January 2017

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UN Entities Highlighted News

Watch the ECOSOC Youth Forum online on 30-31 January 2017!

Watch the ECOSOC Youth Forum online on 30-31 January 2017!

Over 600 people registered to attend this year’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum about the role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world. For more information about the ESOCOC Youth Forum, see the concept note and see the Programme and watch the ECOSOC Youth Forum online! Further information about youth and sustainable development is available online through the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.


UNAOC: Young Peacebuilders in West Africa Workshop

UNAOC: Call for Applications for Youth Solidarity Fund

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is accepting project proposals for the Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF). The YSF supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies by providing direct funding to outstanding projects promoting intercultural and interfaith dialogue and advancing the mission of UNAOC. Youth-led organizations (18-35 years old) from select countries are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 5 February, 2017 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time. More information on the YSF, including eligibility and selection criteria is available here.


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

ESCWA - The First Model ESCWA: Stepping Up Efforts to Engage Youth in 2030 Agenda

In November 2016, 35 students from the American University in Beirut (AUB) gatheredat UN House in Beirut, Lebanon, to simulate the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia’s (ESCWA) 29th Ministerial Session on implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Arab region. The event was organized by ESCWA and was in collaboration with the AUB Centre for Civic Engagement and Community Service. Student delegates debated development challenges and experienced conference diplomacy first hand. Special awards for excellence in research, public speaking, teamwork and leadership were received at the closing ceremony. More


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

ILO: Supporting Algerian Youth Social and Solidarity Economy Initiatives

High youth unemployment remains a key concern for the Government of Algeria. Through the A’AMAL project, which is part of the Youth Employment Support Programme (PAJE), co-financed by the Algerian Government and the European Union, the International Labour Organization (ILO) intends to support the Algerian Government's efforts to implement youth-centred policies and strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations. More

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

UNDP: Listening to the Voices of Honduran Youth in Policy-Making

On 13 and 14 December 2016, the second National Youth Forum was held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Young leaders and representatives of youth organizations from across the country met to propose their ideas and discuss the preliminary content of the Youth Pact. This is part of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Honduras’ support to the Government´s efforts in drafting the first ever national Youth Pact, aimed to guide policy-making and public budget allocation to improve the living, employment and education conditions and opportunities amongst Honduran youth. More


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

UNDP: Occidental College Research Partnership on Youth, Peace and Security

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through its Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (Youth-GPS), partnered with 18 young researchers from Occidental College to explore the contributions of young people to peace and security in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia and the Arab States. Beyond the case studies, which will help build the evidence base to make the case for the key role of young people in sustaining and promoting peace, the students have shared their perspectives through a regular blog series, videos and interviews. More


UNDP: Innovation for Violence Prevention in Panama

UNEP: First Regional Adaptation of the YouthXchange Training Kit on Responsible Consumption

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are pleased to share the first regional adaptation to the YouthXchange Training Kit on Responsible Consumption, translated into more than 20 languages. It reflects the realities of consumption and lifestyles in Africa, outlining the relevance to quality of life, food, mobility, tourism, efficient use of resources and energy, reduction of waste, climate change and ethical issues like child labour and general equality. It provides youth and educators with accessible information along with facts and figures to help them understand sustainable consumption issues.


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

UNFPA: Consultation on Youth Friendly Health Services in Humanitarian Settings

On 19 December 2016, the Alexandria Regional Center for Women's Health and Development (ARC) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted its first consultation on "youth-friendly health services in humanitarian settings". 45 participants, including health providers and civil society members working with the Syrian community in Alexandria, were consulted on youth health needs in the community. ARC launched its initiative on healthy empowered girls through investing in young people’s potential and mitigating the impact of trauma and crisis that youth, specifically Syrians, experience. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNODC: Using the power of sports to prevent youth crime and drug use

As part of its Global Programme on the Implementation of the Doha Declaration (on integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a youth crime prevention initiative that builds on the power of sports. A key component is the development of an evidence-informed sports-based life skills training programme that will be tested and piloted in Brazil, to be followed by South Africa and Kyrgyzstan during 2017. This global initiative aims to help youth adopt alternative lifestyles to drug and crime involvement and decrease motivation for delinquency. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNPFA: Egyptian Youth for Peace and Security

