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Smartest targets for the world decided by youth in Rwanda

Many major challenges are particularly acute in Africa, and so it is not surprising that the Rwandan youth focused on some of these regional realities. In total, the youths chose not 169 targets but said a much smaller set of nine were the most important ones for the world.

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Youth Forums Rwanda

Three Post-2015 Consensus Youth Forums were held in Rwanda, engaging a total of 161 young people. The forums were organized by Mount Kenya University in Kigali.

The first forum brought together 31 young Rwandans. After learning more about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda, the young people chose the following as phenomenal targets for the United Nations to prioritize.

• Eliminate extreme poverty by money transfers
• Reduce civil wars
• Eliminate violence against women and girls
• Research to increase yields
• Universal access to contraception
• Enhance female education
• Halve malaria infections
• Reduce child malnutrition

The second forum brought together 42 young people. The second forum chose the following targets as phenomenal priorities.

• Research to increase yields
• Provide legal identity for all
• Eliminate extreme poverty by money transfers
• Enhance female education

The third forum was a double session bringing together 88 young people to learn about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda. Afterwards they ranked the following as phenomenal investments to prioritize.

• Eliminate extreme poverty by money transfers
• Eliminate violence against women and girls
• Research to increase yields
• Double HIV medication
• Universal access to contraception
• Reduce child malnutrition
• Reduce civil wars
• Enhance female education
• Mobile broadband developing countries
• Cut TB deaths 95%
• Halve malaria infections
• Provide legal identity for all
• Reduce corruption and bribery  
• Energy technology R&D
• Reduce infant mortality
• 100% primary education in sub-Saharan
• More male circumcision against HIV

The video and other media on this page were provided by our local Youth Forum partners, to give voice to Youth Forum participants and show individuals' views on priorities.