📘 Welcome to the discussion room on Transforming Global Governance

This is the fifth chapter of the Pact for the Future that will be adopted at the Summit of the Future in September. 

The insights gathered from this consultation will contribute to the ECOSOC Youth Forum session titled: "Insights & Recommendations: The voices of Youth and Meaningful Youth Engagement in the Summit of the Future" at the ECOSOC Youth Forum (16-18 April 2024). They will also feed into the Voices of Youth Report and the global youth policy paper on Summit of the Future. 

This discussion room is open from March 4-22, 2024 and is moderated by Nico Pampier (Youth Advocate from South Africa), Jin Tanaka (SDG7 Youth constituency) and Alicia Sanchez (UNAIDS).

YOU(th) are welcome to join the discussion, share expertise and experience and provide inputs on the following guiding questions: 

Questions:

  1. How can we strengthen the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism? What examples and good practices can you share?
  2. What needs to be done to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces? Share examples of innovative and inclusive governance models.
  3. What reforms are needed to ensure that the UN Security Council is more effective and representative? How can the needs of youth and future generations be better addressed in global peace and security agendas?
  4. How can the UN architecture as whole be strengthened and support the needs of young people to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the UN and youth-led organisations? How can the ECOSOC Youth Forum be strengthened further?
  5. What are your perspectives on the reform of the financial architecture and the Interntional debt crisis? What benefits does a beyond GDP multidimensional vulnerability index offer?
  6. What more needs to be done to promote gender equality and uphold sexual and reproductive health and rights at the UN? How can we strengthen the role of young people and youth constituencies in spaces such as CSW and CPD?
  7. How can we strengthen international human rights mechanisms and what more needs to be done to protect and mainstream the rights of children and young people across the UN system?

 

 

 

 

Comments (64)

Jin Tanaka
Jin Tanaka Moderator

Hello, I am JIN TANAKA, moderator for week 3.
I would very much like to support you all in your activities.
I am very happy to finally be able to participate in this event after some problems with my account being suspended.

I am delighted to be able to share with you the work that has already been done by so many participants in the transformation of global governance.

We have already received the following comments on global governance transformation.

The second week of the conference focused on strengthening meaningful youth engagement in global governance and addressing issues related to youth participation and representation. Participants stressed the importance of listening to youth and effectively implementing their suggestions. Participants discussed various strategies to enhance youth engagement, including advocating for youth representation in decision-making bodies, creating formalized youth advisory mechanisms within UN agencies, allocating resources to youth-focused programs, promoting youth participation in UN events, and strengthening digital engagement platforms. discussed. In addition, the need to strengthen local communities, address restrictions on democratic space, and tackle the influence of anti-rights movements was also highlighted. Recommendations were also made on reforming the UN Security Council, strengthening international human rights mechanisms, addressing the international debt crisis, and strengthening the ECOSOC Youth Forum. Overall, participants stressed the importance of genuine dialogue, inclusion, and action to empower youth in shaping the global governance agenda.

I hope that the third week will build on these discussions and accelerate discussion on how global governance can be transformed by youth in each region.
 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hey Fellow Youth Activist🌟 💪💙

 

🌍✨ Exciting news,  🌟 Welcome to the beginning of our interactive consultations on 'Young people at the Summit of the Future 2024'!

 

🚀 This week I'm excited to be leading the moderation on Chapter 5 "Transforming Global Governance" for the pact of the future with support Alicia Sanchez  and Jin Tanaka. Each week we will have a different moderator however we all are here for any questions or support.. Let's make this a dynamic, collaborative space! 💬

 

🌈 A bit about me: I'm a youth and social activist from South Africa, currently serving as the SDG Education Director for UNASA-UCT, a student-led society. I'm passionate about transforming global governance through social justice education. 🌍📚

 

🔍 Here are the questions we're exploring this week. Share your thoughts, and don't forget to interact with fellow activists! Let's make this conversation vibrant and impactful:

 

1️⃣ How can we strengthen the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism? What examples and good practices can you share?

2️⃣ What needs to be done to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces? Share examples of innovative and inclusive governance models.

3️⃣ What reforms are needed to ensure that the UN Security Council is more effective and representative? How can the needs of youth and future generations be better addressed in global peace and security agendas?

4️⃣ How can the UN architecture as whole be strengthened and support the needs of young people to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the UN and youth-led organisations? How can the ECOSOC Youth Forum be strengthened further?

5️⃣ What are your perspectives on the reform of the financial architecture and the Interntional debt crisis? What benefits does a beyond GDP multidimensional vulnerability index offer?

6️⃣ What more needs to be done to promote gender equality and uphold sexual and reproductive health and rights at the UN? How can we strengthen the role of young people and youth constituencies in spaces such as CSW and CPD?

7️⃣ How can we strengthen international human rights mechanisms and what more needs to be done to protect and mainstream the rights of children and young people across the UN system?

 

👉 Let's engage, share knowledge, and collectively make a youth-driven difference! 💪💙 #YouthActivism #SummitoftheFuture2024 #GlobalGovernance 🌍✊

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Hola buen día soy 

  • Jonathan de León es un guatemalteco hombre cisgénero, Joven gay, líder, proactivo, entusiasta, comprometido con la salud emocional y mental del país, leal y creador e innovador de programas y procesos de desarrollo curricular y extracurricular que impacta a niñez, adolescencia y juventud. del país con iniciativas digitales y modernas que mejoran el potencial de cada individuo. Amante de la psicología, docente y con más de 45 diplomados en diferentes temáticas que lo convierten en un amante del aprendizaje y la enseñanza. Cuenta con un posgrado en atención a niñez víctima de violencia sexual. Dirijo una organización guatemalteca (centroamericana) llamada Jolu de Guatemala la cuál funde con los ejes principales en adolescencia, juventud, comunidad LGBT+ y salud mental, con enfoque en la prevención del suicidio. Tengo 28 años, mucho gusto mi Instagram es: @Jonavoluntario
Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi Jonathan🌟, firstly welcome to this platform. Really wonderful to have you in this space. I can hear your passion for change in the comment. It is very important the work that you do working with children who are victims of sexual violence as those numbers continues to rise globally. 🔊💙 continue doing the amazing work in Guatemala through your organisation. It was really insightful to read your story. 🌈🌍✨

I would also love to hear from you how we can strengthen our multilateralism space to transform global governance? Please your share recommendations. 🌍✊

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Nico Pampier (she/they) con respecto a tu pregunta: ¿cómo podemos fortalecer nuestro espacio de multilateralismo para transformar la gobernanza global? si hablamos de gobernanza global en materia de juventud, recomendaría:

  • Crear un consejo que junte a los ministros, secretarios, directores u otro de juventud de cada país para trabajar una agenda en conjunto que ayude a tener los temas más importantes globales de las juventudes y llevarlos a la individualidad de cada país. 
  • Fortalecería el sistema de consulta juvenil.
Deemimah Liliura
Deemimah Liliura

Greeting everyone, 

I am Deemimah Liliura, hailing from the beautiful landscape of Papua New Guinea. Currently immersed in the enriching journey of pursuing my master's degree in the English language, I find myself drawn to the power of language and communication in shaping our world. As an enthusiastic learner, I am thrilled to be part of this space, where I can engage with diverse perspectives and express my thoughts on the pressing issues that resonate with young people today. Through dialogue and exchange, let us embark on a journey of exploration and understanding, striving to make a meaningful impact in our communities and beyond.

Warm regards;

Deemimah Liliura

Deemimah Liliura
Deemimah Liliura

1.  How can we strengthen the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism? What examples and good practices can you share?

Ans: Youth Representation in Decision-Making Bodies: Ensuring meaningful representation of young people in international decision-making bodies, such as the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral organizations. This can be achieved through youth councils, advisory panels, or designated youth seats within existing structures. For example, the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth works to amplify the voices of young people within the UN system.

2. What needs to be done to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces? Share examples of innovative and inclusive governance models.

Ans: Accessibility: Make global governance spaces more accessible by providing resources for travel, accommodation, and participation fees. This could involve creating scholarship programs or providing financial support for young people from marginalized backgrounds. One good example of an innovative idea would be; Digital Platforms for Participation: Organizations like the World Economic Forum have developed digital platforms and online communities where young people can engage in discussions, share ideas, and participate in decision-making processes remotely. These platforms help overcome barriers related to travel and accessibility.

