System Wide Action Plan on Youth Survey
The Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development is developing a System-wide Action Plan on Youth (SWAP). The SWAP focuses on five thematic areas: Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education, including education on sexual and reproductive health, Citizenship and protection of rights and Political inclusion. In late July and early August, the UN reached out to youth and others for their inputs for the SWAP, by conducting an on-line survey. The UN received over 13,500 responses from 186 countries. An overwhelming majority of the respondents were under 30.
Although there are some regional variations youth are genuinely concerned about the lack of coherence between the education that they receive and the demands of the labour market, and they are demanding improved vocational education in the classroom and workplace, including (paid) internships and on the job training schemes. They are also concerned about the quality of education that they receive. The results of the survey clearly demonstrate that young people are dissatisfied with the curriculum that they are offered. This echoes the findings of the 2011 World Youth Report on Employment, which was based on inputs from young people, where a key conclusion was that the education that youth receive does not adequately prepare them for the needs of a dynamic labour market.
Young people are also concerned about education on sexual and reproductive health, where respondents pointed to a lack of teachers who are adequately trained to deliver comprehensive sexuality education as well as a lack of effective curricula and learning materials. The survey indicates that youth have a strong appetite for increased human rights education, the promotion of a concept of global citizenship and volunteerism. The survey also shows that youth experience a lack of support from authority figures and a lack of trust for government institutions and political parties. Subsequently, the respondents call for the promotion of youth leadership, capacities and skills.
The full results of the survey will be distributed soon.
International Youth Day 12 August 2012
To commemorate International Youth Day 2012, the Division for Social Policy and Development - Youth (DSPD) organized six Google+ Hangouts from 8-10 August around the areas identified by the Secretary-General in his five-year action agenda which identified working with and for youth as a top priority. These areas include: Political Inclusion, Citizenship and Protection of Rights, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education and Education on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The Hangouts aimed to share information and good practices and to stimulate discussion on the role of the UN, Member States and civil society in better ensuring and developing partnerships with and for youth. Participants included: UNDP, Forum for Youth Investment, UN-Habitat, MTV, Mexican Institute of Youth, Major Group on Children and Youth, Gap, ILO, USAID, YMCA World Alliance, Cornerstone Global Associates, UNIDO, Digital Opportunity Trust, Kenya, UNESCO, United Natives, Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity, the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, and the Guttmacher Institute.
Young people and other stakeholders around the world were invited to pose questions to the Hangout participants and to share comments using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ Hangout.
If you missed the hangouts, you can still check them out by visiting:
In addition, why not check out our map of events being held by young people all over the world to celebrate International youth Day here: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/iyd2012.html
Or, read our interviews on the topics of the hangouts which we conducted with key UN partners:
Commemoration of International Youth Day in Mogadishu:
UNDP, in collaboration with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Center for Research and Development, brought together 80 young Somali women and men from various regions of Somalia to mark the International Youth Day on 12 August in Mogadishu. As part of the celebrations, and to signify peace and signs of growth in Mogadishu, young Somalis planted trees in three key locations—at the Somali Youth League compound, Banadir Administration compound and the National Theatre-- in Mogadishu in the presence of TFG representatives, including the TFG State Minister of Youth, Labour and Sports, Hon Abdullahi Sheikh Ali.
At a workshop held on Monday 13 August, the young Somalis discussed the importance of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and analyzed issues that hampered their empowerment. They also expressed their views on ways in which they could partner with other state and non-state actors to improve their prospects for youth employment and entrepreneurship, political inclusion, exercising their citizenship and educating young Somalis. Through a live radio call-in show that followed the workshop, young Somalis were able to discuss the challenges they face in being able to contribute positively to their society. The discussions held at the workshop and on the call-in show were aired live simultaneously on five local radio stations to increase the general public’s awareness of issues that Somali youth face. This also mobilized several young Somali men and women from across the country to call in to voice their opinions on these crucial issues.
ITU- International Telecommunication Union
1) ITU-TELECOM WORLD 2012 – The Young Innovators Competition
The ITU Young Innovators Competition is open to socially-committed 18-25 year olds involved in ICT-based initiatives, relevant to one of the issue areas: Education, Youth Employment, Empowerment of Women, Human Rights, Healthcare, Environmental Sustainability, Transparency, Cybersecurity.
