The Ministerial Declaration

High-level Segment

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The Ministerial Declaration is the outcome of the intergovernmental negotiations in the Forum. This year, the Declaration was adopted at the closing on Wednesday the 18th and Member States agreed on strong political declarations regarding youth. Specifically, the Ministerial Declaration included three strong references to youth, in paragraph 11 and 13, recalling the need to recognize youth as agents of change, and in paragraph 17, stressing the need of investing in youth and their meaningful participation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

11. Stress that the commitment to leave no one behind is at the core of the 2030 Agenda and should be a guiding principle at all levels to shift the world onto a resilient and sustainable path. Leaving no one behind requires addressing the specific needs of people in vulnerable situations but also supporting their empowerment and participation in decision making that impacts their lives. Those whose needs are reflected in the 2030 Agenda include all children, youth, persons with disabilities (of whom more than 80 per cent live in poverty), people living with HIV/AIDS, older persons, indigenous peoples, refugees and internally displaced persons, migrants and people living in areas affected by complex humanitarian emergencies, and peoples in areas affected by terrorism and conflict;

13. Emphasize that universal respect for human rights and human dignity, peace, justice, equality and non-discrimination is central to our commitment to leaving no one behind. Our commitment also includes respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity, and equal opportunity, permitting the full realization of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity. We are committed to a world that invests in its children and youth and in which every child grows up free from all forms of violence and exploitation. We envision a world in which every woman.

17. Recognise that developing the human capital required to build sustainable and resilient societies must begin with investing in all children, adolescents and youth, safeguarding their rights and ensuring that from early childhood they grow up in a safe environment, free from all forms of violence, including neglect, abuse and exploitation and through the elimination of all harmful practices. In this regard, we note the Buenos Aires Declaration on Child Labour, Forced Labour and Youth Employment. As critical agents of change and torch-bearers of the Agenda for current and future generations, we emphasise the importance of engaging and supporting the meaningful participation of children, adolescents and young people, particularly the most deprived and marginalized, in the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030.

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HLPF 2018

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