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World Youth Report 2013: Youth and Migration 

The United Nations 2013 World Youth Report offers a broad understanding of the situation of young migrants from the perspective of young migrants themselves. The report highlights some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants based on their own lives and told in their own voices. The report focuses largely on the phenomena of international migration which increasingly has a significant impact on the origin, transit and destination countries and communities. The consequences are complex, context-specific and subject to change over time.

The Report has been drafted in an interactive manner, allowing you to navigate chapters individually. Full report can be accessed in the following link:

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Mental Health Matters: Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Condition

Although young people are generally considered a healthy age group, 20 per cent experience some form of mental-health condition, including behavioural disorders, which is expected to contribute significantly to disability and lost productivity across the life course. 

The main objective of the report is to make use of available research on this topic to raise awareness and to start a global dialogue on how to address mental-health conditions among young people. There is often still considerable social stigma around such conditions and it is hoped that this paper can start a dialogue to discuss and consider how to best address these issues in an open format. The ultimate goal is to ensure that youth are fully integrated in society. 

The report presents some key findings including that there is considerable burden and disability associated with mental-health conditions, particularly among those for whom the conditions start during youth. It also states that these conditions have a significant impact on youth development and that a public-health approach with preventive interventions is instrumental in addressing this issue at a global level.

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World Youth Report 2011: Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit of Decent Work in Changing Times 

The World Youth Report 2011 explores the transition of young people from schools and training institutions into the labour market, a phase marking a critical period in the life cycle. The current employment scenario for young people, worsened by the global economic crisis, poses an urgent challenge with long-term implications for both young people and society as a whole. Young people themselves are crucial stakeholders in the pursuit of decent and productive work for all. Yet, too frequently, their voices go unheard and their positive and negative experiences and viewpoints unshared, particularly with decision-makers. Therefore, the World Youth Report is intended above all to explore youth employment issues mainly through the words of young people themselves around the world. 


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Youth Participation in Development: Summary Guidelines for Development Partners

This guide has been developed to assist development partners working with and for youth – including Governments, donor agencies, policy makers, NGOs and civil society [1] – and to increase understanding of the growing importance of, and greater potential for, youth participation in development. The Guide goes beyond the rhetoric of many policy advocacy papers by exploring key issues and approaches and providing practical information on how to work with youth at the operation level in respect of policy and programming.


Building a Better Tomorrow: The voices of young people with disabilities 

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This publication draws attention to the rights of young people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of society on an equal basis with others.  The young people with disabilities of today are all too often among the world’s poorest and most marginalized. This publication attempts to bring the voices, experiences and observations of young people with disabilities to the forefront.  

The publication aims to fill some of the knowledge  gaps on young people with disabilities, and raise awareness of the specific issues facing them  in order to encourage development actors to develop no gap policies and remove the many barriers that face young people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

State of the Urban Youth 2010/2011: Leveling the Playing Field 

This report is based on data from UN-HABITAT’s Global Urban Indicator Database, as well as surveys of, and focus group discussions with, selected representative groups of young people in five major cities located in four developing regions: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Mumbai (India),  Kingston (Jamaica), Nairobi (Kenya) and Lagos (Nigeria).




Adolescent Report- “Adolescence: Beyond the Stereotypes” 

The publication by UNICEF reflects the state of the world from the perspective of adolescents and is derived from 400 compelling stories and messages submitted by adolescents from over 50 countries in a variety of challenging circumstances.  The publication highlights adolescents’ insightful reflections on their environments, their resilience and hope, and their positive engagement in transforming the world around them. 

Listening to Youth: Findings and Recommendations from Nine Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on Market Research to Design Financial and Non-Financial Services for Youth. 

This publication provides recommendations on data selection and collection methods for Financial Service Providers seeking to develop youth financial and non-financial services, as well as key findings of market research conducted by 18 financial service providers and summaries of the findings of four financial service providers that followed best practices in their research.


Private Sector Toolkit for Working with YouthPrivate Sector Toolkit for Working with Youth 
This technical paper has been produced by the United Nations Programme on Youth in the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the NGO Restless Development, in the context of the International Year of Youth.
The purpose of this document is to explore cooperation between youth and the private sector. It is part of a series of technical papers aimed both at strengthening youth participation at all levels through cooperation among various stakeholders, as well as at highlighting the role of youth as agents of development. Building on Youth participation in development, which provides guidance to development agencies and policymakers, and the Activities kit, which provides guidance to young people on celebrating the International Year of Youth, this technical paper is a tool geared towards enhancing partnership between youth and the private sector.

World Youth Report 2010 World Youth Report 2010
The World Youth Report focus on youth and climate change, and is intended to highlight the important role young people play in addressing climate change, and to offer suggestions on how young people might be more effectively integrated as individuals and collective agents of change within the realm of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Report is designated to assist youth and youth organizations in educating themselves and to become more actively involved in combating the threat of climate change. It is also meant to affirm the status of young people as key stakeholders in the fight against climate change. The publication comes at a time when efforts to address climate change are receiving unparalleled attention on the international arena, offering youth a unique opportunity for their voice to be heard in the debate.

