An Idéathon was launched by UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund in Morocco in partnership with UNLEASH Innovation Lab. It is a marathon of ideas for the development of solutions relating to the acceleration of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, by focusing on the health and well-being of young people, in particular women. and girls. In a statement, UNFPA indicates this hybrid meeting was conducted between May 16 and 22, with the participation of 40 young people including 35 girls on virtual platforms.
At the end of this event, three prizes were awarded to teams that brought together young talents with the aim of sharing ideas, creating networks as well as solutions for the achievement of global goals, and more particularly the SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). The solutions proposed by young people have focused on responding to major challenges in terms of health and rights, says UNFPA.
” At UNFPA, we see young people as key to the success of the 2030 sustainable development agenda and put their participation at the heart of the response to address the challenges that limit their potential. This Ideathon allows us to help young people, especially girls, to take part in decisions that affect them, strengthen their capacity to advance their fundamental rights and participate fully in the development of the country, particularly the socio-economic recovery after the crisis of COVID-19 ”Declared Luis Mora, Representative of UNFPA quoted in the press release.
Thus, many online tools designed to facilitate the process of generating solutions were made available to participants, the same source said, noting that international facilitators and experts accompanied them during 2 days of challenge in order to prepare them for present their project ideas to a jury made up of speakers from partner companies and professionals. This innovation process is based on UNLEASH’s proven methodology, validated by a global community of more than 3,000 alumni and which aims to generate and develop impactful solutions where they are most needed, says the same source.
“ We have experienced the biggest crisis of this decade and we can’t wait to get out of it. The way to do this is to try to innovate, educate and rely on young people with their new ideas and innovations that will create a better world Said Flemming Besenbacher, President of UNLEASH Innovation Lab quoted in the press release.
The solutions and innovations created by the participants will be incubated and supported by MCISE, the event sponsor, as well as UNFPA to help young people apply their ideas with lasting impact. This initiative is a pilot project that harnesses the potential of youth innovation for the health, well-being and rights of women and girls in Morocco, UNFPA concludes.