The Youth Voice regional campaign is aiming to ensure broad consultation and coordination with the young people in the region and their full participation in ongoing discussions concerning the new development agenda.
Following an open call launched in October 2014, 80 organizations from 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia signed up to join the campaign.
During the campaign roll-out, country teams mobilized and engaged 23,334 young people from diverse social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and marginalized communities in a variety of initiatives:
- Consultation meetings and workshops
- Focus group discussions
- Public discussions
- Situational analysis
- Roundtable discussions
- Postcards and letter writing
- Debate tournaments
- Art events
- Painting, graffiti and anime competitions
- Photography exhibitions
- Youth camps
- Training sessions
- Outreach activities and street actions
- Flash mobs
- Peace marches
In all countries, young people voiced their needs and recommendations and agreed on the priorities they would like to present to their national stakeholders. The youth vision developed through a consultative process was presented to a broad range of stakeholders, calling for the inclusion of youth priorities in local and national development plans and in the new development agenda. In 14 countries from the region, 438 decision-makers were reached in national advocacy actions.
The final reports from country teams are currently being collected and a regional report will be shared in January.