Sixty outstanding high school learners, eleven university students and eight educators from all of Youth@SAIIA’s programmes were selected from across the country to participate in the second annual SAIIA Young Leaders Conference during 8-13 December 2013.
The theme for this year’s conference was the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and learner delegates came together to host their own youth led negotiations in three thematic consultations: Addressing Inequalities; Conflict, Violence and Disasters; and Environmental Sustainability.
The negotiations, held on 9, 10 and 11 December at SAIIA, culminated in the presentation of learner research findings and the handover of the 2013 SAIIA Young Leaders Declaration on 12 December at United Nations Information Centre Library in Pretoria.
The 2013 conference took on an even greater meaning as delegates reflected on the life and legacy of former President Nelson Mandela. Tata Madiba’s love of children and work to empower the youth of South Africa were also acknowledged in the preamble of the 2013 Young Leaders Declaration.
Youth@SAIIA would like to thank SASOL and Absa for their generous support of the 2013 Young Leaders Conference.