UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth sworn in
The newly appointed Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, was sworn in at UN headquarters on Friday, 15 February 2013. The Secretary-General described Mr. Alhendawi as a very distinguished young leader among billions of young people, and one who will bring new and fresh and creative ideas.
On the day of his swearing in, Mr. Alhendawi addressed the closing session of the Commission for Social Development and informally met the youth delegates attended the Commission. He also met with the Focal Point on Youth to discuss on the future work on youth.
Youth and the Commission for Social Development (CSocD)
The Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Since the convening of the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action.
The Commission meets once a year in New York, usually in February. Each year, the Commission has taken up key social development themes as part of its follow-up to the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit. The Commission met for its 51st Session in New York during 6-15 February 2013.
It was a busy Commission this year for youth. The Secretary-General submitted two Reports to the Commission in response to the requests from Member States. The Report on the ‘Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth’ was submitted in response to the General Assembly resolution 65/312. It provided an overview of national experiences, lessons learned and good practices on how to address problems affecting youth and puts forward a set of recommendations from Member States, United Nations entities and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, focusing on how to: (a) more effectively address the challenges hindering the development and participation of youth; (b) improve the United Nations youth-related programmes and structure, including their coherence; and (c) monitor progress. The second Report was on the “Indicators for the World Programme of Action for Youth” produced in response to the request by the General Assembly to the Secretary-General (resolution 65/312) to propose a set of indicators linked to the World Programme of Action for Youth and the proposed goals and targets, in order to assist Member States in assessing the situation of youth. This report was based on the outcomes of the two Expert Group Meetings (EGM) organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) in December 2011.
A high-level panel on youth was organized to present the Secretary-General’s Report on the ‘Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth’ to the Commission. The panel featured representatives from Member States, United Nations entities and young people, youth delegates and youth organizations to present the Report’s findings. The presentations from the panelists was followed by an interactive questions and answer sessions where the discussants stressed the importance of ensuring youth people to be at the centre of decision making in youth related issues.
The Commission also adopted a youth resolution by consensus entitled “Policies and programmes involving youth”. The resolution takes note with appreciation of the Secretary-General’s Reports on the “Proposed set of indicators for the World Programme of Action for Youth” and the “Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth” and included some of the recommendations from the reports. The resolution encourages Member States to consider using the proposed indicators to monitor the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth, facilitate youth participation, especially in the post-2015 development agenda. The resolution also showed interests to the Secretary-General’s Action Agenda on youth and requested the Secretary-General to brief the Commission on the development of his initiatives.
Like previous Commissions for Social Development, this Commission was also attended by a number of youth delegates who actively participated in the general discussions, high-level panel discussions on youth, and also in the negotiations on the resolution on the ‘Policies and programmes involving youth’.
Write the United Nations World Youth Report 2013 with us!
The UNDESA is in the process of preparing its 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development. The Report will offer a multidimensional account and/or perspective of the life experiences of young migrants and young people affected by migration.
The report will address youth migration from a youth viewpoint, accommodating young peoples’ concerns over migration from their own perspectives, based on their own experiences, and in their own voices. For this purpose, UNDESA-DSPD Focal Point on Youth invites young people between the ages of 15 and 35 to share their views on the opportunities, challenges, and the impacts of migration on them. You can participate in many of the online interactive activities including: e-consultations, call for photos , submit a migration story and complete surveys. Submissions received before 1 March 2013 will be analyzed for the UN World Youth Report. A Google + Hangout will be organized with young people and UN staff on 6 March 2013. To find out more about the World Youth Report 2013 and how young people can get involved visit: www.unworldyouthreport.org
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Youth Shape the 2013 UNESCO Youth Forum
UNESCO has launched a broad-based online consultation for the preparation of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, which will take place at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, in October 2013. This consultation is intended to enable youth and all other related stakeholders to contribute to the preparation of the Forum, from shaping its thematic agenda to deciding on its format and outcome. Phase 1 of this consultation focuses on the theme of the Forum and, is open up to Thursday, 21 February 2013 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HZZCLCV.
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Global Water Experiment for the launch of the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013
Thirty students from the Lycée Paul Eluard of Châtillon in France demonstrated the UNESCO Water experiments during the official launching ceremony of the International Year of Water Cooperation on 11 February 2013. Five of these students also participated in the Youth meeting at the Pavillon de l'eau (the institution that manages drinking water for the city) on the same day. Together with students from Japan, other schools in France and from UNESCO-IHE (UNESCO Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands), and a group of children which took part in water-related activities at UNESCO’s headquarters, they finalized a Youth Declaration on Water Cooperation, which they presented to the participants of the High-level meeting on Water Cooperation.
Web: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/natural-sciences events/?tx_browser_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=12915&cHash=0200769f89
The Slave Route Project
Within the framework of the Decade for People of African Descent, to be launched by the United Nations, the Slave Route Project has produced a series of promotional tools (pens, notepads, folders and bags) to sensitize young people to the contemporary issue of the slave trade and slavery in our society. In the context of the Project, UNESCO is also finalizing the production of a DVD for youth with the film “Slave Route: The Soul of resistance” and a pedagogical booklet. The DVD together with these promotional tools will be part of a presentation pack that will be distributed to schools around the world. The project will also launch a web application so that young people can watch the film and consult the pedagogical booklet through their smart phones and tablet computers.
