Since the call for ICSW and Youth Assembly event partners opened in April 2017, organisations like Observatory Oxfam Youth Quebec, FRIDA, Yole! Africa, UN Major Group Children and Youth proposed to work together with CIVICUS Youth Action Team to plan the Youth Assembly under a World Café format and facilitate 6 different round tables.
The discussions were open and free-flowing based on our facilitation principles and guidelines: https://tinyurl.com/y8gy23gp
Fostering expression for peace Creating inclusive platforms to allow youth in all their diversity to hold decision-makers accountable through creative and innovative forms of expression (arts, sports and formal spaces) with effective follow-up mechanisms of the impact made for and by young people. #ICSW2017 #YouthAssembly
Giving youth power in the SDGs All stakeholders to guarantee that there is an equitable distribution of power in defining and critiquing the SDGs processes and priorities in local, national and global level, particularly for underrepresented groups including young people. #ICSW2017 #YouthAssembly
Practicing what we preach as civil society Inclusive representation of youth within organisations by ensuring that a minimum of 25% of decision-makers are under the age of 35, and that CIVICUS works in partnership with local actors to build capacity in order to implement this in the entire CIVICUS community. #ICSW2017 #YouthAssembly
Education to combat climate change Prioritise and invest in climate education for the development of educational initiatives such as a ‘climate change dictionary’ to translate and localise climate change terms for global communities. Climate change affects the majority, but climate knowledge is only known by a minority. #ICSW2017 #YouthAssembly
Using enterprise as a form of social change Peer to peer mentoring between NGOs and social enterprises at all levels so both parties can improve their efficiency, productivity, and knowledge. Every CIVICUS member will partner with at least one social enterprise to share resources and skills with an individual from the business/social enterprise sector. This individual will also create a report with recommendations for the NGO with emphasis on grassroots.
Rethinking how we build movements We demand accessibility of the international network through breaking down elite youth and the influence of gatekeepers through equal quotas of participation with marginalized populations; access to funds without discrimination; social inclusion sensitive budget; and encouraging youth employment within civil society. We would like to implement a platform where youth organizations can make themselves visible for donor connections. We recommend that CIVICUS create a platform for youth databases to share best practices.
During the days after the Youth Assembly, 5th to 8 December, young delegates shared these recommendation(s) during #ICSW2017 sessions, side events and World Assembly. Young members outside Fiji, also engaged with the Youth Assembly recommendations sharing them online using the hashtags #ICSW2017 #YouthAssembly
On Day 1 of ICSW, the representatives of ICSW\local hosted a poster session to share their experience in bringing ICSW discussions closer to different regions of the world. 6 out of the 12 ICSW\local partners where youth-led organisations working in anti fracking campaigns, social media and technology trainings for young women, youth leadership in SDGs, storytelling workshops and peace building intergenerational dialogues.
Jaytathma Wickramanayake, UN Youth Envoy, invites #CIVICUSyouth to work together reaching out to more young people to keep promoting youth leadership in civil society and to take action at the local level.
World Assembly 2017 ‘Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our FUTURE’
Since 1993, CIVICUS World Assembly’s main objective is to create a space where a diversity of voices can be heard, experiences exchanged, successes and challenges discussed, and, most importantly, a space that leads to concrete ideas for a more equitable and just world. In 2017, two young civil society actors took the space at the panel: Re-imagining democracy: people voice and power and stressed for youth at the center of the future civil society movement & democracy.
"Youth movements are the way forward. Young people needs to be a part of both formal institutions, a part of decision making processes, and on the street. Organisations need to relook at their practices." @sebavielmas
"Civil society space is shrinking for everyone, but especially for young people who are asked to be silent or otherwise risk their lives to claim their space." @UNYouthEnvoy
Day 5 "Youth talanoa Reimagining Democracy". Following the World Assembly discussion, a group of 15 young people met for half day on Friday 8 December for a forward-looking conversation on the roles young people can play in reimagining democracy. Participants shared their analysis of the general challenges to democracy and possible solutions. The facilitation method for this session was inspired by the @MobilisationLab Campaign Accelerator toolkit.