April 2017

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UN Entities Highlighted News

UNAOC: Call for Applications for the 2017 edition of the Fellowship Program

The UNOAC Fellowship Program aims at challenging stereotypes and at fostering cross-cultural collaboration between young civil society leaders from different faiths and cultures. In 2017, the Fellowship Program focuses on “The role of civil society and media in combatting hatred and fostering inclusion”. Candidates must be between 25 and 35 years old, from Europe, North America or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and able to demonstrate strong interest in intercultural dialogue and professional achievements in the fields of media and/or civil society. The deadline to apply is Sunday, 21 May 2017 at 11:59pm EST. More


UNAOC and IOM: PLURAL+ 2017 Youth Video Festival – Call for Entries

The PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival invites the world’s youth to submit dynamic and forward-thinking videos focusing on themes of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and against xenophobia. The festival is organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with many partners. The International Jury award winners will be invited to New York for the 2017 Awards Ceremony and there are many other exciting prizes and professional opportunities. The deadline to submit videos is 4 June 2017. More

UNCDF: How Access to Financial Services and Financial Education Affects Young People

UNAOC: The Intercultural Innovation Award: Call for Applications Now Open!


The Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, searches for innovative and sustainable projects around the world that encourages dialogue and cooperation among people from different cultural backgrounds. Ten organizations with potential for expansion and replication will be awarded funding and strategic support. The awardees will be announced at the Intercultural Innovation Awards Ceremony, and highlights from last year can be viewed here). Deadline for applications is 31 May 2017, 5 pm EST. More


UNDESA: “Youth Policies and Inequalities in Latin America” International Meeting

DESA: Side Event to Promote Youth Development to Achieve the 2030 Agenda

A joint side event was held on 27 April 2017 by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in the framework of the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The event, entitled “Promoting Youth Development to Achieve the 2030 Agenda”, aimed to assess the current situation of indigenous youth, took stock of the progress made and remaining challenges, and analysed the best way forward while leaving no indigenous youth behind. It featured indigenous youth voices from Asia, Artic, Latin America and the Pacific to promote indigenous youth participation as integral stakeholders of decision-making processes at local, national and global levels. The side event also focused on latest data and new issue briefs prepared by DESA on education and health. More

UNDP: #ACTon2250 – First Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security

ILO: ONE World No Hunger. Future of the Rural World conference, Berlin, 27-28 April 2017

The ILO organized an expert panel session on Decent Jobs for Youth in the Rural Economy at the “ONE WORLD – No Hunger. Future of the Rural World” conference, in Berlin on 27-28 April 2017. The session was organized in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It provided a platform to discuss initiatives to promote decent jobs for youth in the rural economy in the context of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.


PBSO: Youth, Peace and Security Regional Consultation and High-Level Dialogue in Amman, Jordan

ILO: Young entrepreneurs in Tanzania: Where are they now?


Kazi Nje Nje, which literally means “Jobs out there ready to grab”, was part of a five-year ILO Youth Entrepreneurship Facility  (YEF) initiative in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Its main purpose was to foster entrepreneurship, create decent jobs and provide greater opportunities for young men and women through education, skills development and access to financing. The Kazi Nje Nje programme led to the creation of 51,489 businesses translating into 28,834 jobs in industries such as retail, services, manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing. More


UNDP: Innovation for Violence Prevention in Panama

UNCDF: Join the #BankTheYouth Campaign! Smart Policies for Youth Financial Accesst

UNCDF, in partnership with Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), has embarked on a new and exciting advocacy campaign entitled “#BankTheYouth”. This campaign seeks to increase access to responsible, accessible and affordable financial services for youth. To date, UNCDF has sponsored launch events in seven countries across Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda). The Campaign also seeks the support of Impact Champions to promote and disseminate Campaign’s messages. To learn more/be part of the campaign, click here!



UNDP: Join the Arab States Space on the Youth4Peace Global Knowledge Portal!

UNDP: Youth4Peace Online Consultations


The first series of Youth4Peace online consultations – which aims to gather inputs by young people and other stakeholders on a broad range of topics connected to the role of young people in sustaining peace, and the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security – has been launched. Topics range from “the role of young people in preventing violent extremism” and “the role of education in peacebuilding” to “gendered dynamics of youth peacebuilding”. Make sure to take part! More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNDP: Joint E-Discussion – Youth Political Participation


Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men. While women are often disadvantaged, young people are systematically marginalized because of their age, limited opportunities and projected lack of experience. This e-Discussion, co-convened by iKNOW Politics and UNDP4Youth, invites students, young parliamentarians, political party and social movement activists, civil society and youth movement representatives as well as academia, government and international organizations representatives to contribute with their experiences. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNEP and UNESCO YouthXchange Training Kit and other resources available at the Global Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Clearinghouse

Did you know more than half of the global population growth between 2015 and 2050 is expected to take place in Africa?  This growth, along with the growing consumption, puts immense pressure on our natural resources and the ecological balance of the planet. UNEP and UNESCO YouthXchange Training Kit on Responsible Consumption for Africa is the first regional adaptation of YouthXchange and reflects the need for resource efficiency in all aspects of our lifestyles- from what we eat, how we travel, to how we spend our leisure time- and empowers African youth to put theory into practice. Other excellent resources, including for youth, are available on the same platform, the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Clearinghouse, which is an online hub to learn, share and act on SCP.

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat: António Guterres visits UN-Habitat’s Mathare One Stop Centre

In March 2017, on his first visit to Kenya as Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres visited a community space in Mathare, home to approximately 800,000 people and Nairobi’s oldest slum, to meet members of the community benefiting from UN programmes and partnerships. The visit coincided with International Women’s Day, the theme of which was “Women in the changing world of work”. More



World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNICEF: Providing Adolescents and Youth with options in Somalia

In the State capital of Garowe, adolescents are busy studying- gaining skills that they hope will help provide them an alternative to a livelihood pursuing piracy which many other youth in Puntland have been forced into. At the UNICEF supported Garowe Vocational Training Centre (VTC), over 100 adolescents and youth are enrolled at the vocational training centre- gaining knowledge and learning skills that are crucial to the stabilization and development of their community. More


World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat: Football Pitch Make-Over through Design Thinking

Many things were happening in Mlango Kubwa’s football pitch in March 2017! Mlango Kubwa is a ward in the Mathare informal settlement in Kenya. Mathare has approximately 500,000 residents, while Mango Kubwa itself has approximately 50,000 residents, 70% of which are 24 years old and under. After its inauguration by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, it became the centrepiece of Design Thinking workshop organized to give it a sustainable make-over. More

Youth in Action

International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI): "Youth Empowerment for Agenda 2030 Action through Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Social Currencies" Workshop

Youth for Public Transport (Y4PT): The First Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon

In the framework of the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit— the world’s oldest and largest sustainable transport event series— from 15 to 17 May 2017, in Montreal, Canada, hackers from more than 20 major cities, where local hackathons were previously held, will gather at the world’s first ever global transport hackathon. The hackathon aims to unveil the best ground-breaking urban mobility solutions by employing information and communication technologies (ICT) in an ingenious way. More




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