Lessons Learned

There is a lot to be mentioned in terms of knowledge creation and possibilities, and in the spirit of acknowledging all that has been done, I have come up with a short list of what I can share:

 

1) There is a shift in global dynamics, the Global South is becoming more and more influential on issues of policy making, trade and security.

2) The Youth of the Global South have largely been neglected in the Post-2015 Agenda, limiting factors include financing, institutional non-profits that engage with the UN and a lack of opportunities for them to participate

3) There is a lot more online presence in engagement, the only challenge is to see how online contributions can be linked to New York/Geneva outputs

4) Information is greatly lacking in the Global South, there are too few organisations involved with the UN and other regional bodies such as SADC, SACU or AU

5) There is a critical need for skills for civil society to not only carry out research themselves, but to be more strategically aligned than tactical. Especially when it comes to evidence based advocacy and informed programmes.

6) Activism cannot operate independently, there is a need for more team work, collaborative efforts and merging interests

7) Youth should play a significant role in the SDGs, although it is unlikely that there will be a specific goal for youth; issues where youth are affected are cross cutting and indicators can specifically address youth

8) There is no capacity for ensuring that an entity can continuously be appraised with UN processes, coordinate civil society or representative interests within regional level and still engage at a national level, this is something the Global South is yet to fully manage

9) In addition, most Global South entities are backed by international non-profits, this often results in a lot of red tape, fuelling of incapability and inconsistency in strategies

10) SOGI issues must be integrated to broader aspects of the Post-2015 Agenda, even though there is difficulty in terms used, state negotiations and engagement with missions, there must be a continuous push for the protection, freedom and non-discrimination of SOGI persons

11) The metrics of maternal mortality, home care workers, family planning and education on life skills must be changed towards a more inclusive, objective and value-adding manner

12) The value propositions of civil society must be improved, especially for better engagement with policy makers and ensuring that information is available and knowledge created amongst all stakeholders

13) Institutional support lends credibility to movements started by individuals and the individuals inspire change through the sharing of stories, actively engaging with the public and taking initiative

14) It is the responsibility of young people to steer the path in which they are to take, as global citizens, pioneers and change agents.

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