World Programme of Action for Youth  

New 2010 Edition of the World Programme of Action for Youth: This publication was prepared in response to numerous requests by youth non-governmental organizations, youth policy practitioners and young people for a ready reference to the WPAY, its 15 priority areas and their corresponding proposals for action. It also includes the means for implementation at the national, regional and international levels.
A New 2010 Guide to Youth Delegates to the United Nations

A New 2010 Guide to Youth Delegates to the United Nations: The purpose of the guide is to provide Member States with information on national youth delegates to the United Nations and practical guidance on developing youth delegate programmes. The Guide presents the many avenues through which young people may take part in the work of their national delegations, including by highlighting how some Member States have enabled youth to participate inthe intergovernmental processes at the United Nations.
The Guide is available in all UN languages: English | Français | Español | Русский | عربي | 汉语 

Growing Together: Youth and the Work of the United Nations Growing Together: Youth and the Work of the United Nations (4.8 MB)
The brochure is a welcome example of how the United Nations system and the young people it serves are growing together. By taking stock of UN system activities related to youth development, the brochure provides a chance to assess how effectively the United Nations system is responding to this important development challenge, and it helps to identify any gaps that may exist in our approach.   

World Youth Report 2007 World Youth Report 2007
The report examines the challenges and opportunities existing for the roughly 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world. Distinct from the 2003 and 2005 editions, it provides a regional overview summarizing the major youth development trends in the fifteen priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth. The report explores major issues of concern to youth development, including employment, education, health, poverty and violence. At the same time, it highlights youth as a positive force for development and provides recommendations for supporting their essential contributions. 

A Brief Guide to Youth Delegates to the United Nations A Brief Guide to Youth Delegates to the United Nations General Assembly
The guide has been prepared by the United Nations Programme on Youth, a part of the Division for Social Policy and Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The purpose of this guide is to provide Government representatives with information regarding national youth delegates to the General Assembly and other relevant meetings of the United Nations. 

World Youth Report 2005
World Youth Report 2005
The year 2005 marks ten years since the General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth in 1995. This report, an official report to the General Assembly, called for a renewed committment to the goals of the World Programme of Action, since over 200 million youth were living in poverty, 130 million youth were illiterate, 88 million were unemployed and 10 million young people were living with HIV/AIDS. 
World Youth Report 2003World Youth Report 2003
The World Youth Report 2003 provides an overview of the global situation of young people. The first 10 chapters focus on the priority areas identified by the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), adopted by the General Assembly in 1995. The remaining five chapters address some of the newer issues that were later identified as additional priorities for youth and were adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2003. 

World Youth Report 2005: Expanded book version Will you listen? Young Voices from Conflict Zones
The report, by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF, highlights the changing and devastating impact of conflicts on children. It notes that advances have been made in protecting children from war crimes such as unlawful recruitment by armed forces and groups and sexual violence. It also urges the international community to take concrete actions to stop abuses of children in armed conflict.  

Guide to the Implementation of the World Programme of Action for YouthGuide to the Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth
This Guide focuses on what Governments can do to fulfill the vision enshrined in the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). It acknowledges a need for a new impetus to be given to the design and implementation of youth policies and programmes. Each section of the book briefly examines the concept of each priority area and how it is experienced by youth. It looks at mechanisms and specific policies that may enhance the political, cultural and socio-economic opportunities for youth. The recommendations and ideas contained in the book are inspired by analyses, case studies, lessons learned and good practices documented by a wide range of sources. While some of the recommendations contained in this Guide may be considered “quick wins”, others can only be implemented effectively with long-term commitment and recognition by Governments. (1.7MB) 

Moving Young
Special Youth Supplement to UNFPA's State of the World Population 2006
The special supplement entitled Moving Young highlights the social and demographic aspects of youth migration. It offers a vivid glimpse into the lives of young migrants and stresses the need to protect the human rights of young migrants. It calls for the appreciation of the contributions they make to countries, both of origin and destination.

Arab Youth Strategising for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The United Nations commitment to empowering youth provided the incentive to organize three subregional workshops in 2005 in Bahrain, Morocco and Yemen. Participants included representatives from Governments, UN country offices, civil society organizations and other multi-sectoral stakeholders. This publication is a product of the ensuing dialogue between participants on the key issues that affect Arab youth, including globalization, media, unemployment, governance and gender equality. (Click here for Arabic version).

Youth at the UN, published in "Forum 21: European Journal on Youth Policy", N°4 - June 2005 (IJAB, NYA, INJEP).

Policy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being
This publication is the outcome of a policy workshop was organized by UNDESA and hosted by the Government of Namibia at Windhoek, Namibia. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together representatives of governments and non-governmental organizations as well as academic experts and practitioners from various countries in southern Africa to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on families in the region, to consider how families and communities are coping with the disease, and to contribute to the development of a strategic policy framework to assist Governments to strengthen the capacity of families and family networks to cope.

UN Toolkit Making Commitments Matter: A Toolkit for young people to evaluate national youth policy
The Toolkit offers youth a starting point for determining what has been done to better the lives of young people since 1995. Take a look at this practical resource and put it to use in your community!

Navigating International Meetings: A pocketbook guide to effective youth participation
The Navigating International Meetings Pocketbook gives concise information about the structure and process of United Nations (UN) meetings, looks at the different avenues available to youth for participating, and offers practical information for surviving a large meeting. The Guide also touches on important questions regarding the impact of international meetings on the local, national, and international level that every past and potential participant should consider. Click on the language of your choice to download a version of the Pocketbook Guide in English, French, or Spanish

At The Crossroads: Accelerating Youth Access to HIV/AIDS Interventions
At The Crossroads: Accelerating Youth Access to HIV/AIDS Interventions - Published by UNFPA
A new publication from the UNAIDS Interagency Task Team on Young People and HIV/AIDS highlights the fact that although young people are at the centre of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, they lack access to critical youth-friendly information, skills and services for the prevention, treatment and care of HIV and AIDS. It recommendeds that prevention interventions targeting young people could significantly help curtail the AIDS epidemic.