Youth Flash Newsletter, March 2012
Feature Article: Rio+20: A Youth Blast!
UN CSD Major Group of Children and Youth
This year in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil all countries of the world will gather for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka Rio+20), 20 years after the Rio Summit, to discuss and plan our lives, our development, our survival and our future. This is one of the biggest events of our time. It is an international conference that will bring over 50,000 together to discuss the sustainability of our planet and the actions that need to be taken to create a better world for all. At Rio+20, the way the world works will be designed. This event will be designing our future....your future.
Don’t you think you should be part of that conversation?
According to Agenda 21, civil society consists of nine Major Groups. Agenda 21 represents the very first institutionalization of the youth participation at the UN. So, what does this mean for you?
The Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY) is the official voice for young people (under 30 years of age) in the UN sustainability negotiations. This means that hundreds of youth organisations and networks, official youth government delegates, young activists, journalists, professionals, students and children are involved in shaping our future together.
If you want to express your valuable perspective and get involved--you are welcome to join us! We are young. We know each person has different capacities, interests and ways to express themselves.....
But what is happening at Rio+20?
We will be engaging with the official process. We will be outside and inside the conference venue to push our governments to recommit to our futures.
We have organised an official Conference of Youth (aka Youth Blast) which will take place from the 10-12 June 2012 for all young people to prepare, strategise and finalise what we will be doing during Rio+20. Besides providing information and training to participants, the event will be a space for youth to share experiences and solutions related to sustainable development issues and forms of participation in decision making at the international level. The focus of Youth Blast is four-fold: (i) to build partnership among children and youth by providing a space for networking, ideas and experiences exchange; (ii) to plan activities for the Rio+20 Summit as well as its follow-up; (iii) to develop an international knowledge base through collecting and identifying information on activities, initiatives and best practices which will be included in the publication on youth activism toward and at Rio; and (iv)to empower the MGCY constituency through developing and disseminating training packs and advocacy tools and facilitating coordination activities and actions of the MGCY on the road to Rio+20 and the Conference itself.
You are welcome to attend this event as it is open to anyone under 30 years of age and it is free. Unfortunately, as it is a youth event organised by and for young people we are not in a position to fund or sponsor you. But you have time and even if you can’t raise the money to attend in person we hope you will do something in your local community, or school or area to promote what is happening. We are also going to try to make sure everything is (as much as possible) recorded so you can see what happened.
If you are from Brazil, we also have great news, ‘Youth Blast - Conference of Youth for Rio+20’ will take place from 8-12 June . The first two days of the conference, 8-9 June will be focused on Brazilian Youth (Brazilian days), while 10-12 June are geared towards both international and Brazilian youth ( International days). The aim of this conference is to enable youth to dynamically engage and strategise before Rio+20 to effect positive change in the negotiations.
So, what is next?
Well, we hope that this article has inspired you to get involved. Hopefully, you will tell your friends about Rio+20, why it’s important and why they should get involved. If you are really interested and inspired, why not gather together a few friends to start some campaigns in your area, school or region?! And we hope that you will also link up with the UNCSD Major Group of Children and Youth to ensure that together we can make sure that Rio+20 leads to real results for us and to the future we want!
Want more information on how to get involved? Read our participation guide or visit our website: http://uncsdchildrenyouth.org/
Use your voice and share it with the world to influence change.
News from UN Offices
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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ( UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration ( IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion.
Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges in their communities related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels. Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length.
Marc Scheuer, Director of the UNAOC, said “PLURAL+ videos fit very well in this very relevant conversation: how to build more inclusive societies where we can all live together in harmony.” Michele Klein-Solomon, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, IOM, added “PLURAL+ videos touch very sensitive issues in a very real way. They look at the realities that people are facing; we like to see young people expressing their profound ideas in a manner that allows the opening of a dialogue.”
Independent media producer and PLURAL+ 2011 jury member Renzo Devia said, “I was amazed to see how these young film makers created these videos and I really appreciate the work they put into these productions. Probably the most impressive thing is the stories. I learned a lot from different cultures and social issues in various nations”.
PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change.
A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, 13-17, 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at PLURAL + 2012 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media on 6th December 2012.
PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities, such as winning participants presenting their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.