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi Deemimah🌟, firstly welcome to this platform. So great t have you in this space. Congratulations on you Master Degree, I am with you on the importance of language. I know having you in the space will make a big difference,

Thank you for those amazing insights. Have you heard of the Youth 2030 Strategy which is one of the ways the UN is working on meaningfully including youth in the multilateralism space.

Point 2: At last years ECOSOC Youth Forum, youth from around the world has called for a Youth Development Fund, that would assist with providing resources to traveling, participation fees and Visas, in 2015 UN Habitat launched the Urban Youth Fund maybe we need something like that again to assist those facing the barriers coming from LDC's.

🔊💙 continue doing the amazing work in Papua New Guinea through your studies. It was really great to read your story and your recommendations from acadmic point of view. 🌈🌍

All the best with your Masters can’t wait to read it one day.✨

Deemimah Liliura
Deemimah Liliura

Hello Nico; 

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and kind words! It's truly heartening to hear your support and encouragement. Yes, I am familiar with the Youth 2030 Strategy and its significance in empowering young voices in multilateralism. The call for a Youth Development Fund is indeed crucial, especially in ensuring equitable participation from all corners of the world, including those facing barriers like LDCs. Initiatives like the Urban Youth Fund serve as inspiring models for such endeavors.

I'm deeply touched by your interest in my work in Papua New Guinea, and I'm grateful for your encouragement as I pursue my Master's degree. I look forward to sharing more insights and contributing to meaningful discussions. Thank you once again for your support.

Regards;

Deemimah Liliura

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Deemimah Liliura 🌻, It is a pleasure meeting you, I believe spaces like these have the potential to make us meet like-minded young people. 

A Youth Development Fund will not only make youth in-person engagements easier, but it will develop a spirit of empowerment and trust amongst young people. 🫂❤️

We can strengthen our efforts by working collectively, and within this chapter I believe that Transforming Global Governance, young people need to be recognised now more than ever if we want to enhance policy and infrastructures, because we have the passion, drive, commitment and behaviour to make a better future. Intergenerational strategies needs to be put in place for us to save the world as a collective. 🌟 💪💙

Continue your amazing work through academia, and I look forward to connecting with you further, within and outside this platform. 💬🚀

Deemimah Liliura
Deemimah Liliura

7. How can we strengthen international human rights mechanisms and what more needs to be done to protect and mainstream the rights of children and young people across the UN system? 

Ans: Education and Awareness-raising: Integrate human rights education into school curricula and develop awareness-raising campaigns to promote children's rights and empower young people to advocate for themselves

Participation and Empowerment: Create opportunities for meaningful participation of children and young people in decision-making processes at all levels; including within the UN system. Encourage the establishment of youth councils, advisory boards, and other mechanism to amplify their voice

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

🌍 You are right on track, Human Rights Education in this century has become something that we all are affected by and if we start making a difference at the primary and secondary level we would have greater impact, I 100% agree with you. Education on these platforms and space holds the potential for both advocacy and safety as well as a prevention method.

🔊💙 On point two I want to introduce you to the United Network of Young Peace Builders, a great initiative that I think you can look at, that creates a space for youth to know they have the power to transform conflict.

Once again, thank you for joining us, if you can remember you can always comeback and share more of your insightfull knowledge as a scholar of the world.✨

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Hola buenos días, compartiré mi opinión con respecto a las preguntas generadoras, que inicialmente he de decir que muy importante el tema: Transformar la gobernanza global. 

1. ¿Cómo podemos fortalecer el papel de los jóvenes en la gobernanza global y el multilateralismo? ¿Qué ejemplos y buenas prácticas puedes compartir? 

Creo que inicialmente con VOLUNTAD POLÍTICA esto nos permitirá reconocer a los jóvenes como personas sujetas de derechos humanos y con capacidades para la generación de ideas innovadoras para las problemáticas sociales de la actualidad, pero que también hay otras que se repiten de años pasados. 

La promoción de la toma de espacios de participación en la política y política partidista de personas jóvenes para aplicar a puestos de toma de decisiones de forma "legitima" pero que a su ves se tengan espacios de consulta permanentes (mesas de trabajo) para que seamos escuchados.

Buenas prácticas: En Guatemala se esta viviendo una actualización en el sistema de gobierno. Poco a poco se han ido actualizando las edades de los aplicantes a puestos de elección popular, por ejemplo tenemos una diputada de 24 años estudiante de la universidad. También ha sido compromiso del actual presidente, disminuir la edad de algunos funcionarios de estado, asesores y se están armando constantemente mesas técnicas de consulta con organizaciones de sociedad civil juveniles para la toma de decisiones, implementación de programas y desarrollo de estrategias que nos afectan a las juventudes de todo el país. 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi 🌟 Jonathan, firstly I want to recognise you speaking in Spanish which is great I found that when people are able to speak their mother tongue they express themselves well and they speak from the heart. If you want to read my comment in Spanish please feel free to use the Google Translate option in the right hand corner of the screen. 🫂

Thank you for sharing those amazing  recommendations , you are right when you stay that for transformation to happen it starts with the Political Will once this area has been understood we can move forward and include young people in the decision making spaces. 💛🌻

I am extremely happy to see that your government has take it upon them to make the changes for elected positions, myself as a 24 year old, can see how that can enhance policy and benefit that intergenerational dynamics. I think we can definitely learn from your country who seems to see their young people as fully fledge partners to create a better future and have young people included in the policy-making spheres. Continúa haciendo un buen trabajo🫂❤️
 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Nico Pampier (she/they) Colega joven Nico realmente es muy alentador ver tu trabajo y esfuerzo para amplificar la voz de las juventudes. Justo Guatemala ha estado trabajando arduamente en el tema, sin embargo es únicamente el inicio de todo lo que hay por hacer.

Es importante la sostenibilidad, el traspaso generacional y la permanencia de este tipo de acciones para lograr cambios significativos. En Guatemala hay un despertar político juvenil, también lo hemos visto en otros países latinoaméricanos y creo que es sumamente positivo.

En Guatemala tuvimos un tiempo de mucho conflicto político y las juventudes junto con los pueblos originarios no solo tomaron las calles si no también las redes sociales para EXIGIR el respeto a los derechos humanos. Es fundamental mencionar que no podemos quedarnos callados cuando observamos que no somos tomados en cuenta. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Nico Pampier (she/they) Gracias, tengo el modo de traducción automático, para poder leer en mi idoma materno toda su información. 

Saludos 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Jonathan de León Thank you for this passionate reply, I will definitely encourage you to run for minister of youth affairs💪💙, you are 100% right when you say that generational transfer is key, we share the same sentiment that we are at a pivotal point in global governance where if the baton don't get transferred we will have failed our young people.🌍

I am happy to see the immense growth in the political sphere in Latin America for the willingness to build the bridge between the young people and politics. Absolutely amazing.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Nico Pampier (she/they) Te cuento que lastimosamente en Guatemala no contamos con un ministerio de la juventud. En Guatemala hay un Consejo, lo cuál hace que no se tenga presupuesto de ejecución, políticas públicas, leyes, seguimiento de necesidades, personal y muchas limitaciones más. El Consejo Nacional de la Juventud únicamente observa y aconseja, eso es un reto grande en nuestro país. 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Jonathan de León , Hi again 🌟 my fellow young leader, I think it is unfortunate that you do not have a Minister of Youth Affairs in your country anymore because limits the direct influence of policy for youth. 

You are right that does, create some kind of barrier for the young people as national youth councils have a similar duty to advise, but in the same breath there is an irregularity for the direct ministerial power a minister have for the implementation of budgets allocated to youth development.

I wish for the future the government will look into creating that ministers position because I do find that position very helpful to the plethora of policy making. 🌍✊ Thank you for sharing your experience and insights.

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

🌍 Hi my fellow youth activist welcome to the second day of the consultation. We have had the pleasure to hear from @Jonathan de León and @Deemimah Liliura 📚 Let's continue holding the space, Let's make this conversation vibrant and impactful. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

2. ¿Qué se debe hacer para garantizar que los jóvenes de grupos subrepresentados y desatendidos tengan la oportunidad de participar e influir significativamente en los espacios de gobernanza global? 

