantaged youth, those livingwith disabilities and from indigenous communities are encouraged to apply and we havereserved 5 slots per region for this category.The selection process will be open and transparent to provide every young leader with anopportunity to take part in the conference. We will then select those to be invited based on:
Experience in youth leadership and advocacyKnowledge of the MDGs and the Post-2015 AgendaTrack record of a young Change maker.Age of between 15-35 years.Gender representation.Two participants from each region will be selected, total to 10, based oninnovative entrepreneurial ideas on tackling MDGS. There will be 5 slots per region reserved forpersons with disability, minority groups and indigenous people while considering gender ismainstreamed in the youth participation.It is expected that 200 youth leaders, with equal gender representation, will take part in theconference. We will also invite some key role players involved in the Post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda, such as: Ministers responsible of youth, African Union Commission/Youth Division,Regional Economic Communities, UN Agencies, Civil Society concerned with youthdevelopment and Development Partners.The Youth Millennium Development Ambassadors will constitute the Secretariat while theregional coordinators will be a male and female selected by each regional/province participant.The other participants will be National Coordinators. The working groups, whose mandate runsto 2015, will be formed as part of the sustainability plan of the conference outcome. The workinggroups will help in pushing and advocating for the inclusion of the declaration and also act as afollow up unit of the conference recommendations. The Coordinators will also help in carryingout research on issues affecting youth development which can be a formidable basis to engagewith governments for policies and political imprimatur and support. The coordinators will alsosend their progress reports on quarterly basis that are sanctioned by the organizations theirrepresent. These reports will be shared with all the conference stakeholders.b. Innovative MDG Entrepreneurial ProjectsWith only less than 3 years left to 2015, there is need to upscale the acceleration in achievementof the MDGs with priority on supporting youth- led development and Green Economy. We willcall an application for young change makers to submit their ideas and projects. The ten bestideas, 2 from each region, will be funded for implementation and the young change maker willreceive a full sponsorship to attend the conference and present his/her idea. Selection of the bestideas will be based on their uniqueness, innovation, creativity and sustainability and focusing onachieving any of the 7 MDGs with greater impact. We are seeking potential partners who mayfund these ideas to ensure their success. Youth Ambassadors will work with the partners inmonitoring and evaluating the projects to ensure their success.
c. Social Media:A blog and social media portal will be set up to track the activities of the participants and theirengagements in Post 2015 Agenda. This will help in monitoring the outcome of the conference,knowledge sharing and collaborative development through community informatics. The toolswill also be used to share the information on Post 2015 Dialogues, events and outcomes.d. Annual Conference on Sustainable Development:As a follow up process, the conference will culminate into an Annual African Conference onSustainable Development hosted by a different African country each year. The Annualconference will focus on success stories of sustainable development and a Pan African baseddialogues on African Future and the role of young people in development. It will be used to trackthe achievement of MDGs and Award the most innovative and successful youth-led projects.e. Five & Five CampaignYouth Ambassadors Lead by Youth Millennium Development Ambassadors and DemocracySierra Leone, the campaign aims Popularize the Youth Decade Plan of Action and the AfricanYouth Charter amongst the youth and mobilize them through targeted activities which wouldconsist of getting involved in the implementation of the DPoA. The campaign motto will betitled “Five & Five”, referring to the five years since the Youth Decade was declared in 2009 andfive years before it expires in 2018.f. Youth Rise to End Poverty initiativeThe idea is about mobilizing and supporting young people to wake up and address the pressingmultiple challenges facing our region. It provides the possibility of young people‟s mindsWorking together and pulling hands in the same direction to be able to stay a step ahead of thechallenges of poverty, scarcity and sustainability. The initiative focuses on six priority areaswhich include: Green jobs; sustainable agriculture production; education for sustainabledevelopment; sustainable energy; promoting ICTs; and youth participation in decision makingprocess. As we invest in youth, they will invest in themselves.PARTICIPANTS LOGISTICAL SUPPORTWe are fund raising to fully sponsor the disadvantaged participants including their air travel toand from their countries to ensure that we get the young people from diverse groups such as themarginalized , the disabled and those from rural Areas who are most affected by poverty. Theparticipants will be provided with transport from the airport and to and from the conferencevenue. We will cater for all participants‟ accommodation, meals and internal transport during thedays of the conference. Support services will also be provided for the disabled people and alsoprovide translations for French speaking participants.
COORDINATIONThe Youth Millennium Development Ambassadors Initiative is working in partnership withDemocracy Sierra Leone the Government and partners in Sierra Leone to host the conference.We have formed a coordinating team and partnered with UNAIDS Sierra Leone; a youth ledCSO, to facilitate the preparations and conference organizing support. We are working closelywith the Global CSOs involved in the Post-2015 Agenda to ensure we all promoteyouth participation in the process.PARTNERSHIPSWorldview Mission, Democracy Sierra Leone, UNAIDS. We are seeking partnerships fromorganizations concerned and have an interest in youth development and empowerment tocontribute with their technical, material and finances to support and ensure the successfullyhosting of the conference. It is our belief that the partnership will culminate into a mutuallybeneficial engagement for the stakeholders. Kindly contact us for further discussion on variousforms of partnerships.Monitoring and EvaluationThe Summit will be monitored and evaluated by United Nations Development Programs UNDP,UNAIDS, UNFPA and the National Youth Commission of Sierra Leone. The Summit willrequest one representative from both institutions to help in this monitoring and evaluatingprocess to ensure transparency and accountable justification of funds allocated for the event.A compressive report will also be sent to all donors and partner institutions after the conclusionof the event on the 24th March, 2013.