Rising above conference selfies! Looking beyond Youth statements and declarations.

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Esther Muiruri

Since 2013, I have attended several global meetings touching on different thematic areas such as Environment- where my career heart lies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development, Humanitarian Action, Climate Change, Trade and development and the list goes on. Throughout my engagement in the platforms, I met young people driving change in their communities as young leaders, innovators, advocates, peace builders, et cetera.  One thing that came out clearly is that the engagement of young people in such platforms is varied; there are different modalities of engaging them for each process/meeting.

My particular interest is on youth engagement in the recent major trade and development conferences hosted by our amazing City of Nairobi which include World Trade Organization –Ministerial Conference 10 held in December 2015, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 14 (UNCTAD14) held in July 2016 and the just concluded Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development 6 (TICAD6). We…

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