One month after Egypt’s First National Youth Conference, UNFPA organized the first national Youth, Peace & Security consultation meeting from 5 to7 December 2016 in Luxor, Egypt. In partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 70 young Egyptians voiced their recommendations on Security Council Resolution 2250. Three initiatives for peace and social cohesion were presented namely: “Colors of Peace” for adolescents’ engagement, “On the Map” to reach marginalized youth and “Safe & Secure” for combating gender-based violence. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNPFA/Y-PEER Egypt: 10 Days of Activism - Adolescent for the Future

“10 days of Activism” is Y-PEER’s annual campaign. The first 10 Day of Activism started in 2010 where young people organized awareness raising activities on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights under the theme “our year, our voice”. The 2016 campaign theme, “Adolescent for the Future”, mobilized adolescents and youth to advocate for the priorities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals‎ on national and local levels.
During the 10 Days of Activism, Y-PEER reached 7,776 people through peer education and edutainment sessions and 2,344 people though campaigns in 12 Governorates of Egypt. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA/Y-PEER Egypt: Theatre Performances by Syrians in Egypt

After Y-PEER Egypt’s “Theatre-Based Peer Training” for Syrian youth on 3 and 6 November 2016 , four performances were delivered during December on harassment and early marriage across four national events: the National “Theatre-Based Peer Training”; the Y-PEER “United Camp”; the “Youth, Peace and Security Conference”; and the “10 Days of Activism” event closing. The theatre team consists of 24 young Syrians in Egypt who recently joined the Y-PEER network to educate their peers on sexual reproductive health and gender-based violence in host communities using a peer-to-peer approach and content that is designed to both educate and entertain. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA/Y-PEER Egypt: United Event

The two-day “We Are One” event on 2 and 3 December 2016 aimed to unite Egyptian and Syrian Y-PEER members in an educational and entertaining environment with no barriers on nationality, gender, age or background. The event focused on team-building exercises and reflections on Y-PEER activities and the revival of sexual and reproductive health sessions. It also added the innovation of bringing six (Egyptian and Syrian) members to present their experiences within Y-PEER and how it affected their lives and influenced their community. The event concluded with a noteworthy performance on the topic of harassment. 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

KidsRights Foundation: Call for nominations: International Children’s Peace Prize 2017

The KidsRights Foundation’s International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children’s rights. He or she receives the statuette “Nkosi”, a study grant and a worldwide platform to promote his or her ideas for children’s rights. KidsRights will invest a project fund of €100,000 in projects that are closely connected to the winner's area of work, in the country of the winner. The deadline for entries is 17 March 2017. More




ILO: Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Roma youth in Central and Eastern Europe

ILO: ASEAN in Transformation

This series of six reports prepared by the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities deals with different aspects and perspectives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in transformation: How technology is changing jobs and enterprises; The future of jobs at risk of automation; The perspectives of enterprises and students on future work; Automotive and auto parts – Shifting gears; Electrical and electronics – On and off the grid; Textiles, clothing and footwear – Refashioning the future. More

ILO: What are the Effects of Job Polarization on Skills Distribution of Young Workers in Developing Countries?

UNDP: Young entrepreneurs from Latin America Need Innovative Policies and Government Support

A joint ILO and UNDP report found that entrepreneurship emerges as a clear alternative to improve opportunities for young people in Latin America, particularly in a context of high unemployment. To tap into the potential of entrepreneurship, it is necessary to urgently rethink policies designed to facilitate the integration of young people in the economic activity. Currently 20% of young people in the labour market qualify as entrepreneurs, however, the vast majority are self-employed, which generally involves working conditions of vulnerability. More

ILO: Inequality of Opportunity and (Unequal) Opportunities in the Youth Labour Market: How is the Arab World Different?

ILO Country Summaries of School-to-Work Transition Surveys

The ILO country summaries of school-to-work transition surveys (SWTS) provide a summary of youth labour market trends in Tunisia, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Viet Nam, Ukraine, Serbia, Samoa, Russian Federation, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Armenia, Peru, Montenegro, Moldova, FYR Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Jamaica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, Uganda, Togo, Malawi, Madagascar, Liberia and Benin. They are part of the Work4Youth Project, a partnership between the ILO and The MasterCard Foundation to promote decent work opportunities for young men and women through knowledge and action. More

ILO: What are the Effects of Job Polarization on Skills Distribution of Young Workers in Developing Countries?

ILO Asia-Pacific Labour Market Update

This ILO Asia-Pacific Labour Market Update provides a snapshot of recent labour market trends for a number of economies in the Asia-Pacific region, based on official data available as of 14 December 2016, with special coverage on youth employment, job quality and wages. More



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