Measuring progress can be done in many different ways. While difficult, it is important to understand the type and direction of change to ensure that no one is left behind during our journey towards a more people-and-planet centered, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable world. We are especially motivated to do this within the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, given our role as the UN General Assembly mandated official, formal and self organised space for children and youth (aged below 30) to contribute to and engage in certain intergovernmental and allied policy processes at the UN.
Our mission is to bridge children and youth with the UN system in order to ensure that their right to meaningful participation is realised. We do so by engaging them in formal and informal ways in the design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up and review of sustainable development policies at all levels. This is primarily done, through a “theory of change” comprised of four areas of work: Policy & Advocacy, Capacity Building, Youth Action and Knowledge.
Since the creation of UNMGCY as part of Agenda 21 adopted in 1992, the constituency has grown to 6500+ youth-and/or-child led entities spanning across 170+ countries and territories. This comes at a time when, in light of seemingly waning international cooperation, there have been a record number of historic frameworks adopted to chime in a new era of sustainable development.
Such documents have highlighted the commonalities and interdependencies amongst all of us, reinvigorating efforts towards ashared vision of the future we want. As young people, constituting up to 50% of the world’s population, we have both the responsibility and opportunity to contribute to turning the “world we want” into the “world we have”.
“We have the potential to make change, but must be equipped with the proper tools and resources to meaningfully participate in all decision-making spaces. ”
This report, the first of its kind, seeks to highlight key activities across our different engagement avenues, providing a flavor for the breadth of work undertaken and impact it has had towards attaining our shared vision.
- Donovan Guttieres, Organizing Partner – Policy Coherence. France
- Moa Herrgård, Organizing Partner – IANYD, Sweden
- Hirotaka Koike, Organizing Partner – HLPF
© Children Youth International 2018; United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, July 2018