Youth and the post-2015 agenda: making the voices of young people count
Adam Leach - Chief Executive, Y Care International
Paola Pereznieto - Research Fellow, ODI
Victoria Forsgate - Global advocacy manager, Restless Development
Neva Frecheville – Beyond2015 Co-Chair
Millicent Owuor - Project Officer, VSO Jitolee
Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva - Head of Research, Oxfam GB
From participatory consultations and ‘tweet-ups’ to roundtables with the UN High Level Panel, young people have already been a visible presence in the emerging post-2015 process. Young people are proving that they are credible and energetic partners in the international process to define the new global development agenda. Whilst today’s youth generation is the largest cohort of young people ever: 1.2 billion people aged 15 ‐ 24 their views and unique needs are still not sufficiently visible in policy debates on international development. The post 2015 process provides a great opportunity for their increased visibility.
This ODI/DFID/CSO Youth Working Group event will launch an ODI report on the case for investing in young people as part of the 2015 framework and hear results from a participatory, multi-country consultation process carried out by Working Group partners with young people on their visions and solutions for the ‘future we want’. Expert panelists will share their reflections on how a youth-lens to the post 2015 development framework can deliver for wider society.