OTTAWA, July 14th, 2016 – The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), in partnership with UN-Habitat and UN-Women, launched today a series of national youth consultations on the future of Canada’s international development assistance. The Canadian Government has called for these consultations to assure the voice of youth, Canadians at large and other international development partners in the development of Canada’s international development assistance programme. In addition to the consultations on the international development, youth will also be consulted on their opinion on sustainable urbanization, as part of a larger consultation on Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda.
The consultations, taking place in 5 cities across Canada, will convene young leaders from across the country to hear their ideas about the work of the United Nations (UN), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the role of youth in international development issues. Youth will be given the opportunity to shape future global development policy. Priority policy ideas emerging from discussions will be reported to Global Affairs Canada as part of their International Assistance Review Consultations.
The consultation just completed in Vancouver highlighted issues such as the engagement of international diaspora
“Young people’s ideas and participation are vital to the work of UNA-Canada, to the UN, the Government of Canada and our Youth Minister and to attaining the sustainable development goals – in Canada and the world.” States Kathryn White, President & CEO of UNA-Canada.
The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is a national charitable organization providing the leading policy voice on multilateralism in Canada, with 25 000 members from coast to coast to coast. Established in 1946, UNA-Canada was a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Association and today holds the elected Vice-Chair, representing global civil society.
Doug Ragan, Chief, Youth and Livelihoods Unit, sees the critical role of Canada and Canadian youth in international assistance. “Canadian youth play a critical role in key global issues such as climate change, peacebuilding and the role of cities. We are excited to work with UNAC and UN-Women to assure their voice in developing Canada’s international assistance programmes.”
Locations and dates of Consultations are: July 12th: Vancouver, BC; July 15th: Edmonton, AB
July 22nd: Toronto, ON; July 26th: Montreal, QC July 29th: Ottawa, ON.
For more information please contact:
Elias León or Adlai Salcedo
(613) 983 5366 (647) 983 9768
The United Nations Association in Canada
UNA-Canada engages citizens and decision makers at every level of Canadians society. We invest across generations, bringing empathy-based educational resources on health, citizen education, diversity, peace and the environment to both the best and the brightest and to most marginalized youth within Canada and in the world’s poorest countries.
We meet our mandate with a national network of branches, volunteers and education programmes that are inspiring and mobilizing Canadians in support of the principles and critical work of the UN. By growing global citizens, we are building a stronger, more outward looking Canada ready to accept the greatest challenges of our time.