The people I have met…

We have built the regions youth policy together!

I have been privileged to have met our foremost soldiers in the forward struggle toward meaningful youth participation. In my time as executive member of the National Youth Council of Belize, I travelled to Belgium with then Chairperson of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, Tijani Christian, to the meeting of regional youth organizations. There we trained and shared with our counterparts from across the globe about the challenges and triumphs of youth development work in our region.

I have trained and bonded with you at the Caribbean Regional Youth Council’s hallmark event the Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit where my participation has always elevated. First in 2016 as summit administrator of the 4th CYLS held in Belize, then in 2017 as national delegate at the 5th CYLS held in Jamaica and in 2020 as facilitator of Youth Mainstreaming in Development Planning at the 6th CYLS held in twin island nation, Trinidad and Tobago. I had an opportunity to work with you as we reflected on global youth development at the World Youth Conference in Belize!

As a Caribbean Youth Environment Network member since 2018, I also contributed as a member of the core team of those to draft the Caribbean Development Bank’s Youth Policy and Operational Strategy (YPOS). A strategy that seeks to make youth development an intrinsic part of the bank’s operations. It was a pleasure being on the team with banks officials, senior youth development practitioners and executive members of both the CRYC and CYC.

At UN Agencies in Belize and regionally, I have met you at the United Nations Development program via the Global Environment Facility Small Grants program where I served as Youth Focal Point on the National Steering Committee having represented Belize at the Climate Change Conference in Jamaica 2017 and the UN Climate Change Summit in New York 2019. With the United Nations Population Fund I have worked as a facilitator for its sessions with youth and fellow at its YouthNow Camp held in Lima,Peru. I have worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund via my chairpersonship of the National Children’s Parliament Committee and most recently with United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean having moderated the Caribbean Session of the ECOSOC Youth Forum.

We have worked together and it has worked! Let’s continue the journey with #ProgresswithNoralez. Join here: https://linktr.ee/domnorbze_x.

Published by Dominique Noralez

Spirit. Human. Belizean. Black. Wombmxn. Agape Tributary. Youth Leader.

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