Secretary-General Appoints Ahmad Alhindawi as his Envoy on Youth
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on January 17, 2013 the appointment of Ahmad Alhindawi of Jordan as his Envoy on Youth. The Secretary-General in his Five-Year Action Agenda identified “Working with and for Women and Young People” as one of his top priorities. In this context, the Envoy on Youth will work to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known.
Mr. Alhindawi is a strong youth advocate and brings to this position extensive knowledge of and commitment to working on youth issues at the local, regional and international level. Since December 2012, he has been Team Leader at the World Bank funded program to the League of Arab States on Institutional Development to Strengthen Arab Policy and Participation. Prior to this, he served as the Youth Policy Advisor in the League of Arab States in Cairo and Officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council (2009-2012). Mr. Alhindawi also served as Team Leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, Youth Program Associate at the UNFPA-Iraq office and Emergency Program Officer at Save the Children. He also supported the Danish Youth Council's projects in the Middle East and North Africa as regional consultant.
As part of his voluntary work, Mr. Alhindwai was among the co-founders of the All Jordan Youth Commission. He also co-founded and headed the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture and co-founded the International Youth Council in New York.
Born in 1984, Mr. Alhindawi holds a Masters degree in Advanced European and International Relations and a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organizations” from the Institut Européen in Nice, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems from the Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan.
Statement of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD)*
The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) welcomes the appointment of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Mr. Ahmad Alhindawi (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43944&Cr=youth&Cr1=#.UPhLix1X3Sl). The unprecedented appointment of the 28 year old young Jordanian is a crucial indicator of the growing importance of youth within the United Nations. The IANYD assures its highest level of support and collaboration to the newly appointed Envoy. Mr. Alhindawi will play a critical role in the engagement and involvement of young people and youth-led organizations in the work of the United Nations, including in preparations and advocacy for the post-2015 UN development agenda.
This appointment is a groundbreaking initiative of the Secretary-General’s Five-Year Action Agenda in which working with and for young people is a generational imperative. The Secretary-General is focusing on addressing 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 sexual and reproductive health. To advance this agenda, the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) is developing a System Wide Action Plan on Youth. In addition, UN Volunteers is preparing a Youth Volunteer Strategy.
*The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) is a network consisting of UN entities, represented at the headquarters level, whose work is relevant to youth. To learn more about the Network click here: http://social.un.org/youthyear/unianyd.html
Write the World Youth Report 2013 with us! Provide your perspectives on youth migration!!
The theme of the World Youth Report 2013 is ‘Youth and 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, the United Nations Focal Point on Youth of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs 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, Google+ hangout and surveys that will begin on 23 January, 2013.
Share your stories, views and suggestions and encourage other young people to join the global conversation on youth migration at: http://www.unworldyouthreport.org. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your organization would like to collaborate with us in enhancing youth participation in this process.
You can also join the conversation on our social media platforms:
- Follow us on Twitter: @UN4Youth
Elections and Prevention of Youth Violence in the Mano River Union
In the run up to the November 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, a three-day stakeholders’ dialogue was held in Freetown to secure commitment of relevant stakeholders, towards the prevention of electoral violence, especially affecting youth. Organized by Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) and Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA), the dialogue was supported by UNESCO, TRUSTAFRICA and Action Aid. The event brought together over one hundred participants from civil society in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia, along with youth representatives from Ghana and Kenya. Heads of key security agencies in Sierra Leone, including the Inspector General of Police, and the Chief of Staff in the Office of the National Security Advisor also participated in the dialogue which resulted in a communiqué emphasizing, among others, the need for sustained campaigning on non-violence in electoral processes, and for educating youth on their role in such processes.
Youth and the Peace Pact on Violence-Free Elections in Ghana
As part of its work on promoting youth civic engagement and participation in democratic processes across Africa, UNESCO supported a High Level Meeting in Ghana on the theme “Promoting Peaceful Elections and Justice: Taking a Stand against Electoral Violence, Impunity and Injustice”, organized in Kumasi, on 27 November 2012. In advance of the presidential elections of 7 December 2012, the meeting brought together the presidential candidates representing seven political parties and one independent candidate, who signed the Kumasi Declaration, committing them to “peaceful” and “violence-free” presidential elections, particularly in terms of preventing the involvement of youth in electoral violence. Hosted at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the meeting was attended by students and members of youth organizations.
Regional Conference - “ONLINE Prevention”!
The Association of UNESCO Clubs of Belarus hosted a regional conference, in Minsk, on 9 December 2012, which brought together over 100 representatives of youth organizations, youth friendly clinics, LGBT and PLHIV organizations from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Moldova, to discuss the use of the Internet and social media networks for health and HIV prevention education among young people. The conference reviewed the outputs of the ONLINE-Prevention project launched by UNESCO in cooperation with UNAIDS in 2012. About 3 million people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia were exposed to promotional materials developed by the project to raise young people’s awareness on HIV prevention and reproductive health and sexuality via Internet and social media.
More information at : http://www.unesco.org/new/en/moscow/about-this-office/single view/news/online_prevention_on_the_agenda_of_youth_organizations_in_eastern_europe_and_central_asia/
Cultural Heritage in a Box
UNESCO is developing a “Cultural Heritage in a Box” kit for Iraqi young women and men aged 12-19. This kit will include a range of different materials, such as local cultural objects specimens, images, and explanatory tales specially designed for the target audience. In order to contextualize the function and use of proposed educational materials and to enhance their long-term impact and sustainability, as well as to ensure an effective distribution of the kit, the “Cultural Heritage in a Box” kit has been included as a resource tool within the broader project on “Civic Values and Life skills Education for Adolescents in Iraq”, currently implemented by UNESCO in four Governorates in Iraq.
