Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development
The Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development is delighted to inform you of its newest member: UNRWA –the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and Works. UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. UNRWA recently held a youth conference (19-20 March 2012) which you can read more about below.
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues kicks off!
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has kicked off for its eleventh session in UN headquarters, New York, running from 7-18 May. Check out the website for more information on what the forum does as well as how you can attend side events in NY.
UN Commission on Population and Development
The UN Commission on Population and Development took place in New York from 23-27 April for its 45th session under the theme ‘Adolescence and Youth’. Find more information and statements here:http://www.un.org/esa/population/cpd/cpd2012/cpd45.htm
Engaging Youth: Palestine Refugee Youth in a Changing Middle East
On March 19-20 2012, UNRWA convened a conference funded by the EU and hosted in Brussels by the Government of Belgium. “Engaging Youth: Palestine Refugee Youth in a Changing Middle East” saw world leaders and opinion makers, civil society and Palestinian refugee youth come together to discuss their concerns in a frank, open manner. The youth seized the space, making clear that they were more than equal partners in the discussions. There was consensus among host and donor countries, private partners, NGOs and UN agencies on the need to work with and for youth. The event provided new clarity to UNRWA’s programming vision. At the conference’s close, Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi unveiled an agenda of ten commitments. Many of these build on work that the Agency is already doing; others will enhance UNRWA’s ability to incorporate youth views.
To learn more about UNRWA’s work on youth and the ‘ten commitments’ see below links or contact Liaison Officer, Amira Hassan, email: email@example.com
ESCAP – Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia will be organizing its second Subregional Youth Forum in China this year. It is part of the Office's 3-year project to bring youths in direct dialogues with governmental policy-makers so that youth voices are better reflected in national policies. Eligible young people (26 years and younger) based in the 6 countries of North-East Asia are encouraged to apply before 25 May 2012.
Call for Application - Deadline 25 May 2012The 2nd Subregional Forum for Youth Participation in Policy-Making or East and North-East Asia
Dates: 22-24 August 2012
Venue: University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (UNNC)
Organizers: UN ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia, in collaboration with the Model UN Association of UNNC
- Sharing experiences and reviewing good practice of existing collaboration
between youth organizations and policy-making bodies.
- Identifying ways to channel youths’ perspectives to policy-making by
bringing policy makers and representatives of youth organizations together
and discuss strategies for effective collaboration.
We are looking for:Up to 40 youths (26 years old and younger) representing youth organizations in the 6 member States of North-East Asia (China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and RussianFederation).
For more information:
International Labour Organization - ILO
Youth Employment Forum from 23-25 May 2012, ILO headquarters, 23-25 May, Geneva, Switzerland
The Forum will gather around 150 young people from around the world, who are engaged in promoting decent work for youth. This will provide a platform for young people to share their experiences and views on the current employment situation, as well to discuss successful initiatives that create more and better jobs for youth. The discussions will focus on the youth employment crisis, youth transition to decent work and partnerships for more and better jobs for young people. There will also be a marketplace setup where innovative youth employment initiatives and good practices are shared and discussed.
Leading up to the Forum, 46 national youth employment events are being organized to discuss the youth employment challenge at country level. The outcome of these results will also be discussed at the Forum in Geneva.
More information on the Youth Forum
More information on the national events
Youth Employment – Good Practices
The ILO Youth Employment Programme has launched a call for nominations of good practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for young people. All nominations will be evaluated based on 6 specific criteria: (i) relevance, (ii) efficiency, (iii) coherence, (iv) novelty, (v) sustainability and (vi) replicability.The persons in charge of the
top good practice from each region (Africa, Americas, ArabStates, Asia, Europe) will be invited to the ILO Youth Employment Forum taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23 to 25 May 2012. To participate in this call for nominations, you are kindly requested to complete, by 11 May 2012 before 12.00 Pm GMT (a second phase will be launched as of 12 May 2012), an online registration form that can be found on the Good Practices on Youth Employment platform. For further information please visit: http://youthpractices.org
Upcoming Deadline for What’s Working? Competition
Given the need for more effective youth employment interventions, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) and the ILO's Youth Employment Programme (YEP) have partnered up to create the What's Working? competition to find out what approaches are working, and share them among the youth employment community. The competition is hosted on YEN’s new website, the Marketplace. The What’s Working? competition highlights success stories. Organizations who have had positive results from their youth employment projects can submit an entry. The winning projects will have their project published on the Marketplace and receive a monetary award. The competition is free to enter. Just fill out the online entry form and get your friends and supporters to vote for you! The deadline to enter is May 20th, and voting closes on May 24th at noon. Feel free to visit and explore the website at http://yenmarketplace.org. To see the competition page, go to http://yenmarketplace.org/whats-working-competition.
