Igniting Hope - @ ECOSOC HAS

During the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, under the theme:  Restoring humanity, respecting human dignity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability the government of Denmark, .the government of Qatar, as well as UNFPA, IFRC, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and the Major Group for Children and Youth on behalf of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action presented the first progress report of the Compact’s first 18 months entitled Igniting Hope

The report is a testimony to the work of the over 50 humanitarian partners including governments, UN entities, international and local NGOs,and major youth organizations which have joined the Compact.

The side event presented the ways in which young people are adapting to and learning from these early efforts, in engaging with each other and serving populations in need.  It highlighted good practice examples from Compact members of  working with and for young people in humanitarian action and recognized young people as indispensable stakeholders, decision makers, problem-solvers, demographic cohort driving change and resilience strengthening.

The session demonstrated how the Compact has been agenda setting and able to forge consensus on the alignment of policies and strategies in humanitarian action with the key principles of youth engagement , including by connecting with the existing humanitarian architecture and global processes such as the 2030 Agenda, Agenda for Humanity, and the Grand Bargain as well as the Compact for Refugees and the Compact for Safe, Orderly and Safe Migration and the SC Res. 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security 

FInally the meeting welcomed the International rescue Committee as an official new members to the ever growing family of the Compact:.