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Urban Youth Fund – Indian Window
The Urban Youth Fund is a fund established in 2009 by UN-Habitat with the support of the Government of Norway to support youth-led oganizations in the developing world. To date the Fund has supported 212 youth groups to undertake projects focused on issues such as ICT, Governance, Entrepreneurship, and other human settlement issues in Latin America, Africa, MENA and Asia Pacific region.
In 2013 UN-Habitat has partnered with the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation in India to open-up an Indian Youth Fund window. This funding window targets specifically youth-led groups in India using the overall approach and framework of the Urban Youth Fund with the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation to provide funding for the scheme. The India Youth Fund Window will be a pilot project for three years. After that, depending on the level of success and resources, the funding window will be expanded.
For more information, Please contact Jon-Andreas Solberg (email@example.com)
YouthStart, a UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) programme in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation aims to reach 200,000 youth in Sub-Saharan Africa with demand-driven financial and non-financial services, in particular savings and financial education, by 2014. As of January 2013, US$7.1 million has been awarded to 10 Financial Service Providers (FSPs) in eight different countries. Of that amount, US$4.4 million has so far been disbursed to design, deliver and scale up demand-driven youth financial services and youth-centric programmes in partnership with youth serving organizations. Almost all the YouthStart partners successfully completed pilot testing of their youth-friendly financial and non-financial services. As of September 2012, over 40,000 youth opened savings accounts and saved almost US$550,000, and almost 30,000 of those participated in financial-literacy training. These figures show an outstanding performance of the YouthStart programme of over 120% of the targets set for 2012.
Promoting Youth Employment in Rural Burundi
In response to high youth unemployment rates in Burundi, IFAD’s country team has added a rural youth employment component to its successful on-going Value Chain Development Programme (PRODEFI). The new component, adding US$6.6 million to the on-going programme grant of US$39.6 million,will target 20,000 young rural people in Bubanza and Ngozi provinces, helping them to develop micro enterprises along the value chains promoted by PRODEFI, as well as in other economic sectors. The new component will: (i) create employment around PRODEFI chain activities in collaboration with professional bodies on youth employment, farmers’ organisations and agricultural producers; (ii) provide job training through existing training institutions, including technical support on innovative approaches to expand income-generating activities that require little or no land; and (iii) set up sustainable financing mechanisms, in partnership with local financial institutions, to enable young people to access financial services tailored to their needs.
For more information, please contact Mr Hamed Haidara, IFAD Country Director and Representative in Burundi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating Alternatives for Students
15-year-old Ranim prioritized her studies even while fleeing from her home in Syria in the wake of the crisis. “My books were the first things I took with me when I left my home. Third grade is a little hard and I have to study well before final exams in June.”
To help students like Ranim who are facing obstacles to education and normal life in Syria, UNRWA’s education programme is currently developing a set of educational materials that will allow children in the country to study from home. This will include home study materials and lessons on CDs for viewing on video among other alternative materials.
Youth Employment Network (YEN)
Impact Evaluation Portfolio
Recognizing the need to improve the effectiveness of youth employment programmes and contribute to a global understanding of what works for youth, YEN has a strong focus on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of youth employment programmes. The Impact Evaluation is a compilation of the M&E projects YEN has been conducting in the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. The Portfolio gives a snapshot of each of these efforts by reporting on the intervention, evaluation questions, evaluation design, and timeline of activities.
Arab Youth & Entrepreneurship: Holistic Approaches to Nurturing Local Ecosystems (February 16-18, 2013 / Doha, Qatar)
The three-day event aims to identify ways of improving local ecosystems to increase entrepreneurial activity and enhance economic opportunities for young people in the MENA region by showcasing best practices and creating space for 250-300 participants to network, share experiences, and learn from each other. The conference is being organized by Silatech and the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), in partnership with the Global Partnership for Youth Employment (GPYE), the World Bank, and the Doha Municipality. At this conference, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) will highlight recent findings from impact evaluations in the region. The objective of YEN’s session on “Youth Entrepreneurship Interventions: Using Evidence to Improve Impact” is to disseminate rigorous evidence on how to achieve impact in entrepreneurship development.
More information: Please visit www.araburban.org and www.silatech.com
UN Regional Commissions
ECA Supports the Implementation of Youth Employment Policies in West Africa
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) provided technical and financial support to the Foundation for Future Leaders International (FFLI) for the organization of a sub-regional meeting on the theme “Youth employment: implementation of strategies to address youth unemployment in West Africa.” The meeting, held in Accra, Ghana, during 25-26 June 2012, provided an opportunity for youth entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to analyze major challenges and concerns, to review existing policy frameworks, and to provide directions for addressing youth unemployment in West Africa.
The meeting adopted the Accra Declaration on the implementation of strategic policy frameworks for youth employment in West Africa. FFLI, in collaboration with UNECA, will ensure the effective implementation of the Declaration, and sustain further dialogue with the youth and other stakeholders. The meeting was attended by governmental experts from ECOWAS Member States, youth organizations, private sector representatives, youth development specialists, academia, and experts from the United Nations system.
UNECA, AfDB Launch Joint Youth Employment Drive
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have launched a joint project to tackle challenges of youth unemployment in the sub-region. The two organizations have identified and discussed possible areas where they will be working together in helping countries tackle their various challenges during high-level talks at the AfDB offices in Lusaka, Zambia. The high-level talks will be followed by a joint technical meeting between the two organizations.