Youth

 

Kenia_SYPD_youth_250Introduction

The Millennium Campaign encourages young people worldwide to add their voice to the global fight against poverty. Through partnerships with various global youth networks and organizations, the Campaign supports youth-led movement across the world on the Millennium Goals.
 

Resources

  • NEW! Download the Millennium Campaign’s MDGs Youth Action Guide.
  • NEW! Download the MDGs Youth Brochure, a one-pager, with ideas on how you can raise awareness and put pressure on your government, whether you live in a rich or a poor country. Other goodies include a bookmark, a postcard (front and back) and a poster.

 

  • Together, the Millennium Campaign and TakingITGlobal created an MDG monthly feature page, with heaps of fun ways to learn more about the Millennium Goals and what young campaigners are doing around the globe. Features include MDG card game, MDG e-cards, youth artwork and writing, MDGs discussion boards and a youth-written policy paper.
  • Read the Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) draft Report on Youth & the MDGs: Challenges & Opportunities for Implementation (in consultation).
  • Read the United Nations World Youth Report 2005, an official report to the General Assembly arguing that too often, youth policy is driven by negative stereotypes of young people, including delinquency, drug abuse and violence. What seems to be forgotten that young people are a positive force for development, peace, and democracy.

Who’s involved?

A series of international youth summits on the MDGs have taken place. The first started in Casablanca in 2003, the Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit in Dakar in June 2004 and the Pan-Asian Youth Leadership Summit  in Hiroshima in September 2004. These were followed by a youth consultation in Latin America  and the Pacific Youth Summit for MDGs in May 2005. All summits have given young people the opportunity to discuss the goals and develop plans for implementation in their countries.

Through partnerships with several global youth networks and organizations, the Campaigns encourage youth led movement across the world on the goals. Already the campaign works with the following youth movements and networks –International Young Catholic Students (IYCS), NetAidWorld Organization of the Scouts Movement – Youth of the World , TakingITGlobal Global Youth Action NetworkUNICEF Voices of YouthUNFPA. Many national youth campaigns, have already begun; giving young people the opportunity to develop their own advocacy strategies on issues that effect their lives.