Engaging and trying to influence the global public policy agenda is a central role of IACD and holding position statements is an integral part of our work. In 2017 the Board decided to merge its Policy and International Committees, but to retain their remits. The committee consults members on the development of a policy position and advocates for our policy position in international arenas such as the U.N.
The Committee is responsible for overseeing the development of IACD’s position statements on subjects of relevance to the community development field. In addition, the Committee will also explore opportunities for organising events relating to public policy development and expanding our policy-related activities at national, regional and international level.
In the period from 2015-18 the Committee will focus upon three priorities:
- enhancing the voice and expertise of grassroots communities and community development agencies in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
- enhancing the quality of training and continuing professional development support for community development workers at fieldwork and management levels;
- convincing the governments, inter-governmental bodies and non-governmental funders, of the multiplier value of the investment in community development programmes and in the networking of practitioners, in terms of realising more active, empowered and skilled local communities.
For the coming year 2017/18 the Committee shall:
1 continue to build awareness of the SDGs and their potential for practice among
community development workers, practitioners and organisations
2 develop IACD’s strategy for ongoing work on and critique of the SDGs and their
3 engage with appropriate international UN civil society coalitions working on the
SDGs towards strengthening our contribution to the High Level Forum and other
instruments monitoring their implementation
4 identify and begin to work with a small number of relevant global interests of members
5 development relations with the UN civil society sections responsible for relations with civil
Membership consultation is an integral part of developing a new policy statement. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact the IACD President at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 20th UN YOUTH ASSEMBLY at THE UN HEADQUARTERS, New York, August 2017
On 9th August 2017, the 20th Summer Youth Assembly kicked off, with the theme “Society for All: Equity and Inclusion for a Sustainable Future.” In attendance were over 1000 youth from 110 countries, all passionate about contributing to a more peaceful, equal, and environmental friendly society. The UN considers this to be the largest and most interconnected youth population in history. While young people are among those constantly affected by global challenges, they remain at the forefront of innovation and change with their unique set of skills and perspectives. Their participation, therefore, is fundamental to addressing the world’s most pressing issues, such as poverty, injustice and climate change.
There were several workshops conducted, presentations made and mentorship sessions held. These were all centered on the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development with the principle of “leaving no one behind”. The gathering provided an avenue for discussion, engagement and interaction on different initiatives Youth are engaged with in their communities. Many of the Youth in attendance have founded grassroots initiatives mainly in their home countries and are agents of change. I was greatly moved by the awardees of this 20th Session of the Youth Assembly. From a young Liberian who led the anti Ebola fight, to a Yemeni who is raising awareness on the need for education, to a Ghanaian who has founded an initiative aimed at raising awareness on mental illness in his community, one could easily notice their involvement with the grassroots communities and effecting change from their won settings, depending on the needs of their respective societies.
The gathering was centred on four interrelated tracks-social, economic, environmental and youth, all geared at creating more space for dialogue, partnership and collaboration in driving inclusive and sustainable development at both local and global scenes. I could confidently say, the Youth are working at building bridges and shaping communities and a society that is inclusive for all.
Tony Ssembatya Kimbowa,
IACD Delegate to the UN-New York