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Caribbean Forum on Population, Youth and Development

The Caribbean forum will contribute to creating synergies between youth policies and broader development frameworks, including the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development, the SAMOA Pathway, the SDGs as well as sectoral plans at national level. It will give young people an opportunity to engage directly with public policy making and put youth perspectives at the centre of the social policy dialogue. Meeting participants will identify actions to ensure greater attention to youth issues, and youth participation, in sectoral policies and international development frameworks.

Georgetown, Guyana - 24-26 Jul 2018

Description

The forum is being jointly convened by the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with the collaboration of the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corps (CYAs), the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) and the University of the West Indies’ Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UWI STAT).

The Caribbean forum will identify actions to promote greater attention to youth, and youth participation, within the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of two important development frameworks: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development. In respect of the SDGs, it will afford the multiple stakeholders involved in supporting the planning, implementation and monitoring of youth-related SDGs in the Caribbean with an opportunity to design a Caribbean Youth Platform for the SDGs, in order to support member States and youth in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Meeting participants will also identify actions to further the implementation of the Montevideo Consensus in the Caribbean with a particular focus on the way in which population and development issues impact upon youth. The recommendations from the Caribbean forum will be presented at the Third Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean and will guide the further implementation of the Montevideo Consensus.

 

 

24/07/2018

  • 09:00 to 10:00
    Opening of the Meeting
    • Chairperson: Vishal H. Joseph, CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Guyana
      Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat
      Hon. Dr. George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion, Government of Guyana
      H.E. Desiré Delano Bouterse, President of Suriname, CARICOM Lead Head of Government for Community Development (recorded message)
      Interlude - Parkside Steel Orchestra
      Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank
      Alison Drayton, Director, Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, UNFPA
      Diane Quarless, Director, ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
      Interlude - Spoken word - Melessa Vassell, President, Jamaica Youth Theatre
      Shaquille Knowles, Chairperson, Caribbean Regional Youth Council - Joint statement from Youth Organisations
  • 10:00 to 10:30
    Coffee Break and official group photo
  • 10:30 to 11:30
    The Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes + 20: A Progress Report on the Caribbean
    • Facilitator: Ferranto Dongor, Youth Development Specialist, Suriname
      Presentation of the Caribbean Synthesis Report on the Implementation of the Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes
      Moderator: Hilary Brown, Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development, CARICOM Secretariat
      Catarina Camarinhas, Social Affairs Officer, UN ECLAC
      Caribbean Youth Policy Review
      André Browne, Dean, CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corps
      An outlook on Caribbean youth policies and programmes
      Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, Research Fellow, SALISES, University of the West Indies
  • 11:30 to 12:30
    Implementation of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development
    • Moderator: Diane Quarless, Director, ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
      Presentation and discussion of the Implementation of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development in the Caribbean: A Review of the Period 2013-2018.
      Francis Jones, Population Affairs Officer, UN ECLAC
      Alison Drayton, Director, Subregional Office for the Caribbean, UNFPA
      Andre Richards, Senior Demographer, Planning Institute of Jamaica
      Montevideo Consensus - National Report for Jamaica
      Michele Jules, Policy Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, Suriname
  • 12:30 to 13:30
    Lunch | Introduction of youth groups
  • 13:30 to 15:00
    Frameworks to Support the Implementation of Youth Policies and Programmes in the Caribbean
    • Moderator: Bren Romney, Director, Department of Youth and Culture, Anguilla
      Presentation and discussion of the main policy frameworks for youth development in the Caribbean: opportunities for synergies and improved coordination.
      Ram Sushil, Programme Manager, The Commonwealth Secretariat
      Nicola Shepherd, Focal Point on Youth, UN/DESA (Virtual presentation)
      Hilary Brown, Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development, CARICOM Secretariat
      Kemberley Gittens, Social Analyst, Caribbean Development Bank
  • 15:00 to 15:15
    Coffee Break
  • 15:15 to 17:00
    Mobilizing Youth to Advance the 2030 Agenda
    • Facilitator: Richard Berwick, Youth Development Specialist, Jamaica
      A session about the efforts of young people to advance implementation of the SDGs
      Moderator: Kylah Ciego, CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Belize
      Beryl Manhoef, SDG Youth Ambassador, Suriname
      Michael McGarrell, Youth Advocate, Guyana and Amazon Basin
      Chetwynd Osborne, Policy Analyst at the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Guyana
      Kurba-Marie Questelles, Commonwealth Youth Council, Trinidad and Tobago
      Melessa Vassell, President, Jamaica Youth Theatre
  • 17:00 to 17:30
    Day 1 Wrap-up Session
    • Ferranto Dongor, Youth Development Specialist, Suriname
      Richard Berwick, Youth Development Specialist, Jamaica
      Sherwin Bridgewater, Youth Development Specialist, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 18:00 to 19:30
    CARICOM Side Event: Training/Networking Session
    • Sherwin Bridgewater, Youth Development Specialist, Trinidad and Tobago
      Andreas Karsten, Executive Director, Youth Policy Labs