Convention of Young Engineers and Future Leaders
The Convention of Young Engineers and Future Leaders was hosted by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Young Engineers and Future leaders Committee in Kuwait from 10 to 12 February 2013. This Youth Convention brought together young engineers worldwide under the umbrella of one key convention. The topics chosen were Youth in Engineering, Engineering and Technology, and Globalization and International Relations.
This event was important for youth because it was a large gathering of engineers from all over the world. The three-day conference featured speakers from UNESCO and gathered participants from the WFEO, Engineers without Borders, South Africa Women in Engineering, European Federation of National Engineering Association and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
Call for Application to the Urban Youth Fund
UN-Habitat opened the 5th Call for application to its Urban Youth Fund on 15th February. The Urban Youth Fund supports youth-led organizations in developing countries with grants of up to $25,000. Since its inception the Fund has supported 212 youth groups. Youth groups that wish to apply for funding may visit the application portal at http://unhabitatyouthfund.org. The deadline for applications is 15th April. The youth groups have to be youth-led and have been legally registered for at least one year.
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Call for applications to the India Youth Fund window
UN-Habitat has partnered with Narotam Sahksaria Foundation in India and has opened up an India Youth Fund window under the Urban Youth Fund. Youth groups in India may apply for a grant from this special funding window through the application portal of the Urban Youth Fund at http://unhabitatyouthfund.org . Youth groups that wish to apply for grants from both the India window and the Urban Youth Fund can do so, but they have to fill out two applications. The deadline for application is 15th April, 2013.
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Call for applications to the Mauritius Youth Fund window
UN-Habitat has partnered with Mauritius Employers’ Federations CSR Fund and has opened up a Mauritius Youth Fund window under the Urban Youth Fund. Youth groups in Mauritius may apply for a grant from this special funding window through the application portal of the Urban Youth Fund at http://unhabitatyouthfund.org . Youth groups that wish to apply for grants from both the Mauritius window and the global Fund can do so, but they have to fill out two applications. The deadline for application is 15th April, 2013.
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UN-Habitats Governing Council
The 24th Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will be held from 15 to 19 April 2013 at the UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme Sustainable Urban Development: The Role of Cities In Creating Improved Economic Opportunities For All, With Special Reference To Youth and Gender.
Registration is now open at www.unhabitat.org
Youth Employment Network (YEN)
Training event for Youth-to-Youth Fund grantees
The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility’s Youth-to-Youth Fund is ringing in 2013 with plenty of activities, paving the way for an exciting and fruitful year for East Africa’s youth entrepreneurs.
Twenty-four youth-led organizations were selected from Uganda and Tanzania as Y2Y Fund grantees. All these organizations will receive grants between USD 5,000-20,000 and technical assistance for the implementation of innovative entrepreneurship creation projects designed by them.
Twelve UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund grantees and the project managers of the Y2Y Fund grantee organizations will gather in Naivasha, Kenya, for a week of intensive training on project management. The training will also include sessions with former Y2Y grantees from the region to share their valuable experiences and lessons.
More information at: http://www.ilo.org/yen
Y2Y Replication Fund in East Africa
The Youth-to-Youth Replication Fund will be launched on March 1, 2013. This competition uses the most successful project ideas from Round-1 of the Y2Yproject as models for youth-led organizations from East Africa to replicate with technical assistance from the former grantees, and grants from the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility.
More information at: http://www.yefafrica.org/y2y-fund/youth-to-youth-fund
UN ESCAP – UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth
Given the growing importance of youth development issues in the Asia-Pacific region, the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) and United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Asia-Pacific have established the first ever joint body, the "RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth." The newly established group, co-chaired by ESCAP and UNFPA, provides a new regional architecture for planning and implementation of the United Nation youth agenda in Asia and the Pacific. The joint body integrates the United Nations regional policy/normative expertise with its operational capacity at the country level to ensure a stronger and more coherent regional response to the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth, the Secretary-General's Five-Year Action Agenda on youth, the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit, as well as related MDGs, international conventions and legal instruments impacting youth. The Group will carry out is work through working with governments, development partners, other stakeholders including youth and youth organizations.
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OECD Global Youth Video Competition 2013
The 3rd OECD Global Youth Video Competition is now open for submissions. If you’re between 18 and 25, we ask you to share with us your thoughts and views on how to approach economic and societal challenges. We need to rethink the kind of society we want and re-examine the tools we need to get there. How would you shape tomorrow’s global economy? What are the key issues that you think must be factored into building a more inclusive world?
To enter, send us your three-minute video laying out your vision on future economic models and how would you shape tomorrow’s global economy. The winners will gain a trip to Paris during OECD Week in May 2013. Closing date: 2 April 2013