2014 High level Stakeholders and Youth Meeting at the UN

Social and Financial Inclusion for Children and Youth

A Post 2015 Agenda dialogue at the United Nations

23 May 2014, New York City

About the Meeting

Holding “A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda” at the United Nations will signal to the world that inclusion, both financial and social, is a topic that the UN is committed to. Through this collaboration, CYFI will be able to identify and highlight the need to achieve social and financial inclusion for youth and to underscore how their inclusion can be the first step towards ensuring a dignified livelihood through employment or entrepreneurship.

Meeting Objective

The main objective of this high level meeting will be to ensure that the financial and social inclusion of children and youth are included in the Post-2015 agenda as inclusion is crucial for fighting inequalities and promoting sustainable growth. This meeting will allow youth to bring their concerns, desires and dreams for the future directly to policymakers. All recommendations for the post 2015 agenda will be structured along the following: Basic access to financial services, Employability, Entrepreneurship and Economic Citizenship Education.

It is expected that after this meeting government representatives will bring back the recommendations coming from the meeting and will incorporate these into their country-level deliberations on the post-2015 agenda thus making social and financial inclusion of children and youth a priority as the debate continues. The idea is to influence the Open Working Group in agenda-setting and pave the way for social and financial inclusion of children and youth to be incorporated in the final post-2015 agenda. The highlighted ideas below are two of the concrete recommendations that have emerged from children and youth which will be brought to the meeting in May.

Process leading to the meeting

Multistakeholder Dialogue

CYFI evolved as a movement via a multi stakeholder platform which reaches financial institutions, governments, bilaterals, multilaterals, leading academics and civil society in 125 countries around the world. Through this multistakeholder approach CYFI has been gathering the recommendations of organizations within the network. This consultative process begun during the CYFI regional Meetings in the third and fourth quarter of 2013 and have continued into 2014. Through the regional meetings participants were able to structure their recommendations within the overarching framework of the Child and Youth Finance Theory of Change and the strategic thrusts of CYFI. At the 2013 Summit in Turkey, Mr. Babacan, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, announced that as the next leader of the G20, Turkey is committed to ensuring that child and youth finance issues are included as part of the G20’s global agenda under their leadership.

Youth Dialogue

CYFI has been surveying youth about their experiences and thoughts surrounding financial products, financial and social education, employability and entrepreneurship. These four topics emerged as important coming from the children and youth throughout 2013 though youth consultations, physical meetings, social media and webinars, and has, thus far, resulted in around 4000 individual responses, including 1200 from Africa. Through the survey emerged the need for the right to a dignified livelihood. The first step being the right to Economic Citizenship Education in school and a banks account when graduating from primary school.

Following the survey and during the regional meeting in Europe, the UN Youth delegates who had participated in the European Regional Meeting decided to take the issue to their fellow youth delegates. During the winter session of the UN the delegates discussed and suggested some key points. They also helped in the conceptualization and creation of the DreamsBank campaign. This campaign aims at have a viral /online consultative process on how youth see as their financial future and what they want to recommend to the Secretary General for the post 2015 agenda.

Some of the youth leading the campaigning and the deliberations will then be invited to the meeting to present to the delegates the main recommendations that have been found. This meeting will essentially be a platform for children and youth to present their ideas for the Post-2015 agenda which will then be taken forward during the country-level deliberations.

In addition to the above state recommendations which were found in common between the multistakeholder approach and the youth approach, the youth have solely put forth the below recommendations.


Meeting Schedule

Expected Attendees

The Global Stakeholders meeting will welcome senior and high-ranking members from the following types of institutions:

  • Country level Permanent Representations to the United Nations, Financial Authorities (national, regional, international), Financial Institutions (global & local), Multilateral and Bilateral Agencies, NGOs, and Youth.

Organizing Committee:

CYFI, UN Global Compact, the UN Global Compact and the United Nations Special Envoy on Youth, and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, UNCDF and UNICEF


21 May - Working Group Meetings (closed sessions)
22 May - National Implementation Plan Workshop (closed sessions)
22 May - CYFI Awards Dinner (by invitation only)
23 May - Main Program


United Nations Headquarters, New York City

Program Schedule:*

New ! (updated 15 May)
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The program schedule for the High-Level Stakeholder's Meeeting is currently based upon the ideas which have been emerging from the youth thus far through the survey process. This is of course subject to change based upon new or emerging recommendations that come up throughout the process. Each session will begin with a clear synthesis on what is currently happening around the discussion topic and will then be followed by a discussion on why and how this topic can and should be a discussion point for the post-2015 agenda.

21 May 2014

Education, Research & Financial Inclusion workshops (closed sessions)

22 May 2014

National Implementation Plan Workshop (closed session)
3rd Annual Child and Youth Finance Awards Ceremony (by invitation only)
  • Welcome Jared Penner Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI)
  • Anchor Lauren Young, CYFI Awards Jury Member, Personal Finance Editor, Thompson Reuters
  • Special address from Ms. Annemiek Hoogenboom, Founder and Director, People’s Post Code Lottery, UK
  • Special address from Silvia Singer, Director of the Interactive Museum of Economy, Mexico
  • Recognition of New CYFI Partnerships in 2013/2014
  • Awards presentations

23 May 2014

Registration and Tea
Official Inauguration Opening
Welcome and Introductions
  • Ms. Kim Bolduc, UNCDF Executive Secretary ad interim
  • Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International
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  • Youth Representatives
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Opening Plenary Speakers
  • Ms. Amina Mohammed, the Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning
  • Ms. Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, the Ambassador of the Romanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations
  • Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth
Discussion on Economic Citizenship Education and its importance to the Post-2015 Agenda; a panel discussion chaired by UNICEF with participants from Ministries of Education.
Chair: Ms. Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (tbc)
  • Hon. Major (Rtd) Jessica R. E. Alupo, Minister of Education and Sports, Ministry of Education and Sports of Uganda
  • Dr. Muhammad Baasiri, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Lebanon
  • Mr. Ardian Fullani, Governor, Central Bank of Albania
  • Ms. Liliana Preoteasa, State Secretary of Education, Romania
Discussion on Financial Inclusion and its importance to the Post-2015 agenda; a panel discussion with participants from Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, and Supervisory Authorities.
Chair: Prof. Michael Sherraden, Director of Social Development at Washington University
  • Dr. Mona El Baradei, Executive Director, Egyptian Banking Institute – Central Bank of Egypt
  • Mr. Luiz Edson Feltrim, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Brazil
  • Dr. Michael Gondwe, Governor, Bank of Zambia
  • Mr. Gilmore Hoefdraad, Governor, Central Bank of Suriname
  • Ms. Aysen Kulakoglu, Co-Chair G20-GPFI, Undersecretariat of Treasury, Turkey
Discussion on the importance of ensuring Youth Livelihoods in the Post-2015 agenda: youth-led and designed solution for greater entrepreneurship and employability for young people.
Launch of CYFI YouthCo.
  • Mr. Ron van den Akker, Innovations Manager, Child and Youth Finance International
  • Youth Representatives
Plenary Session
Chair: Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, President’s Special Envoy, World Bank
  • Mr. Selim Jahan, Director of Poverty Practice, UNDP
  • Mr. Ravi Karkara, Global Expert Advisor on Children and Youth, UN-Habitat
  • Mr. Vinicius Pinheiro, Deputy Director, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Event Closing Ceremony: the road to 2015
  • Ms. Kim Bolduc, UNCDF Executive Secretary ad interim
  • Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, President’s Special Envoy, World Bank
  • Youth representatives
  • Representatives from Permanent Missions to the United Nations
  • Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International
Closing Tea

*Surrounding the event will be issue dialogue sessions, centered around education, inclusion and research. These small meetings will be held at different locations throughout New York City with partner organizations of Child and Youth Finance International.


Registration: Registration for the meeting is free.

Accommodation: We have secured a discounted rate for participants at the Millennium Hotel One UN New York. This is located directly across the street from the United Nations.
A room in the 4 star side of the hotel can be booked at the discounted rate of 279 USD per night while a room in the 5 star side will be 359 USD per night. Please find below the web link for participants to book their room directly online. Please note that this link must be used if participants want to benefit from the discount rate whilst booking online.
Child and Youth Finance International – May 2014
Participants are also welcome to call the toll free 24 hours central reservations center at 1-866-866-8086. When calling directly, please refer to the special group code 1405CYOUTH. They may also choose another option and call the hotel directly at 877-866-7529 Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.


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