World leaders receive North-East Asian youth post-2015 declaration

26 Mar 2013

Bali – A North-East Asian youth vision on global development was yesterday handed to members of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at its meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

“We are the young people and we are the policy makers of tomorrow,” said Qingling Kong, 23, a student from Beijing, speaking in Bali. “On behalf of young people from North-East Asia, I ask that you include our demands in a development agenda for after 2015”.

Four High-level Panel members, Commissioner for Development for the European Commission, Andris Piebalgs; former French Development Agency Director-General, Jean-Michel Severino; Chair of the Centre for American Progress, John Podesta; and the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sung-hwan Kim, were handed the declaration by Miss Kong, one of 51 young people from China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia who created the declaration at a conference co-organised by UNDP in Seoul in January 2013.

The declaration sights job opportunities, rising inequalities, the environment, gender equality and peace and security in North-East Asia as priorities for global leaders to tackle.

It was handed over in Bali at a youth multi-stakeholder meeting, which brought together over 100 young people from 26 countries to share views on the future of partnerships for development with the High-level Panel.

“I really want you to be part of our work in solving the problems and implementing what we agree,” Minister Kim said in a roundtable discussion with participants. “I hope you will also continue to make contributions after 2015.”

Tasked by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki moon to provide recommendations on a global development framework for beyond the MDG target year of 2015, the High-level Panel consists of 27 eminent persons, including heads of government and ministers from around the world. 

Participants called for the full inclusion of youth and marginalized groups in the partnership aspects of the post-2015 development agenda.

“We young people recognize the importance of monitoring progress. Accountability is our guiding principle,” Miss Kong said in a presentation to High Level Panel members. “We want disaggregated data – can we say that we have eradicated poverty and hunger when we look at all regions?”

The meeting was organized by the Indonesian Youth Working Group, which works under the Indonesian President’s Delivery Unit of Development Monitoring and Oversight.

Michael Kalmus Eliasz, 23, a student from London said: “They need to come up with ideas that are new and creative. This panel has a chance to present an innovative agenda to the world”.

The Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy, Olav Kjørven, highlighted the UN’s role in engaging youth in global development post-2015.

“Through consultations in 83 countries we are working to make sure youth are fully included in the global conversation. We’re also reaching out through social media to ensure all young people can have their say,” Mr Kjørven said.

Young people around the world are encouraged to take part in the UN online survey for a better world at www.myworld2015.org and to join the conversation on the future of global development at www.worldwewant2015.org.