09.06.2017 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

NET-MED Youth helps to shape the future at EU Development Days 2017

© European Union - Dareen Abu Lail, National NET-MED Youth Project Officer in Jordan

6,000 people from the development community gathered in the 11th edition of the EU Development Days, also known as #EDD17, in Brussels on 7 and 8 June 2017. UNESCO's Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth) project, funded by the European Union, did not miss the opportunity to take part in this forum and explore new synergies to further build a more sustainable Mediterranean region and a more sustainable future.

Young leaders, civil society, political leaders, private sector representatives, development practitioners from over 140 countries met in Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development to discuss ways they can work together to address poverty and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Three themes framed the activities this year:

  • Investing in People and Planet,
  • Investing in Prosperity, and
  • Investing in Peace and Partnership.

Dareen Abu Lail, National NET-MED Youth Project Officer in Jordan, spoke in the June 8th morning session on "Tackling Youth Employment in the South Mediterranean Region" about the importance of forecasting the skills needed for the job market. Dareen drew on the example of the work done by NET-MED Youth in its beneficiary countries, particularly in Jordan, to ensure that models for skills projections are built and ready to inform debate and policy planning.

That same afternoon, Dareen – representing UNESCO – also opened the session "Transforming Mindsets: 2030 Youth Agenda for Sustainable Development". You can watch the live Facebook video here.

“Young people around the world should take the 2030 Agenda, not only seriously, but personally,” said Dareen. “Youth should be fully engaged in the implementation and monitoring of the progress of SDGs. It is our responsibility as youth to find creative ways to achieve these goals, to ensure they have an impact and to report on them regularly.”

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