PLURAL + 2012 deadline for video submission is 1 July, 2012. Early submissions are encouraged. Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at:
You can watch PLURAL+ 2011 winners here
PLURAL+ is a joint project of the UNAOC and the IOM with the support of many international partners, including: Anna Lindh Foundation, Chinh India, Cine y Salud Spain, COPEAM, Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation, MEC Serbia, NEXOS, Roots&Routes Germany, Royal Film Commission Jordan, Without Borders Film Festival, SIGNIS, UN TV, UNESCO AV Platform, Turkish Cultural Center New York, Gulen Institute, TAL, Global Block, Scalabrini International Migration Network, Paley Center for Media and Red Unial.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel to Learn Arts and Crafts
The aim of this exchange programme undertaken with the Fondation Culture & Diversité Programme is to enable arts and crafts students from disadvantaged backgrounds in France and developing countries to undertake study tours in France and abroad to discover handicraft traditions and know-how through placements in arts and crafts institutions, enterprises and associations. This programme helps students acquire new skills, develop professional networks and participate and present their work at international fairs. 14 young students from Chile, Colombia, France, India, Lebanon, Mali and Tunisia participated in this programme since 2009, and 19 students will participate until 2014. Contact: K.Monteil@unesco.org
World Heritage Volunteers 2012
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) project, more-than-ever overcoming boundaries and territories, will gather youth volunteers all over the world to get involved in the preservation and promotion of World Heritage. This year, WHV workcamps will be held in 40 World Heritage sites located in 25 countries. The project will involve 33 youth organizations and some 700 volunteers who will cross borders, share their cultures, and unite to preserve natural and cultural sites, restore archaeological finds, and raise awareness amongst local communities about their heritage. Volunteers will act in various World Heritage sites, from the endangered antique Chan Chan archaeological zone in Peru, to natural sites such as the tremendous Victoria Falls in Zambia, or even the Great Wall of China. The project is jointly coordinated by the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS). For further information please contact CCIVS (email@example.com).
Panasonic Kids School and Eco Picture Diary Global Contest The Eco-Picture Diary Contest, a program developed globally as part of Panasonic kids school - Panasonic's next generation promotion support activity and education programs, gives the children an opportunity to learn about environment issues and thinking about the eco action ideas to protect our planet in an easy-to-understand and playful way. The initiative results from the strategic partnership between Panasonic and UNESCO World Heritage Centre to promote sustainable development through World Heritage conservation and environmental education for the next generation. On 8 February, the award ceremony of "Eco Picture Diary Global Contest" was held at UNESCO headquarters with young participants from 37 countries attending the ceremony. Panasonic and UNESCO will continue to promote in 2012, the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, through the World Heritage Eco Learning Program and various promotional events. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Route de l’esclave
Dans le but de contribuer à une meilleure connaissance de l’histoire de la traite négrière et de l’esclavage et de donner aux enfants à comprendre le contexte de l’évolution du racisme, un projet collaboratif de production d’un film et d’un livret pédagogique a été initié dans le contexte du projet La Route de l’esclave. Ce travail a été réalisé en collaboration avec le Réseau des Ecoles Associées de l’UNESCO. Plus de 300 enfants et une cinquantaine de professionnels de l’éducation de différentes régions du monde ont pris part à l’élaboration du scénario du film et à l’identification des activités pédagogiques qui ont permis de composer le livret (la France de l’Outre Mer, le Brésil, le Ghana, le Danemark, l’Espagne, Cuba, Trinité et Tobago, la République Dominicaine etc.). Ce film et son livret seront distribués gratuitement aux écoles faisant partie du Réseau. Contact: K.Monteil@unesco.org
On 1 February, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs launched a disarmament education contest to run until 30 April. “Art for Peace 2012 encourages young people to watch a short film online, then to “imagine a world free of nuclear weapons”. Based on your musings, you are asked to create and upload original artwork to: unartforpeace.org.
There are three age groups that can participate: 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17. Tap your imaginations and draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolours to illustrate a world free of nuclear weapons, without wars, without fear.
Youth between the ages of 5 and 12 will need to have parents or teachers help with their submissions. Once the artwork is posted, family and friends will be able to view, share and vote via Facebook.
Four winners from each category will receive a certificate from the United Nations and all winning artwork will be reproduced in a United Nations calendar.
Winners from age groups 5-8 and 9-12 will receive wonderful art supplies. For those in the 13-17 year old group, there will be cash prizes awarded of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. The winners will be announced before the end of May 2012.
Because art is a universal language, everyone can participate, so spread the word and spread peace!