Creo que inicialmente como tanques de pensamiento necesitamos actualizar los términos que en si mismos suenan aislantes y discriminatorios como grupos subrepresentados y nombrarles para que esto les de visibilidad, participación y sobre todo respeto.

Creo que un sincero, esforzado y constantemente actualizado mapeo de organizaciones de sociedad civil o la promoción de creación de agrupaciones de representación podría ser una buena herramienta para lograr que sean tomados en cuenta en espacios de toma de decisiones. 

Quizá repetir el termino de voluntad política para que sean no solo escuchados, si no de manera "sincera" poder tomar en cuenta su voz y trabajar en conjunto para cubrir sus necesidades.

Compartir ejemplos de modelos de gobernanza innovadores e inclusivos.

Desconozco ejemplos

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

3. ¿Qué reformas se necesitan para garantizar que el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU sea más eficaz y representativo? 

Incluir en el consejo a delegados con experiencia en juventud, idealmente jóvenes. Consultores que trabajen de la mano con lideres juveniles mundiales en mesas permanentes que discutan sobre el acontecer mundial en los temas que atraviesan a las juventudes y sean incluidos en la agenda de discusión a través de declaratorias. 

El modelo de las cumbres de cambio climáticas locales (por país), regionales (continentales) y mundiales es una muy buena práctica de consulta para el levantamiento de propuestas de solución a los temas priorizados. Recomendaría una replica en temas de juventud. 

¿Cómo pueden abordarse mejor las necesidades de los jóvenes y las generaciones futuras en las agendas globales de paz y seguridad?

Primero: siendo parte de la conversación y la toma de decisiones, NADA DE JUVENTUD SIN JUVENTUD. 

Segundo: Quizá la apertura una plataforma permanente (similar a esta) donde se generen diálogos nacionales, regionales y mundiales sobre los temas de paz y seguridad. 

Tercero: Proveer de fuentes de conexión entre expertos en la rama y juventudes para la actualización y traspaso generacional en la promoción y defensa de los derechos humanos, diálogos de resolución, paz y seguridad. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

4. ¿Cómo se puede fortalecer la arquitectura de la ONU en su conjunto y apoyar las necesidades de los jóvenes para fortalecer la cooperación y coordinación entre la ONU y las organizaciones lideradas por jóvenes? 

Que grandiosa pregunta. Creo que ya es hora de abrir un programa especializado en juventud que atraviese a los demás programas de ONU. Un ejemplo de ello puede ser UNICEF que es el programa de niñez y que suele unirse con el PNUD, ONU SIDA, UNFPA, OIM, ACNUR y otras para que el expertis de los otros programas se ejecute para niñez. Creo que sería una excelente forma de priorizar a la juventud, tener personas profesionales como consultantes nacionales, regionales y mundiales en temas de juventud, la gestión de financiamiento y el trabajo conjunto con organizaciones lideradas por jóvenes. 

¿Cómo se puede fortalecer aún más el Foro de la Juventud del ECOSOC?

  • Promovería una plataforma especializada y en constante actualización que informe de qué es, para qué sirve, cómo ser parte, logros, retos y demás información relevante, busque rápidamente lo más actualizado que vi en los primeros 03 enlaces es información del 2021.
  • Generar procesos de consultas constantes como estos de manera nacional, regional y mundial sobre priorización de temas, lluvia de soluciones y posicionamientos.
  • Generar compromisos sinceros para que se tome en cuenta la opinión de las juventudes en las decisiones. 

 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

5. ¿Cuáles son sus perspectivas sobre la reforma de la arquitectura financiera y la crisis de la deuda internacional? ¿Qué beneficios ofrece un índice de vulnerabilidad multidimensional más allá del PIB?

Desconozco el tema. 

 

 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

6. ¿Qué más se necesita hacer para promover la igualdad de género

  • Cuando hablamos de igualdad de género es fundamental tomar en cuenta que hablamos de equitatividad entre hombres y mujeres, por lo que tener mujeres en las acciones que involucren recomendaciones, posicionamientos, decisiones, no solo es requerido, debería ser OLIGATORIO. NADA DE MUJERES, SIN LAS MUJERES.
  • Agregaría una actualización en los convenios que los países han realizado, que permita monitorear las acciones ejecutadas con temas como legislación, ejecución de presupuestos y demás. Por ejemplo en Guatemala el periodo de nuestro gobierno pasado quiso quitar la única secretaría especializada en temas de mujer y ONU no hizo nada, creo que tomar en cuenta que los convenios puedan ser monitoreados y enviar recomendaciones a los países firmantes para su aplicación debería ser importante. 
  • No podemos seguir dejando fuera el tema de la comunidad LGBT+ en temas de derechos humanos e igualdad de género. No hay (aparte de ONU SIDA, que no es exclusiva en temas de diversidad) organismo de ONU que atienda las problemáticas LGBT+

y defender la salud

  • Creo que en Guatemala el sistema de salud esta desactualizado, quebrado y poco recuperable. No logro generar ideas de soluciones que ONU puede prestar al país más que inversión, capacitación y monitoreo.

y los derechos sexuales y reproductivos en la ONU? 

  • En Guatemala UNFPA se vio de manos atadas con el gobierno pasado en materia de la promoción de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos. Repito, generar recomendaciones de ONU al gobierno podría ser una práctica importante para el recordatorio de los compromisos realizados en los convenios internacionales. 
  • Incluir derechos sexuales y no reproductivos.
  • Incluir a la comunidad LGBT+ y su actualización de los derechos sexuales, generar contenido especializado, proveer de métodos de contención, entre otros. 

¿Cómo podemos fortalecer el papel de los jóvenes y los grupos juveniles en espacios como CSW y CPD?

Por favor me ayudan con los nombres de las siglas, no las identifico. 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

No problem, here you go!

CSW: Commission on the Status of Women

CPD:   Commission on Population and Development

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Nico Pampier (she/they) Muchas gracias, creo que teniendo expertas y expertos jóvenes en cada uno de los espacios, con una previa consulta que pueda permitir que las y los representantes lleven una claridad de lo que el resto de las juventudes esperan de esos espacios.

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Jonathan de León , you can always check out their respective platforms I will share the links here: 

 

CSW: Commission on the Status of Women

CPD:   Commission on Population and Development

👉​​​​​​​To read about how these platforms engage young people, explore the United Nations Secretary Generals Policy Brief on Meaningful Youth Engagement 

I am delighted to have engage with you. Stay in touch.💪💙

 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

7. ¿Cómo podemos fortalecer los mecanismos internacionales de derechos humanos

  • Creo que podemos mejorar el sistema de identificación y nombramiento nacional, regional y mundial de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos.
  • Actualizar los convenios internacionales con sanciones más claras con respecto a violación de derechos humanos.
  • Mejorar los sistemas de protección a defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos, por ejemplo en Guatemala 12/ 14 mujeres presas políticas son defensoras de derechos humanos y personas de alto rango como Virginia Laparra, Leily Santizo y Claudia Paz son algunos ejemplos de como ONU debe de garantizar la protección, extracción y reasignación de dichas personajes.  

y qué más se necesita hacer para proteger e incorporar los derechos de los niños y jóvenes en todo el sistema de la ONU?

  • Hay una declaración de los derechos de niñez, no estoy seguro si hay uno de juventud, valdría la pena redactarlo.
  • Sería genial incorporar el tema que mencionaba sobre las consultas nacionales, regionales y mundiales como las LCOY, RCOY Y COY.
  • Generaciones de declaratorias que sean tomadas en cuenta en los diferentes consejos según su rama. 
  • Creación de un programa de ONU especializado en el tema de juventud. 

