Centre for Youth and Development got a grant from Action 2015 through CIVICUS and is a member of the action/2015 campaign – a citizens’ movement of more than 2000 organisations which is calling on leaders, all around the world, to live up to the once in a lifetime opportunity we have in 2015 to make huge progress in tackling poverty, inequality and climate change. As a global movement, we have seen more than 30 million actions been taken around the world and in Malawi.
This September from 25th we have a unique opportunity to shape the future of our world, that we must take advantage of. Global leaders will declare a historic set of ambitious global goals, intended to tackle the most urgent issues of our time – poverty, inequalities and climate change.
The launch of these goals will shape the next 15 years of global development and create momentum for a long-term climate agreement in December. ‘The commitments in 2015 could achieve huge things, like:
- ‘An end to extreme poverty by 2030 that condemns millions of people, especially women and girls, to an early death, poor education and ill health.’
- ‘A turning point in the soaring levels of inequality and discrimination driven by economic policies that deliver for the few rather than the many.’
- ‘An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy so that a safe climate and sustainable economy – with all its benefits for people and planet – is possible.’
To achieve these Goals we are calling on our Government to commit to implementing these Goals. This includes a commitment to:
- Walk the Talk: We are calling on our Government to have a clear implementation plan, developed with the active participation of citizens – especially marginalized groups and local communities including children and young people
- Finance Our Future: ensure sufficient financial flows are made available to deliver all the goals in time. This should include domestic and international funding, meeting existing spending commitments and tackling unfair tax systems.
- Be Accountable & Transparent: Monitor and communicate the progress on implementing these goals. Parliaments, civil society organization and existing human rights and other existing reporting mechanisms should be central to this process.
Public engagement events in Malawi
Centre for Youth and Development and Council for Non Governmental Organizations (both grant recipients of the action2015) organized a number of Public Engagement events to build momentum and pressure towards adoption, commitments and implementation of the United Nations Strategic Development Goals.
- Hand in to your leader event
Submitted a petition to his Excellency the President Arthur Peter Mutharika through Mzuzu City Mayor.
- Know Your Goals Workshop
Organized #knowYourGoals workshops with the aim of building populace of the new United Nations Strategic Development Goals.
- UNGA Global Day of Action #LightTheWay
On 24th September 2015 from 5:00 PM, CYD organized the Global Day of Action – Light the way event in Mzuzu. The event attracted the larger community and other stakeholders led by the mayor to light the way for the goals.
- Social Media
CYD run a campaign on social media to engage the public on the UNSDGs. The campaigns run on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the following hashtags, #LightTheWay, #cydmalawi and #action2015.