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GYAN and the UN MDGs


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GYAN and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals

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GYAN and the UN MDGs

  1. 1. Building Youth Leadership to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Bremley W. B. Lyngdoh Co-Founder and Director Global Youth Action etwork International Youth Professionals Summit Manchester UK from 19th - 23rd August 2008
  2. 2. Introduction The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) is a growing collaboration among youth and youth organizations that are committed to uniting their efforts to improve our world. With nine hundred organizational members and thousands of active partnerships in almost 200 countries and territories, the Network is working to promote greater collaboration, to improve youth civic engagement and participation in decision-making, and to provide support and recognition to young people who take positive action to improve their communities. GYAN and TakingITGlobal have partnered to create the most dynamic and resourceful community on the Internet of young social leaders and youth organizations. GYAN is affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information, and holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. GYAN has endorse the principles of the Earth Charter and it is now promoting is worldwide through its partner organizations.
  3. 3. Building the Youth Voice Helped ensure the largest participation of official youth delegates to the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 and continuing to play an active role in facilitating youth participation in all United Nations processes, such as the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Annual NGO-DPI Conference Helped to establish Youth Advisory Councils for CONGO (Committee of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations), the United Nations Population Fund and assisted the World Bank with youth consultations Worked with governments to ensure strong youth participation in policy-formation in Brazil, Jordan and Ghana Worked with NextNext Entertainment on developing a strategy for Chat the Planet TV Coordinated the development of the 2005 report “Youth & the MDGs: Challenges & Opportunities for Implementation”
  4. 4. Youth Action and Recognition Launched and coordinated Global Youth Service Day in partnership with Youth Service America. It is the world’s largest celebration of young volunteers, with more than 1 million participants in 175 countries outside the USA Published an MDG Youth Campaign Kit in collaboration with the United Nations Millennium Campaign & TakingITGlobal Distributed $30,000 plus in Global Youth In Action Awards to youth-led projects that improved local communities Worked to highlight positive youth contributions by providing the media (Channel Thirteen/PBS, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Time for Kids, Stone Soup and others) with inspiring stories for broad dissemination, also getting additional coverage of these stories in dozens of books and other publications
  5. 5. Resources and Community Helped to create, in partnership with TakingITGlobal, the most popular clearinghouse of information and resources for youth on the net, listing organizations, events and much more Worked with grant-makers such as Artemisia Foundation and Youth Service America, AOL Time Warner and the United Nations Foundation to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to youth organizations working on issues like volunteerism, economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives that create further opportunities for youth Organized meetings on collaboration with like-minded organizations, including the World Social Forum, Earth Action, and Instituto Cidadania, among others Supported the launch and currently act as coordinating Secretariat for the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  6. 6. The United Nations Millennium Summit In September 2000, the Presidents, Prime Ministers and royalty of the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and pledged to achieve significant progress in eight major priority areas by the year 2015. These United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) address many of the world’s most pressing challenges, and provide an ambitious framework through which countries are now approaching development. As GYAN’s Co-Founder and as the official Indian Youth Representative on my country’s parliamentary delegation, I had the chance to address the U.N. Millennium Assembly and I called upon world leaders to support the YES Campaign and create sustainable livelihoods for youth.
  7. 7. The Millennium Development Goals 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. Improve maternal health 3. Achieve universal primary education 4. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases 5. Promote gender equality and empower women 6. Ensure environmental sustainability 7. Reduce child mortality 8. Develop a global partnership for development
  8. 8. Building Youth Leadership for the MDGs The Global Youth Action Network based in New York close to the UN Secretariat is committed to ensuring that young people are seen as key stakeholders in the design of their future, and become a driving force behind efforts to achieve the MDGs. To help place young people at the forefront of these efforts, a four part comprehensive strategy has been devised by GYAN and its regional offices and partner organizations. Please see
  9. 9. Getting the Facts Only recently has the discussion about the United Nations Millennium Development Goals become a major topic in the civil society sector. Much information is needed still on how these MDGs can best be achieved. In response to the United Nations Millennium Project, a special Working Group on Youth was commissioned to create a detail report identifying the potential role of young people in achieving the MDGs which was released back in November 2004. Polls and surveys were used to determine young people’s awareness and understanding of the goals, what efforts are underway to address them, and to compile case studies & success stories from across the planet.
  10. 10. Getting the Word Out Everyone must work together for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, if they are ever to be achieved especially young people. Priority must be placed on efforts to educate the public about these Goals. GYAN is making conference presentations, using public service announcements and collaborating on publications to raise public awareness about the MDGs, including the World Federation of United Nations Associations’ Annual Report on the MDGs. Other strategies will include media campaigns, television and radio programs, and collaboration with United Nations agencies on the launch of a Youth MDG Web Portal.
  11. 11. National MDG Youth Campaigns The campaigns will mobilize millions of youth into taking action to better understand and address the Millennium Development Goals. It will be launched in a strategic alliance between TakingITGlobal and GYAN, together with a broad coalition of youth groups, United Nations agencies, development banks, and socially responsible global corporations. In 30 pilot countries, young leaders will conceive and implement cost- effective, participatory initiatives, including community meetings, school workshops, roundtables with decision-makers, community-improvement projects, video conferences, and much more. At least 500,000 young people are expected to participate in the first year. The initiative included an awards program and workshop during the Millennium Summit+5 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
  12. 12. Impacting Policy Poverty-Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) being developed by governments as their blueprint for achieving the Millennium Development Goals represent one of the most significant policy-related processes, in which young people should have a greater voice. Efforts by the United Nations are focused on advocacy, and getting governments to fulfill their commitments to achieve the MDGs. In collaboration with the United Nations Millennium Campaign, youth will be invited to assist in advocacy efforts with governments, as well as to participate in any way possible in developing these PRSPs and shaping other policies with their government. In addition, national consultations will give a voice to greater numbers of youth in determining priorities and shaping policies.
  13. 13. Working Group on Youth The Working Group on youth, which was formed in mid-2004, consists of a number of youth experts from around the world who together have been working on the report titled “Youth & the Millennium Development Goals: Opportunities and Challenges for Implementation.” The Global Youth Action Network functions as the secretariat for this group, with additional coordination support provided by the United Nations Programme on Youth in New York at the UN headquarters.
  14. 14. Partner Agencies on the Strategy TakingITGlobal North-South Institute Peace Child International United Nations Millennium Project United Nations Programme on Youth United Nations Millennium Campaign United Nations Program on Human Settlements World Federation of United Nations Associations
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  16. 16. Thank you very much!