 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Jonathan de León I am reading through your comments and I see how passionate you are, thanks for these insightful experience from your country and recommendations, I am sure we will definitely utilise the knowledge you have shared. 🌍📚

Great work, and continue with this passion and sharing those encouraging stories from your country. 🌍✊

Ray
Ray

Strengthening international human rights mechanisms and mainstreaming the rights of children and young people across the UN system, especially for those living in war-torn countries, requires

1. create youth-led peacebuilding initiatives such as organizing peace marches, peace dialogues, cultural exchange programs, and community-building activities to promote reconciliation and social cohesion

2. document human rights violations, including attacks on schools, hospitals, and civilian populations, as well as instances of recruitment of child soldiers, sexual violence, and forced displacement, and use it to raise awareness, hold perpetrators accountable, and advocate for justice and reparations

3. participate in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of communities after conflict such as funding youth-led infrastructure projects, environmental conservation efforts, and economic revitalization initiatives to promote sustainable development and peacebuilding

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi Ray Welcome to the chat 🌟 Thank you for this amazing recommendations, this has been really been insightful. Perhaps what can the UN do to rebuild trust the young people on an international level.

👉Please in the community lounge introduce yourself.

Frank Koomson
Frank Koomson

2️⃣ What needs to be done to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces? Share examples of innovative and inclusive governance models.

Answer:

Ensuring Meaningful Youth Engagement for ALL: A Ghanaian Perspective

Young Ghanaians from underrepresented groups like rural communities often lack the resources and networks to participate in global governance. Here's what can bridge the gap:

  • Tech-powered outreach: Utilize mobile phone penetration in Ghana by creating localized online forums (e.g., in local languages) for youth discussions on global issues. Partner with mobile network providers to offer free or subsidized data access for these platforms.

  • Capacity building workshops: Organize workshops in rural areas with training on global governance, public speaking, and proposal writing. Partner with local NGOs or universities with expertise to deliver these workshops.

  • Quota systems and youth parliaments: Advocate for quota systems in national delegations to international conferences, ensuring representation from underrepresented groups. Additionally, support the creation of national youth parliaments that mirror real governance structures, allowing young people to practice and develop policy ideas.

Examples of Inclusive Governance Models:

  • Ghana's Young Parliamentarians Forum: This forum allows young Ghanaians from across the country to engage with Members of Parliament on national issues and policies. This initiative, though relatively new, demonstrates Ghana's ongoing efforts towards youth inclusion in governance.

  • Senegal's Youth Councils:  Senegal established Youth Councils at national and local levels. These councils give young people a platform to advise the government on youth-related issues and propose policies.

 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Frank Koomson welcome my fellow African 🙌 to this amazing platform, firstly I want to acknowledge you for the taking the time to engage and share your great experience from Ghana.🇬🇭

Thank you for sharing those phenomenal inputs on how meaningful youth engagement can be implemented and strengthened. 🤝‼️ The quota system is a key method for ensuring young people get recognised in the international governance framework I 100% agree with you.

What a pleasure it is to hear about how Ghana's goverment incorporates young people in the plethora of policy making, wonderful initiatives. 💪💙

👉Please engage with the other questions as well on this chapter, I can't wait to hear more of your insightful recommendations and experience. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Wow que admirable trabajo el de las y los compañeros de Ghana gracias por compartir tan importantes aportes. Me da muchas ideas para mi país.

Alfabeto Chiloveque
Alfabeto Chiloveque

Boa tarde, daqui vos fala Alfabeto Chiloveque nascido em Maputo Mocambique Activista Social, Assistente Administrativo, lider conselheiro em diversas áreas de importância social, com um foco particular em saúde sexual e reprodutiva, direitos humanos, prevenção do HIV/SIDA, educação, e igualdade de gênero.

Tenho acompanhado as fortissimas contribuicoes do intervenientes do grupo, o qual concordo e agradeco.

Para as questoes deixo abaixo minha contribuicao.

Como podemos reforçar o papel dos jovens na governação global e no multilateralismo? 

R:Educação e Conscientização: Implementar programas educacionais para ensinar jovens sobre questões globais, diplomacia e governança atraves de currículos escolares, programas extracurriculares, workshops e seminários. Boas Praticas: Na associacao AESJ (Associacao para o engajamento social da Juventude) – Tu para Tu onde faco parte promovemos o engajamento juvenil atraves de accoes exctracurriculares e formacoes de alguns adolescentes, promovemos doacoes e partilhamos com os menos representados( jovens e adolescentes em situacao de rua), e kits de dignidade em raparigas nas escolas Promovemos debates juvenis para a promoção de cidadania e respeito, criando podcasts participativos ligados aos Direitos Humanos

Tecnologia e Mídias Sociais: Utilizar plataformas online para envolver os jovens em campanhas, compartilhar informações e conectá-los globalmente. Plataformas como  u report; Youth power tracker sao exemplos disso

Mentoria e Networking: Estabelecer programas de mentoria e eventos de networking para conectar jovens líderes com profissionais experientes e entre si. Este envento é um dos exemplos disso

Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis
Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis

Reiterating my answers to the Youth and Future Generations:

Drawing on the major leap of the UN GA with creation of the UN Youth Office, it will also be greatly appreciated that the speedy adoption of other UN systems to have a youth institution within their ranks. Recognizing the efforts of MGCY, UNESCO Youth, UNDP Youth, Global Youth Tourism Summit, UNEP-CYMG, UN Human Rights UDHR75 Youth Advisory Board, ILO Decent Work for Youth, and other UN bodies which opened their halls to younger members ensuring a meaningful engagement in the decision making processes.

Acknowledging the need within the maritime sector to have a unified voice as the future of thr industry, we in the the Office of the Youth in Maritime (YIMO) continues to advocate for:

1. Advocacy and Policy Influence. Advocate for policies that support the interests and needs of youth in the maritime sector. Actively participate in discussions and decision-making processes related to maritime policies at local, national, and international levels.

2. Community and Global Outreach. Engage with local communities to raise awareness about the importance of the maritime industry. Organize outreach programs and events to connect with youth in the Philippines. Provide opportunities for youth to participate in global maritime forums and events.

3. Career and Education Guidance. Provide career mentorship and guidance for youth interested in pursuing maritime careers and those starting in their journey acknowledging the expertise of the more experienced maritime professionals to bridge the intergenerational divide.

4. Engagement and Volunteerism. Increase youth awareness and involvement in maritime activities at both local and international levels. Establish and maintain platforms for youth to express their views and contribute ideas to the maritime sector.

5. Skills Development. Promote maritime education and training programs for young individuals. Facilitate partnerships with maritime higher educational institutions, and related institutions to enhance maritime-related curricula.

6. SDGs Enabler. To support the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with special emphasis on SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water), 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

-Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis, Director, Office of the Youth in Maritime (YIMO)

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Alicia Sanchez
Alicia Sanchez Moderator

Warm welcome everyone to the exciting second week of the Youth Consultation for The Summit of the Future! I will be your moderator in this week's forum on transforming global governance. My co-moderators Nico Pampier and Jin Tanaka and I are excited to hear your views, thoughts and responses to the questions mentioned above. Please respond to these questions in any order. Remember that you can respond in any language of your choice by clicking the language button on top right of the page, and this platform will automatically translate it. Your recommendations from last week's discussions rich and insightful, and we hope to keep up with this interesting discussion this week.  Thank you!

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi everyone 🌟

🔊💙Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to our rich, insightful and dynamic discussions in week 1!

We heard from several youth representatives from Latin-American, Africa, Oceania and Asian regions

🔊 Some of the key point that came out of last weeks discussion was around 🌍

  1. Promotion of Youth Representation from LDC’s in decision making bodies.
  2. Making Global Governance like UN more accessible to young people.
  3. Participation and Empowerment opportunities
  4. Develop concrete youth partnership frameworks for youth engagement
  5. Establish the Youth-Quota System

Thank you for those who have contributed, we look forward hearing from you all again this week,

I am please to announce that my colleague Alicia Sanchez from UNAIDS will be your moderator for week 2 and we look forward to engaging with you further. We are open to hearing all of your responses, feedback, and questions!

Thanks again!

Alfabeto Chiloveque
Alfabeto Chiloveque

Continuando com a minha contribuicao:

O que precisa de ser feito para garantir que os jovens de grupos sub-representados e desfavorecidos tenham a oportunidade de se envolverem e influenciarem significativamente os espaços de governação global?

  1. Acesso Equitativo: Garantir igualdade de acesso a oportunidades como estágios, bolsas e treinamentos, eliminando barreiras financeiras, linguísticas e geográficas.

  2. Capacitação: Oferecer programas de capacitação específicos para esses jovens, fornecendo habilidades como liderança, comunicação e advocacia necessárias para participar efetivamente em processos de governança global.

