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African Youth Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda

African Youth Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda

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Published by George Ndung'u
From 18th-20th November 2012, representatives of regional, sub regional and national youth organizations and participated in the African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda at the UN Gigiri, organized by Organization of African Youth-Kenya in partnership with UNDP, UN-Habitat, PACJA, FEMNET, VSO Jitolee and Faces of Peace Kenya. The main outcome of the meeting was the release of the African Youth Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda detailing the aspirations and values of African youth.
From 18th-20th November 2012, representatives of regional, sub regional and national youth organizations and participated in the African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda at the UN Gigiri, organized by Organization of African Youth-Kenya in partnership with UNDP, UN-Habitat, PACJA, FEMNET, VSO Jitolee and Faces of Peace Kenya. The main outcome of the meeting was the release of the African Youth Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda detailing the aspirations and values of African youth.

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 African Youth Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda.
Preamble
We, the representatives of regional, sub regional and national youthorganizations, participating in the African Youth Conference on Post-2015Development Agenda at the UN Gigiri, from 18
th
-20
th
November 2012 organizedby Organization of African Youth-Kenya in partnership with UNDP, UN-Habitat,PACJA, FEMNET, VSO Jitolee and Faces of Peace Kenya.Assembled with an aim of accessing the progress made in achieving the MDGs,challenges faced and come-up with concrete actions towards acceleration of progress made and planning for the Post-2015 Agenda. And taking into accountthe submissions and input made through the online African Youth Survey on Post-2015 Development Agenda and social media.We realize that Africa was not meaning fully represented and their issues notconsidered when the MDGS was adopted in 2000.We note that the grass root issues were not taken into consideration in thecurrent framework which remains a major challenge.We acknowledge also the lack of political will from our Governments, economicdependency as well as external interventions which continue to pose a challengeto the MDGS and possibly the post 2015 agenda.
 
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We affirm that significant development issues like human rights, peace andsecurity, good governance, tackling of corruption was not adequately addressedin the current frame work.But we recognize that the continent has made significant progress towards theachievements of the MDGs with specific areas in gender equality and women’sempowerment, education, tackling child mortality and improving maternal health,combating HIV/AIDS and promoting global partnershipsWe note that Africa is a continent, rich in natural wealth that when used properlyis capable of growth and development and lifting citizens from the shackles of poverty.We want to reaffirm the importance of Africa’s youthful population and as suchnote that, if the youth are regarded as partners and are included in decisionmaking processes we can accelerate the MDGs as well as the post-2015development agenda.We also note that access to information is important in accelerating the MDGSand the post 2015 development agendaAgain we acknowledge that youth right issues should and must be considered inthe post 2015 framework that considers economic, political and social justice forallWe recognize that African government with African youth consultants should bethe key actors and forerunners in determining the future of their own countries inline with economic growth and development.We acknowledge that we as young people has failed to take on responsible rolesand have allowed ourselves to be used as agents of destructionWe, the young people of Africa affirm our commitment to accelerating the MDGsand the Post-2015 Development Agenda
 
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Actions for Accelerating Progress in Achieving the MDGs.
We realize that there have been a lot of challenges facing the current frameworkand we recognize the need to accelerate the current framework. So, we call onour Governments, international stakeholders, youth networks and NGOs, privatesector to accelerate the progress toward the achievement of MDGs by:1.
 
More commitment to achieve the goals by the government and to honor itspledges.2.
 
The government should strengthen institutions to fight against corruptionand empowering the youth by mobilizing and sensitizing them aboutcorruption through events like anti-corruption debates, essay competitionsand concerts.3.
 
Plan and implement sustainable and impactful poverty eradication programthat will reach the high segment of the youth. This can be done funding orgenerating a high impact entrepreneurship program that could reach tensof millions of the people.4.
 
Provide enough resources to children, youth and women related ministries.Young people should be empowered with loans to start small scale businessas well as providing high positions of offices in the government.5.
 
Make MDGS known to the local youth and mobilize them to activelyparticipate.6.
 
Increase equitable access to environmentally friendly and sustainable waterand sanitation services to young people and promote hygiene behaviorchange at scale7.
 
Establish information management systems and strengthen monitoring,date collection, communication and sector engagement8.
 
Transformative youth leadership and new policy governance.9.
 
Include local in a bottom up approach in policy formulation with regard togender, youths and minority groups inclusion to exhaust ideas that areessential in eradicating poverty and for development plans.

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Sharing with Rotary World Peace Forum-Honolulu, January 2013, where youth voices will be a central focus. Excellent prescription for peace in Africa-youth led.
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