|Dispatches from the Field: Advocates at the ICPD Global Youth Forum|
This week, several Advocates staff and youth activists are at the ICPD Global Youth Forum. We had to share this recap that Advocates' Director of Public Policy Janine Kossen sent to staff!
Hi all, I just wanted to let you know that International Youth Leadership Council member Meredith was ah-mazing at the Global Youth Forum this morning (last night for you all). If you don't know, she was chosen among thousands of youth applicants to be the youth respondent for a plenary session, sitting right next to the Indonesian Minister of Health! I mean, you can't get much fancier than that! And she really did knock it out of the park. Tons of folks on the #icpdyouth twitterverse raved about her speech, hundreds of young people applauded her every word, and she was clearly the star of the plenary.
Meanwhile, we have a strong delegation of 11 Advocates-affiliated folks here, counting Meredith, Kike and Tope from Nigeria, Abongwa and Gaston from Cameroon, Liz (former IYLC, now with USAID), and staff and board. From youth respondents to virtual facilitators to steering committee members to rock star delegates, Advocates is really visible here thanks to all our amazing youth activists. And, it's just day ONE so there's lots more visibility to come.Stay tuned and check out live feeds (remember it is +13 hours time difference here).
And just to reiterate what the Global Youth Forum is, it's a pretty damn big deal. It is sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Government of Indonesia and is the first-ever forum asking young people what they recommend to be included in the United Nations next development agenda that will set the stage for international policy for the next 20 years. If you've ever heard of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this would influence the next round of goals that will apply to all 193 UN Member States. And it also sets the stage for all the UN negotiations that will impact international policy for years to come. Kind of a big deal! To learn more, go here and here.
And, check out @amplifytweets for a record of the panel's remarks!