A new UN partnership that will empower young leaders in the Global South to become agents of change was launched Tuesday during the Global South-South Development Expo 2017 in Antalya, Turkey.
The initiative, known as 'Scaling Up Southern Solutions for Sustainable Development Through Advanced Youth Leadership' – or by the shorthand, 'Youth for the South' – will focus on tailor-made on-site learning and leadership development programmes.
“Youth are not only on the receiving side when we speak about contributing to the Sustainable Development Agenda. With just a little helping hand, they can yield some beautiful results; they are proactive, they are innovative, they are full of energy,” underscored Edem Bakhshish, Chief, Regional Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, of the Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), during the presentation of the partnership.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Financial Center for South-South Cooperation, the Union for the Mediterranean and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are among the initial funding partners of Youth for the South.