The third meeting of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons took place in Monrovia between all members of the High Level Panel and seventy CSO representatives. The meeting took the format of a "town hall" event, where CSO members together with grassroots representatives shared evidence, perspectives, and recommendations on the topic of National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity and its sub-themes. This served as a framing conversation, also giving critical clarity to the vision and aspirations of ordinary citizens for the future.
The HLP needs to consider developing a framework that addresses structural child poverty in various contexts and enables good governance and accountability around child rights and protection. In order for children to participate in the economic transformation, the new framework must prioritize initiatives that promote quality education, health care, reproductive health, information, adequate nutrition, appropriate services for children living with disabilities and must ensure that national governments provide budgetary allocations and are held accountable for the protection of children from all forms of violation and exploitation. The post-2015 agenda should consider access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as basic human rights that underpin health, education and livelihoods. The problems associated with lack of access to WASH impact on virtually all aspects of human development, disproportionately affecting the life chances of young people.
Youth unemployment considerably exacerbates the danger of major structural unemployment for many years to come. Unemployment is a huge inefficiency to both young people and to international society looked at in light of costs to governments, non state actors and lost potential wages. Youth as a dispossessed constituency is a threat to sustainable economy leading to a trigger for rising crime and social malfunction. There exists massive disparity of access between young women and adolescent girls for productive resources and prosperity.
Holistic international youth policies with national focus must therefore be founded on:
- The provision of more and better education, including formal education, informal education and vocational trainings; active and dignified insertion of youth in the workplace ensuring them a good wage and jobs as part of a career path, as well as liberty, gender equality, and security; the provision of career centers, knowledge exchanging facilities among youth nationally and internationally by the establishment of youth workers union and social dialogue to facilitate a successful matching of labour demand and supply, to ensure successful programming and to foster youth hiring.
“Without young people’s ideas we the Panel would be missing the best hope for a successful set of goals. Bring us your ideas.” Graca Machel HLP November 2012