June 2017

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UN Entities Highlighted News

CBD Secretariat: Youth Capacity-Building Workshops on Biodiversity

From 22 to 27 May 2017, over 20 young people from Central, South, Southeast, West and East Asia participated in the second regional Youth Capacity-Building Workshop on Biodiversity organized by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (‎@GYBN_CBD) in Singapore. Participants celebrated the 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2017, enjoyed field visits and received training in biodiversity conservation policy and on how they can contribute to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  The next Workshop will be for the Africa region and will be held in Pretoria, South Africa from 14 to 19 August 2017! More


ILO: Guy Ryder Announces “Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth” Campaign (VIDEO)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a campaign to equip young people with digital skills at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum, held in Geneva on 12 to 16 June 2017. The campaign entitled “Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth” seeks to advance the objective of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth  and scale up action and impact on youth employment at the country and regional levels. It aims at mobilizing investments to equip five million youth with digital skills globally by 2030. More




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

ILO and LUKOIL Extend Partnership on Decent Jobs for Youth

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and LUKOIL have signed an agreement to continue cooperation on youth employment initiatives from 2018 to 2022. The main objective of the project is to further improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes promoting decent jobs for young people. At the strategic level, the project will support the implementation of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, launched by the United Nations in 2016, and integrate the initiative’s key elements into the youth employment promotion policies in the Commonwealth of Independent States. More


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

ILO: Launching of a Media Competition through the Youth4OSH Project in the Philippines

To build a safe and healthy culture among young Filipino workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the Youth4OSH Project and invited young people to join the SafeYouth@Work Media Competition. Winning entries in the photo, film, song, story, poster/drawing and the unique “Surprise Us” category will get the chance to travel to Singapore in September 2017 and present their winning submission.. More






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

UNDP: Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security – Voices of Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Consultation for Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Panama, from 29 to 31 May 2017, during which the contributions of young people in preventing violence and promoting peace were discussed. The event was one of several regional consultations set to feed into the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250. This event was the result of the collaboration between the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV). More


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

UNDP: Share Your Views on the Gendered Dynamics of Youth Peacebuilding in an E-Consultation

The Youth4Peace online consultation is gathering inputs by young people and other stakeholders on a range of topics connected to the role of youth in sustaining peace, and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. Topic 5, focusing on “Gendered dynamics of youth peacebuilding”, is now open for comments.  Please share your views and especially your concrete examples, lessons learned and reflections on policy and next steps. Be sure to take part! More



UNDP: Innovation for Violence Prevention in Panama

UNDP: Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change

UNDP is calling on young people to show how they are driving change to reach a sustainable future. Youth can enter the Global Youth Video Competition by creating a 3-minute video highlighting a climate action that they are taking. The two themes of the 2017 competition are ‘Climate friendly and resilient cities’ and ‘Oceans and climate change.’ Two winners will be selected to win a trip to the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, where they will assist the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Newsroom team as youth reporters. More



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

UNDP: Youth Social Entrepreneurship at a Turning Point in Mongolia

UNDP Mongolia is working with aspiring young social entrepreneurs to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship. While the concept is still new to the country, UNDP is working to change that and is specifically focusing on areas such as fundraising, impact measurement, incubation and acceleration. Recently, the Country Office and its partners held the very first Social Entrepreneurship Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which was the culmination of an intense four-day training workshop. More





World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO: Establishment of the First Educational Youth community Radio (RCJ) in the Republic of Congo

The UNESCO Educational Youth Community Radio (RCJ) in the Republic of the Congo is run by youth for youth. It offers a space for expression and interaction among youth peers on topics related to the fight against radicalization and violent extremism, the promotion of peace, citizenship, youth entrepreneurship, human rights, gender equality and sustainable development. This project has been supported by the United Nations system with UNESCO as the implementing agency and with support from Japanese funds. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO - The International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road

