Young people, Speak Out! What future do you want?

 

The millennium development goals (MDGs) established the benchmarks for global development policy in 2000 with targets expiring in 2015. Although so much progress will have been made, many targets will not have been met, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. With 2015 fast approaching and the  implementation of the MDGs coming to an end, the united Nations, its development partners and its implementing partners alike, need to look beyond 2015, and what development priorities various countries should focus on beyond this period.

Globally, a process of open, inclusive country consultations on the post-2015
agenda has begun. Malawi has been selected as one of 50 countries where the
consultations on post-2015 agenda should be undertaken to solicit information
that is expected to inform the post-2015 discussions of “the future we want”.

UNICEF Malawi is conducting national consultations on what Malawians think needs to be included in the next set of goals. The consultations will focus on getting responses from children, adolescents and the youth on the national vision for the “future Malawi”. The objective of the country consultations is to stimulate an inclusive debate on a post-2015 development agenda providing an analytical base, inputs and ideas that; Build a shared global vision on “The Future we want” with clear   recommendations for governments, civil society and broad stakeholders and amplify the voices of the poor and other marginalized groups in charting the post-2015 development agenda.

Why should Young People Participate?
It is imperative that young people actively participate in these consultations, because;

Young people will inherit all the decisions of today, through their passion, innovation and creativity they can shape the world.

Including young people in development they become more empowered, gain a stronger voice and determine their own futures.

Young People are shaping the future that we would want to have and for our children to have.

Also, young people are gravely affected by poverty, lack of access to education, gender inequality, teenage pregnancy and maternal and child mortality, high percentage of HIV/AIDS among young people, sustainable development, and climate change issues.

Young people are facilitators of change give a true perspective of how things are at the grassroots and can act as advocates for the other in the world.

With young people accounting for a huge number of the world population, the stability of global development is totally dependent on them.

It is a Human right; the right to participate in shaping the world we are living in!

Young people are a product of the MDG generation. The MDGs have been a part of young people ‘coming of age’;I therefore strongly believe that young people need a seat at the discussion table if the post-MDG agenda is to be sustainable.

How Can Young People Participate in Malawi?
Youths in Malawi like and contribute your ideas by on the Future I Want Malawi Facebook page on the following link; http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Future-I-want-Malawi/321975977924118
or
by writing your views in not less than 200 words to UNICEF, P.O Box 30375,
Lilongwe 3

The role of young people in shaping the future cannot be overemphasized, we all know  it, we hear it all the time but is the world willing and ready to pass the
baton?