For more information, please visit: unartforpeace.org
APPLICATIONS TO UN-HABITAT URBAN YOUTH FUND IS NOW OPEN
UN-HABITAT invites young people in cities and towns of the developing world to apply for grants from the Youth Fund of up to $25,000 per project. The call for applications is now open and continues until 15 April 2012. To qualify for funding, the projects must be led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter and secure tenure. For more information on the Fund and the youth programme at UN-HABITAT, please visit our website at www.unhabitat.org
YOUTH 21A Youth 21 meeting is scheduled 15-17 March this year in Nairobi, Kenya at which delegates will discuss the mandate for a Special Representative for Youth, and the steps needed to engage young people in decision making through the creation of a Permanent Forum on Youth. The Youth 21 initiative is a report discussed in Oslo last month which called on the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative on youth, and to support Member States in establishing a United Nations Permanent Forum on Youth. To get involved in the Youth 21 process, please sign up and participate at http://edebates.globalyouthdesk.org/Home/Index.aspx
Announcing the winners of the YUNGA International Drawing Competition!
Over 2800 children and youth aged 6 to 20 from 60 countries participated in this year’s YUNGA International Drawing Competition and contributed to the objectives of the "International Year of Forests 2011” to raise awareness on forest biodiversity.The overall winner is Naylee Nagda, aged 15, Kenya. The winners for each age group
are: 6 -10: 1st Wigave Rattamanee aged 10 Thailand, 2nd Maria Jimenez Albarran aged 8 Mexico, 3rd Siddhi Prasad aged 7 Qatar, 4th Andi Tenribalo Hikmah Papacce Tenri aged 6 Indonesia.
11-15: 1st Naylee Nagda Aged 15 Kenya, 2nd Lea Anne R. Rulloda aged 13 Philippines, 3rd Giovanna Lucarini aged 11 Italy, 4th Aby Abraham aged 13 Qatar.
16-20: 1st Louisa Luk aged 17 China, 2nd Daniela Karaivanova aged 17 Bulgaria, 3rd Hoi Kei Leung aged 18 China, 4th Vincente Tiu Tangcuro III aged 17 Singapore.
See their works of art on FAO and Green Wave websites.
FAO in Mozambique, has, since 2008, supported youth producers’ associations to improve self-employment and access to markets in the Sofala province. Programme evaluations have assessed that most youth managed to enlarge their businesses and invest in further activities while increasing the size of their land and have managed to access local and district markets and in some cases reached the provincial level. Quite a number of them became also pivotal in creating seasonal employment in those districts. Overall, the revenues generated went both to re-invest in their businesses and to further enhance livelihoods opportunities of their families. Support to youth producers’ associations is foreseen to continue to further facilitate their access to markets while improving their food security and ability to cope with food prices volatility.
Contact in Mozambique: Felicidade Panguene, Programme Officer (Felicidade.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact in FAO HQ: Francesca Dalla Valle, Youth Employment and Institutional Partnerships Specialist (Francesca.email@example.com)
ITU launched the Girls in ICT Portal to encourage girls and women to enter the fast-growing information and communication (ICT) sector. The portal is designed to help girls and young women aged 11-25 prepare for and pursue a technology career, providing links to scholarships, training and internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps, online girls’ networks and other programmes that will give them a boost in entering what has become a largely male-dominated sector. Job opportunities in the ICT sector continue to grow and many countries and regions are predicting a shortage of qualified staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills to meet the growing demand. This provides significant opportunities for qualified women. Help us encourage girls to prepare for a career in ICTs and share the Portal link with your networks.
ITU is also leading the“International Girls’ in ICT Day”initiative adopted through ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the field of information and communication technologies. It set the 4th Thursday in April of every year to be the day girls and young women are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies, government agencies and academic institutions so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future. In 2012, International Girls in ICT day will be celebrated on 26 April.
ITU actively encourages and invites ministries of education and communication, private sector companies and other governmental and academic institutions to get involved and organize local, regional and national events designed to showcase ICT and technology careers to young female students, and to encourage relevant entities to reach out to girls and young women through schools, tertiary institutions and in-house mentoring and shadowing programs.
Those interested to join ITU in this initiative and organize on 26 April 2012 Girls in ICT Day events are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, ITU will celebrate World Telecommunication Information Society Day (WTISD) on 16 May 2012 on the theme, ‘Women and Girls in ICT’,to further highlight the role technology can play in empowering women worldwide.http://www.itu.int/wtisd/index.html
For more information:please see: www.girlsinict.org or http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/sis/index.phtml
On 25 Jan United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, recently elected for a second term, outlined a series of priorities and actions as part of his upcoming 5 year action plan, which he believes the global community must take in order to build “the future we want’.
In his statement, the Secretary General said the agenda ‘will require mobilizing all the human, financial and political resources available to the United Nations in order to catalyse the type of global collaboration that is possible, necessary and timely.’
