Introduction

   The 2013-2014 year was certainly an intense but productive one for the UN Advocacy Team.  From New York to Sri Lanka to Azerbaijan to Sweden and beyond, the UN Advocacy Team was able to take the message of Pax Romana and its millions of members to political negotiations, UN meetings, NGO trainings, and other important events throughout the year.  Today, the hard work and efforts of the members of the UN Advocacy Team means that young people are moving closer to creating a youth-led and youth-based advocacy infrastructure in New York that can serve IMCS, ICMICA, ICMYO, the MGCY, and all other civil society partners for years to come.  The UN Advocacy Team is laying the bedrock by acting as the first official ICMYO Liaison to the UN, and taking a leading and primary role in the MGCY.  It is with great pride that the UN Advocacy Team presents this report and hopes the International Teams of the Pax Romana movement will accept and share it with all regional coordinators and national movements.

Process Cluster 5- The UN Commission on the Status of Women

The UN Advocacy Team did not participate fully in the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) because of the fact that Chris was living in Sri Lanka at the time and the team was more focused on SDG and post-2015 matters.  Nevertheless, the team did conduct an online consultation with the movement in preparation for Pax Romana’s policy submission for CSW  and Chris Malano, the former Secretary General of IMCS, was in New York liaising with ICMYO partners, namely the YWCA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), and helping other youth with their advocacy.  As mentioned previously in this report, the team is focusing much less on ECOSOC commissions like the CSW and putting much more energy into post-2015 and related processes.  For further reading, the agreed conclusions of the CSW are available online.

Process Cluster 7- Post-2015 Process and the High Level Political Forum:

The Post-2015 Development Agenda process has been a complex and arduous journey.  It includes a number of other processes that are described in this report, but also some events that require a separate description.  As a result, this section of the report will detail a number of events within the larger post-2015 framework that are not necessarily part of a separate policy process, namely the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). 

Process Cluster 11- World Humanitarian Summit:

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which is being hosted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will take place in Istanbul in 2016.  The WHS was initiated by UNSG Ban Ki-Moon as to renew the world’s coordination of humanitarian assistance.  OCHA reached out to the UN Advocacy Team to discuss how to involve youth in the WHS consultation and policy process.  After making the necessary connections, OCHA is now working with the MGCY and ICMYO organizations to establish a WHS Youth Task Force, which will be the lead youth body throughout the WHS process.  The team is playing a leading role in the creation of the Task Force and will participate in its work.  Already, a survey is being formulated to gather the voices of youth in preparation for the WHS.