ICPD +25 – Accelerating delivering on the promise from Cairo by UNFPA The Gambia.
This ICPD focused plenary will be to mark twenty-five years since the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. This signature plenary will raise awareness on progress that has been made since ICPD in 1994 and ICPD+20 as well as a call to action to accelerate actions towards delivering transformation for individual dignity and human rights for all, leaving no-one behind in Africa as part of realizing sustainable development.
The session shall be moderated by a charismatic, informed and enthusiastic young woman. The moderator will take the stage and set the scene for the discussion. She will give a 5 minutes background introduction to the session by giving key highlights of the ICPD processes and reflecting on the 5 pillars. She will share the official social media handles and encourage participants to engage meaningfully. She will then invite the 5 Panelists to join her on stage to deliberate further on the topic. She will call the panelists 1 by 1 to the stage, introducing first the name of the speaker and their brief profile as they walk up to the stage. Once all the speakers have taken their seats aligned to their name tags, she will invite the audience to view a short clip (8 minutes MAX) which is a video collage dubbed ‘ICPD Voices’. This is a video of young people from across Africa giving their views on 1. What do you know about ICPD 2. What do you think of the status of women and youth in Africa
When the clip ends, the moderator will begin the plenary session. The first round of comments from the speakers will be 5 minutes prepared interventions. The panelists will be responding to the same 2 questions that have been posed to the young people from the video. The follow up questions will be aligned to each speaker’s line of work. They will have 3 minutes max to respond to the follow up questions. The moderator will bring the conversation to the audience and take a few (depending on time) questions or commitments ONLY. This is to ensure that the conversation is focused and constructive. The moderator will give the panelists about 2 or 3 minutes each to respond to the questions. In the end, the moderator will ask each panelist to give ONE word that describes ICPD +25. The moderator must insist that it is one word and not a phrase. The moderator will end the plenary with 2 or 3 lines of powerful insights derived from the session and urging all young people to take on the baton of delivering prosperous livelihoods for all. She will thank the panelists and request everyone to go for a tea break while the plenary speaker will go for an official group photo session.
Education for Justice (E4J) Youth Side Event: Governance and Empowerment, Youth Participation and Leadership by United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC).
TV Talkshow style – Community Hall (downstairs).
Exploring the role of youth Leadership in delivering on the ‘unfinished business’ by UNFPA.
This session is aimed at being a call to action for young people to take up their roles in delivering on the Pan African sustainable development and transformation collective vision. Governance and accountability are the primary means of achieving all goals espoused in the ICPD plan of action as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. Many African countries continue to struggle acutely from governance deficits. Some of these include maladministration, corruption and economic crime, weak legislative environments to safeguard human rights, poor law enforcement, adverse institutionalized inequalities and inadequate political will to invest in harnessing the demographic dividend. These governance deficits have proven to be very expensive in monetary terms and also in livelihoods, human capital and dignity. The young people are the most affected by these because they are the majority demographic of the African population. It is therefore befitting that youth should play a leading role in rectifying these governance deficits and holding leaders and Governments, alike all relevant stakeholders, accountable for creating an enabling governance environment for progress. Through this session, we will explore some best examples of where youth leadership has played a pivotal and instrumental role in uplifting the ideals of good/ progressive governance and fostering a culture of citizen led accountability. Panelists are youth who have lived experiences of working to attain the above mentioned ideals. They will share their experiences and their recommendations going forward on how young people in African can better mobilize and organize to effect the change they wish to see.
Tana Youth Engagement: “Youth in Peace and Conflict: Does My Vote Count?” by Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Training on Diplomatic Simulation on Irregular Migration, Model OIC by Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF).
U-Report Training by UNICEF The Gambia.
This side event aims to bring the U-Report platform closer to its potential users, showcasing its features and sharing real life experiences.
This session provides an opportunity to discuss why U-Report, what it offers and how it gives voice to millions of young people, youth and community people. There will be showcasing of how U-Report hasbeen used in Sierra Leone. U-Report relies on volunteer community members serving as U-Reporters to provide information on issues in their community to create change. In return, U-Reporters will receive valuable information and alerts around national and international issues. Together we create change!
Plenary Diplomatic Simulation on Irregular Migration, Model OIC by ICYF.
Learning from the Past: Site visit to Victim Centre, TRRC, CRC etc by NYC and Partners.
Site visits to The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) with International Delegates to learn and share experiences on transitional justice processes in The Gambia.
By International Organisation of Migration (IOM Gambia) and International Trade Centre/Youth Empowerment Project (YEP Gambia).
Now more than ever, stakeholders around the continent are coming together to address youth unemployment and combat irregular migration. In this critical period, we must be able to showcase to the youth that #TekkiFii is possible—succeeding at home without having to resort to irregular migratory routes.
This side event will be an exhibit featuring seven “movers and shakers” of The Gambia—beneficiaries of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s reintegration support for returning migrants and the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)’s entrepreneurship and skills training programs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear the testimonies of these seven inspiring individuals, who have bravely overcome their own hardships and struggles. Find out what they have gone through, what they are up to now, and discover the potential sectors for growth in Africa. With a one-of-a-kind side event, we are giving our Gambian youth a voice to tell their stories to the rest of the continent.
ICPD25 TALKS by UNFPA The Gambia.
This session will focus on showcasing ideal examples of youth leaders who are transforming lives in their respective spheres of influence, taking the baton of being the change they want to see and leading by example in actions that are aligned to the sustainable development agenda. These are young people who took it upon their social responsibility to challenge the status quo and embark on advocacy efforts. Their work is inspirational and epitomizes the kind of African Leadership we aspire to see leading our transformative agenda. These are amazing young leaders who have saved lives, influenced changing legislation, compromised their lives in their pursuit of social justice and have gone boldly and fearlessly in the direction of their dreams. They will each give 6 minutes powerful punchy presentations about their lives, their journey, their story, their trials and tribulations, what drives them and words of inspiration in a way of challenging the youth delegates to be the change they seek to see.
The moderator will introduce the session and give a brief background on what is the ICPD25 Talks!! The moderator will introduce the speakers 1 after the other. The moderator will read out the bio of the speaker before they take the stage. After each speaker, the moderator will request for a resounding round of applause for each speaker and follow the same introductory sequence. After the last speaker, the moderator will request all speakers on stage for a last round of applause and recognition. The moderator will thank them and close this segment.
Improving Youth Political participation through proper implementation of ACDEG by Activista The Gambia.
Roles of Youth in Creating Urban Decent & Sustainable Jobs in Africa by Young Activists Initiative Nigeria and local partners in The Gambia.