UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development – Putting Youth at the heart of Agenda 2030

The Annual Meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) took place from 20th – 22nd April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

This Annual Meeting aimed at assessing the progress over the past year and identifying ways of strengthening collaboration in the coming year at the global, regional, and country levels, particularly in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other initiatives relating to the UN Youth Agenda.

It is focus also on putting the Strategy into action, including the results framework, and following up on the UN Secretary-General, António GUTERRES’ desired areas of work relating to youth (prioritizing youth, including developing a UN Strategy on Youth across the pillars of the UN). 

It was a great opportunity for youth organizations to be part of this Annual Meeting. A space was given to them by the UN Head Youth Programmes to hear updates from the Youth about their activities.

The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) was represented at the year’s meeting by IYCS African Coordinator, Miss Agathe Sagne. The youth representatives participated also on the discussions (brainstorming session) about the UN Youth Strategy, offering their point of view on how to make an inclusive participation of young people in the implementation of the UN Youth Agenda.

This brainstorming was aimed at enhancing the current communication and engagement approaches in place at the UN with the view to increase efficiency and scope of UN’s outreach to wider youth audiences and ensure availability of more content in “youth –friendly” language.

The discussions looked at how to improve UN’s existing engagement structures with youth led and youth focus organizations, networks and structures to solicit strategic guidance from young people to inform and advance the organization’s policies and programmes within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development and also improve the quality and dissemination of the content tailored to youth audiences and platforms and establishing two-way communication channels with young people.

As a way forward, the IANYD commit to engage in a coherent United Nations approach to establish meaningful and effective two –way communications channels with young people to ensure that voices, concerns and creativity of young people are reflected in the decision-making processes convened or coordinated by them at all levels (National, Regional and Global) Organizations.

We had also the great opportunity to visit The Mathare (one of the largest informal settlement in Kenya) Environmental Conservation one Stop Youth Centre founded with support and assistance from UN Habitat and the Government of Norway and serve as community hub offering services to the young community. As of today, it’s serves meals for more than 300 homeless people in the neighborhood;  provides vocational and entrepreneurship trainings as well as technology access to information and communications from the Innovate Kenya technology Centre; and functions as a safe space for young people to gather and plan for their own and the future of their community.

ICMYO as well as UN MGCY who were represented at this meeting reiterated their commitment to continue working in close collaboration with the IANYD in contributing to the achievement of 2030 Agenda.

                                                                                                                          Miss Agathe (IYCS- ICMYO) and Aashish (UN MGCY)

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