Youth Employment Network
The Youth Employment Network launches The Marketplace website The Youth Employment Network (YEN) has launched a new website. The Marketplace is an online space where youth employment stakeholders can come to find or exchange innovative ideas, expertise, advice and partnership. YEN Manager Susana Puerto Gonzalez says, “We (at YEN) face continuous requests to broker partnerships, to facilitate information exchange, to provide expertise, and to encourage youth participation. The Marketplace is our answer to these requests and a fun interactive way of exchanging with young people, youth development practitioners, and policymakers.”One of the website’s features is the What’s Working? competition, where members can submit a successful youth employment project for a chance to get their project published and win a cash prize! The deadline to enter is May 25, 2012.
The website also features an online mentorship program for young entrepreneurs, a live webinar series, and a TradingCenter where opportunities are posted daily.
Visit the website at http://yenmarketplace.org.
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. To date, US$7.2 million have been awarded to 10 Financial Service Providers (FSPs) in 7 different countries, of which US$1.3 have 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 first quarter of 2012, the 10 FSPs participating in YouthStart, launched their pilot tests, reached more than 7,000 youth with savings accounts, and provided financial education to more than 2,500. To ensure the financial services offered by the FSPs participating in the programme are protective of the rights of Youth, UNCDF sponsored a training on Youth Client Protection Principles delivered by Reach Global. Finally, UNCDF published its paper “Policy opportunities and constraints to access Youth financial services” and released it at the Child and Youth Finance International Summit in Amsterdam, where the UN Secretary General released a statement in support to programmes like YouthStart.
More information please visit our website at www.uncdf.org/en/youthstart
Young people present first-ever ‘crowdsourced’ recommendations for AIDS response in UN history
New youth-led recommendations to shape UNAIDS Secretariat’s work on HIV and young people
On April 24th, youth leaders from around the world presented a set of youth-defined recommendations that will guide the UNAIDS Secretariat’s work on HIV and young people through 2015. Based on the voices and views of more than 5000 young people from 79 countries, the recommendations resulted from CrowdOutAIDS, an innovative youth-led policy project initiated by UNAIDS. Leveraging crowdsourcing technology and new media tools, the five-month project enabled young people to fully participate in the development of strategic recommendations for the UNAIDS Secretariat’s youth agenda.The full set of recommendations are presented in Strategy recommendations for collaborating with a new generation of leaders in the AIDS response—the first-ever “crowdsourced” AIDS-related document in UN history. The recommendations, together with an internal organizational assessment on HIV and young people, will inform the UNAIDS Secretariat’s New Generation Leadership Strategy.
Contact person: Mikaela Hildebrand, firstname.lastname@example.org
Strategy recommendations for collaborating with a new generation of leaders in the AIDS response
World Health Organization - WHO
On April 25, the Lancet published a series of reports on the health of the largest generation of young people in history. Four reports analyse the importance of adolescent health from a life-course perspective; examine how social determinants influence adolescent health; present evidence from prevention trials, and present available data from multi-country datasets on 25 suggested core indicators. Among the authors, leading academicians and practitioners in the field of adolescent health are WHO and UNICEF staff
Contact person: Jane Ferguson, WHO email@example.com
Food and Agricultural Organization - FAO
FAO is pleased to announce Debi Nova has been appointed as Ambassador of Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) and joins fellow musicians Anggun, Fanny Lu, Lea Salonga and other celebrities in supporting the United Nations and partners to educate, inspire and promote action of children and young people in undertaking social and environmental initiatives. Debi will begin by working with YUNGA on its biodiversity, forests and oceans initiatives as well as other key activities related to nutrition and hunger.
See more at: http://yunga-youth.weebly.com/debi-nova.html or join YUNGA facebook at: www.facebook.com/people/Yunga-Un/100000379705546
UN Department of Public Information - DPI
In June, the UN will bring the world together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss and decide how to accelerate action for a healthier, more equitable and more prosperous world for all. The “Rio+20: The Future We Want” platform invites people around the world to take part in a global conversation to share their hopes, aspirations and ideas on ways to build a future that promotes prosperity and improves people’s lives without further degrading our planet’s natural environment. It is up to all of us to build our future, so join the global conversation and tell us what future you want! The contributions will be compiled and turned into a multimedia exhibition to be shown at Rio, on the Internet and then around the world. #futurewewant http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/conversation.shtml