The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has called on decision makers to create a mechanism to facilitate the participation, engagement and collaboration of youth in development frameworks.
This was one of the issues discussed at the Caribbean Forum on Population, Youth and Development during which senior government officials, youth experts and youth representatives agreed on priority actions to advance the regional youth development agenda.
“The integration of youth into development processes is a crucial step in the process towards more egalitarian societies,” underscored Diane Quarless, Director of ECLAC Caribbean, in her opening remarks at the forum which ends Thursday.
Lack of youth development in general, and youth unemployment in particular, have become growing concerns for Caribbean countries, with levels of youth unemployment over the last decade remaining higher than before the 2008 financial crisis, ECLAC noted. Young people are also more likely to live in poverty compared with older adults, and more likely to become victims of violence.
These and other pressing issues for youth development were discussed at the forum which provided a platform for policy-makers, researchers, government officials, youth, and development partners from 29 Caribbean countries that are Members or Associate Members of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC) to address priorities for youth development. The forum identified practical solutions to support the implementation of youth policies and programmes, and the involvement of Youth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in other regional and national development processes.