Submissions could be concepts: well-researched ideas that have not yet been implemented; or projects at a more mature phase, in need of support to scale their impact.
A selection committee of experts will identify 12 finalists, who will receive 3 000 - 10 000 CHF, depending on the need expressed in the business plan and the specificity of the concept/project. In addition, finalists will benefit from special visibility at ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai, where they will have a chance to pitch their ideas to investors and receive training via engaging workshops on social entrepreneurship and business. The finalists would also have access to a network of mentors to help them throughout the way.
2)TU and telecentre.org Foundation announced a partnership to support “Youth employment & Youth entrepreneurship” through the use of ICTs during the Connect Americas Summit
On the occasion of the Connect Americas Summit held from 17-19 July 2012 in Panama City, Panama, the Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the telecentre.org Foundation (TCF)have announced that their two organizations are launching a new partnership to support social inclusion and facilitate the integration of young people into the employment market and create incentives for youth entrepreneurship, through the provision of ICTs relevant to education and training.
Under this new partnership, ITU and telecentre.org Foundation will collaborate to develop and deliver curricula aimed at increasing young people’s ICT skills, effective communication and personal development. The partnership will address the challenges of integrating young people into the employment market by providing them with appropriate skills and knowledge and promoting self-development to help them find employment or develop their own businesses and thus contribute to social and economic development.
Both ITU and telecentre.org will collaborate on developing the “Youth employment and Youth entrepreneurship” training programme.For its part, telecentre.org Foundation, will make its telecentres available to young people, in particular those from disadvantaged socio-economic environments, and will use its proven expertise in the delivery of training by its telecentre managers, including initial materials developed for the “Youth employment and Youth entrepreneurship” training programme, as well as establishing learning and evaluation mechanisms to ensure the participating youth achieve the targeted skills. ITU will also translate the curriculum of the “Youth employment and Youth entrepreneurship” training programme into three United Nations official languages.
The Parties will also join forces to mobilize resource and attract additional partners.
Multi-stakeholder Post-2015 Agenda meeting
Together with Children and Youth Engagement in Post-2015 Agenda
In early August over 40 participants representing youth-led organizations, CSOs, UN, private sector and academia met for two days in New York to coordinate and harmonize their efforts to enhance child and youth participation in the formulation of the agenda that will succeed the MDGs after 2015.
The meeting –organized by the UN Millennium Campaign in collaboration with the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, CIVICUS, GCAP and the Beyond 2015 campaign– counted with the presence of Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Post-2015 Development Planning.
In acknowledging the fundamentalism of youth participation in the development of a Post-2015 agenda, the meeting called for a Child-Youth Declaration on Post-2015.
To read more about the outcomes of this meeting check out the press release, 16 August 2012, here: http://endpoverty2015.org/en/press-release-children-and-youth-august
For further information please contact: Ravi Karkara – firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNODC Youth Initiative aims to empower and connect youth from around the globe to become active in their schools, communities and families for the prevention of substance abuse. If you’d like to create a Youth Initiative in your community we’d like to help make this a reality by providing financial support. Through funding from the Japanese Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC), grants of between $4,000 and $8,000 are being considered to support youth groups in low- and middle-income countries. These funds aim to help initiate projects and empower youth to take a more active role in their communities and in drug use prevention. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2012, with more information and application forms available from the Youth Initiative web page: www.unodc.org/yout
YouthStart, a UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) programme funded by The MasterCard Foundation aims to reach 200,000 youth in Sub-Saharan Africa with demand-driven financial services and non-financial services, in particular savings and financial education, by 2014. As of August 2012, US$7.8 million has been awarded to 11 Financial Service Providers (FSPs) in eight different countries. Of that amount, US$2.3 million has so far been disbursed to design, deliver and scale up demand-driven youth financial services and youth-centric programmes in partnership with youth serving organizations
During the second quarter of 2012, the FSPs participating in YouthStart reached close to 16,500 youth with savings accounts, and provided financial education to more than 19,000. To contribute to the national dialogues on youth financial inclusion, UNCDF hosted four multi-stake holder meetings (Togo, Burkina Faso, Malawi and Uganda) which brought together representatives from macro-, meso- and micro-level organizations.
More information please visit our website at www.uncdf.org/en/youthstart