One of the Agenda’s 5 priority areas is that of ‘working with and for women and young people’, highlighting the importance of young people and youth development to the Secretary General and the UN. In his statement he said that we must ‘ Address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world has ever known by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship and protection of rights, and education, including on reproductive health. To help advance this agenda, the UN system will develop and implement an action plan, create a youth volunteer programme under the umbrella of the UN Volunteers and appoint a new Special Adviser for Youth.’
Work is already underway on realizing these commitments, and Youth Flash will keep you updated as they progress.
For more: http://www.un.org/sg/priorities/sg_agenda_2012.pdf
Youth in Action
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In the months leading up to World AIDS Day 2011, Youth, the Arts, HIV & AIDS Network (YAHAnet.org) hosted a student-led worldwide podcast competition on the theme of “Turning the Tide Together to Reach Zero” (a combination of the 2012 International AIDS Conference theme and the 2011 World AIDS Day theme). Young people aged 15 to 24 were encouraged to participate in the competition through their educational institutions, through community youth organizations, or on an individual level. The winning podcasts were created by a team of young peer advocates in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and by two young activists from a youth organization in Gambia. Find out more about the winners and listen to the top six podcasts in the YAHAnet Gallery! And be sure to check out the mp3 stream of an interview on McGill University’s radio station in which YAHAnet coordinator John and student intern Emily talk about YAHAnet’s work and the podcast competition.
Sign up to be a YAHAnet member today to start sharing stories and projects and discussing awareness and prevention strategies!
UN Commission for Sustainable Development Major Group for Children and Youth: Organizing MyCity+20 events, which include Rio+20 negotiation simulations
MyCity+20 is a concept as well as an informal platform in order to motivate and support other cities to create their own simulation of Rio+20. We share a common vision: Young people take action in the field of sustainable development. And we give ourselves the following mission: Young people will be ready to tackle international sustainable development issues by simulating international summits. Young people are also given the opportunity to take action locally on SD issues. We set for ourselves 3 goals : 1. The youth learn about global SD issues thanks to a simulation of the Rio+20 summit, 2. The youth are given the opportunity to take action in their local community, and 3. The youth carry the message that they are ready to be involved in the transition towards a sustainable society. To learn more: http://mycityplus20.blogspot.com/
#PushYourPresident: A grassroot action initiated by young people from all over the world. We feel Rio+20 can only become a success if as any decision makers as possible attend Rio and will, at Rio, safeguard young people’s interests. We cannot do this alone, but to reach this goal we need your help! Start #PushYourPresident in your own country and thereby be the source of change which will make the difference in Rio! GO RIO+20! For more information: http://dusruttenaarrio.nl/pushmoveyourpresident/
Official Youth Delegate Initiative: Since January 2012, members of the MGCY have been targeting Member States to raise their awareness about the importance of including a youth delegate in their official delegations: The inclusion of a youth delegate will indicate the commitment of a Member State with the values of the Rio declaration, particularly principles 10 and 21, and intergenerational equity and equal participation. Official youth delegates serve as a liaison with the youth of their country, inspiring and encouraging young people to participate more deeply at home, in the political life of their own societies, thereby counteracting the immense social costs of excluding young people. Official youth delegates will have a pink badge during the Rio negotiations, will have access to closed discussions and will participate more fully in the process. This will help push toward policies that are favourable for youth, especially in the development of a green economy and other CSD policy processes.
Click here for more information.
WAKE UP CALL: MAURITIUS Wake Up Call was a global campaign organised by the One Young World organisation with the aim of uniting youth around the world under the slogan “This is a Wake Up Call”, where each country would choose a specific theme to address to their leaders. Youth rose magnificently to the call, with several countries choosing to focus their Wake Up Call on Rio+20 and sustainable development. Wake Up Call Mauritius demanded that youth be included in the official delegation to Rio, as well as the consolidation of formal youth participation in sustainable development. On 21.2.12, hundreds of young people flooded the Mauritian Prime Minister’s inbox with this request; the campaign is ongoing, with a Rio+20 Simulation, a “Sustainability tour” of schools, and awareness events on the cards. If you want to know more, here’s the website: wakeupcallmu.com
World Youth Parliament for Water, March 05-12, 2012: The WYPW will take place in the region of Marseille from 6 to 17 March 2012 in the framework of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France. The WYPW will gather 85 young people aged between 18 and 24 from all over the world. The aim of the WYPW is to enable the young people to share their solutions for water, encourage youth participation in the World Water Forum's debates and start new initiatives and projects. For more information: http://www.see-swe.org/youth/pmje#one
US/Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development, March 24-25: It will be a platform for civil society in the U.S. and Canada to share and collaborate in the lead up to Rio+20 and beyond. The Citizens’ Summit invites a wide range and perspective to the table, reaching out to diverse groups and those new to the process. It aims to establish the need for sustainable development is home-grown, that US and Canadian citizens have taken issue with. The Citizens’ Summit will engage US and Canadian Member States and the Rio+20 process in generating lasting, transformative outcomes: http://www.citizenssummit.org/citizenssummit.org/Welcome.html
22nd of April 2012 (Earth Day) will see synchronized events in over 50 cities around the world. Young people want to get media attention and to mobilize thousands of people for the conference to come and to raise greater awareness. This campaign was started by over 30 South American organizations and if you want to get involved and run an event--you are very welcome!
