Members of the 50/50 Youth Cluster had the honour to support the 5th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit #CYLS2017 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica from 30th September to 2nd October 2017. The theme of the Summit was “Rerouting our GPS: Governance, Peace and Security”. #Yute4GPS
The Summit involved two tracks – one for youth capacity-building and strategy development (Youth Leaders’ Forum) and another for deliberation among key policy and financing stakeholders about how to support the youth development sector (Stakeholders Forum). 50/50 Youth provided technical and training support to both tracks, facilitating workshop sessions on Social Auditing, Youth Leadership in the Global South, Youth Mainstreaming to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Contextual Realities of Youth Empowerment.
Director of SALISES Mona, Professor Aldrie Henry Lee also engaged participants via a plenary plenary presentation on “Reaping the Demographic Dividend: Child Poverty (Un)Employment and Social Inclusion”.
The summit was hosted by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and received additional support from the UNFPA, USAID, National Integrity Action and SALISES, University of the West Indies. This is the second year of partnership between SALISES and the Caribbean Regional Youth Council convene the regional summit. As Chair of the 50/50 Youth Cluster, Dr. Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, indicated in her Welcoming Remarks, the partnership with CRYC is an important element of SALISES’ work to support the formulation of evidence-based solutions to development challenges facing small countries.
We look forward to future collaborations with CRYC and wish the new executive, elected parallel to the Summit at the General Assembly, great success in supporting National Youth Councils across the region.