Nusa Dua — As many as 100 young people gathered from 26 different countries and 67 of youth and children organization on 24-25 March 2013 in Bali to discuss and call for the inclusion and accommodation of interests of young people, specifically on the marginalized groups in lights with Global Partnership Scheme for Post-2015 Development Agenda.
These wide range of youth representative are chosen under selective process out of total 1,500 applying candidates from all over the world, representing wide array of issues and expertise.
Currently, youth are accounted as 43% of World’s total population. Therefore, inclusivity of youth are seen as highly imperative to be included in the decisionmaking process in respect with the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Beside, it is self-evident that any outcome that is currently being drafted by the UN High Level Panelist will significantly impact the course of life of the young people itself.
Youth Multistakeholder Meeting on Post 2015 started in March 24th, 2013 and took place in Swiss-Belhotel Bay View Nusa Dua, Bali. The meeting was opened by the convener(s): Muhammad Iman Usman from Indonesian Future Leaders (IFL) and Rachel Arinii Judhistari from Asian-Pacific Resources and Research Centre for Woman (ARROW). Both of the conveners emphasized the role of the meeting in facilitating the consultation and means of getting the outcome of the consultation across to the UN High Level Panelist. These 26 people of High Level Panelist will further convene and draft a report to incorporate and cover various global consultation process towards the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
In order to ensure that the process proceeds in inclusive, transparent and accessible manner, not only to those who were present during the meeting but also wider range of people who were not able to present at the meeting, the organizing committee have welcomed online participation by accessing http://post2015.indonesianfutureleaders.org. In addition, youth representatives and wider audiences are also suggested to join the online global consultation through http://worldwewant2015.org/baliyouth.
Thaw Zin Aye representing Youth LEAD from Myanmar expresses his concern over the importance of access to health service for young people, especially marginalized group. Quoted” Young people from marginalized group needs to exercise their rights in termsof getting access to proper reproductive and sexual health services, including HIV and AIDS. Normally, access to those services are limited to those who are unmarried, not enough financial supports and remotely located from health care centre. Therefore it is imperative to increase access to health care for all young people without stigma and discrimination, because health is universal right.
One other participant from Kenya, Willice Onyango asserted that Post 2015 Development Agenda should be able to accommodate education, jobs and livelihood and health issues.
“Young people should get proper access to comprehensive, relevant and affordable education. In terms of creating better livelihood, young people should be empowered so that they can grow into jobenablers instead of job-seekers. Access to employment should be decent with proper attention to skill-enhancement and non-discriminatory towards young people experience. Whereas on health issue, the Development Agneda,s hould target sexual and reproductive health, mental health and access to sanitation which are universal, safe and accessible. Sanitation would be important area to focus since most of sicknesses/diseases are caused by harmful and polluted access to water,” said by the Chairperson of International Youth Council.
About Youth Multi Stakeholder Meeting
Youth Multi Stakeholder Meeting is a part of global parallel process during the UN High lEvel Panel of Eminent Person on Post 2015 Development Agenda meeting. The meeting is held and organized by Indonesian Youth Working Group, under the mandate of Indonesia’s President Delivery Unit of Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP-PPP). The Youth Working Group consist of different youth-led organizations, for instance: Indonesian Future Leaders, ARROW, Women Research Institute, Youth Coalition, G20 Youth Indonesia, and Young Leaders for Indonesia.
The meeting commits to provide consultation space for various youth organization from all around the world, to brainstorm on the strategy to better include and accommodate issues that might affect young people so that they can be accounted as one most important stakeholder under the Post 2015 Development Agenda.