Marrakech: A forum to put youth at the core of sustainable development

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Organized on December 8-9th in Marrakech, the forum “for the role of Arab and African youth and teenagers in implementing Development 2030’s Agenda” is part of the continuity of the action plan of the National Child Rights Observatory (French Acronym ONDE) for the contribution in the achievement of sustainable development’s objectives.

Under the auspices of the National Child Rights Observatory, Organizations of Civil Society, High representatives of the UN, celebrities, a young representative from every country in the African continent as well as local youth were gathered on December 8-9th in Marrakech.
The organization of this Moroccan Forum was undertaken following the instruction of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the National Child Rights Observatory (ONDE), so that children, teenagers and youth are involved in the world work towards the achievement of these objectives, as a target and a lever. The success of this initiative rests mainly on their engagement.

The event was conceived as a platform for the launch of a long term partnership with different actors engaged in the International Conference on Population and Development and the 2030 Agenda at the continental scale.

Participants were solicited to create a high level UN Commission on adolescence. The commission will be in charge of prioritizing this theme in the 2030 Agenda through the identification of appropriate intersectoral actions. The objective is to reach a consensus, at the highest levels, regarding the research for necessary tangible and intangible means to invest in adolescence, within the framework of the 2030 agenda. Co-presided by Heads of States, the Commission will include representative of teenagers and will provide counseling for the development of strategic recommendations.