UNICEF Launches Momentous Young People’s Consultations on Post 2015 Development Agenda
Lilongwe, 8 February 2013 – In a bold bid to ensure meaningful participation and representation of young people, UNICEF, its partners and the Government of Malawi today launched the National Consultation for children and young people on the post 2015 development agenda.
The consultations, which will combine community consultations in the country’s six districts of Lilongwe, Mzimba, Rumphi, Mchinji, Zomba and Mulanje, solicit written contributions and social media interactions on Facebook for young people, aim to engage and reach young people across Malawi.
“It is imperative that young people are placed at the centre of the post 2015 discussions, over half of Malawi population is made up of young people, they are the future and it is crucial that we reap the insight of this demographic dividend in deciding the country’s future,“ said UNICEF Country Representative in Malawi, Mahimbo Mdoe. “Young people have ideas, experiences and insights that will undoubtedly enrich these consultations.
Held under the theme, ‘The future we want,’ the ambitious drive will widely consult and capture the views of young people across Malawi, enabling children and adolescents to participate constructively either in their communities or on numerous other platform in charting the next set of development priorities after the Millennium Development Goals end in 2015.
In Malawi, young people under the age of 24, make up to 65% of Malawi’s population. The young people’s consultations are riding on the back of the national process as Malawi is one of the 50 countries selected for the Post 2015 consultation process.
The national consultations aims to bring together youth, civil society, NGOs, academia, governments and the private sector to contribute their experiences and ideas on the post MDG development priorities. While efforts continue across to achieve the time-bound Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the objective, in the post-2015 process and beyond, is build a collective focus on identifying the challenges that threaten our future most, to chart solutions accordingly and allocate resources.
Malawi will submit its report to the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as well as participate he inter-governmental debate on the post-2015 development agenda at the 2013 UN General Assembly its development aspirations.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Information, Moses Kunkuyu, called on young people to actively participate saying the consultation were an ‘assignment attached to destiny, an assignment they could not fail.’
UNICEF urges young people to participate in the consultations. Mr Mdoe said, “As UNICEF, we have no doubt that young people are an important resource in development and we urge young people to, open up, speak out and use the various forums that have been created for this purpose wisely.”
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