The Nairobi Summit On ICPD25 | Accelerating The Promise | The Youth Cafe
Nov
11
to Nov 15

The Nairobi Summit On ICPD25 | Accelerating The Promise | The Youth Cafe

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted a landmark Programme of Action which set out to empower women and girls for their sake, and for the benefit of their families, communities and nations.

We have made incredible gains since then, but too many people are still being left behind. And too many nations have not been able to fully reap the demographic dividend because young people and other groups still lack agency, education and access to critical health services.

Increasing the pressure is the deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We cannot do that if we don’t also reach the goals laid out in the ICPD Programme of Action.

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YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2019 | The Youth Cafe
Oct
9
to Oct 12

YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2019 | The Youth Cafe

Why YouthConnekt Africa Hub?

Africa's greatest resource is its youth. Yet, this abundant resource has been relatively untapped and facing cross-cutting issues such as limited access to education and finances, deterring health, scarce employment opportunities and low wages, and often excluded from local decision-making. As a result, these challenges, individually and collectively, obstruct the youth from meaningfully contributing to the social, economic and political transformation of their nations and the African continent at large.

YouthConnekt is a platform designed to connect the youth for socio-economic transformation. The purpose of the YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) Hub is to provide a holistic solution to alleviate the challenges faced by African youth by widening the pool of economic, social and civic leadership opportunities through National YouthConnekt initiatives. Essentially, the Hub will be supporting already existing African youth empowerment initiatives to propel and scale their efforts further.

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Climate Action Summit 2019 | Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions | The Youth Cafe
Sep
23
8:30 AM08:30

Climate Action Summit 2019 | Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions | The Youth Cafe

Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even, as asked by the latest science, to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Thankfully, we have the Paris Agreement – a visionary, viable, forward-looking policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact. But the agreement itself is meaningless without ambitious action.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

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International Day of Peace | Climate Action for Peace
Sep
21
8:30 AM08:30

International Day of Peace | Climate Action for Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Climate Action” is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change. Affordable, scalable solutions such as renewable energy, clean technologies are available to enable countries to leapfrog to greener, more resilient economies.

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74th Session of the UN General Assembly | The Youth Cafe
Sep
17
to Sep 28

74th Session of the UN General Assembly | The Youth Cafe

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

During the week of the debate, several other high-level events also will convene:

  • On Monday, 23 September, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Climate Summit, and the UNGA will hold a one-day high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC);

  • On Tuesday, 24 September, following the opening of the 74th General Debate, the UNGA will convene a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place on the afternoon of 24 September and all day on 25 September;

  • On Thursday, 26 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD), as well as a high-level meeting on the elimination of nuclear weapons; and

  • On Friday, 27 September, the UNGA will hold the high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.

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International Day of Democracy 2019 | The Youth Cafe
Sep
16
to Sep 17

International Day of Democracy 2019 | The Youth Cafe

The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

The values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy.  In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further developed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightswhich enshrines a host of political rights and civil liberties underpinning meaningful democracies.

The link between democracy and human rights is captured in article 21(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

“The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

The rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and subsequent human rights instruments covering group rights (e.g.indigenous peoples, minorities, people with disabilities) are equally essential for democracy as they ensure an equitable distribution of wealth, and equality and equity in respect of access to civil and political rights.

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2019 Environmental Science and Climate Change Conference (2019ESCC) | The Youth Cafe
Sep
10
to Sep 11

2019 Environmental Science and Climate Change Conference (2019ESCC) | The Youth Cafe

With the growth of environmental problems and an increase in global warming, every citizen should take responsibility to respond to the situation and come up with a solution. After acclaimed name in the medical research field, Episirus Scientifica has taken a step to gather every working brain for the Environment to come up with a solution and innovation together at the 2019 Environmental Science and Climate Change Conference (2019ESCC) at Singapore from September 10-11, 2019. Our focus is to bring together leading experts, activists, researchers, and scientists to exchange and share their meaningful experiences of various methods and innovative ideas on the topic “ Sustainable Development: A Major Challenge Across the Globe ”

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The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD7) | The Youth Cafe
Aug
28
to Aug 30

The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD7) | The Youth Cafe

The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is a multilateral leaders’ forum on Africa’s development, first convened in 1993 in Japan. The spirit of international partnership is reflected in the composition of TICAD’s co-organizers: the United Nations (UN), UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the Government of Japan since TICAD’s inauguration, with the African Union Commission (AUC) joining since 2010. Over the quarter of a century, TICAD has maintained its uniqueness as a pioneering, open, inclusive and multilateral forum to mobilize global support for African development. At the same time, it has continued to evolve to address both opportunities and challenges affecting Africa in alignment with both pan-African and international visions, such as African Union’s Agenda 2063 and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, respectively.