  3. Representatividade: Assegurar que esses grupos estejam adequadamente representados em todas as instâncias de governança global.

  4. Participação Ativa: Incentivar e apoiar ativamente a participação desses jovens em espaços de tomada de decisão, dando-lhes oportunidades para expressar suas opiniões, ideias e preocupações.

Exemplos de modelos de governacao inovadores:

  • Programas de Bolsas e Estágios: Implementação de programas de bolsas e estágios que visam especificamente jovens de grupos sub-representados, proporcionando-lhes experiências práticas e oportunidades de aprendizado na área da governança global.
  • Conselhos Consultivos de Juventude: Instituição de conselhos consultivos formais ou informais compostos por jovens, que assessoram governos e organizações internacionais em questões relacionadas à juventude.

  • Plataformas Online de Participação: Desenvolvimento de mais  plataformas digitais como esta, que permitem que os jovens contribuam com suas ideias e opiniões sobre questões de governança global, ampliando assim o acesso à participação.

Alfabeto Chiloveque
Alfabeto Chiloveque

3-Que reformas são necessárias para garantir que o Conselho de Segurança da ONU seja mais eficaz e representativo? Como podem as necessidades dos jovens e das gerações futuras ser melhor abordadas nas agendas globais de paz e segurança?

R: 

Participação da Sociedade Civil: Incorporar a participação da sociedade civil, incluindo jovens, em questões de segurança global é crucial. O Conselho de Segurança pode estabelecer canais formais para ouvir as vozes da sociedade civil em suas deliberações e decisões.

Enfoque em Prevenção: Uma mudança de foco de reação para prevenção de conflitos é essencial. O Conselho de Segurança deve investir mais em medidas preventivas, como diplomacia preventiva, desenvolvimento sustentável e proteção dos direitos humanos, para abordar as causas subjacentes dos conflitos.

Cooperação Regional: Fortalecer a cooperação com organizações regionais e sub-regionais é crucial para abordar eficazmente os desafios de segurança global. O Conselho de Segurança deve trabalhar em estreita colaboração com essas organizações para promover a resolução pacífica de conflitos e a manutenção da paz.

Reforma da Estrutura: expansão do número de membros permanentes e não permanentes, garantindo uma representação mais equitativa de diferentes regiões do mundo

Alfabeto Chiloveque
Alfabeto Chiloveque

Quanto às necessidades dos jovens e das gerações futuras nas agendas globais de paz e segurança:

Participação Ativa: Incluir jovens em processos de tomada de decisão sobre questões de paz e segurança, permitindo que expressem suas perspectivas e preocupações.

Investimento em Educação e Empoderamento: Capacitar os jovens através de programas educacionais sobre diplomacia, direitos humanos, resolução de conflitos e liderança para que possam contribuir de forma significativa para agendas de paz e segurança.

Promoção da Inclusão e Diversidade: Garantir que as vozes de jovens de diferentes origens, incluindo mulheres, minorias étnicas e grupos marginalizados, sejam ouvidas e consideradas nas discussões sobre paz e segurança.

Apoio a Iniciativas de Base: Apoiar iniciativas lideradas por jovens que promovam a paz, a reconciliação e a prevenção de conflitos em suas comunidades e regiões.

Alicia Sanchez
Alicia Sanchez Moderator

Thank you Alfabeto Chiloveque for such great inputs! Your suggestion of breaking barriers to youth participation and proactively creating enabling tools and spaces is a crucial advocacy point in the meaningful youth engagement agenda. These recommendations resonate and illustrate very well the main principles included in Our Common Agenda’s Policy Brief 3 on Meaningful Youth Engagement.

Your point about youth participation in decision-making spaces is very well taken and has come up often throughout the discussion. Some participants have proposed the quota systems. Do you agree with this suggestion? Are you aware of any examples where quotas have been applied?

The recommendations for transforming the Security Council are genuinely brilliant! The need to switch to a conflict prevention approach, address the underlying causes of conflict is real, and strengthen synergies with existing human rights mechanisms and regional governance spaces are excellent suggestions we will happily take on board.

As you rightly propose, transforming the education sector to ensure children and young people in all their diversity are fully empowered and equipped to meaningfully contribute to addressing existing and emerging challenges of the SDG agenda is an urgent and crucial task that should also be considered in the deliberation for the Pact of the Future. Thanks also for raising the need to support youth-led organizations to thrive and drive youth leadership in sustaining peace and sustainable development.

Andrijana Paljušević
Andrijana Paljušević

Hi, everyone! My name is Andrijana Paljušević. I am 25 years old, originally from Montenegro (a shimmering Mediterranean pearl) and currently pursuing a PhD in Global Studies in Italy.

My PhD thesis Open Innovation Based on People and Community Needs focuses on governance, i.e., how local institutions and public administrations can effectively involve citizens in policy-making processes. Thus, the first question is quite close to my heart and the field I am researching, and I thought I could make a small contribution to the discussion.

The way this platform works is interesting and could be one of the exemplars of how to involve young people in global governance effectively. Yet, the crucial point for me is that the insights we, as young people, are giving need to be seriously considered, acknowledged, and implemented at high-level politics. I have witnessed way too many instances when young people were involved in decision- and policy-making processes pro forma with no substantial consideration of our recommendations and proposals. 

If our suggestions and ideas are not taken seriously but only used to tick a box, how are we expected to have trust in decision-makers now or in the future? How are we expected to contribute when it all was in vain before? 

If global governance leadership wants the youth to be a trusted, innovative, and committed partner, it must:

  • provide us with adequate platforms to voice our ideas and opinions, 
  • engage in honest and profound conversations with us, 
  • thoughtfully consider applying in practice what we suggest, 
  • mention our contributions verbally (e.g., at high-level meetings) or in writing (e.g., in strategies, policy memos and recommendations), 
  • involve youth representatives directly in policy development processes, 
  • report and inform us of what has been done/achieved, 
  • ask for feedback and take it seriously

Right now, if I were a decision-maker or a policy-maker, I would focus on re-invoking the trust of young citizens in me -- not by merely preaching but through concrete (mentioned above) actions.

Given the current polarisation and divide in the world, I would also pay special attention to restoring social fabric by revitalising and reinforcing local communities, as an integral building block of global governance. People of different backgrounds must come together and discuss issues of greatest importance--no matter the differences in their opinions--through a comprehensive inter-cultural, -generational, -ethnic, and -racial dialogue. Besides dialogues, I would also involve young people in specific task teams encompassing various stakeholders to work on solving the most pressing issues. 

In case we have to reiterate:

We, young people, do care. We go through many obstacles, yet we consistently work on ourselves to serve our communities and make this world better. 

We do not need leaders to pretend to be listening to us. We need deep, open, and genuine conversations that construct and deliver effective action, make us grow together and re-imagine current realities. 

 

 

Alicia Sanchez
Alicia Sanchez Moderator

Thank you for this valuable contribution Andrijana Paljušević! Your point about tokenism is well noted. I fully agree that he best way to understand meaningful youth engagement and leadership is by listening to young people and ensure their inputs are taken into account and effectively used to influence decision making.

Your point about reinforcing local communities is spot and so crucial for  achieving the sustainable development goals and peace and security, but yet so underestimated. The increasingly limited democratic space and the influence of civil society is a trend in many countries along with the growth of anti-rights movements. Have any of you dealt with this issues or have recommendations to address them effectively? How do you think these issues relate to global governance and the Summit of the Future?

Alicia Sanchez
Alicia Sanchez Moderator

Thank you so much to those who contributed to the second week of our global discussion about transforming global governance!

We heard fantastic insights and recommendations from young leaders from Africa and Europe this week, and we look forward to hearing from more participants during this third and final week.

Some of the recommendations from last week's discussion are:

  1. To ensure meaningful participation of underrepresented and underserved youth groups, we must address the structural barriers that hinder youth participation, such as economic, linguistic, and geographical barriers.
  2. Youth participation should be designated and they must receive adequate training, mentoring, and support to contribute meaningfully to those discussion-making spaces.
  3. The UN and Member States must scale up support for inclusion programmes such as internships, fellowships, scholarships, youth advisory councils, and online platforms to ensure equal opportunities for unrepresented groups.
  4. Youth and Civil Society engagement must be systematically integrated into global governance spaces, such as the Security Council, and their inputs must be taken seriously to have the chance to inform and influence decision-making.
  5. The Security Council must ensure conflict prevention rather than a reactive approach and equal representation and influence from all regions, not only the global north.
  6. Transforming education to strengthen areas related to human rights, peace and security, and leadership is crucial to empowering young people and supporting their engagement in local, regional, and global governance spaces.
  7. Youth-led organizations must be empowered and fully resourced to ensure they can meaningfully contribute to promoting peace, security, human rights and sustainable development.

