As detailed in my previous post, the UN High Level Panel was commissioned to examine what should replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. It is chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Having met in London, Liberia, and now Indonesia , the group will pass their recommendations to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon at the end of May 2013.
I have been involved in the consultation process since the first meeting in London where I represented Plan UK (you can read more here). The Indonesia summit was the final time the panel would all come together before taking back their decisions to their national governments. For us, this was the final time (in the foreseeable future), that we had the opportunity to influence their decisions. However, in our minds there is no finality to youth engagement in the process.
During the technical sessions, we discussed the thematic areas of ‘Global Partnerships’ and ‘Means of Implementation’. We offered our understanding of the global partnerships required to ensure the new framework is successful and incorporates the responsibility of everyone. We asked the UN High Level Panel to ensure disaggregation of data, especially in terms of age and gender. Finally, we agreed that young people must continue to be at the centre of the post 2015 process and this was not the end of the road.
Following the meeting, I met with the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening. I was really excited about this, as I attended a side event hosted by Restless Development where she had voiced her belief and commitment to the inclusion of young people in decision making, especially in development. I was also really impressed with her commitment to girls’ education and ending violence against women and girls. These are things I am particularly passionate about and, as highlighted through the youth consultations, are essential parts of the post-2015 framework. During our meeting, I asked the Secretary of State how she was going to continue championing youth engagement in the process and she suggested that we meet back in the UK and share ideas about how to make this happen.
You can read more about my time in Indonesia in my guest blog for Plan UK .