Youth Participation

The World Youth Parliament on Water (WYPW) was invited to participate in the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind. Thanks to the presence of Lindsey Aldaco-Manner, President, and Wasif Bashir Babar, Head of Pakistan Chapter, the WYPW contributed to the event by bringing a strong youth component.

Lindsay Aldaco-Manner, President, and Wasif Bashir Babar, Head of Pakistan Chapter present the Youth Declaration at the 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

The main outcome from youth participation was the declaration, developed through a side event organised by the WYPW and attendance at the Summit.  The main points of the declaration were announced in the closing ceremony by the two young leaders.

In order to achieve SDG 6 by 2030, we the youth will promote young people in discovering innovative solutions, in the decision-making processes, and in raising awareness about the human rights to water and sanitation. – Extract from the youth declaration

The inclusion of the youth team brought enthusiasm and hope, both in preparation and during the event.Youth networking capabilities also attracted artwork from young artists working on water and sanitation, which was a secondary means of raising funds both for the artists and their programmes (through an auction at the Summit). This will be further expanded for the coming year, and we look forward to seeing additional artwork.

Painting developed specifically for the Summit entitled “Unfinished” by young artist Vania Muriuki, age 25, a Kenyan female artist and public health student

Young dancers express the ideas of water and leaving no one behind in artistic display during the prize-giving evening (Garbriella Casanova depicting water)