The World We Want

By Mark Mathew Operiano, Young Voices campaigner, Philippines

I recently attended “ and Friends” – a workshop with 20 other youth delegates in Bonn, Germany. is part of the current consultation on the new development agenda that will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

The workshop was an opportunity to meet young people from all over the world with diverse views on the post-2015 agenda, and discuss our ideas and hopes for the future. We also got to attend “Global Partnership and the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in Bonn, and voice our opinions to high-level policymakers.

Following the workshop, we came up with a manifesto that will be presented to international leaders on the formulation of the new development agenda. Key points from the manifesto included:

1. Ensure equal opportunities in areas such as education, healthcare, employment and social integration are available for all, including marginalised and vulnerable communities. These groups should be involved in decision and policy-making processes including those concerned with the post-2015 development agenda.
2. Raise awareness among vulnerable groups and disadvantaged communities of their rights to ensure their full participation.
3. Remove barriers that prevent vulnerable and disadvantaged groups from participating in social and civil life, including promoting technologies that are accessible t4. o all.
4. Reach out to the hardest to reach, listen to their stories, know their aspirations. Make sure they are empowered and have the chance to reach their full potential. was a great avenue for young people to come together voice our perspectives on the post-2015 agenda. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to attend.