August 2017

Feature Article

UN Entities Highlighted News

UN DESA: International Youth Day 2017 Event on “Youth Building Peace”

The event to commemorate International Youth Day 2017 was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 11 August by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the Inter-agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding. It celebrated this year’s theme of “Youth Building Peace” and featured International Youth Day video messages from the Secretary-General and his Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake. The Permanent Missions of Senegal, Colombia and Norway also provided remarks, each highlighting their efforts and contributions to the international youth, peace and security agenda. The first panel discussion focused on youth and violence prevention and highlighted youth-led initiatives and the second discussion, on sustaining peace, centered on the work of youth in trauma recovery, refugee inclusion, reconciliation. The principal messaging of the event centered on the importance of social inclusion, full participation and tangible actions of youth for violence prevention and lasting peace. Watch the video of the event here.

International Youth Day 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan

On 11 August 2017, UN Agencies (UNDP, UNHCR, UN Women, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNFPA and UNV) in Astana, Kazakhstan, participated in a joint “Forum-Café” which included group discussions and dialogue between youth activists and the management officials of the participating agencies. The event brought together more than 130 young people, representatives of youth-led organizations and youth activists to bring attention to youth contributions to peace and development as well as strengthened cooperation   between youth and representatives of governments, educational institutions, civil society, and international organizations. Participants discussed the role of youth in promoting energy efficient lifestyles, advocating for sustainable development and securing equal access to resources for peace and stability. The event culminated with the Astana Youth Declaration 2017 which was drafted with recommendations from young people in Kazakhstan on how to increase the participation of young people in sustainable development. More

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

ILO: Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth launches Social Media on Youth Day

On the occasion of International Youth Day, the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, a UN collaboration and partnership platform to tackle youth employment, launched its social media activities on Twitter -@DecentJobsYouth -to celebrate young people’s contribution to employment, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. @DecentJobsYouth is the global initiative under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that aims to scale up action and impact on youth employment worldwide. More


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

ILO: With Relevant Skills, Youth Can Help Accelerate Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

On World Youth Skills Day, (15 July 2017) the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlighted the need to provide new skills for young people that respond effectively to the future of work. Participants discussed best practices and policies to address the skills gap and ensure that young people across the globe have opportunities and skills to access quality jobs in rapidly digitizing economies. The young people were joined by Ministers from Sri Lanka, Denmark and Jordan, as well as the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York under the theme “Skills for the Future of Work”. The newly appointed UN Secretary-General‘s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake also joined the high-level event. More

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

ILO and IFAD Tackle the “MENA Gender Paradox”

The International Labour Organization (ILO), under the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) regional grant on gender monitoring and evaluation in the Near East and North Africa (NENA), held a public forum to explore issues around female labour force in the Arab World.   The policy forum was held on  3 July 2017 in Amman, Jordan, and was part of an executive course on evaluating labour market programmes conducted by the “Taqeem Initiative”  that looks at building evidence on “what works” in effective rural labour market strategies for women and young people. The five-day course brought together more than 60 participants from 9 countries including Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. More.

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

UNESCO: How Youth Drive Change in African Communities: A Story of Empowerment

Burkina Faso: A virtual platform serving vulnerable youth “Zankey Faba” organized a competition to recognize former disadvantaged youth who are now bringing positive change to their communities. Norbert Bangre from Burkina Faso won the competition. Once a shoe shiner, today he is the owner of ‘Américain’, a leather store. He provides training and job opportunities for other disadvantaged youth and presents an inspiring example of empowerment. “Zankey Faba” is an African Youth Network aiming to support disadvantaged young people to attain relevant life skills for transitioning to the labour market. The project is run in cooperation with the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. More

UNDP: Innovation for Violence Prevention in Panama

UNESCO: Join the Conversation Now on UNESCO's Youth Platform

In just 18 months, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Youth platform has grown to a flourishing movement of almost 27,000 engaged youth, passionate about cultural heritage, education, science, and communication and information. The platform brings together young women and men to discuss pertinent issues related to UNESCO’s sectors and to emphasize the vital role of youth in these fields. The platform also hosts the  #YouthOfUNESCO storytelling initiative, which showcases youth leading innovative initiatives in their countries and communities. More

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

UNESCO: NET MED Youth Algeria- Training Sessions for Youth Organizations

UNESCO, through the Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED) project in Algeria organized three training sessions targeted specifically for youth organizations in July 2017. The trainings were aimed to help organizations acquire adequate methods, tools and knowledge to strengthen their actions. Training sessions were dedicated to Results Based Management (RBM) planning, as well as the integration of gender issues in development projects targeting youth. In addition, a national workshop was held for ongoing studies for youth organizations based on a multi-sectoral youth policy in Algeria.

