INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FAIR ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (SIJ)
CONTEXT AND JUSTIFICATION
In many cities, inequality is increasing and persistent discrimination limits women and girls to have access to opportunities. Hundreds of women have been driven from their homes. Many communities are facing famine, extreme weather events, poorly managed urbanization, early marriage and childbirth, population growth, water scarcity, armed conflict, gender-based violence, ethnic discrimination, religious or political and increasing violent extremism. At the international level, series of historic agreements were concluded in 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Climate Change Action Program and Addis Ababa third International Conference on Financing for DevelopmentA Better Future-These efforts were complemented by the peace resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and the Security Council (Assembly resolution 70/262 and Council resolution 2282 (2016)), as well as the new way of working in emergency and crisis situations. These comprehensive and interdependent agreements, which transcend the pillars of peace, development and human rights of the United Nations, provide a clear roadmap for Member States (African in particular) and the United Nations system.
Universal in its coverage, the 2030 Agenda applies to all countries and commits the international community to leave no one behind. The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will improve the lives of all, prevent natural and man-made crises and lay a solid foundation for human rights, stability, prosperity and peace in all communities. Addressing DLDD will involve long-term integrated strategies that simultaneously focus on the improved productivity of land and the rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable management of land and water resources.<br />There is a need for states to develop new capabilities and transform working methods to enable more societal responses. There is a need to respond to all of the development challenges of our time, as set out in the 2030 Agenda. It requires greater accountability, greater transparency and control, and calls for greater coherence at all levels, especially through a reinvigorated resident coordinator system.<br />Conceptually, Global goals ambition requires a “whole-of-government” approach. The current development landscape presents an inspiring range of new actors. Powerful national forces, covering all levels: government, civil society, academia, the scientific community and the private sector, from microenterprises to multinationals, need to come together to fight poverty. This reflects the underlying vision of the global partnership in the 2030 Agenda – where governments, the private sector, civil society and the United Nations work together to mobilize all available resources, which can be a potential asset.<br />But to realize the promise of a prosperous and peaceful future, these development actors have to find new ways to work together and leverage genuine partnerships that make the most of the expertise, technology and resources for growth sustainable and inclusive.
The rapid evolution of alternative forms of development cooperation, including the intensification of South-South cooperation to achieve the goals. By promising to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda calls for multi-stakeholder collaboration among policymakers, development practitioners and multilateral agencies to ensure that everyone is aware of the existence and substance of the program sustainable development agenda and included in the process of its implementation.<br />After having made interviews with young leaders in Cameroon an in some African States like Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Comoros Islands, Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon and Morocco, it appears that young people and children feel themselves not very included by Governments in the implementation of sustainable development agenda. Several initiatives put in place by Governments, remain barely visible and known by young people, whose levels of membership remain relatively weak because they do not have the assurance that their aspirations are sufficiently taken into account. There is not a real discussion among vulnerable people, states, civil society, international organizations and the United Nations agencies on sustainable development agenda.</p></div><div class=”col-md-12″>Sustainable development Agenda has been adopted by Government but is still not known by young people, the private sector and many stakeholders who do not always play their role in the implementation. There are young people (even from vulnerable/minority groups) who are doing a great job towards achieving the sustainable development goals. But their initiatives are still not well- known, not supported by Governments, NGOs and private sector. There are very few opportunities for discussion between youths and other stakeholders on the sustainable development agenda.
Sustainable development Agenda has been adopted by Government but is still not known by young people, the private sector and many stakeholders who do not always play their role in the implementation. There are young people (even from vulnerable/minority groups) who are doing a great job towards achieving the sustainable development goals. But their initiatives are still not well- known, not supported by Governments, NGOs and private sector. There are very few opportunities for discussion between youths and other stakeholders on the sustainable development agenda.
Vision and overall goal
By 2030, by contributing to the realization of the United Nations vision and the sustainable development agenda, African states have a growing economy and abundant biodiversity in a secure, democratic, peaceful and respectful human rights space for the well-being of the people thanks to the strengthened capacities of the actors, the stakeholders, the communities and to the concerted and participative management “.
To enhancing multi-stakeholders (Governments, NGOs, farmers, Scientifics, community, youth and children, women, Indigenous Peoples and their communities, business and industry, workers and trade unions) participation and involvement in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing ignorance on the 2030 Agenda.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED IMPACT
The following “strategic objectives” will guide the actions of ANYL4PSD by 2030. Meeting these long-term objectives will contribute to achieving the above-mentioned vision.