It was a true honor for me to be moderator of this discussion, and I am pleased to announce that my colleague Jin Tanaka  from UNISC International will be your moderator for week 3.

Please invite your peers to engage in this important conversation and let us know their recommendations for transforming global governance.

Many thanks!

Gareth J
Gareth J

Hi all, it's been great reading some of the inputs from other young people and their thoughts for improving global governance. 

  1. How can we strengthen the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism? What examples and good practices can you share?

This could partly come from greater inclusion of youth in delegations to multilateral mechanisms that have increased power to make decisions and ensure certain items are on the agenda. There also needs to be a greater effort to promote the benefits of multilateralism to communities and the positive impacts it can have at the local level. As a generation that has grown up with multilateralism as part and parcel of our world, now reaching a stage where there are threats to global governance it is more important than ever that young people are supported to engage in it and wield power that allows them to leverage the system, as well as see the benefits in their community. 

  1. What reforms are needed to ensure that the UN Security Council is more effective and representative? How can the needs of youth and future generations be better addressed in global peace and security agendas?

One of the main reforms which is not necessarily youth specific but would help make the SC more effective is the removal of the veto and the five permanent members. This is a relic of a different time that does not well reflect the current geopolitical context facing young people. Supporting regional institutions such as the AU to be involved in the SC as has been proposed could also help balance this out. It then becomes a case similar to the answer above where young people should be engaged in the delegations and decisions made by countries, as well as supported to make statements by agencies and other NGOs. A balance of safety and willingness to engage must be struck, with a strong emphasis on respecting the wishes of young people if they are able to adequately balance and accept the risks involved. 

  1. How can the UN architecture as whole be strengthened and support the needs of young people to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the UN and youth-led organisations? How can the ECOSOC Youth Forum be strengthened further?

Youth-led organisations could play a more vital role in the Youth2030 agenda, in particular the accountability aspect. The UN architecture should emphasise the importance of YLOs in the implementation of resolutions and political declarations, that then sits with UN country teams to support this leadership. A clear pathway of global --> local implementation of UN agreements by youth-led organisations that provides clear guidance could help with this.  

  1. What are your perspectives on the reform of the financial architecture and the Interntional debt crisis? What benefits does a beyond GDP multidimensional vulnerability index offer?

The international debt crisis unfairly saddles youth with historical debt that is often unjust: imposed on the global south by global north countries. This has wide ranging impacts on access to health, education, and jobs. The centre of reform should be creating a just and equal platform for all people, particularly youth, to set their own agenda at country level, guided by principles agreed on in the UN system. Only this way will there be true freedom for this generation to set their own agenda and chart their own path, not dominated by GDP, debt, and late stage capitalism that is having such a global negative impact.

  1. How can we strengthen international human rights mechanisms and what more needs to be done to protect and mainstream the rights of children and young people across the UN system?

Human rights mechanisms need to be strengthened to take actions when member states are not meeting their commitments and responsibilities under agreements they have ratified. Young people should be further empowered to lead accountability and monitoring processes at country and community-level, as even action can be uneven at the national level between different areas. Strengthening education on rights so children and young people know what they are entitled to is also crucial, and reforming justice systems to respect rights and autonomy first before punitive action is critical. The UN can continue to be an institution for gathering and sharing best practice and support to countries. 

Kiri Ginnerup
Kiri Ginnerup

Hi Gareth, yes I agree it's great reading some of the inputs from other young people on improving global governance, and indeed yours too, thank you so much for chiming in with these crucial reflections!

While I take note of everything you said, your emphasis on greater inclusion of youth in decision-making processes and the promotion of multilateralism at the local level resonated deeply with me. If you allow me, I would love to learn more and have a few follow-up questions that I would love to hear your reflections on with regards to making that connection from the local to the global level:

One is in terms of diversity, intersectionality and representation -- How can we ensure that youth representation in decision-making bodies is not only quantitative but also reflects the diversity of young people's experiences and perspectives?

Also in terms of capacity-building: What specific skills or training do you believe are essential for young people to effectively participate in global governance processes?

On the last question, I take note also of your idea on letting young people play a bigger role in monitoring and advocating for the protection of human rights within their communities.
How can the UN support grassroots initiatives led by young people to address human rights challenges in their communities? I know that youth-led organizations already(!) play an important role in e.g. documenting violations of human rights at country- and community-level and calling for accountability for these violations. If you know of any good examples on the local level, I would love to learn more about them!

Irfan Pullani
Irfan Pullani

Hello everyone! Super insightful conversations going around. 

My name is Irfan Pullani, I am a young lawyer working for peace-building in Kashmir, South Asia. 

I have few submissions regarding question 4:

Strengthening the UN architecture to better support the needs of young people and enhance cooperation and coordination with youth-led organizations requires a multi-faceted approach. Here are some strategies:

  1. Youth Inclusion in Decision-Making Processes:

    • Advocate for the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making bodies and processes within the UN system, including the General Assembly, Security Council, and specialized agencies.
    • Promote the appointment of youth representatives or focal points within UN entities to ensure that youth perspectives are integrated into policy development, programming, and advocacy efforts.
  2. Establishment of Youth Advisory Mechanisms:

    • Create formalized mechanisms, such as youth advisory boards or councils, within UN agencies, programs, and funds to facilitate regular dialogue and collaboration between UN officials and youth representatives on key issues affecting young people.
    • Provide training and capacity-building support to youth leaders serving in advisory roles to enhance their effectiveness and impact within the UN system.
  3. Resource Allocation for Youth Programs and Initiatives:

    • Advocate for increased funding and resources dedicated to youth-focused programs, projects, and initiatives within the UN system, including those related to education, employment, health, peacebuilding, and climate action.
    • Ensure that youth-led organizations have access to funding opportunities, technical assistance, and capacity-building support to implement innovative and impactful projects aligned with UN priorities and mandates.
  4. Promotion of Youth Participation in UN Events and Forums:

    • Expand opportunities for young people to participate in UN events, conferences, and high-level meetings by providing scholarships, travel grants, and logistical support to facilitate their attendance and engagement.
    • Organize youth-focused side events, workshops, and consultations in conjunction with major UN gatherings to amplify youth voices, showcase their contributions, and foster networking and collaboration among young leaders and stakeholders.
  5. Enhancement of Digital Engagement Platforms:

    • Develop and maintain interactive digital platforms and online forums to facilitate virtual participation and engagement of young people in UN processes, consultations, and campaigns.
    • Leverage social media, digital storytelling, and multimedia tools to raise awareness about UN initiatives, mobilize support for youth priorities, and showcase youth-led solutions to global challenges.

Regarding the ECOSOC Youth Forum specifically, further strengthening can be achieved by:

  1. Expanding Participation and Representation:

    • Ensure broader geographic representation and diversity of youth participants at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, including marginalized and underrepresented groups such as indigenous youth, persons with disabilities, and young refugees.
    • Facilitate the engagement of youth-led organizations and networks as active stakeholders in the planning, organization, and programming of the Youth Forum, fostering ownership and inclusivity.
  2. Deepening Policy Dialogue and Advocacy:

    • Elevate the substantive discussions and policy debates at the ECOSOC Youth Forum by focusing on priority areas of youth development, sustainable development, and global challenges, aligning with the broader ECOSOC agenda and SDG framework.
    • Strengthen linkages between the outcomes of the Youth Forum and ECOSOC's annual ministerial meetings and thematic discussions, ensuring that youth perspectives and recommendations are integrated into ECOSOC's policy deliberations and decision-making processes.
  3. Enhancing Follow-up and Implementation:

    • Establish mechanisms for tracking and monitoring the implementation of youth-related commitments and recommendations arising from the ECOSOC Youth Forum, including the development of action plans, progress reports, and accountability frameworks.
    • Foster partnerships and collaboration between youth delegates, governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to translate the outcomes of the Youth Forum into concrete actions and initiatives at the national, regional, and global levels.
Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi Irfan Pullani , yes I agree it's great reading some of the inputs from other young people on improving global governance, and indeed yours too, thank you so much for chiming in with these crucial remarks and recommendations!