YOUR GOVERNMENT IS YOU!
http://www.riomasvos.org / www.rioplusyou.org (em breve em Português)
Youth Blast is the official event of the Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY) with the aim of empowering young people to participate the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio +20. Youth Blast will be held in Rio de Janeiro June 10-12, 2012. Besides providing information and training to participants, the event will be a space for youth to share experiences and solutions related to sustainable development issues and forms of participation in decision making at the international level. It will also be an occasion to build strategies for the activities to be developed during the conference. Click here to Register. Please visit the Major Group of Children and Youth website to find out more ways to get involved http://uncsdchildrenyouth.org/
Stockholm+40 The Swedish minister for the Environment organize Stockholm+40conference (April 23-25, 2012), the 40th anniversary of the UN Conference on the Human Environment in 1972.Youth play an important role in the program, and there will be about 60 international youth present at the event. The 3 themes of this conference are: sustainable innovation, sustainable production, and sustainable living. Additionally, there are plans to organize youth briefings and meetings around Rio+20 back-to-back to this conference. To be continued :-) More information: http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/15451/a/181900
MobilizeU International Competition between Colleges & Universities that encourages students to engage their campus communities in four weeks of environmental activism surrounding Earth Day 2012 (March 29 - April 29). Over the month-long competition, students will mobilize their campuses to generate as many “acts of green” as possible, through activities such as registering new voters, collecting personal act-of-green pledges, leading community clean-ups, and organizing major Earth Day events, as well as amplifying environmental initiatives that their schools are already working on. Every act of green generated during MobilizeU will contribute to Earth Day Network's global A Billion Acts of Green® initiative - thus providing a platform for college students to make a significant impact on the international scale.
For more information contact MobilizeU@earthday.org or visit the website: http://www.earthday.org/mobilizeU
The Volvo Adventure, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, is an educational programme that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, you form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2011). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st 2012. For more information click here.
Projects are judged and the best projects are selected for an all expenses paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden where they can win: 1st place = 10,000 USD, 2nd = 6,000 USD and 3rd = 4,000 USD.
UNCSD MGCY Capacity Building: Inclusiveness and equal participation of all youth are key to making Rio+20 a success. Aiming for a target of 1 billion youth including 5 million without internet, the MGCY wants to ensure every young person has the chance to get involved and have a voice, which will itself join the global voice of youth through the MGCY. Thsi is why the capacity building initiative was launched - with view of informing and inspiring young people across the world to learn about sustainable development, RIo+20, as well as how they can act. The initiative would be incomplete without the plethora of volunteers across the world who signed up for the tasks of disseminating a capacity-building tookit which the team is working on, as well as taking individual awareness-raising, activism, advocacy and facilitation responsibilities. The team, like the rest of the MGCY, operates on very fluid lines and therefore welcomes anyone who wishes to join. Email email@example.com for more information.
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The World Youth Report 2011 explores the transition of young people from schools and training institutions into the labour market, a phase marking a critical period in the life cycle. The current employment scenario for young people, worsened by the global economic crisis, poses an urgent challenge with long-term implications for both young people and society as a whole.
For the first time, the 2011 edition of the World Youth Report is largely dedicated to the voices of young people themselves. The report is based on contributions from youth and representatives of youth-led organizations to an e-discussion, in which they shared their own views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering, and remaining active in the workforce. The 2011 edition of the report is also the first to be produced in an interactive website that allows readers to engage on youth employment issues: how young people are experiencing and addressing employment challenges; where and how young people are succeeding in employment; how youth employment interacts with social practices; and what Governments can do to help prepare young people in the transition from education to work.
The report aims to shed light on such complex issues, while bringing the voices of young people themselves into fora where youth issues are discussed and acted upon. The report was officially launched at a side event to the Commission on Social Development on 6th February, bringing together main contributors to the report as well as representatives from Member States, the UN system, youth and the private sector. Access the report: www.unworldyouthreport.org