Committed to delivering tangible results on the ground, TICAD is also proud of its follow-up process. As part of it, this report reviews the progress made during the three-year period (2016-2018) since TICAD VI1.

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International Youth Day | Transforming Education | The Youth Cafe
Aug
12
to Aug 13

International Youth Day | Transforming Education | The Youth Cafe

The theme of International Youth Day 2019, “Transforming education”, highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves. Rooted in Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” –  International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education and how these efforts are contributing to the achievement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Statistics remind us that significant transformations are still required to make education systems more inclusive and accessible: (1) Only 10% of people have completed upper secondary education in low income countries; (2) 40 % of the global population is not taught in a language they speak or fully understand; and (3) over 75 % of secondary school age refugees are out of school. In addition, indigenous youth, young people with disabilities, young women, young people belonging to vulnerable groups or in vulnerable situations, etc. are facing additional challenges to access education that respects their diverse needs and abilities as well as reflects and embraces their unique realities and identities.

Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieving sustainable development. Education is a ‘development multiplier’ in that it plays a pivotal role in accelerating progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, be it poverty eradication, good health, gender equality, decent work and growth, reduced inequalities, action on climate or building peaceful societies. Education should lead to effective learning outcomes, with the content of school curricula and pedagogy being fit for purpose, not only for the 4th industrial revolution and the future of work and life, but also for the opportunities and challenges that rapidly changing social contexts bring.

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World Youth Skills Day  | Raising Awareness About the Importance of Youth Skills Developement | The Youth Cafe
Jul
15
to Jul 16

World Youth Skills Day | Raising Awareness About the Importance of Youth Skills Developement | The Youth Cafe

  • Ngong Road Nairobi Kenya (map)
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Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population. The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration. However, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.

Traditionally organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, this year the UN’s observance of the WYSD will shed light on the mechanisms needed to operationalize lifelong learning.

The Youth Cafe and its members has hosted a range of events and taken part in the photo competition and story series to celebrate World Youth Skills Day.

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High Level-Political Forum (HLPF)
Jul
9
to Jul 19

High Level-Political Forum (HLPF)

The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

Under the theme "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality", the meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2019 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.

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Kettering Foundation Deliberative Democracy Institute | The Youth Cafe
Jul
8
to Jul 12

Kettering Foundation Deliberative Democracy Institute | The Youth Cafe

DDI brings together scholars, journalists, community leaders, and civil society practitioners that use a range of strategies designed to improve civil society by encouraging citizen participation and advancing knowledge of democratic practices. Participants will explore the conditions under which citizens assume responsibility for changing their communities and consider the ways in which deliberative approaches may provide a possible mode for decision-making. This workshop, which is held every year, is designed to establish and encourage ongoing relationships and exchanges of ideas among participants that often take place across many years.

  

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Parliament Open Day 2019 | The Role of Parliament in Realizing 2030 Agenda | The Youth Cafe
Jun
20
8:30 AM08:30

Parliament Open Day 2019 | The Role of Parliament in Realizing 2030 Agenda | The Youth Cafe

BACKGROUND


The 2030 Agenda, adopted in 2015, is a global development framework, which guides development policy and practice at national, regional and global levels until 2030. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an integral part of the 2030 Agenda, are a call to action to end poverty worldwide, to protect the planet, and to promote peace and prosperity for everyone, everywhere.

The SDGs do not constitute a process that is separate but rather a framework for action on different streams of work in development and environmental conservation. The 2030 Agenda, therefore, reaches across all aspects of government, including parliamentary business.