The International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road took place in Changsha and Quanzhou, China from 17 to 22 April 2017. The event provided an opportunity to support meaningful youth participation and encouraged young people to positively impact their local communities by undertaking innovative approaches for cultural heritage conservation. Participants to the Forum included 81 international youth delegates from 65 Silk Road countries, leaders of the Changsha and Quanzhou Municipalities and high level representatives of diplomatic missions to China. More








World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO: Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED) Helping Shape the Future in Jordan

Building a more sustainable Mediterranean region is a priority for the Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED), a UNESCO European Union-funded project. At the European Development Days (EDD) 2017 (7-8 June), Dareen Abu Lail, a project coordinator in Jordan, highlighted the value of youth empowerment and engagement as well as the actions of NET-MED Youth that support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) locally. “Youth should take the 2030 Agenda and SDGs seriously and personally,” she said. “It is our responsibility to achieve these goals creatively, and to ensure their impact.” More







World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO: Higher Council for Youth Seminar with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Tunisia

The work of the Higher Council for Youth in Tunisia was launched at a seminar held on 10 and 11 May 2017 in town of Hammamet under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Tunisia and with the presence of UNESCO, the NET-MED Youth network in Tunisia, national organizations and political parties. The seminar helped define the objectives of the Higher Council for Youth, its composition and functioning, in order to meet the aspirations of Tunisian Youth. It brought together 130 young women and men, parliamentarians, representatives of political parties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNESCO: First-ever Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme Youth Forum in September 2017

The 2017 Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme Youth Forum will be held in the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve, Italy from 18 to 23 September 2017.The MAB Secretariat,  in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Venice, invites young people who care about the special territories they live in to become active in the MAB Programme. Young people are invited to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, in line with the Lima Action Plan. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat - Global Urban Peace Labs: Colombia Urban Youth Fund project

Youth-led organizations in Colombia and apprentices or alumni of the Colombian National Learning Service (the Servicio Nacional De Aprendizaje (SENA), in Spanish) are invited to apply for Global Urban Peace Labs programme which is a project of the Colombia Urban Youth Fund. The deadline for application is 6 July 2017. More





World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat: Hackathon Event in Mombasa

The Youth and Livelihoods Unit of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), held a hackathon from 20 to 21 May 2017 in Mombasa, Kenya, in collaboration with SwahiliBox. The event was organized to help solve urban challenges faced by the county. The hackathon is part of the “Innovate Counties Challenge”, which seeks to include local government partnerships in enabling governance technology applications developed by youth to have a tangible impact at the community level. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNODC: Showcasing Life Skills Development through Sports at the 2017 UN Crime Commission

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) helps Member States  promote sport as a tool to prevent youth crime, in response to the Doha Declaration adopted at the Thirteenth Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. At the 2017 Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the UNODC demonstrated some of the life skills exercises from its training programme  targeted for at-risk youth (between the ages of  13 and 18) in the United Nations Plaza in Vienna. The event was conducted in partnership with Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Grassroots Programme, the NGO Grassroot Soccer  and the First Vienna Football Club. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNODC: Youth Dialogues on the Power of Sports to Prevent Violence, Crime, and Drug Use

On 17 May 2017, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized its first Youth Dialogue event in Brasilia, Brazil, as part of its work to use sports as a tool to counter youth crime through the development of life skills. The event gathered 20 young people between the ages of 11 to 17 years old from Olympic Centers that serve under-privileged communities. The participants discussed how sports influence youth and their lives, while exploring ways in which UNODC can use this as a vehicle to build resilience of at-risk youth.  More





World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA and UNICEF: Compendium of Resource Material on Adolescent and Youth Programming

UNFPA and UNICEF in Lebanon have produced a Compendium of Resource Material on Adolescent and Youth Programming. The Compendium offers a compilation of 296 resource materials, compiled from 26 organizations and agencies working with or targeting youth. It aims to identify gaps and needs around resources targeting young peopleto avoid duplication in further development of youth related resources, and to promote joint programming among various entities. More


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