We are at a pivotal point of global governance, and multilateralism, where we not only need to transform but strengthen global governance, and rebuild, reform and reimagine a system that is sustainable not only for the present but future generations.

Karangah
Karangah

Hello. My name is Wanjiru Karangah. I will  contribute to the 2nd question.

To ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the opportunity to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces, several steps must be taken. Firstly, there needs to be a concerted effort to dismantle barriers to participation by addressing structural inequalities and systemic discrimination that hinder the inclusion of marginalized youth. This includes providing access to education, training, and resources, as well as addressing socio-economic disparities that limit participation. Secondly, proactive measures should be taken to amplify the voices of young people from underrepresented groups through targeted outreach, mentorship programs, and leadership development initiatives. Additionally, there should be a commitment to creating inclusive spaces where diverse perspectives are valued and respected, and where young people feel empowered to contribute their ideas and solutions. Innovative governance models that prioritize inclusivity and youth participation can serve as examples to emulate. For instance, participatory budgeting processes allow young people to directly engage in decision-making regarding the allocation of public funds, ensuring that their priorities are taken into account. Similarly, youth-led advisory councils or forums provide a platform for young people to advise policymakers on issues that affect them directly, fostering collaboration and dialogue between youth and decision-makers. By adopting such innovative and inclusive governance models, global governance spaces can become more responsive to the needs and aspirations of all young people, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Ruth Nawakwi
Ruth Nawakwi

Iam Ruth Nawakwi from Zambia, Founder of Inclusive Education for Sustainable Development IESD.  Adding my views on the Last three questions. 

Strengthening UN Architecture and Youth Engagement:

 

The UN can enhance its architecture by creating dedicated platforms for youth-led organizations to actively engage in decision-making processes.

Establishing mechanisms for regular dialogue between the UN and youth-led organizations to address their needs and concerns.

Empowering youth representatives to participate in ECOSOC Youth Forum sessions and ensuring their voices are heard in policy discussions.

Reform of Financial Architecture and International Debt Crisis:

 

Implementing reforms to promote more equitable distribution of resources and address systemic issues contributing to the international debt crisis.

Strengthening transparency and accountability in financial systems to prevent exploitation and ensure fair debt restructuring processes.

Exploring innovative financing mechanisms and debt relief initiatives to alleviate the burden on developing countries.

Beyond GDP Multidimensional Vulnerability Index:

 

Offers a more comprehensive understanding of vulnerability by considering various factors beyond economic indicators.

Helps policymakers identify marginalized groups and allocate resources more effectively to address their specific needs.

Encourages a shift towards holistic development approaches that prioritize well-being and sustainability over purely economic growth.

Promoting Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights:

 

Implementing policies and programs that prioritize gender equality and sexual reproductive health rights across all UN agencies and initiatives.

Providing comprehensive sexual education and access to reproductive health services for all, especially women and young people.

Empowering women and youth to actively participate in decision-making processes related to gender equality and sexual reproductive health rights.

Strengthening Role of Young People in UN Spaces:

 

Ensuring meaningful participation of young people and youth constituencies in events like the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Commission on Population and Development (CPD).

Establishing mentorship programs to support young delegates and facilitate their engagement in UN processes.

Creating dedicated youth-focused platforms within CSW and CPD to amplify their voices and address their specific concerns.

Strengthening International Human Rights Mechanisms:

 

Increasing funding and resources for human rights mechanisms to enhance their capacity for monitoring and enforcement.

Ensuring cooperation and coordination among UN bodies, member states, and civil society organizations to address human rights violations effectively.

Mainstreaming children's and young people's rights across all UN activities and programs, with a particular focus on education, healthcare, and protection from violence and exploitation.

Ruth Nawakwi
Ruth Nawakwi

Ruth Nawakwi 🇿🇲 from Zambia. 

Found of Inclusive Education for Sustainable Development IESD. 

 

Strengthening the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism requires a multifaceted approach that involves empowering youth voices, providing them with opportunities for meaningful participation, and recognizing their contributions. One example is the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme, where young people serve as representatives to the UN General Assembly, offering insights and perspectives on various issues. Additionally, creating youth advisory boards within international organizations can ensure that young voices are heard in decision-making processes. Moreover, investing in youth leadership development programs, such as Model United Nations conferences and youth summits, can equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to engage effectively in global governance.

 

To ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces, it is essential to address systemic barriers and promote inclusivity. One approach is to implement affirmative action policies that prioritize the participation of marginalized youth in decision-making processes. For example, the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus provides a platform for Indigenous youth to advocate for their rights within the United Nations system. Additionally, leveraging technology can enhance accessibility and inclusivity in global governance spaces, such as virtual consultations and online forums that accommodate diverse voices and perspectives.

 

Innovative and inclusive governance models are emerging to address the underrepresentation of marginalized youth in global decision-making. One example is the Youth, Peace, and Security agenda, which recognizes the unique contributions of young people to conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. Through initiatives like youth-led peacebuilding organizations and youth peace networks, young people from conflict-affected regions are actively involved in shaping peace processes and policy dialogue. Furthermore, intergenerational dialogue platforms, such as the African Union Youth Envoy Office, facilitate collaboration between youth representatives and policymakers, fostering mutual understanding and cooperation in addressing pressing issues. By adopting such inclusive governance models, global institutions can harness the full potential of young people to drive positive change on a global scale.

Irfan Pullani
Irfan Pullani

Dear all, Thank you so much for all your valuable insights on this thread. I was personally able to learn a lot of perspectives and understand global youth ideas. 

Let's keep in touch, continue the discussions and learn from each other about contributing to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals. My LinkedIn is:  www.linkedin.com/in/pullanii

Tomiwa Akinsanya DTH-Lab
Tomiwa Akinsanya DTH-Lab

Hello Everyone! I'm Tomiwa Akinsanya the Project Coordinator for the Digital Transformations for Health Lab (DTH-Lab). Interesting insights and perspectives shared so far. 

Below are my responses to some of the questions on Transforming Global Governance. 

1. How can we strengthen the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism? What examples and good practices can you share?

Promoting meaningful youth participation in global forums, conferences, and dialogues to ensure their voices are heard and considered in policy-making and leveraging digital platforms and technology to engage young people in global governance discussions, consultations, and decision-making processes can help amplify the roles of young people in global governance. The Digital Transformations for Health Lab (DTH-Lab) is pleased to be a part of the UHC2030’s work through the role of our young people at the WHO youth council. We are excited to have digital transformation actions including promoting the digital determinants of health that will strengthen the digital and data foundations of health systems to achieve UHC. 

2. What needs to be done to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces? Share examples of innovative and inclusive governance models. 

Creating youth-inclusive and accessible platforms for engagement, such as online forums, virtual consultations, youth parliaments, and multilingual resources, to accommodate the diverse needs of young people can enable them to actively co-design solutions that address their health priorities. Investments in young people i.e., providing financial support for them to gain access to these platforms where their voices can be heard is a strong enabler for amplifying youth participation in global governance spaces. For young people to engage in these platforms in a meaningful way, it is important to build young people's digital, health, and civic literacy so they can engage effectively in these processes.

 

At the Digital Transformations for Health Lab (DTH-Lab), we understand that health systems around the world are becoming increasingly digital first, we need to ensure that such a system delivers better health futures for all including young people. For young people’s health and well-being to thrive in an age of digital transformations, stakeholders must enfranchise and empower youth to co-design and critically engage with digital-first health systems as part of efforts to increase public participation and digital health citizenship. To achieve a youth-inclusive digital-first health system, the DTH-Lab is conducting regional and national level workshops with young people across the globe where they contribute their own health priorities and produce concrete action steps for different stakeholders/policymakers to take to achieve an ideal digital-first health system that is youth-inclusive. The findings from these workshops will be published as a blueprint for the digital first health systems in 2025.

