The UN Millenium Development Goals - A challenge f..
The UN Millenium Development Goals - A challenge for Today's Youth ?
Start date: Nov 1, 2009,
"UN Millennium Development Goals - A Challenge for Today's Youth?" aims to mobilise young people from Europe, India and South Africa and to raise their awareness of the critical global issues addressed by the UN Millennium Development Goals.The project explores ways for young people to participate and contribute, through youth structures, active citizenship and democratic processes to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It ultimately lays the basis for the creation of a sustainable partnership between young leaders of tomorrow's world.The project envisages awareness-raising activities meant to develop an understanding of critical global issues and to introduce best practices of youth contribution to the progress in the achievement of MDGs, and mobilisation activities meant to empower young people with skills and tools to contribute to this progress through study visits, volunteer activities, job-shadowing, and training. These activities will be followed by evaluation sessions to assess current policies and formulate suggestions.The project consists of four elements: a preliminary meeting, two case study trips and a final conference. The preliminary meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, the two case study trips in India and South Africa. The final conference will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The preliminary meeting andjhe case study trips will be attended by twenty participants each, the final conference by sixty young people.The working methods are aimed at exploring ways for young people to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs by analysing current best examples of youth contribution to MDGs in different geographic backgrounds and contextualise them with reference to different geographical, social and cultural priorities and needs. The case study trips will be based on a three-staged approach. First, awareness-raising activities, meant to develop an understanding of critical global issues and to introduce existing policies, and best practices of youth contribution aimed at achieving the MDGs. These activities will mainly consist of seminars, conferences, workshops, lectures, meetings with experts in the field. Second, mobilisation activities, meant to empower young people with skills and tools to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs. These activities will include first-hand observation and participation to the delivery of existing policies through e.g. study visits, volunteer activities, job-shadowing, and training organised in co-operation with bodies other than the Applicant and the Partner organisations. And finally evaluation sessions, meant to assess current policies in order to elaborate on ways for young people to contribute to the achievement of MDGs and to present tangible suggestions for fellow youth organisations, state and non-state actors involved in the progress for the achievement of MDGs;The results of the case study trips will be presented and discussed at the final conference in Utrecht, the outcomes of the project will be collected in a result booklet.The case study trips will provide young people with a in depth knowledge of the situation in India and South Africa that will enable them to make informed choices about how to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs in the most effective way.The project will also have a great impact on the development of lasting partnerships among NGOs as representatives from all partners will have worked together for a duration of one year. Therefore, they will feel strongly connected to each other which is the perfect base for a fruitful future cooperation.
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