In January 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his Five-year Action Agenda for his second term in office. One of the five generational imperatives and opportunities he highlighted in this context was working with women and young people. He noted that the UN system had to address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world had ever known. To help advance this agenda, the UN system would develop and implement an action plan, create a youth volunteer programme under the umbrella of the UN Volunteers and appoint an Envoy on Youth.
Since this announcement, the UN system has been very busy. The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth has been appointed and took office in February 2013. In addition, the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development has developed a System-wide Action Plan on Youth and UN Volunteers has developed a UN Youth Volunteer Programme.
At the 51st session of the Commission for Social Development this February, Member States requested the Secretary-General to brief them on these initiatives. In response to this request, a briefing was organized on 29 April 2013. At the briefing, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the recently appointed Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, joined Mr. Thomas Stelzer, the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs and UNV Executive Coordinator Mr. Richard Dictus in updating Member States on the progress made on the Secretary-General’s Five-year Action Agenda as it relates to youth.
Read Mr. Alhendawi’s presentation of his workplan
Read Mr. Stelzer’s remarks on the UN System-wide Action Plan on Youth
Read the main points of Mr. Dictus’ briefing on progress made in developing the UN Youth Volunteer programme
Watch the video of the event
More information on the Secretary-General’s Five-year Action Agenda