Parliament’s constitutional responsibility to steer its country’s sustainable development directly impacts SDG implementation and plays an integral role in realizing the 2030 Agenda by representing the interests of citizens and localizing the implementation of the SDGs through deliberate efforts to ensure action at the national level.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Parliament Open Day 2019, themed “The Role of Parliament in realizing Agenda 2030” will bring together Members of Parliament, key agencies of the United Nations in Nairobi and Development Partners to critically examine the important role of Parliamentarians for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Dissemination Workshop On Youth Leadership and Governance | The Youth Cafe
Jun
20
7:00 AM07:00

Dissemination Workshop On Youth Leadership and Governance | The Youth Cafe

  • Ngong Hills Hotel Nairobi Nairobi Kenya (map)
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The Youth Cafe is taking part in the dissemination workshop on a research recently conducted in partnership with VSO Kenya, The Ford Foundation on Youth Leadership and Governance.

The research was youth-led and explored deeply the views of the youth in regard to the provisions of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya. It sought to employ varied qualitative and quantitative approaches to better understand the barriers and enablers to youth leadership and meaningful youth participation and engagement in governance in 4 counties in Kenya; namely Siaya, Taita Taveta, Nandi, and Wajir. Together, we hope to plot the way forward in regard to increasing the level of youth participation in leadership and governance in Kenya.

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World Refugee Day | Global Responsibility for Refugees | The Youth Cafe
Jun
20
4:00 AM04:00

World Refugee Day | Global Responsibility for Refugees | The Youth Cafe

On June 20, The Youth Cafe joins the world to commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees.

In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.

To do this, The Youth Cafe Refugee Agency took part in the #WithRefugees petition in June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

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European Development Days 2019 | The Youth Cafe
Jun
18
to Jun 19

European Development Days 2019 | The Youth Cafe

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The EDD is a participatory programme.EDD 2019's overarching title is "Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind".

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2019 | The Youth Cafe
Jun
17
3:30 AM03:30

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2019 | The Youth Cafe

2019WDCD will be celebrated under the theme of 25 years of implementation of the Convention and beyond, focusing on the path the Convention has taken, and the future the Convention could bring.
 
The past 25 years

Since its adoption in 1994, UNCCD has contributed to the advancement of sustainable land management. Today, its 197 Parties implement the Convention under coordinated and results-oriented actions with clear targets to recover and restore degraded land. The end goal is to protect our land, from over-use and drought, so it can continue to provide us all with food, water and energy. 

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2019 Africa Development Bank Group Annual Meetings in Malabo | The Youth Cafe
Jun
12
to Jun 15

2019 Africa Development Bank Group Annual Meetings in Malabo | The Youth Cafe

  • Malabo Malabo Equitoral Guinea (map)
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The 2019 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group (African Development Bank and African Development Fund) are being held in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea from 11 to 14 June 2019 in the Sipopo Conference Centre. 

An expected 3000 participants will include finance ministers, central bank governors, policy makers, civil society organizations, leaders of international organizations and captains of industry from the Bank Group's 80 Member States.

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World Day Against Child Labour 2019 | Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields, But on Dreams! | The Youth Cafe
Jun
12
2:30 AM02:30

World Day Against Child Labour 2019 | Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields, But on Dreams! | The Youth Cafe

  • United Nations Plaza New York, NY United States (map)
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In 2019, the International Labour Organization is celebrating 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work. 

Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture.

On this World Day Against Child Labour will look back on progress achieved over a 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour. We will also look forward towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.

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Health Innovation Lab | Building a Robust Ecosystem for Health Innovations in Kenya to Catalyse Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage | The Youth Cafe
Jun
11
4:30 AM04:30

Health Innovation Lab | Building a Robust Ecosystem for Health Innovations in Kenya to Catalyse Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage | The Youth Cafe

Background

There is consensus across the global health community that embracing innovations is a crucial part of the ambitious plan to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030, as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals. By creating better tools, products and approaches – and constantly refining existing ones – we can make faster and more efficient progress to better health outcomes. However, many promising innovations fail to move beyond their pilot stages and never achieve impact at scale.  

Kenya is globally renowned as a hub for innovation and the country’s healthcare landscape is dotted with many innovative solutions at various stages of development and scale. Existing policies are supportive and proactively advocate for innovations to catalyse faster progress. Though fragmented, there are several opportunities for financing healthcare innovations including a number of challenge funds, hackathons, innovation incubation and accelerator funds, as well as impact investors. While the fundamental architecture and drivers of healthcare innovation do exist in Kenya, there are ecosystem challenges that inhibit the seamless movement of promising solutions along the continuum from ideation to sustainable scale. The existence of a vibrant network of actors in the innovation ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity to learn, adapt and improve by drawing on this collective experience.

