INVITATION TO OUR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE BY AND WITH YOUTH FROM EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS
The conference programme is organised by young people in Benin, Burkina Faso, Germany, Cameroon, Malawi and South Africa. These teams have determined all topics and formats
(picture: Flip chart sheet on topics from the preparatory meeting of the South Teams in Cotonou, Benin from 19 to 21 July 2019)
Welcome, 02.12.2019 (02:00 pm – 06:00 pm)
- Opening-Sessions, Impulse-Speeches, Team-Building (speakers and details t.b.a.)
Theme A, 03.12.2019 – Exploring and Challenging the Agendas 2030 and 2063:
- Youth Voices on our Common Future: Discovering the SDGs and Agenda 2063 (Tu, 10:00 – 11:00 am)
Connection between SDGs and Agenda 2063: What are the challenges?
This is a panel discussion aimed at recalling the objectives and content of the two agendas. This panel was proposed to enable participants to better understand the themes that bring us together, to strengthen their knowledge on the issue and to take up the challenges of the moment in order to redirect their actions. The panelists will therefore be responsible for crossing the two agendas and highlighting similarities and differences. The panelists are specialists recognized for their expertise on the issue. Participants will make the most of the panelists’ interventions and then go into group work to reflect on the challenges and different strategies to achieve them.
The panel will last approximately 15 minutes and will be held with a screening of a video. The group work will last about 30 minutes. The synthesis of the work will be done during the information market.
- Sharing experiences of successful actions to reach both agendas (Tu, 10:15 – 11:00 am)
Which measurements were successful in meeting the SDGs and the agendas?
Following the communication which allows the participants to discover the two agendas and after group work allowing to identify the sectors of priority actions, the participants will be divided into four groups (outside in the meadow). They will share on a table the actions already successfully completed to address the problems identified in some countries and which can be carried over to other countries. At the end of the writing, they will pass it on to the other groups to see the proposed solutions.
- Tour through photo gallery on the realities and experiences of the populations in relation to the SDGs (Tu, 04:00 – 04:30 pm)
Gallery on different living conditions for people living in Africa
Members of the Francophone team will take photos of real-life situations that show the experiences of young people, children, women and other segments of the population. It is about reporting and exposing the photos (which will allow the participants to reflect).
- Post-Conference Action Plan
What can be done to effectively involve young people in the implementation of the two agendas?
This involves getting the participants to identify key actions to be implemented at the end of the conference through the working groups. These identified actions will contribute to the drafting of a concrete action sheet for a better involvement of young people in the implementation of the two agendas.
- South African Youth Voices on the SDGs (Tu, 11:00 – 11:15 am)
What is the Youths’ Perspectives on the SDGs?
A short video production in which South African Youth consider and comment on the SDGs. The production is interview oriented and sheds light on how different youth perceive the SDGs and their relevance to our lives and actions.
Theme B, 04.12.2019 – Taking action on an individual level: Sustainable Consumption in the focus (SDG 12)
- #PROcycling „Waste is a Raw Material – DIY Workshop“
(We, 10:00 am – 06:00 pm incl. a break)
Dealing with SDG 12 Sustainable Consumption
#PROcycling offers the participants a ‚do-it-yourself‘ craft session of discarded but reusable items for everyday use. The new items become a symbol of unnecessary consumption and misuse of well-preserved products. In the workshop you will receive practical tips and tricks on upcycling techniques and waste disposal. Individually or in small groups you can venture to your own DIY project at a table and, for example, make a beautiful flower vase out of a can. At the table you can discuss about garbage use in different parts of the world, and of course we also have background information ready for you. Your PROcycling designs will directly be published on our instagram page under Hashtag #PROcycling to promote our success against litter and to invite all conference participants to join. All in the spirit of SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption!
- Paper consumption – „How WE together can improve the whole world“ (Wed, 10:00 – 11:00 am)
Dealing with SDG 12 Sustainable Consumption
What comes to your mind when thinking about alternatives to plastic? Paper!
How do you take notes in classes, university or at work? Paper!
Do we know the consequences to our daily use of paper? Is it sustainable at all?
No! It is extremely inconvenient to use paper for short-living products. The production of paper is energy-insufficient and harms the environment. Let us review what impact our consumption of paper would have by 2030 on the planet.The annual paper consumption makes up for 367 million tons glo bally – you yourself use around 52 kg per year. Let’s take a look at how we could change our daily routine and collect ideas to decrease paper wastage.We want to discuss with you, acquire new knowledge and find new ways to make our consumption more sustainable in light of SDG 12.
Everything great starts with little steps. So let’s start here and now.
- Internet Idols’ Ideas on the SDGs (Wed, 10:00 am – 06:00 pm)
Dealing with SDG 12 Sustainable Consumption
This workshop will focus on reflected consumption of food. There will be various influencers who will deal a lot with the topic of sustainable consumption. Together with them, we will consider various criteria when we buy groceries then we will go shopping in town. After we have evaluated the whole thing, we will cook up a delicious dinner from the purchased food!
There will also be a video workshop with some Youtubers. You can then prove your newly acquired skills in a video about the shopping and cooking activity.
- Networking for Climate Alliances (Wed, 02:00 – 04:00 pm)
Taking up Environmental Protection
Networking could be the key to success in terms of environmental activism and policy. There are so many different organisations, initiatives and movements dealing with this issue. We want to bring together representatives from as many of these organisations from as many different countries as possible. They can then discuss common goals, see how they can support each other or develop ideas on how they can achieve more environmental protection on a global level.
Theme C, 05.12.2019 – Exploring Social innovations as a means to transform society in light of the agendas.
- “I am an African” by Thabo Mbeki (Thu, 10:00 – 10:15 am)
Pan Africanism in the African Union and Agenda 2063
Video demonstrating a holistic view of Pan Africanism and Ubuntu (a Southern African term explaining the sense of an interconnected Identity) The video highlights the beauty, power and the diversity of Africa and its people. Thabo Mbeki, former president of South Africa and a spirited personality in the African Union and the development of the AU Agenda 2063, advocated for the Africa we find embedded in the seven aspirations of 2063.
- SDGs and the Agenda 2063 in a local context
How are SDGs and Agenda 2063 achieved / lived?
Short edits of youth and youth led organisations in Southern Africa that are localising the SDGs and Agenda 2063
- Social Innovation for a sustainable future (Thu, 10:15 – 10:45 am)
Approaching Global challenges using social innovation.
Global challenges, from human rights, climate change, water and food scarcity, education to unemployment. The list goes on. Social innovations are increasingly important to address and solve these challenges for a sustainable future. The SADC YOUTH TEAM will lead a day of explorations in which global concerns and case studies are considered. Participants at the conference will engage in a structured and meaningful way to look at social challenges and create youth led innovative solutions.
- Feedback Session (for collected ideas) (Thu, 11:00 am – 06:00 pm incl. a break)
Sharing Innovative Solutions
Participants will have time to develop a creative form of feedback in order to share innovative ideas that were collected during the workshops.
Closing Day, 06.12.2019 (07:00 am – 06:00 pm)
- Participation at a FFF Demonstration and actively taking part by giving short speeches (Fr, 11:00 am – 01:00 pm)
- Wrap-Up-Sessions, Closing Ceremony, Farewell
picture: virtual meeting of the ‚International Youth Committee‘ to prepare the conference, 20.7.2019