Regent has hosted a unique forum on the United Nations-led Post-2015 Development Goals.
The forum, which is the first in a series of 15 fora to be held for students across Ghana this year, sought to provide young people with a platform to help define Ghana’s priority areas in the next set of global development targets to be spearheaded by the United Nations Organisation as the world bids farewell to the MDGs in December 2015.
With the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching this year, the United Nations will craft a new set of targets known as the sustainable development goals (SDGs). This new set of goals will build on the progress of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The forum forms part of the ongoing dialogue around the world between public, private, civil society and academic partners aimed at building consensus on the Post-2015 agenda, influencing the agenda for new global commitments that build on the progress of the MDGs.
As part of the Post-2015 Consensus Forum; a cross-section of students at Regent got the opportunity to rate/prioritise the proposed targets as well as make suggestions on which targets they believed should be pursued by governments, development partners, donors and other stakeholders. Participants also learned about the development goals, as well as how to prioritise competing objectives based on economic analysis.
Present to facilitate the forum were Mr. Nelson Amo and Mr. Douglas Quartey, the Programs Coordinator and Programs Manager respectively at Youth Bridge Foundation. Dr. Ebenezer Ashley, the Dean of the Regent School of Business and Leadership also delivered a presentation on why the Millenium Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda are relevant to young people.
Additionally, participants were taken through an overview of the history of the Millennium Development Goals, the Post 2015 priority areas as well as the methodology for participants rating of the priority areas.
Between 10 and 100 of such youth fora will be held in a number of countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America under the auspices of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. In Ghana alone, 14 other similar fora will be held in various tertiary institutions across the country.
“I had a very positive experience participating in the forum. I found it to be an amazing, transformative and enriching one too. It has given me a global perspective on bridging gaps for positive youth development in Africa and the world at large” said Ojodu Olawale Sodiq, a second year Economics with Computing student at Regent, and participant of the forum.
"I felt really privileged to be part of a very critical and global decision making process in my own little way" said Beulah Ibrahim, a Management with Computing student currently in her second year of study. "It indeed gave me more insight into what goes on before decisions are made and for that am grateful."
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. Three out of the eight millennium development targets- on poverty, slums and water- have been met ahead of the 2015 deadline, but much remains to be done. The future development framework-the Post-2015 agenda- should build on the lessons learned from working toward achieving the MDGs, which have been providing the structure for the UN’s development activities since the Millennium Summit in 2000.