 

 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Tomiwa Akinsanya DTH-Lab , a pleasure to see the response, take such a niche approach, particular on the international sense on healthcare. What amazing work DTH-Lab is doing by promoting digitalisation of health, yet ensuring that these services are equitable, accessible and inclusive. Thank you for your perspective. I am looking forward to the new-age of health systems.

Bate Tabenyang Alaine
Bate Tabenyang Alaine

As an expert from Cameroon in governance, I believe that strengthening the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism requires intentional efforts to create spaces for meaningful engagement, decision-making, and influence. This can be done through initiatives such as youth councils, youth parliaments, and youth advisory groups that provide opportunities for young people to voice their opinions and contribute to policy discussions. By involving young people in decision-making processes, we can ensure that their perspectives and priorities are taken into account when shaping global governance agendas.

In order to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces, it is essential to adopt inclusive governance models that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. This can include measures such as providing funding and support to youth-led organizations representing marginalized communities, creating mentorship programs for young leaders from underrepresented backgrounds, and implementing affirmative action policies to ensure fair representation in decision-making bodies.

Reforming the UN Security Council to be more effective and representative is crucial for addressing the needs of youth and future generations in global peace and security agendas. This could involve expanding the number of permanent and non-permanent members to better reflect the geopolitical realities of the 21st century, as well as enhancing transparency and accountability in decision-making processes. Additionally, efforts should be made to prioritize conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and the protection of human rights in the Council's agenda to better address the needs of young people affected by conflict and violence.

In terms of strengthening the UN architecture to support the needs of young people, there is a need for greater cooperation and coordination between the UN and youth-led organizations. This can be achieved through initiatives such as joint advocacy campaigns, capacity-building programs, and partnerships that amplify the voices of young people in global decision-making processes. The ECOSOC Youth Forum can be further strengthened by expanding its mandate, increasing its funding, and enhancing its outreach to marginalized youth populations to ensure that all voices are heard and represented in its discussions.

In terms of the reform of the financial architecture and the international debt crisis, a beyond GDP multidimensional vulnerability index offers numerous benefits in measuring the overall well-being of populations beyond just economic indicators. This index can provide a more comprehensive picture of development challenges and vulnerabilities, which can inform policy-making and resource allocation in a more holistic and inclusive manner. By incorporating multiple dimensions of vulnerability, such as social, environmental, and political factors, this index can help identify root causes of poverty and inequality and inform strategies for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

To promote gender equality and uphold sexual and reproductive health and rights at the UN, it is essential to strengthen the role of young people and youth constituencies in spaces such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). This can be achieved through initiatives such as youth-led advocacy campaigns, capacity-building programs on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, and partnerships with civil society organizations working on these issues. By amplifying the voices of young people, particularly young women and girls, in these spaces, we can ensure that their rights and perspectives are prioritized in global policy discussions and decision-making processes.

In order to strengthen international human rights mechanisms and protect and mainstream the rights of children and young people across the UN system, it is crucial to prioritize human rights education, advocacy, and accountability mechanisms. This can include initiatives such as human rights training programs for young people, youth-led monitoring and reporting mechanisms on human rights violations, and partnerships with human rights organizations to ensure that the rights of children and young people are upheld and protected. By empowering young people to be human rights champions and advocates, we can create a more inclusive and rights-based UN system that prioritizes the needs and perspectives of the most vulnerable populations.

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Bate Tabenyang Alaine thank you for joining the conversation, I am delighted to read through these suggestion and recommendations. As a fellow African your insights is truly empowering because your recommendations can both be implemented on a global and national scale. This requires intentional efforts you are right. We unfortunately can't operate at a glacial pace anymore, due to the geo-political shift happening not only in Africa but around the world.

What I am sensing from your inputs is that the UN needs to urge member states to prioritise the needs and perspective of the most vulnerable populations.

Thank you for these remarks.

Bate Tabenyang Alaine
Bate Tabenyang Alaine

Thank you for your thoughtful response, Nico. It's essential that we prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable populations in our efforts to create positive change. As you mentioned, the current global climate demands intentional and swift action. I believe that by working together and advocating for the most marginalized communities, we can truly make a difference on both a global and national level. Thank you for being a part of this important conversation.

Inés Yábar
Inés Yábar

Hello! Glad to be contributing :) This is Inés from Peru

  1. How can we strengthen the role of young people in global governance and multilateralism? What examples and good practices can you share?
    1. The easiest step is to simply include young people in a way that allows us to meaningfully engage, this requires training, resources, listening and not seeing us as a monolith but as experts in different issues. 
    2. Good examples are not just one-off engagements but relationships built over time. I have seen this happen as initial engagements lead to further conversations, brainstorming and true intergenerational connections.
  2. What needs to be done to ensure that young people from underrepresented and underserved groups have the chance to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces? Share examples of innovative and inclusive governance models.
    1. ​​​​​​There needs to be a Strengthening of Peacebuilding and Security: with a mutual commitment to peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and addressing the root causes of conflict, including the promotion of a comprehensive approach to sustaining peace. Additionally a Strengthening of Human Rights while addressing discrimination. 
    2. Good examples include decentralization of Decision-Making to more local levels and ensuring more participatory approaches to governance. This allows communities (particularly indigenous communities and those with different forms of governance to have autonomy.
  3. What reforms are needed to ensure that the UN Security Council is more effective and representative? How can the needs of youth and future generations be better addressed in global peace and security agendas?
    1. ​​​​​​​I believe reforming the Security Council means moving away of current colonialist structures and removing the veto power. No country should be above the rest, let alone some who have historically perpetrated violence. It's time to build a world where there is equal representation at the decisionmaking table.
    2. To agilize the processes I believe there should be a smaller group of actors (not all decisions in the GA) but these could be rotative with members from different groups present (like SIDS, AU, ...). None would have the veto but could rotate and should have equal opportunities
  4. How can the UN architecture as whole be strengthened and support the needs of young people to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the UN and youth-led organisations? How can the ECOSOC Youth Forum be strengthened further?
    1. ​​​​​​​Having leaders at the EYF may seem like a given but actually having intergenerational conversations as opposed to siloed moments would allow for greater collaboration and longterm solutions
  5. What are your perspectives on the reform of the financial architecture and the Interntional debt crisis? What benefits does a beyond GDP multidimensional vulnerability index offer?
    1. ​​​​​​​There should be an international tax reform to address tax evasion and ensure equitable distribution of resources especially in countries where resources are few

Will head over to read some other comments too :) 

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Inés Yábar , these are truly insightful and fruitful recommendations indeed. As a young person on this platform I can't help but to agree with you, that there needs ti be a intergenerational conversation not only on national levels but on a global scale to ensure effective collaborations. 

Your answers on question 3, is about addressing the inequality within UNSC. As a populations mostly effected by the imbalance of power dynamics, which is a colonial structure , we need to dismantle the remaining colonial believe within the UNSC, that for some reason they think that what used to work is still working. Let's hope the reforming of the SC will happened sooner then we think.

Nico Pampier (she/they)
Nico Pampier (she/they) Moderator

Hi everyone 🌟

As we wrap up this consultation process I just want to give a 🔊Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to our rich, insightful and dynamic discussions in week 1-3 of the conversation on "Transforming Global Governance"

‼️ Some of the key point that came out of last weeks discussion was around 🌍

  1. Strengthening youth participation on global multilateral spaces.
  2. Ensuring that underrepresented groups gets the opportunity to meaningfully engage in and influence global governance spaces.
  3. Strengthening Human Rights, Peace-building and Security and decentralisation of decision making.
  4. International Tax reform, a beyond GDP multidimensional vulnerability index to reform and strengthen integration financial infrastructure.
  5. Removal of VETO power in the Security council.
  6. Promote intergenerational dialogues.
  7. Fostering of intentional and effective partnerships between UN and youth-led organisation.

Thanks again! To all the youth representatives who had been engaging in this conversation and in others as well. Without your inputs, recommendations and enriching backgrounds this wouldn't have been possible so we are extremely grateful for your commitment and dedication to bringing change for a peaceful, transformative global governing structure. 🌍

I also want to thank my co-moderators @Alicia Sanchez and @Jin Tanaka for their support in this consultation.

Cheers‼️ to a progressive and transformative future. ‼️HEAR OUR VOICES. IT MATTERS.