Strategic objective 1: To increase countries engagement towards sustainable development goals
Expected impact1.1: vulnerable people (young, women, refugees…), civil society, private sector, media and Government understanding on sustainable development goals strengthened
Expected impact 1.2: Increased number of peer educators on sustainable development goals, increased number of person sensitized yearly on the challenges of sustainable development agenda;
Expected Impact 1.3: Joint evaluation of the achievement of sustainable development goals by vulnerable people (young, women, refugees…), civil society, private sector, media and Government
Expected Impact 1.4: Governments, civil society, media, private sectors, vulnerable people learn from each other experience and the existing opportunities on sustainable development Goals;
Expected Impact 1.5: Measures to enhance the achievement of sustainable development goals are discussed by vulnerable people (young, women, refugees…), civil society, private sector, media and Governments;
Strategic objective 2: To valorize/encourage the potential and the contribution of young people and communities in the elaboration and the implementation of innovating solution to foster sustainable development agenda.
Expected Impact 2.1: Increased technological transfer in favor of vulnerable people, especially young, women and indigenous people
Expected Impact 2.2: Increased innovations in all social sectors in favor of sustainable development agenda.
Expected Impact 2.3: vulnerable people awarded for their innovative solution towards sustainable development goals.
Strategic objective 3: To improve policies and the living conditions of affected populations’ especially vulnerable/minority people (women, youth, children, and indigenous people)
Expected impact 3.1: a Center for Sustainable Development as a monitoring and evaluation mechanism, which welcomes, listens, advises, guides, shapes and disseminates good practices throughout the world, as well as carries out studies, analyzes and produces statistics on the results of projects created and implemented by young people within the framework of the SDGs
Expected impact 3.2: Countries policies are improved
Expected impact 3.3: The livelihoods of people especially vulnerable/minority people (women, youth, children, and indigenous people) areas are improved and diversified
The fair targets young people between 15 and 35 years of age, whether Cameroonians or foreigners, in the following categories; Youth organizations, which present their know-how, concrete projects and promoters for the development of their community:
- Youth civil society organizations
- Young people seeking or expecting self-employment,
- School-based, under-educated and out-of-school youth who can be supervised to set up a project
- Young people seeking professional experience in voluntary status
- Young people with disabilities and vulnerable in their pursuit of socio-professional integration
- Street youth workers
- Youth of the Diaspora
- Sectoral ministries
- International institutions
- Corporate citizens
Big debates, communication, conferences, workshops
The organization contents major debates in plenary and themes related to Youth, peace and sustainable development, panel discussions with Speakers who have experienced success stories, known figures (young dynamic models of success that will speak to young people of their experiences and good practices).
Miss SIJ Election
Every year, our tradition is to elect a miss who will be an ambassador of the values of our network.
The SDGs Village
Stands are held by young people who exhibit their know-how to the public. More than a dozen themed villages are organized to ease the information of young people and visitors, bringing together stakeholders from different sectors that pursue the same sustainable development objective, in order to better pool actions. Among the selected sectors we have; agriculture, pastoral production, environment and sustainable development, ICT, entrepreneurship and innovation, health, humanitarian services, gender, sport, culture and crafts, tourism, International solidarity, volunteering, etc.
The thematic villages chosen, and visible in the stands, include:
- ÞVillage of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Goals 8 and 9
- Agro pastoral Village (Goal 2)
- Þ Digital Village (Goal 8)
- Þ Sport, tourism and culture Village (Goal 8)
- Þ Environment and Sustainable Development Village (Goals 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13)
- Þ Justice, Peace, Security and Human Rights Village (Goals 10 and 16)
- Þ Gender Village (Goal 5)
- Þ Health Village (Goal 3)
- Þ Biodiversity Village (Goals 14 and 15)
- Þ Humanitarian and International Solidarity Village (Goals 1 and 17)Þ
Animations and shows are organized every evening, as part of the Intercultural Festival of the show with engaged artists, budding musicians, dramas, dances and others.
The gala of the fair and guest book
At the end of the fair, a gala is organized, during which certificates are awarded to the participants, the prizes to the winners, and funds will be collected from the people of good will, elites, and organizations, to support the actions of sustainability in favor of young people. A guestbook is also opened at the beginning of the fair and gathers opinions of visitors.