YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN UNCCD PROCESSES
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is one of the three conventions, together with the UNFCCC and UNCBD, the process for which initiated at the Rio Earth Summit 1992, together with the adoption of Agenda 21. UNCCD itself was adopted in 1994.
Building upon principles enshrined in Chapter 25 of Agenda 21,
“25.2. It is imperative that youth from all parts of the world participate actively in all relevant levels of decision-making processes because it affects their lives today and has implications for their futures. In addition to their intellectual contribution and their ability to mobilize support, they bring unique perspectives that need to be taken into account.
25.3. Numerous actions and recommendations within the international community have been proposed to ensure that youth are provided a secure and healthy future, including an environment of quality, improved standards of living and access to education and employment. These issues need to be addressed in development planning. “
and Article 5, claused of UNCCD,
“In addition to their obligations pursuant to article 4, affected country Parties undertake to:
(d) promote awareness and facilitate the participation of local populations, particularly women and youth, with the support of non-governmental organizations, in efforts to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought; "
and goal 15.3 of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development,
“15.3 By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world”
it is therefore imperative that structured youth engagement that provides universality of access and equitable youth participation exists within this process.
Background and where we are now!
Discussions on setting up a formal youth process at UNCCD took place through different avenues, formally and informally. The conversations gained momentum when 2017 COP of UNCCD took place in Mongolia, and prior to the COP, there was a Youth Forum convened. This Youth Forum was funded by the Government of China and administered by a Chinese civil society NGO. Around 40 young people from different parts of the world were funded to join this Youth Forum, with selections done jointly by the Chinese NGO and the UNCCD Secretariat.
The conversation gained further momentum at UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice (2018) during conversations between YOUNGO (formal youth constituency to UNFCCC) members and UNCCD Secretariat, on how youth engagement process in UNCCD can be enhanced.
The final guidance came at the annual meeting of UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) at Paris in March 2019. In April 2019 after several procedural consultations, there was “green light” given members of YOUNGO, UN MGCY and its affiliated constituencies to formalize youth engagement at UNCCD.
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