May 2017

Feature Article


UN Entities Highlighted News

CBD Secretariat: Youth Capacity-Building Workshops on Biodiversity

25 young people participated in the first regional Youth Capacity-Building Workshops on Biodiversity in Bogota, Colombia, from 2 to 5 May 2017. The workshops were organized by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (‎@GYBN_CBD) as part of the project Youth Voices, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Additional workshops will take place in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America in the coming months. Participants receive training in international biodiversity conservation policy, advocacy skills and project management to create or enhance projects that contribute to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. More


ILO: How Youth of Today See the Future of Work and How They Will Contribute to Ensuring the Future We Want (VIDEO)

Young people of today are the future drivers of our economy, our society and are the next generation to serve as stewards of our planet. What do they see as the path forward to achieve sustainable inclusive growth for future generations? A panel discussion at the ILO Symposium on The Future of Work We Want: A Global Dialogue, held in Geneva on 6-7 April 2017, provided an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the youth perspective. More




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

ILO: G20 Conference Highlights Importance of Decent Jobs for Youth in the Rural Economy!

Participants of the Group of Twenty (G20), ONE WORLD - No Hunger. Future of the Rural World, held in Berlin on 27 and 28 April 2017, called for action on youth employment in rural areas and discussed synergies with the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. On 28 April 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), organized a session with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the French agricultural research organization, CIRAD, as well as The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to introduce the Global Initiative’s plan of action to enhance decent jobs for youth in the rural economy. More


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

ILO: International Conference on Jobs and Skills Mismatch

High and persistent levels of unemployment together with job vacancies that remain unfilled are often attributed to mismatches between jobs and skills. On 11 and 12 May 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized the International Conference on Jobs and Skills Mismatch to deepen the understanding of the labour market effects of various types of skill mismatch (video) and how they can be best measured in different country contexts. The ILO paper “How useful is the concept of skills mismatch?” presents a comprehensive analysis of the current position of the literature on skills mismatch. More






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

ILO: First Meeting of Pakistan’s National Youth Employment Steering Committee

In Pakistan, the International Labour Organization (ILO) supported the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) in developing a national youth employment framework. The first meeting of the “National Youth Employment Steering Committee” was held on 12 April 2017. This framework focuses on youth in education and training; employment opportunities at different levels; entrepreneurship promotion; employment prospects in the China Pakistan economic corridor; overseas employment opportunities; and social protection for unemployed youth. More


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

ILO: Breaking Cultural Nnorms: Women at Construction Sites in Sri Lanka

The sight of a woman in a construction site is often uncommon around the world. However, Ms. Rishani, an assistant site supervisor and a graduate of a demand-driven skills training course supported by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) project, “Skills to support Local Economic Development (SKILLED),” funded by the European Union, is currently working with a leading construction company in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. With the knowledge and skills she gained in her training, Ms. Rishani has improved her supervisory competencies. More



UNDP: Innovation for Violence Prevention in Panama

ILO: World Day for Safety and Health at Work: Youth rise up against workplace accidents and illnesses in the Philippines

Youth rise up against workplace accidents and illnesses through flash mob and toolbox talks to mark the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work in the Philippines. Global estimates of the International Labour Organization (ILO) revealed that every day 6,300 people die due to workplace accidents or work-related illnesses that can be prevented. The ILO’s SafeYouth@Work Project seeks to improve workplace safety for the Filipino youth by optimizing occupational safety and health (OSH) data, supporting related laws and policies, enhancing capacities, and expanding knowledge and awareness. More



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

ILO: Call for Applications for the Executive Evaluation Course (Amman)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Youth Employment Programme and the OECD Development Centre are offering the “Executive Course: Evaluating Labour Market Programmes”, from 2 to 6 July 2017 in Amman, Jordan. Youth employment practitioners, managers of active labour market programmes and researchers with an interest in the MENA region are invited to apply. The five-day training covers impact evaluations techniques and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting project evaluations. Course fees will be covered by the ILO and a limited number of travel bursaries are available. More





World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat: Peace, Progress and Employment Opportunities for Youth

The twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) took place from 8 to 12 May 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The session of the Governing Council followed the adoption of the New Urban Agenda during the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The session’s theme was ‘Opportunities for the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda’ which delved into prospects for attaining the New Urban Agenda – a global roadmap setting global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities by fostering cooperation with committed partners and stakeholders. For the first time, UN-Habitat brought the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Digital Media Zone to the UN-Habitat’s Governing Council and a team of volunteers interviewed special guests, including young people. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat: UN-Habitat and SENA-Colombia Partner to Train Former Youth Combatants

On 10 May 2017, UN-Habitat and Colombia’s National Training Service (SENA)— a national public institution in charge of providing social and technical training— signed a historic agreement to offer training former youth combatants. The signing ceremony, which took place on the side-lines of the twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), followed a press conference attended by the Colombia’s Ambassador to Kenya, Ms. Elizabeth Taylor Jay and Habitat’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Elkin Velazquez. More








World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UN-Habitat: Celebrating Somali Youth Day