25/07/2018

  • 09:00 to 10:00
    Youth Policy Interventions and Programmes: A Best Practice Exchange
    • Moderator: John Roach, Chief Youth Development Officer, Dominica
      A session presenting case studies to address the challenges of youth at risk, providing success stories in the coordination of multidimensional interventions.
      Alicia Glasgow Gentles, Executive Director, The MultiCare Youth Foundation (YUTE Programme)
      Courtney Brown, Country Manager, Community, Family and Youth Resilience Program (USAID), Guyana
      Andreas Karsten, Executive Director, Youth Policy Labs
      Teocah Dove, Social Development and Communications for Development Consultant
  • 10:00 to 10:15
    Coffee Break
  • 10:15 to 11:20
    New and Emerging Youth Employment Opportunities
    • Moderator: Resel Melville, National Project Coordinator, Child Labour, International Labour Organization
      A thematic session highlighting opportunities for youth employment in new and emerging sectors, including the blue, green and creative economies.
      Raquel Frederick, Research Analyst and Wayne Elliot, Research Analyst, CDB (Virtual presentation)
      Ram Sushil, Programme Manager, The Commonwealth Secretariat
      Richard Berwick, Lead Facilitator, Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity (CEBO)
      Riane de Haas Bledoeg, Deputy Programme Manager, Culture, CARICOM Secretariat
  • 11:30 to 12:30
    Access to Appropriate Education and Training
    • Moderator: Sophia Zachariah, Senior Programme Officer, Department of Youth Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda
      The panel will discuss challenges and obstacles hindering access to quality, relevant and appropriate education and training.
      Maria Claudia Camacho, Chief, Labour and Employment Section, OAS
      Franz George, Caribbean and Americas Representative, Commonwealth Youth Council
      Paolo Marchi, Deputy Representative, UNICEF Guyana and Suriname
      Patricia McPherson, Deputy Programme Manager, Education, CARICOM Secretariat
  • 12:30 to 13:30
    Lunch | Introduction of youth groups
  • 13:30 to 15:00
    Youth Political and Civic Participation
    • Moderator: Gregory Willock, Parliamentary Secretary, Montserrat
      The panel will discuss strategies and approaches to ensure active youth participation in political and socio-economic development processes at community, national and regional levels.
      Tijani Christian, Chairperson, Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC)
      Zaviska Lamsberg, UNFPA Youth Advisory Group, Suriname
      Latoya Charles, Interim PRO Saint Lucia National Youth Council
      Vishal H. Joseph, CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Guyana
      Andrea Gisselle Burbano Fuertes, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean
  • 15:00 to 15:15
    Coffee Break
  • 15:15 to 17:30
    Recommendations for Increased Youth Engagement in Development Frameworks – A Proposal for Action
    • Moderators: Hilary Brown, Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development, CARICOM Secretariat and Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, Research Fellow, SALISES, University of the West Indies
      The Forum will discuss and agree on priority actions to advance the regional youth development agenda and formulate a proposal to create a regional mechanism to facilitate youth participation, engagement and collaboration.
      Asha-Gaye Cowell, President 2017-2018, UWI STAT Vice Chancellor's Ambassador Corps, Mona Chapter
      Cleviston Hunte, Director of Youth Affairs, Barbados
      Kevin Andall, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Sport, Culture and the Arts, Grenada
  • 18:00 to 19:30
    Side Event: Game-networking
    • Teocah Dove, Social Development and Communications for Development Consultant

26/07/2018

  • 09:00 to 10:30
    An Intergenerational Dialogue: What role for older persons in the changing structure of the family, community and workplace in the Caribbean?
    • Facilitators: Ferranto Dongor, Youth Development Specialist, Suriname and Richard Berwick, Youth Development Specialist, Jamaica
      Perspectives on work, life, care and intergenerational relations.
      Jennifer Rouse, Director of Ageing, Trinidad and Tobago
      Sean Davis, Deputy Chairperson, Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica
      Carole Bishop, Member, Guyana Commission for the Family
      Shakira Lowe, ‘I am a Girl Barbados’
  • 10:30 to 10:45
    Coffee Break
  • 10:45 to 12:30
    Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender Equality
    • Moderator: Jicinta Alexis, Ministry of Social Development and Housing, Grenada
      Policy initiatives to better serve the needs of Caribbean youth, women and marginalized groups
      Dona da Costa Martinez, Executive Director, Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago
      Dennis Glasgow, SRH Advocate and Member of the PANCAP Steering Committee on Youth Advocacy
      Alison McLean, Representative, UN Women Multi-Country Office, Caribbean
      Akola Thompson, Social Activist, Guyana
  • 12:30 to 13:30
    Lunch | Introduction of youth groups
  • 13:30 to 15:00
    Migration, Diaspora and Development
    • Moderator: Abdullahi Abdulkadri, Statistics and Social Development Unit, ECLAC
      Managing skilled migration and engaging the diaspora in national development.
      Eraina Yaw, International Organization for Migration
      Indianna Minto-Coy, Senior Research Fellow, Mona School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies
      Michael Brotherson, Head of the Diaspora Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guyana
  • 15:30 to 16:30
    Coffee Break
  • 16:30 to 17:30
    Closure of the Meeting
    • Hon. Lalini Gopal, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs
      Agreement on key actions for the implementation and follow-up on the Montevideo Consensus
      Consideration of the recommendations of the meeting
      Closing remarks
Caribbean Youth Forum
24-26 Jul 2018
Meetings and technical symposiums
Marriott
Block Alpha, Battery Road
Georgetown
Guyana
By invitation

Contact

Aurélie Quiatol
Meeting Services Assistant, Program Support Unit, ECLAC Subregional Headquaters for the Caribbean
aurelie.quiatol@eclac.org
(868) 224-8071

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