DAVOS, January 28 - As part of the Global Redesign Initiative of the World Economic Forum, teenagers from 20 countries have participated in a report about the state of the world they will inherit. They expressed diverse opinions, high levels of emotion and concern, and a keen interest in being part of solutions to issues including water scarcity, job creation and gender parity.
Some of the key recommendations made by young people include:
To strengthen economies around the world: more resources should be spent teaching skills ranging from marketable trades to entrepreneurship
To improve global health: global leaders should allocate more resources to prevention
To ensure health and global security: water cannot be polluted as an act of warfare
The report was released on 27 January at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. "Including young people in the conversation about global redesign is vital to the success of creating a strong future," said Young Global Leader (YGL) Jennifer Corriero (Canada), Co-Chair of the task force that compiled the report and Chief Executive Officer of TakingITGlobal.org. The report comes halfway through the Global Redesign Initiative process and seeks to include the voice of youth in the initiative.
Over the past six months, through a series of 30 town hall meetings and a robust online forum, more than 2,000 young people between the ages of eight and 25 shared their views on six key issues ranging from values to governance, and from healthcare to climate change.
The countries that hosted town hall meetings were: Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, Rwanda, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA.
"Although the thousands of young people were from diverse countries, ethnic backgrounds, religions, etc., we found one common thread: every young person was grateful to have been asked their opinion. Truly, they said, 'thank you for listening'," said YGL Nancy Lublin (United States), Co-Chair of the task force and Chief Executive Officer of DoSomething.org.
As the next step, young people have requested that the leaders from the World Economic Forum respond to the report and acknowledge the inputs from youth before the World Economic Forum on Africa in Tanzania next May. For that purpose, the report is being distributed to members of the Global Agenda Councils who are developing multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives to respond to key global challenges. Representatives from the councils are being invited to respond to the Youth Task Force report through video clips that will then be shared with youth participants.
This initiative was organized by a group of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Established by Professor Klaus Schwab in 2004 (www.younggloballeaders.org), The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of the world's most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote their knowledge and energy to collectively work towards a better future. Every year, the Forum honours between 200 and 300 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
For more information and a complete copy of the report, please e-mail mailto:[email protected] or visit http://redesignourworld.com/pillars/youth-education/. Co-Chairs Jennifer Corriero and Nancy Lublin and other members of this task force are present at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010 and can be contacted for interviews or further information.
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