Past and potential contribution of the European Environment and Health Youth Coalition to the youth sector and sustainable development has been acknowledged with the acceptance of EEHYC as a member of the Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda (GPY2015). GPY2015 is an initiative of United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, ITU, UNFPA and UNMC, with the support of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Sub-Working Group on Post-2015, the Major Group on Children and Youth and the International Coordination Meeting for Youth Organisations.
This partnership brings together UN agencies, international NGOs, youth-led organisations, national youth councils, and youth groups. The objective of this partnership is to ensure that young people are actively participating in setting, implementing, and evaluating the new development agenda due to replace the MDGs in 2015. This partnership offers a unique platform for all stakeholders working on youth development to express their views, and help identify specific targets and indicators for youth empowerment, which could feature in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Under the five thematic areas that emerged as top priorities for young people in the MyWorld2015 survey – Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Health, Good Governance, and Peace and Stability – young people are crowdsourcing their recommendations to policy makers. The online crowdsourcing platform is being moderated by both UN agencies and youth organizations, and will allow for instant interaction between thousands of young people from around the world – complimented by a series of offline events. The expected outcome is a consolidated list of youth priorities to be shared with Member States for the intergovernmental deliberations at the ECOSOC Youth Forum.
Our collective task in the partnership is to allow young people and youth development actors to sharpen youth priorities using the crowdsourcing platform. Therefore, members of the Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda are considering the following actions:
1. Organize offline events for your youth constituency around the five thematic areas of the crowdsourcing, and share outcomes via the crowdsourcing platform.
2. Register and encourage the members and constituents of organizations to register at crowdsourcing.
3. Lobby local and national government to encourage them to prioritize youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
4. Promote the crowdsourcing platform on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GPY2015.