SIGI/J National Coalition and Youth Tech Festival Spark Action on Post-2015 Agenda

A key outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build on the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. In response, WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI/J) initiated a civil society consultation process across Jordan (Aqaba, Irbid, and Amman) to contribute to the international discussion. More than 35 civil society organizations and many human rights and development activists participated in the consultation process. They also established a Jordanian Civil Society Coalition to follow up and engage with the global efforts ahead of the September 2015 United Nations conference to monitor the implementation process.

Building on the need to raise awareness and engage Jordanian society, particularly youth, with the development agenda beyond the MDGs, SIGI/J's 7th Youth Tech Festival: Youth, Gender and Post 2015 Development Agenda, focused on the emerging sustainable development priorities with a gender perspective. The event convened 80 young women and men from all Jordanian governorates, to train and mentor them to be positive change agents and active global citizens.

“The Post-2015 Development Agenda seeks to bring about a better future and more opportunities,” Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative and Chair of the Post-2015 UN Focus Group, said at the opening of the Youth Tech Festival, held in July, 2015. “The engagement of the youth is crucial for the implementation of the agenda and ensuring its objectives are realised.”

Mrs. Asma Khader, coordinator of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Coalition, stated: “The wide consultations about the post 2015 agenda gave the civil society, women and young people the opportunity to participate effectively in shaping the new set of goals that will change their lives and that require their continuous involvement and commitment to monitor and participate in the implementation of those goals on local level.”

The participants analysed problems facing their local and global communities, collaborated on creative solutions, and developed projects and initiatives to be implemented using technology and social media outlets. The youth concluded the conference with determination to reach 2030 with remarkable achievements toward increasing human dignity, equality, and social justice and protecting our shared resources for future generations.

Check out the event and hear from organizers and participants in this short video:

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