To celebrate the Somali Youth Day, on 15 May 2017, UN-Habitat interviewed a young Somali, Najmo Sa’eed Mire, who was the beneficiary of the Mogadishu One Stop Youth Centre, an initiative between the Banaadir Regional Administration and UN-Habitat, which equips youth with vocational skills. Read the interview here







World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNCDF: Senegal Youth Economic Opportunities Ecosystem Assessment

With three out of five young people unemployed in Africa, how can financial services be better linked to economic opportunities for youth? What sectors offer untapped opportunities for youth? Which organizations are in place for young people to access relevant financial and non-financial services that support their transition from school to work? The United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) YouthStart Global Programme probes these questions and others in an assessment of the youth economic opportunities ecosystem study conducted in Senegal. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNDP: Innovation Lab Gives Pacific Youth Space to Develop Creative Solutions to Corruption

Youth representatives from 15 Pacific Island countries and territories gathered for the Pacific Youth Anti-Corruption Innovation Lab in Nadi, Fiji in April 2017 to develop innovative solutions to address corruption challenges in selected policy areas. The Innovation Lab is the result of a partnership between the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project and the Pacific Youth Council, with the support of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s Education for Justice initiative and the Washington and Lee University’s Law School. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNDP: Topic 3 of the Youth4Peace Online Consultation is Open for Inputs!

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 UNSC Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security. Topic 3, focusing on “Youth Political Participation for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies” is open for comments. We invite your views and are especially interested in reading about concrete examples, lessons learned and reflections on policy and next steps. Make sure to take part!. More





World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNEP: Are You Are Change Maker? Join the Faces4Change Project!

We often make lifestyle decisions by a set of needs and desires that individuals strive to fulfil. At present, consumption-driven lifestyles are putting enormous pressure on nature’s ability to provide the resources that we need. Faces4Change is a collection of profiles of people who provide ‘a face’ for UN Environment’s work on sustainable lifestyles and youth. The initiative shares stories from youth around the world who are integrating sustainability into their thinking and who are leading efforts to address climate change and protect the environment. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA/Y-PEER Egypt: Fighting Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

After the successful completion of the Y-PEER Youth Network’s activities against female genital mutilation/cutting throughout 2016, which reached more than 11,863 youth and young people through ‘edutainment‘ (educational entertainment) activities, Y-PEER will continue to focus on interactive theatre performances in 2017 and beyond. To date, Y-PEER has organized small workshops to build the capacity of 30 selected certified Y-PEER trainers to plan, design and deliver high quality theatre shows and role playing activities on the topic of female genital mutilation/cutting. Y-Peer will also write two scripts for the performances, which will be designed to match contexts and social norms in Upper and Lower Egypt. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA/Y-PEER Egypt: Local Training on Gender-based Violence and Sexuality

The Y-PEEREgypt Youth Network, in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office, held its first specialized training on gender-based violence and Sexuality, from 4 to 8 May 2017 in Alexandria, Egypt. 30 Certified trainers from the Y-PEER participated in the training in order to plan, design and frame the delivery of high-quality of gender-based violence advocacy campaigns as well as empower girls from rural areas to reach their peers with useful tools to address gender-based violence and youth issues. The training also aimed at engaging boys in the national campaign for women’s empowerment (entitled “Taa Marbouta). More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA Egypt: Orange and Red Ties and Scarfs--Youth-Led Advocacy for Adolescent Health

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Egypt’s consultation on Adolescent Health gathered 50 young health advocates from the Y-PEER Egypt Youth Network,, the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), and Women Deliver to discuss strategies and programmes to promote the health of adolescent boys and girls in Egypt. Youth were consulted on three important issues in Egypt, including the growing population size, youth-friendly health services and sexual and reproductive health in emergency settings. A statement from the consultation was presented during the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) Middle East and North Africa regional conference on Adolescent Health during a session moderated by UNFPA, which also featured Egypt’s National Population Council’s work on engaging youth in the implementation of the National Population Strategy 2015 - 2030. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA/Y-PEER Egypt: Y-PEER for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The annual The Y-PEER Egypt Youth Network National Advisory Board meeting was held from 16 to 18 March 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting gathered Y-PEER Egypt’s members and focal points from 23 Egyptian governorates to discuss Y-PEER Egypt Network’s sustainability within the operational and programmatic context. Additionally, the meeting discussed progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the challenges of working in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. More

World Bank Group: Launch of The Ideas for Action Competition

UNFPA/Y-PEER Egypt: Scouts' Day Celebrations

In partnership with the Y-PEER Egypt Youth Network, the Egyptian Federation for Scouts celebrated Scouts’ Day on 24 March 2017. The celebration event gathered 400 scout members and local partners. Y-PEER Egypt had a booth at the event displaying its activities along with its partners and past campaign achievements. Y-PEER also held back-to-back sessions on life skills, gender-based violence and basic HIV/AIDS knowledge. The efforts were part of on-going collaboration between Y-PEER and the Egyptian Federation for Scouts, which began in 2010 by the provision of technical support to scout members regarding peer education and ‘edutainment‘ (educational entertainment) methods about issues related to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health. More


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