March 2014

Feature Article


ACT 2015: One goal, many voices

Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session. Read the NGO advisories. More information..

News from UN Offices

UNDESA: Report on Adolescent Fertility

ILO: High-Level Panel on Decent Work in Fragile States

'If you want peace, cultivate social justice.' This is the topic of discussion at a High-Level Panel on Decent Work in Fragile States to be held at ILO headquarters on 20 March. In fragile States, many of which are least developed countries, lack of employment opportunities and livelihoods, youth unemployment, inequalities and lack of participation can be catalysts for conflict. The promotion of social dialogue and the enforcement of fundamental rights can be a critical factor in breaking this circle. More



2013 World Youth Report “Youth and Migration”

ILO: Report on informal employment among youth: evidence from 20 school-to-work transition surveys

This ILO report provides empirical evidence to confirm that informal employment, a category considered as “non-standard” in traditional literature, is in fact “standard” among young workers in developing economies. Based on the school-to-work transitions surveys (SWTSs) run in 2012-2013, the report finds that three-quarters of young workers aged 15-29 (at the aggregate level) are currently engaged in informal employment. The report is part of the Work4Youth Project, a partnership between the ILO and The MasterCard Foundation that aims to promote decent work opportunities for youth. More.

ILO: Doha Evidence Symposium

ILO: Report on labour market transitions of young women and men in sub-Saharan Africa

This ILO report analysing survey results in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa shows that while youth unemployment rates increase with the level of education, it is the young people with less education that are disadvantaged in terms of wages and access to stable employment. Results show that unemployment of young people remains a matter of concern, but that issues relating to the quality of work available to young people are of even greater relevance to the design and implementation of policy interventions. More



ILO: Work4Youth Regional Conference

UNFPA: Y-PEER Oman Network

UNFPA GCC Office and Ministry of Health, HIV/ AIDS Section collaborated with Y-PEER Oman to implement in 2014 an important outreach awareness activity at Muscat Festival. Y-PEERs used their Edutainment methodology to encourage general public, with a focus on youth, to visit the HIV/AIDS stand, to obtain information about HIV, modes of transmission, prevention methods and get tested. Y-PEERs used puppetry theatre and shadow technique performances to draw attention and attract their target group. More


Youth in Action

The Jellyfish Project

DPI/NGO Youth Representatives

The United Nations Department of Information Non-Governmental Organizations Youth Representatives program is comprised of young, passionate, and dedicated individuals between the ages of 18-32 who aim to serve the missions of their respective NGO’s and empower youth worldwide. Join or collaborate with us in providing civil society with global youth perspectives in an effort to tackle pressing issues and forward the UN agenda!


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The Conscience of Europe

GYCA Announces Call for Regional Focal Point Applications in 5 Regions!

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS is excited to announce the opening of the application process for 2014-2016 Regional Focal Points! GYCA is accepting applications from young people who work in the youth HIV movement in the following regions: Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, North America, and Western Europe. GYCA's RFP Program prepares young leaders working in the HIV response to be pro-active and effective agents of change. Applications are due March 21st and More info.


The Jellyfish Project

SynergY: 34 Trees Planted to celebrate the 17th UAE National Environment Day

SynergY, a youth group, for the second time celebrated National Environment Day by planting 34 trees at the Tadweer Waste Composting Plant in Dubai and encouraging the youth to get an insight on waste composting and waste management, thus reducing and lifting the pressure off the landfills. The enthusiastic group observed the 17th National Environment Day by dedicating the first 17 trees to the present generation and the following half to the future generations. More




The Conscience of Europe

YUNGA: Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS)

Over half of the world’s 1.8 million youth live in rural areas; with half of this number working in the agriculture sector. Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) has partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to produce the Junior Farmer Field and Life School (JFFLS). JFFLS aims to empower vulnerable youth, and provide them with the livelihood options and gender-sensitive skills needed for long-term food security while reducing their vulnerability to destitution. More



World Bank: Opening doors: gender equality and development in the Middle East and North Africa

The new World Bank report reveals that women in the Middle East and North Africa region have achieved impressive gains in a number of social indices, but still have the world’s lowest rates of labour force participation. Concerted action will be needed to change laws that limit female employment and to create an environment that allows women to balance work and households demands. To read the full report,click here.

UN-Habitat: Advancing Youth Civic Engagement and Human Rights

The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts

The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Credible data, disseminated effectively and used correctly, make it possible to target interventions that help right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, gauging progress and holding duty bearers to account. Making the possible real is up to decision makers. More


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