On its 10th anniversary, the ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI), an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), will host its Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) virtually. The YCC will address the theme of COVID-19 and its impact on the implementation of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 and the kind of recovery that can put the nation back on track to building a better world for its youth.
Young people’s rights and priorities span across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and ensuring appropriate and dedicated investments into youth development within the Vision 2030 and the SDG framework is crucial to the achievement of all goals and targets. Moreover, youth engagement in the implementation, follow-up, and review of the Vision 2030 Agenda is essential to the achievement of sustainable development.
The United Nations in Jamaica is a main partner of the 2021 Youth Consultative Conference; and together with The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence will build on discussions by focusing on the roles, rights, and priorities of young people in COVID-19 recovery efforts. The conference will encompass the overarching theme “Building a Resilient Path to Recovery with and for Jamaica’s Youth.”
The 2021 YCC promises to be exciting and engaging and will feature workshops, keynote presentations and performances galore. A key output of the conference is a public call to action for youth priorities to be mainstreamed into COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Local experts will lead presentation and consultations with young people around various themes to be explored. Young people are encouraged to use these sessions to share their ideas and perspectives for how we should address the challenges explored.
A call to action will be developed and shared widely with key stakeholders that play an important role in the implementation of the SDGs and COVID-19 recovery efforts.
The workshops are designed to be hands-on and interactive and will leave you wanting to share what you learned with your peers. Sessions will focus on the SDGs and self-care.
The conference is virtual, but you have an opportunity to experience the conference using our simulation platform. You can walk into the rooms where sessions are being held and network with each other as if you were at a physical venue.
Hosted by one of the most well-loved media personalities, Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid, the opening ceremony will feature key addresses and performances to kick start an exciting programme of activities.
A rich, guided discussion, featuring the Hon. Robert Morgan State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, and youth representatives from major organizations. This session will explore ways of mitigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on public education in Jamaica, embracing a youth centred approach to learning in pursuit of an inclusive educational framework that leaves no one behind.
Social Media mogul Rushane ‘Rushcam’ Campbell will lead the virtual audience through a series of questions and answers for the members of the opening plenary. You will be able to ask your questions live on social media and in the chats of the various streaming platforms.
Use the virtual simulation platform to peruse displays from various organizations and network with each other.
Re-imagining learning and safeguarding access to quality education in a post-pandemic environment.
Co-Founder of EduFocal
Addressing Covid-19’s psychological impact on youth and promoting responsible use of technology in an increasingly online world.
Navigating the challenges of misinformation and vaccination hesitancy on Jamaica’s COVID-19 recovery efforts and vaccination.
Rallying youth and community voices in partnerships for the goals. Highlighting youth within the SDGs and peer-led approaches for mainstreaming the SDGs and Vision 2030 in youth programmes.
Creative techniques for improving physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of young people in isolation due to COVID-19.
Providing support to vulnerable groups of young people whose social circumstances are further heightened by the restriction of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rethinking, and nurturing technological innovations that have social value and are environmentally sustainable.
The United Nations Secretary- General's Envoy on Youth.
National Coordinator, The GGPE