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World Environmetal Day | Join Us To Fight Air Pollution | How Will You #BeatAirPollution | The Youth Cafe
Jun
5
5:00 AM05:00

World Environmetal Day | Join Us To Fight Air Pollution | How Will You #BeatAirPollution | The Youth Cafe

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People's Day
Above all, World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. That "something" can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

The Theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”.

The Host
Every World Environment Day has a different host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces and supports worldwide efforts to address them. This year's host is China.

Contact
In recent years, millions of people have taken part in thousands of registered activities worldwide. Please contact us  here so we can join efforts to conserve the environment.

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Women Deliver 2019 Conference | Power. Progress. Change. | The Youth Cafe
Jun
3
to Jun 6

Women Deliver 2019 Conference | Power. Progress. Change. | The Youth Cafe

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. It will serve as a catalyst for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world.

More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere.

The conference will present new knowledge, promote world-class solutions, and engage a broad spectrum of voices. It will focus on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.

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Decent Jobs for Youth Annual Meeting | The Youth Cafe
May
28
to May 29

Decent Jobs for Youth Annual Meeting | The Youth Cafe

Under the tagline “Rights and Voices of Youth”, The Youth Cafe has been invited to this year’s annual Decent Jobs for Youth conference invites a reflection on the transformative power of collective action in advancing a youth employment agenda that is rights-based, inclusive, and results-oriented. For all young people, especially those facing discrimination and disadvantage, human rights – which include labour rights – provide a base from which they can make their voices heard, assert their interests and find work that is productive and decent. We fully  tap into the potential of Decent Jobs for Youth's multi-stakeholder alliance, offering an event catered to knowledge exchange that features young global leaders at its heart. 

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The UN-Habitat Assembly | The Youth Cafe
May
27
to May 31

The UN-Habitat Assembly | The Youth Cafe

The Youth Cafe is taking part in the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly will be held from 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi. The special theme for the UN-Habitat Assembly, as discussed during the twenty-first meeting of the Subcommittee on Policy and Programme of Work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) held on 30 November 2018 and endorsed during the 71stRegular meeting of the CPR on 4 December 2018 is: “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities” The CPR also endorsed the Sub theme as: “Accelerated implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

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Rome SDG 16 Conference | The Youth Cafe
May
27
4:00 AM04:00

Rome SDG 16 Conference | The Youth Cafe

About the Conference

The Conference will take stock of global progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16); share knowledge, success stories and good practices; identify particular areas of concern and main challenges; and suggest ways forward in terms of policies, partnerships and coordinated actions at all levels, as well as specific ways to leverage the interlinkages between SDG 16 and the other Goals. The Conference will also draw on the reporting contained in the voluntary national reviews (VNRs).

While sharpening the focus on SDG 16, the Conference will further emphasize the integrated, indivisible, and universal nature of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These messages will help inform the upcoming HLPF, assist in planning its sessions, and serve to influence collaboration and programmes of work going forward from 2019

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Report Launch | State Capture in Kenya | Inside Kenya's Inability to Fight Corruption | The Youth Cafe
May
23
5:30 AM05:30

Report Launch | State Capture in Kenya | Inside Kenya's Inability to Fight Corruption | The Youth Cafe

It has been a frantic period since 13 March 2018, when President Kenyatta appointed Noordin Haji of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), to replace the lacklustre Keriako Tobiko, who is now Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry. Almost simultaneously, Mr Kenyatta also appointed Paul Kihara, former President of the Court of Appeal as the Attorney General (AG) to replace Githu Muigai, completing what was seen as both a makeover and a clean-up of the ineffectual State Law Office1.

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Tana Forum 2019 | The State of Peace and Security in Africa Report | The Youth Cafe
May
4
to May 5

Tana Forum 2019 | The State of Peace and Security in Africa Report | The Youth Cafe

The State of Peace and Security in Africa has become the annual flagship Report of the @TanaForum offering a synoptic analysis of pressing peace and security issues on the continent and provides explanations for them. The Youth Cafe joined Tana Forum for this year's report Launch.

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