These new initiatives by the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and various partners across the world aims to encourage the engagement of children and youth from across the world. We are keen to make the voice of all our children and youth heard and consequently enabling the decision makers to consider those views and ideas in their big decisions.
The World Commission on Environment and Development famous report “Our Common Future” published in 1987 defined sustainable development (SD) as the development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, since the Rio summit in 1992 SD is increasingly becoming a concern for both developed and developing countries (DCs). Yet, translating the principles of SD into effective economic and environmental policies seems to be a major challenge for all countries. The entire concept of SD is about the future and the future is all about the children and youth! Youth population is growing rapidly in all regions of the world and we are very keen to understand the children and youth perspectives and expectations for their future to help them be ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. We strongly believe our children and youth should be the cornerstone of any strategy by all governments and policy makers. We must listen to our children and youth and more importantly how we can help our youth with their future employment plans and aspirations.
We are hoping to officially launch these initiatives during WASD 16th International Annual Conference co-organized with, and hosted by the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system (JIU) in the Palais des Nations – Geneva, Switzerland in the period 10-12 April 2018.
WASD is very pleased to work closely in the various Youth Initiative with various prestigious organisations from all-over the world. To achieve its goals, WASD accepts support and donations from individuals and organisations across the world which will make a significant contribution to our initiative by giving the opportunity to the youth from across the world particularly from poor developing countries to participate in these initiatives. Therefore, your organisation name will potentially be seen and appreciated by a large number of people and organisations from all-over the world. Our partners and/or sponsors include:
- United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
- Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London, UK
- Ahlia University Bahrain
- St George’s School, London, UK
- Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), UK
- The Big Heart Foundation, UAE
- Sudan Knowledge (SK), UK