December 2017

Feature Article

UN Entities Highlighted News

ILO-AfDB: Youth and Women Empowerment Project in Zimbabwe

The Youth and Women Empowerment Project (YWEP) in Zimbabwe is aimed at enhancing incomes, creating jobs for women and youth, as well as improving  livelihoods for young people and women. YWEP is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) country office for Zimbabwe and Namibia and is part of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Rural Microenterprise flagship model. The model provides women and youth with business training, access to finance and mentorship to launch agriculture-based micro enterprises and support the expansion of existing ones. More.


UNAOC: Launch of the Second Edition of the Young Peacebuilders Programme in the MENA Region

Guided by the principle that youth are key actors to achieve peace, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) developed educational programming to enhance the ability of young people and their organizations to foster mutual respect, understanding and long-term positive relationships between peoples of different cultures and religions. A selection of young peacebuilders from 12 MENA countries initiated the second edition of the UNAOC Young Peacebuilders Programme. The first stage included 7 online modules in which basic concepts about youth and peacebuilding were discussed on an online platform. More.

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

UNDP: High-Level Panel Discussion on SDG 16 “Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Inclusive and Just Pakistan”

On 5 December 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Youth Empowerment Programme in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Interior, organized a panel discussion on SDG16 entitled ‘Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Inclusive and Just Pakistan’ held in Islamabad. Chaired by the Federal Minister of Interior, the high-level event was attended by stakeholders from the government, media, academia, and civil society. The sessions helped identify key sectoral policy recommendations that, if adopted, could propel youth-led sustainable development for a peaceful, inclusive and just Pakistan. More.

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

UNDP: Caribbean Youth Advocate for Youth Involvement in Climate Change Planning at COP23

Youth from the Caribbean region contributed to discussions held during the Conference of Youth (COY13), prior to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany. They represented their countries at the recently held Youth Climate Change Conference (YCCC) co-hosted by UNDP’s Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) project, and during the COY 13 the youth worked diligently to ensure that the Caribbean and the Youth Statement on Climate Change issued at the end of YCCC is  featured in the output document. More.


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

UNDP: Ministry of Data ‘Black Sea Region’ Hackathon

On 16 to 17 November 2017, the Ministry of Data Hackathon, run by ForSet, a youth-led Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), kicked off in Tbilisi, Georgia. Finalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine pitched their ideas on how to use data for social good. Participants also attended workshops and received face-to-face mentorship. The winning teams were the Armenian BlackCode (accessibility for the disabled), Belarusian Blakit (visualized procurement data platform) and Georgian Dominion (young women’s business empowerment) and will finalize their projects through an incubation phase. The Hackathon was supported by UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH)’s Slovak-funded Transformative Governance and Finance Facility (TGFF) project. More.

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

UNESCO- Social Fund for Development: Mobilize Youth for World Heritage in Yemen

In collaboration with the Social Fund for Development in Yemen and the local community, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a pilot project “Mobilizing Youth for World Heritage” in the city of Zabid. In addition to the socio-economic impact of conflict in Yemen, the buildings in historic Zabid incurred physical damage and the initiative was an opportunity for select youth in Zabid to take part in consultations, awareness-raising and information-sharing, while engaging them in organizing activities to clean the streets and squares of the city. More.


UNDP: Innovation for Violence Prevention in Panama

UN-Habitat: World Leaders Gather with Youth to Promote Peace

In November 2017, over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries gathered at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver, Canada. The purpose of the conference was to highlight key areas in securing new pledges from Member States on the issues of peacebuilding, with a special focus on youth and women. Youth also reviewed the recently adopted UN Security Council Resolution 2250, the first ever resolution to address youth issues in conflict in a side forum engaging youth as peacebuilders. More.


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

UN ECLAC: Young People Reaffirm Commitment to Achieving the 2030 Agenda and Overcoming Child Poverty

UN ECLAC, in partnership with UNICEF and the NGO, América Solidaria, carried out the Concausa initiative, which united school-aged youth from the Americas to highlight their vision and their proposals for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The purpose of the initiative was to participate in an online contest to identify innovative projects that young people between the ages of 15 and 17 years old are carrying out in their communities and underscore the critical role that youth play in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This year, over 340 applications were received and 18 projects were selected from 11 countries. More.



ILO: Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities

The OECD-ILO joint publication provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes and other types of work-based learning, drawing on case studies across nine countries. There have been increasing interests in apprenticeships which combine on-the-job training with classroom-based study, providing a smooth transition from school to work. There are benefits to both individuals and employers from participating in apprenticeships, including increased productivity and job quality. Read the report here.

ILO: The Transition from School to the Labour Market for Young People in Latin America and the Caribbean

The joint report by ECLAC and the ILO showed that young people tend to be among the hardest hit by downturns in labour markets. They also face structural problems of integration into employment and decent work. The report examines the transition between the education system and the labour market and analyses this trajectory using data from household surveys and School-to-Work Transition Surveys (SWTS). The report also indicated that labour conditions deteriorated in the context of low regional economic growth, although some signs of recovery exist. Read the report here.



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