The Education We Want
The Post2015 Global Consultation on Education aims to bring together experiences and ideas of youth, civil society, NGOs, academia, Governments and private sector to achieve better, wider and more equitable access to quality education for all around the globe. The E-consultation will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders, especially for young people, to review progress on the Education for All (EFA) and the MDG on education to discuss on possible ways to ensure the needs around education are effectively addressed and put at the centre of the post-2015 development framework.
Join the Consultation by registering at http://www.worldwewant2015.org/education2015.
The High-Level Panel Secretariat on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Gathering Information on Youth Initiatives
Youth engagement in the Post-2015 Development Agenda should not only integrate youth concerns but also support an environment in which youth are empowered to lead and generate innovative solutions to pressing global problems. The High-Level Panel Secretariat on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP Secretariat) aims to take the opportunity to include youth voices and encourage youth-led initiatives.
The Post-2015 High-Level Panel is keen to learn about youth-led consultations and initiatives. If your youth-led organization has completed any report on youth consultations on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), please do not hesitate to share it with the HLP Secretariat. If your organization is coordinating or participating in any youth consultations, please keep us informed of your activities and send us your ideas on how the HLP Secretariat can support your initiatives. In addition, the Secretariat will also make available the framing questions being considered by the Panel. Responses from youth will be welcome (Visit the Panel website for more information www.worldwewant2015.org/post2015hlp).
Please send your email entitled “Youth Initiatives” to the contact point in the High-Level Panel Secretariat on Post-2015 Development Agenda (Jiajun XU Email: email@example.com).
1. Youth voices at the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention
The Closing Event of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention (6-8 November) in Kyoto discussed the theme, “World Heritage Convention and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities”. During the event, a Youth Statement on "World Heritage: the roles of local communities and youth for the next decade" was presented by the participants of the World Heritage Youth Programme that met in Kyoto prior to the event. The statement, prepared by youth from different world regions, discussed their roles in the future of the Convention, and expressed their desire to be more actively involved in its implementation. They also called upon the State Parties to facilitate communication between young people and other stakeholders and to recognize World Heritage Volunteers as one of the mechanisms to engage young people in the promotion and conservation of world heritage.
2. Empowering youth from small island developing states (SIDS) to take action on HIV/AIDS
Youth Visioning for Island Living is a UNESCO initiative which gives the opportunity to youth to design, plan, implement and evaluate their own projects towards the sustainable development of their islands. In 2012-2013 youth capacities in HIV/AIDS project development, implementation and evaluation were developed in Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Jamaica, Mauritius and Papua New Guinea, through active collaboration with youth organizations and other partners in the field. These various projects target youth key populations and are developed following a thorough assessment of their specific needs.
3. UNESCO WFEO YE/FL Youth Convention (10 to 12 February 2013, Kuwait)
The WFEO Young Engineers Future Leaders committee will be hosting a Youth Convention in Kuwait. It will take place from the 10th to the 12th of February 2013. The main purpose of the meeting will be to mobilize young engineers from around the world to discuss issues concerning Skills necessary for equipping the youth as leaders, Engineering and Technology, and Globalization and International Relations.
Web: http://yefl.net/; and http://www.wfeo.net/yefl/events/wfeo-young-engineers-future-leaders-committee-organizes-the-youth-convention-in-kuwait/
International Labour Organization (ILO)
ILO launches global photo contest "WORK4YOUTH"
The ILO Youth Employment Programme is organizing a photo contest to shed light on youth employment issues, the challenges young people face in the workplace as well as their power to overcome them. The contest is part of the activities of the Work4Youth. ILO welcomes photographs from amateur as well as professional photographers in the contest. The photographs submitted should capture youth at work (in different places and under various conditions) in a creative and original manner. Photographers are invited to focus specifically on working conditions, gender barriers, discrimination, informality, entrepreneurship, working poverty, migration, precarious work, and the rural economy, among others. A total of five prizes to be won! Participants are invited to submit up to a maximum of five photos by no later than 15 April 2013.
For details on how to participate, please visit www.ilo.org/w4y
Videos by young people on Decent Work
Young people deserve a chance to access decent work. Their voices should be heard, their creativity engaged, and their rights respected. As a result of the video contest “Decent work for youth” launched in March 2012, by the ILO Youth Employment Programme, over 200 extraordinary videos were received with employment-related stories of young people from different parts of the world. These videos were included in a global database that is now available online. Videos can be searched by language, country and a wide array of youth employment topics, including conditions of work, informality, unemployment, job search, internships and migration.
Watch the stories of young people by searching videos at
UNRWA TV makes a difference during crisis
During the recent crisis in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was forced to close 245 of its schools as violent conflict intensified throughout the region. Though the temporary school closures forced 225,000 students to remain at home, UNRWA was still able to provide students with educational content through the use of its innovative educational TV channel UNRWA TV. The channel allowed students to access lessons in Arabic, English and mathematics. During the crisis the channel broadcasted 12 hours of lessons daily. A recent survey shows that UNRWA TV has secured 41% student viewership in Gaza, with over 80% of viewers and their parents reporting the channel has led to improved academic achievement.
See the full story and more about UNRWA’s TV on UNRWA’s website: http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=1506
Youth Employment Network (YEN)
1. Ideas4Work: Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship in Africa (January 23-25, 2013)
Members of the Global Partnership for Youth Employment (GPYE) are convening this learning symposium in Dakar, Senegal, to provide an opportunity for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, youth, and donors to learn from each other through a variety of interactive sessions. The agenda will focus on gathering and disseminating evidence-based research on youth employment and entrepreneurship outcomes in Africa, as well as providing examples of effective programs and policies that respond to the challenges facing young people in their transition to employment in Africa.
More information at: www.regonline.com/ideas4work, to register for the Ideas4Work conference, please contact the GPYE Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. What’s Working? Competition (apply by December 31, 2012)
YEN invites organizations focusing on improving youth employment opportunities to tell YEN about their project. The winning organizations will have a chance to get their project featured at the 2013 Global Youth Employment Opportunities Conference and win up to $800! This round of the What’s Working competition is focused on rural interventions.
The deadline to enter is December 31, 2012:
3. Free E-Coaching programme for young entrepreneurs (apply by January 7, 2013)
YEN invites all young entrepreneurs (max. 35 years) to apply for the YEN E-Coaching programme. E-coaches provide business support and advice to young entrepreneurs and accompany them through the process of setting up their business and finding solutions to specific business challenges.
Apply by Monday, January 7, 2013: