Youth Caucus input to CSD13 Draft Elements for Decisions
Are we forgetting the ‘sustainable’ in Sustainable Development?
1. (e) All governments, NGO’s and financial institutions should implement, through policies and funding, sustainable solutions instead of inefficient consumptive alternatives in order to reach the agreed targets on water, sanitation and human settlements.
Affordability of water and basic services is of paramount importance.
1. (b) …ensure access to safe, affordable drinking water, basic sanitation, housing…
2. A. (a) …increase access to safe, affordable drinking water…
The role of education in achieving sustainable development should be emphasised. Participatory approaches are also essential. The following points must be inserted:
1. (d) technology transfer, capacity building, formal and non-formal education will be essential…
2. A. (a) (v) Using a participatory approach within all consultation and decision making processes with the full involvement of community groups especially women and youth;
2. A. (a) (vi) Ensuring water issues are included in school curricula and promoted through non-formal education, such as peer to peer education.
Micro-credit facilities must be accessible to those who need them most.
2.A. (c) (ii) …funds and micro-finance accessible to all, especially women and youth;
The Youth Caucus views the shift from a needs-based approach to a rights-based approach to water in paragraph 2. A. (d) as essential and strongly encourages governments to support this paragraph.
A full participatory approach is essential if our goals on water are to be met.
2. A. (f) (vii) Involving all stakeholders, especially women and youth, in water management and planning.
2. A. (f) (viii) Providing incentives such as grants or micro-finance for youth to work for safe water in their communities and for youth-led clean water projects.
Transparency within monitoring processes is necessary for better governance.
2. A. (h) (ii) Strengthening networks for the transparent and accountable monitoring of water resources and quality;
2. B. (m) Access to basic sanitation should become part of the poverty reduction strategy papers.
2. B. (n) (i) Utilizing social marketing and public information campaigns, such as WASH, scaled up through partnerships with all Major Groups, particularly youth organizations, to improve understanding of the linkages among sanitation, hygiene and health.
2. B. (n) (v) Utilizing non-formal peer to peer education through youth organisations to provide practical sanitation life skills.
2. B. (o) (vi) Developing country and developed country governments, NGO’s and financial institutions encouraging sustainable alternatives instead of consumptive solutions to sanitation problems.
In several paragraphs where women are mentioned we would suggest that youth is added for instance in para (m3) and (n4).
C. (p) Support integrated planning and management of human settlements using a rights-based approach, incorporating…
C. (p) (i) Integrating slum upgrading and slum prevention, while providing affordable, sustainable housing alternatives, into city planning.
C. (p) (iii) Ensuring participation of all stakeholders, in particular women and youth, in planning and decision making.
Affordable land, housing and services
C. (q) (i) Designing pro-poor land policies, with focus on tenure security and affordable access to serviced land.
C. (q) (v) Promoting public-private and public-public partnerships for financing infrastructure and building low-cost housing.
C. (q) (vii) …to enable them to provide improved financial services to poor households, especially to women, youth and single parents.
Employment and enterprise promotion
C. (r) Support national measures encouraging private sector investment to promote sustainable economic development through entrepreneurship and job creation, including the following:
C. (r) (ii) Providing assistance to small- and medium-sized enterprises, especially women- and youth-led, to upgrade…
C. (r) (v) Designing and supporting sustainable entrepreneurship training…
D. (y) Request UNESCO to work with other UN agencies to monitor and evaluate the implementation of education and science-related policies for water, sanitation and human settlements.