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Igniting Hope - transforming humanitarian action with and for young people - Side event at the ECOSOC HAS

Launching " Igniting Hope" - the first report of the implementation of the Compact with the governments of Denmark and Qatar in a full house - despite the early hours at the United Nations headquarters

" Igniting hope" Report is out - also accessible online via https://www.unfpa.org/publications/compact-young-people-humanitarian-action

Speakers at the Launch event included Dereje Wordofa , Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA -- Stephan Schønemann, Head of Department for Humanitarian action, migration and civil society, MFA Copenhagen - Mrs. Anupama Rao Singh UNICEF - Mr. Mohammad Hassouneh youth representative from Jordan- Jemilah Mahmood Under Secretary General for Partnerships - IFRC --James Munn, Director – Norwegian Refugee Council - Essa Al-Mannai, Executive Director ROTA, -

Lama Ranjous, the Global Focal Point on Migration with UN Major Group for Children and Youth and was the national co-coordinator of the “Arab Youth for Climate Movement” in Syria moderated the launch event.
Full house In at the United Nations to Ignite Hope

All hands were on deck to make the launch of Igniting hope a success- happy faces after the early morning event!

Next stop - Working on the Interagency guidelines

Workshopping the Interagency Guidance on young people in humanitarian action - with the technical focal points of the Compact members. The aim of the guideline is to address a gap in current humanitarian tools that tend to overlook young people, a specific but broad demographic.

Ideas were plentiful to bring the current draft of the guidance to the next level.

Discussing audience, scope, piloting and dissemination of the interagency guidance.

It's amazing what we can accomplish when we are in it together

Wednesday : Future and Foresight training!

Are you an optimist....
or pessimistic about the future??

3rd Annual meeting of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action

Ramiz Alakbarov, Director of UNFPA' s Programme Division and UNFPA's Global Humanitarian Coordinator welcomes participants to the third Annual Compact meeting. He stressed the innovative nature of the Compact and suggested to hold a senior management meeting of the Compacts Members to maintain the political momentum around this promising partnership.

Discussing Youth Participation in the Compact: out of 28 Member organisations present , 11 had brought a youth representative to the meeting.
A friends night out!

Compact members bonding and chilling over a joint dinner after a full day of in depth discussions

I am convinced that if there is anything as powerful as an idea whose time has come, it is the collective energy and dynamism of the world’s largest-ever generation of young people. We see young people stepping up to amplify humanitarian effectiveness, to push for innovation, to understand and serve affected populations. Young people rekindle hope in places where it has been overwhelmed. The Compact is our platform to work together, to make progress visible and encourage others to join the course. The Compact is our common commitment. Let us all ignite hope ! Dereje Wordofa, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA at the closing of the Annual meeting
Happy Compact Coordinators :-)
" Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success" Heny Ford

Thanks everyone for a very productive week and another good Annual meeting !

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