North-East Asian Youth adopt powerful post-2015 development vision – UNDPListen /
Job opportunities, rising inequalities, the environment, gender equality and peace and security in North-East Asia are key priorities the region's youth want to see addressed in the world's future development agenda.
51 youth representatives from China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia have today adopted a bold declaration on the future of global development entitled 'The World We Want'.
The declaration demands decision-makers also ensure access to quality education, calls for a world free from discrimination and stresses the need for greater peace, security, economic and cultural cooperation and open communication in North-East Asia.
Prepared as formal input for the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the declaration was presented to Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and High-level Panel member, Mr Kim Sung-hwan on Wednesday on behalf of North-East Asian youth.
In his keynote address to the conference's closing ceremony, Minister Kim highlighted his aims to bring an Asian perspective to the work of the High Level Panel and shared his views on the key pillars required for a new framework's success.
He said to achieve sustainable economic growth and environmental management, a future global development framework should prioritize inclusive economic growth and green growth.
Whilst looking forward, participants also looked back at the progress and lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and the challenges ahead.
The three-day forum was hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Seoul Policy Centre, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific's Sub-regional Office for East and North-East Asia, the Global Compact Korea Network and Korea University.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.