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Caribbean Youth Dialogues 2022 - In preparation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum

23 de febrero de 2022|Evento

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will be held from 19 - 20 April 2022. We invite you to be a part of the preparatory process by participating in the Caribbean Youth Dialogues.


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The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will be held from the 19-20 April 2022, and will be guided by the theme for this year's UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development entitled "Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” The Youth Forum will also review progress in the areas of quality education (SDG4), gender (SDG5), life below water (SDG14), life on land (SDG15), and partnerships for the goals (SDG17).

As part of the preparatory process for the Youth Forum, ECLAC along with other regional youth entities and platforms will be promoting a series of consultations with young people in the Caribbean subregion which will feed into the regional breakout sessions of the Forum.

There will be a series of four Caribbean Youth Dialogues in February, as well as a Regional Youth Forum in March.

You are invited to be a part!

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Discussion questions:

  1. What were the most pressing challenges for young people in your community before the COVID-19 pandemic in the frame of the selected themes?
  2. How has COVID-19 impacted or further exacerbated the challenges identified?
  3. How have children and young people been involved and how can they be meaningfully engaged to respond to the challenges identified and in the recovery process of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  4. What are the recommendations to increase partnerships and accelerate action in these areas especially during the post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction process, and for the achievement of the SDGs?


(Trinidad and Tobago time, GMT-4)


Wednesday, 23 February

17.30 to 17.40 Opening words

    • Abdullahi Abdulkadri, Coordinator, ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
    • Franz George, Caribbean and Americas Regional Representative, Commonwealth Youth Council
    • Kurba Marie Questelles, One Young World Caribbean

17.40 to 18.30 Quality and Inclusive Education in the Caribbean

Facilitator: Firhaana Bulbulia, Barbados Muslim Ladies Association

    • Latoya Swaby-Anderson, National Education Officer, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean
    • Bren Romney, Chief Education Officer, Department of Education, Ministry of Home Affairs and Education, Anguilla
    • Monina Thompson, Youth Ambassador Programme, Cayman Islands
    • Dawsher Charles, Survival Scholars, Trinidad and Tobago
    • Amber Sybesma, 12th UNESCO Youth Forum Participant, Aruba

Debate with Youth

18.30 to 19.20 Gender perspectives in the recovery process post-COVID-19

Facilitator: Sapphire Alexander, Advisor to the Global Advisory Committee for the Caribbean region at FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund; Global Advisory Committee for the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI)

    • Isiuwa Iyahen, Senior Programme Specialist, UN Women MCO Caribbean
    • Alian Ollivierre, Founding Director, I Am a Girl NGO, Barbados
    • Ayesha Constable, Young People for Action on Climate Change, Jamaica
    • Hakiem Lalmahomed, One Young World Caribbean; UNFPA Youth Advisory Group, Suriname
    • Ashlee Burnett, Founding Director, Feminitt

Debate with Youth

19.20 to 19.30 h Key conclusions, Franz George, Caribbean and Americas Regional Representative, Commonwealth Youth Council

  • Priorities of Caribbean Youth in SDGs 4 and 5


Thursday, 24 February

17.30 to 18.25 The role of youth in Caribbean blue futures – targeting SDG 14

Facilitator: Kobie Broomes, Barbados Youth Development Council

    • Renee Atwell, Dean, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Corps
    • Marie-Elise Maingot, Project Renaissance, Trinidad and Tobago
    • Zana Kristen Wade, Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador, Belize
    • Travis Gardiner, United Youth Leaders of Barbados

Debate with Youth

18.25 to 19.20 Life on Earth and Caribbean Youth Environmental Action

Facilitator: Shane John, Commonwealth Youth Council, Trinidad and Tobago

    • Fabien Monteils, Chief of Office, UNEP Haiti
    • Ferdison Valmond, Kalinago Inpirators Youth Group, Dominica
    • Laurent Cypria, Youth Forum, Martinique
    • Afeefa Richardson, Guyana Youth and Environment Network

Debate with Youth

19.20 to 19.30 h Closing remarks

    • Jhannel Thomlinson, Caribbean Youth Environment Network

Key conclusions: Priorities of Caribbean Youth in SDGs 14 and 15

    • Bernice Antoine, UNFPA Youth Advisor, Trinidad and Tobago

Wrap-up Days 1 and 2