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO Biosphere Youth Excursions

UNESCO Addis Ababa in partnership with UNESCO Doha organized and implemented a UNESCO Biosphere Excursion for young professionals to visit Biosphere Reserves in Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates in 2015 and 2016.  The excursion is now being expanded to cover all UNESCO site types, not just Biosphere Reserves, but also Geoparks and World Heritage Sites.  Further educational excursions are currently being planned and will include UNESCO sites in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Turkey. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO: Youth Campaign for a Culture of Peace in Central Africa (Yaoundé, Cameroon)

UNESCO supported a national youth campaign organized in partnership with the Pan African Youth Network for a Culture for Peace (PAYNCoP) and the National Youth Council of Cameroon (YNC). The   two-day event brought together 1000 youth from all social strata and was launched on 17 May 2017 at the Cameroon Cultural Centre in Yaoundé to promote a culture of peace among youth. The campaign aimed at raising awareness of a culture of peace to encourage youth to be actors in the construction and consolidation of peace and non-violence in Cameroon and Central Africa. The event concluded with a conference and debate on the culture of peace at the Yaoundé Soa University. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA: Youth Bus Raises Awareness on Population Issues in Egypt

The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) Country Office in Egypt partnered with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Youth Peer Education network (Y-PEER) and successfully organized a “Population Awareness Bus Tour” covering 10 governorates in 10 Days. The event commemorated International Youth Day and National Population Day. The bus campaign- the first of its kind in Egypt- started a long journey from Aswan in southern part of Egypt until it reached the northernmost city of Alexandria. Focus was placed on the role of young people in the advocacy plans of abandoning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriage, awareness about family planning and civic engagement through different edutainment activities. The Population Bus campaign concluded with a policy dialogue between youth and high-level policy makers.  More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA: Y-PEER United for Peace

The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) Country Office in Egypt in support of the Youth Peer Education network (Y-PEER) organized a reunion camp for 200 participants from Egypt and Syria. The event was held for Y-PEER members and used an “edutainment” approach under the theme: Youth, Peace and Security. The 6-day camp focused on team-building, interactive workshops on Gender Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and peacebuilding. During the camp, there was a "Take Action, Make a Change" photo competition on early marriage which was broadcast via social media channels that reached 72,665 participants and received 15,222 engagements. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA in Latin America and the Caribbean Celebrates International Youth Day

The Latin America and the Caribbean Task Team on youth, with the support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV), performed two webinars with young people from the region as part of the International Youth Day celebrations.  Young people attending the peace and security e-consultations discussed experiences and future perspectives concerning peacebuilding and security from a young vision. The discussions covered country and regional levels, and addressed the challenges youth faced in exercising their rights. The youth highlighted the value of Resolution 2250 as a tool to empower their participation in decision making and addressing problems that affect their lives. They endorsed the commitment to work together on peacebuilding in their countries. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNODC Launches Tool on International Youth Day to Help Communities Use Sport to Build Resilience of Youth

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s life skills training initiative is part of its global activities to prevent youth crime under the Doha Declaration Global Programme. The initiative focuses on sports to  build resilience of youth by enhancing their life skills and increase their knowledge of the consequences of crime and drug use. A key outcome was to develop an evidence-based life skills training curriculum “Line Up Live Up”. As a result, UNODC launched its brand new Line Up Live Up Trainer Manual on International Youth Day. The manual is designed to assist coaches, trainers, youth workers and others professionals looking to use sport as a vehicle to help youth cope with challenges in everyday life More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNCDF: Focus on Youth Entrepreneurs- Global Initiative for Youth

Under the theme "Youth Entrepreneurship & Self-employment", the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)  launched a global campaign under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth to promote actions needed to effectively enable young entrepreneurs to succeed and improve the sustainability and quality of self-employment opportunities. UNCDF interviewed young entrepreneurs in Senegal to learn more about their path to success. Learn more about what motivated youth such as Mohammed to start his own business. Watch the video here.

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNIDO: Entrepreneurs for Social Change

Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) is a one-year programme by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Fondazione CRT programme designed to support young entrepreneurs in the Euro-Mediterranean region, who are committed to creating employment opportunities while promoting nonviolent social change through their business activities. The participants get exposed to the tools required to start and scale a social business, meet like-minded people and engage with cutting-edge guest speakers and mentors. More 

Youth in Action

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

Youth Economic Opportunities

At the 2017 UN Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters held on the 11 August, the International Youth Foundation (IYF)  and Hilton previewed the 2017 Global Youth Wellbeing Index. As the Index executive summary makes clear, too many young people continue to be disconnected from vital skills and economic opportunities. Together with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the panel explored the role of tourism role in creating jobs and furthering entrepreneurship. The session also underscored the need to elevate youth voices and recognize their role in advancing the SDGs. More than 350 youth between 16 to 28 ages from around the world participated in the event. More


ILO: The Impact of Skills Training on Rural Young People in Morocco

This International Labour Organization (ILO) report assessed youth-focused skills training programmes in rural and semi-rural Morocco using findings from a randomized controlled trial. It studied the impact of youth employment interventions which delivered financial, life and entrepreneurial skills training, aiming to assist young people with the challenges they face during their transition from school to work. The report also explored the medium- to long-term impacts on a range of outcomes related to the financial inclusion, employability and human capital accumulation of rural young people. More

ILO: How to Get More Young People into Better Jobs

The International Labour Organization (ILO) publication Rising to the Youth Employment Challenge: New evidence on key policy issues examines new evidence on measures to promote youth employment, ranging from the growing trend of micro-business start-ups to the success of macroeconomic policies. The authors aim to tackle issues of youth unemployment and demonstrate that governments can effectively intervene to boost youth employment and reduce unemployment through action taken at the macro level. This is pertinent especially considering that two out of every five young women and men worldwide are unemployed or working but living in poverty. So how can we turn these trends around? That is the question the ILO publication seeks to answer in the new publication. More 


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