Panama City, Panama, April 10, 2015 – Before a large audience, composed of representatives of Civil Society, Rectors and Youth Delegates, young people presented to the authorities of the VII Summit of the Americas the conclusions and recommendations that emerged from the “Youth Declaration of Panama 2015”.
The consensus achieved after two intense days of dialogue, with the participation of over 400 young people of the Americas, resulted in the adoption of the Youth Declaration within the framework of the IV Young Americas Forum. The document was presented as a part of the closing ceremony of the Civil Society and Social Actors Forum.
The Youth Declaration emerges from the commitment of young people with the realities of their countries, these young people focused on six main themes: Education; Security; Migration; Citizen Participation; Democratic Governance; and Energy and Environment. All this under the theme of the VII Summit of the Americas “Prosperity with equity: the challenge of cooperation in the Americas”.
“Recognizing the importance of youth in each sub-theme of the VII Summit of the Americas, we urge our governments to understand the transversality between the postulated sub-themes. Additionally, as young people, we wish to be allowed to take an active role in the process of designing and implementing public policies regarding the challenges we face in our continent” states the Youth Declaration.
The proposed solutions and strategies to address the challenges facing the region are the result of this process that allowed raising the voice of young people of the continent during the main meetings of the Heads of State of the Hemisphere. The Youth Declaration of Panama 2015 is available here www.yabt.net/foro.
It is important to highlight that this IV edition of the Forum has been a process that included the contributions of 6,846 young people who actively participated in one of the 39 National Dialogues, Virtual Consultations and/or Extended Consultations that took place in important hemispheric events. These consultations where developed and gathered during the 8 months prior to the event in Panama.
“We request the implementation of a post-agenda to follow up on the discussions and commitments made in this IV Young Americas Forum, adapted to the reality of each country, suggesting strategies against corruption, seeking programmatic transparency, awareness, and citizen empowerment” state young people of the Americas in their declaration.
The creation of this declaration reaffirms the right of young people to participate in the policy making process at every level of government, recognizing their critical role in enabling meaningful social inclusion and sustainable economic development.
During the presentation, the audience welcomed the proposals made by youth acknowledging the space that is generated for actual inclusion and participation as social actors of change.
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The Young Americas Forum was established as an official event for youth of the Hemisphere to discuss around the central themes of the presidential caucus - " Prosperity with Equity: The challenge of cooperation in the Americas", held on April 8 and 9 in the El Panama Hotel in Panama City within the framework of the VII Summit of the Americas.
The Youth Declaration of Panama 2015 is available here: www.yabt.net/foro