Over 100 youths are expected to converge today at the Princess International Hotel for the launch of the State of World Population 2014 Report and the Consultative Youth Forum by United Nations Guyana.
The Consultative Youth Forum is scheduled to last for two days and will bring together youths from Guyana's ten administrative Regions.
A press release from the UN said the importance of engaging youths at all levels in the future development agenda, will be highlighted. The launch of the State of the World Population will take place during the opening session of the youth forum which will start 9:00am.
Ministers of Government: Dr. Frank Anthony- Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, and Minister of Foreign Affairs – Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett are expected to be present along with leader of the Opposition and Speaker of the National Assembly – Raphael Trotman.
Members of the diplomatic Corps and civil society are also expected to be present.
The UN said the Consultative Youth Forum will contribute to the ongoing efforts of the national actors to engage youth in dialogue on the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Development agenda follows the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
It was further stated that a document is expected to be drafted to share the priorities the participants would like in Guyana's development agenda; following discussions during the forum.
The UN said the process to formulate the global development agenda has engaged young people in the regional and national consultations inclusive of the 'My World Survey' and the 'A Million Voices: the World We Want,' and a range of stakeholder discussions on 'The Future We Want Post – 2015.'
On Thursday, the final day of the forum, a Draft of Considerations will be presented to political and other leaders by the participants.
During the afternoon, participants will be divided in five working groups discussing topics such as: Health, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Employment and Entrepreneurship.