Cooperatives & Youth – Empowerment, Employment, Engagement
Youth disempowerment, unemployment and poverty are of highest concern, even more so in the context of multiple international crises. The cooperative form of enterprise enables young people to create their own employment as member-owners in a context which often aligns with their own values and where their voices are heard.
As the International Year of Cooperatives came to the end, cooperative youth stakeholders from all over the world developed a statement delivered to the international community on November 20, 2012. The statement presents youth experiences and give recommendations to policy makers with regards to cooperative youth engagement and empowerment.
Through a facebook discussion forum, youth participate actively in the revision of the draft statement until November 17, 2012. The final statement is now accessible through the facebook group and the official IYC website to be circulated and signed until December 5, 2012. Youth stakeholders are asked to sign and support the statement with their signature. Through the facebook link, you will also be able to share your success stories of cooperative youth engagement.
Link to facebook discussion forum: http://www.facebook.com/groups/550315904994976/
Link to Official UN Website of International Year of Cooperatives: http://social.un.org/coopsyear/
The Major Group for Children and Youth
The Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) is currently determining its role in the post-Rio+20 arena. To gather the opinions of youth internationally, the MGCY launched a survey to identify the key focus areas for youth in sustainability. Preliminary results indicate a strong emphasis on the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals and the need for linking it to the Rio+20 outcomes. In response to these initial results, the MGCY is launching a Post-2015 MDG Working Group. All interested young people are invited to join this group to outline youth involvement in the post-2015 discussion and MGCY activities that can advance this.
More details can be found at www.uncsdchildrenyouth.org.
Please complete the following survey by 30 November 2012 to put forward your interests
Young Euro-Med Entrepreneurs in Interculturality
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations launched a new youth employment initiative aiming to provide training and mentoring to young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Med region. The initiative aims at promoting youth entrepreneurships along with the intercultural and interfaith dialogues. Selected young entrepreneurs will take part in a 5-day training in Italy from 11 to 15 February 2013 followed by a six-month training where they will receive mentoring from successful/experienced social entrepreneurs and professional fund-raisers. UNAOC is looking forward to selecting 20 young adults from the Euro-Med region between the ages of 18 and 35. Selected participants will be financially supported for the training in Italy.
For more information about this initiative called Young Euro-Med Entrepreneurs in Interculturality please see www.unaocyouth.org (under LATEST NEWS, lower left corner). The application deadline is 11:59 PM, New York time, December 2, 2012. Questions about this program should be sent to YEMEI@unaoc.org
UNIDO to host an international conference on productive work for youth in Tunisia and the Mena region
It is no coincidence that Tunis will host the international conference on productive work for youth in coming 28-29 November. The capital city of the Jasmin democratic revolution is in fact the perfect stage for a conference that seeks to construct critical recommendations on productive work for youth for the governments of the region.
The two-day event will feature important speakers including the Vice President of the EU Commission Mr. Tajani, the Director General of UNIDO Mr. Yumkella, and several other high-level representatives from the MENA countries. Participation will include more than 600 young entrepreneurs, youth activists, youth CSO representatives, and experts from the region.
Discussions will focus on importance for youth entrepreneurship development, access to finance and value chain development while reflecting on relevant success stories. To sparkle the discussion throughout the region, the UNIDO team has developed the first dedicated e-discussion platform www.dep.tn (Tunisian chapter) and www.dep-youth.org. Experts from the on-line discussions will be integrated in the final recommendations.
More information on the event can be found at www.dep.tn/blog
or contacting the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Competition for Young Palestine Refugees
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held a photo competition for young Palestinian refugees. The photo competition was made possible through funding from the European Union. The theme of the competition was 'Change the Picture’, and it provided youth with the opportunity to showcase different viewpoints of life as a Palestinian refugee. The top three photographs, all submitted by refugees in the Gaza Strip, were announced at East Jerusalem’s Yabous Cultural Centre last week. The exhibition also showcased a selection of additional entries portraying the lives of Palestinian refugees across all of UNRWA’s fields of operation: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory.
You can read the full story and see the winning photos here: http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=1493
Youth Employment Network
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 publicly available. 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: http://www.decentwork4youth.org/?sec=top
Ask an Entrepreneur Webinar Series (Nov 7 – Dec 5)
Join YEN’s "Ask an Entrepreneur" Webinar Series aimed at young people who are starting up or are thinking about starting a business. It is a chance for the young people to speak with a phenomenal line up of young entrepreneurs who have built successful companies and have valuable experiences to share. Every Wednesday at 14:00 GMT, YEN will showcase one young entrepreneur. For example, Garrett Gee who created a web app that 10 million people downloaded in the first year and convinced Lady Gaga and Google to invest in it will tell you how to effectively start and grow your business with social media.
Register for this free event at:
Free E-Coaching Programme for Young Entrepreneurs
YEN invites all young entrepreneurs (max. 35 years) who have started or are in the process of starting a business 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, December 3, 2012 at: