15 July: Informal Interactive Hearings on Migration and Development
As part of the preparatory activities for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development to be held 3 and 4 October 2013, the President of the General Assembly will hold one-day informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations and the private sector at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15 July 2013. The objective of the informal interactive hearings is to provide an opportunity for NGOs, civil society organizations including youth-led organizations and the private sector to interact with Member States and to provide inputs for the High-level Dialogue.
A website for the informal interactive hearings for the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development is now available. Importantly, the website includes under \'NGO Participation\' the link to the pre-registration both for representatives of NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status, as well as for representatives of civil society organizations and the private sector without ECOSOC consultative status for both the hearings and the High-level Dialogue.
Young Creative Minds Raise Awareness of Critical Forest-related Issues
They are gifted storytellers who are using stunning visual imagery and powerful narratives to raise awareness of the challenges affecting forests and those who dwell within them, as well as to spur action to protect this vital resource. They are international award winners, and they are all under the age of 30. They are recipients of awards handed out this week in Istanbul during the tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10).
MDG Momentum - 1,000 Days of Action
On 5 April, the UN and partners worldwide observed the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality.
Office of the Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth
The UNSG’s Envoy on Youth Recent Activities
Appointed on 17 January, the first ever Envoy on Youth has been very active in his new role serving the world’s Youth, advocating for better opportunities and friendlier policies for Youth throughout the globe, both within the UN and other civil society partners. Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi’s Work-Plan which is based on four main principles -- participation, advocacy, partnerships and harmonization – was officially endorsed by the UN Secretary-General at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, who called on the International Community, including Senior UN officials, to give him their full support in his new mission.
The Envoy’s new role entails carrying the voice of the UN into programmes for young people and in return, taking the voice of youth back to the UN and its agencies, thus aiming at a partnership where Youth are part of the discussion, formulation and implementation processes of the development agenda. The SG has also described the Envoy on Youth’s mission as the harmonizer of the United Nations’ work on youth issues.
To fulfill this role, the Envoy on Youth has been attending high-level meetings and forums, representing the voice of Youth on a wide range of issues affecting their lives and making sure that these issues figure prominently in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The Envoy on Youth’s Recent Missions
On 19 March, the Envoy attended the “Global Meeting on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” in Dakar, Senegal, advocating for a youth-friendly Post-2015 Agenda.
In New York for the ECOSOC Youth Forum on 27 March, he stressed the importance of engaging youth as leading users and developers in science, technology and innovation to address global challenges.
In Marseille, France, the Envoy attended the AGORA Youth Workshop: “Youth Empowerment for Social Integration” at the Anna Lindh Forum on 5 April, on social integration challenges faced by Arab and European youth, and the need for national and regional action.
In Oslo, Norway, Mr Alhendawi spoke at the “Energy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” High-Level Meeting on 9 April, where he highlighted the central role energy plays in the Post-2015 development agenda and youth support for a low-carbon development agenda.
From 10-11 April, he attended the Arab Development Forum in Amman, Jordan. Civil society, academia and private sector participants addressed Post-2015 Agenda issues, including poverty reduction, conflict resolution, civic engagement, access to basic services and environmental sustainability.
The Envoy delivered a keynote speech at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting: “Young People at the Centre of Sustainable Development”, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 17 April.
The United Nations Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi has announced the hosting of a first in a series of Google+ Hangouts on 17 May 2013 10 a.m. EST. The Google+ Hangout will focus on the Envoy on Youth's role, and some of the key initiatives of the United Nations on youth and how it plans to engage youth at the international, regional and national levels. The UNV Executive Co-ordinator and the Co-chair of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development will take part in the Hangout, in addition to 3 youth leaders to be announced soon.
The UN youth envoy invites young people to participate in this event, by sending questions using one of the following channels
Facebook: UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth-Ahmad Alhendawi http://bit.ly/YouthEnvoyHangout
Twitter: @AhmadAlhendawi and using #UNYouth
“Islands of the Future – youth building sustainable prospects for SIDS”
In collaboration with UNICEF and other UN and regional partners, UNESCO is contributing to engaging young women and men in SIDS to foster youth action for sustainable futures in SIDS. The aim is to promote youth empowerment, advocacy and networking in SIDS, as well as strengthen youth capacity in contributing to national youth policies, networking, and mobilizing for international sustainable development meetings (e.g. BPOA +20). A multi-agency collaborative effort has been initiated since the end of 2012 towards convening special regional activities and consultations for youth in the lead-up to Samoa 2014. A call for participation “My World, My SIDS” was widely disseminated worldwide in April 2013 and the selection process will take place in May 2013 to allow SIDS youth delegates to attend the SIDS Youth Networking Events which will feed the SIDS preparatory process. These regional meetings will take place from 26 June– 1 July (Kingston, Jamaica), 4-9 July (Nadi, Fiji) and 11-16 July (Victoria, Seychelles), and will be followed by an interregional meeting later in the year.
UNESCO and Youth Launch the International Year of Water Cooperation
On 11 February, young women and men participated in the launch of the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation. Twenty MSc and PhD students of UNESCO-IHE attended a youth-focused event to share their knowledge and ideas on water cooperation, during the worldwide launch of the International Year of Water Cooperation was launched at UNESCO HQ on the same day. During this parallel youth event, organized by UNESCO at the Water Pavilion in Paris, the young participants worked together with students from Fukushima (Japan), universities in France and members of the Youth Parliament of Water.
Projects Selected for the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers 2013
Following the call for project proposals in January 2013, 55 projects at 53 World Heritage sites have been selected to be part of the “World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) 2013 – Patrimonito Voluntary Action, Inspiring Change”. Jointly coordinated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), WHV aims to mobilize and involve young people and youth organizations in World Heritage promotion and preservation. From the Great Wall in China to Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, each project consists of various activities such as workshops on World Heritage, hands-on activities for preservation of the sites, and opportunities to experience local culture. An Evaluation and Planning Meeting of the WHV was held in March in Spitz-an-der-Donau, Austria, where representatives from 15 organizations participating in the WHV 2013 shared their past experiences and suggestions for the programme.
Two New Episodes of Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures n° 10 and 11
Two new episodes of "Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures" Cartoon Series are now available. Episode 10, "Patrimonito in Lebanon: Sustainable Development for the Site of Ouadi Qadisha and the Forest of the Cedars of God", was produced in 2012, based on a storyline from the Patrimonito International Storyboard Competition 2010/2011. The episode raises the importance of sustainable development and encourages young people to protect World Heritage. Episode 11, “Patrimonito in the Republic of Korea: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple and Youth Involvement”, which has just been completed, highlights the role of youth in World Heritage promotion and preservation. The episode is based on the storyboard submitted by the Republic of Korea in the 2012 Patrimonito National Storyboard Competition. The two episodes are available online, along with the previous episodes, at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre website. Episode 12, “Patrimonito in China: The Great Wall and Youth” is also expected to be available this year.
Building Skills for Youth Civic Engagement in Indonesia
In Indonesia, UNESCO has contributed to supporting youth empowerment through a comprehensive programme that includes research, training for youth, support to youth-led initiatives and consultation of youth on the Post-2015 Agenda. UNESCO has conducted research to identify the gaps and weaknesses of the youth policy in Indonesia. The research team has come up with a set of recommendations that will be brought to further discussion with policy-makers. UNESCO has also provided capacity building for young women and men on key skills such as advocacy, action-plan development and networking and direct support to youth organizations through the UNESCO Youth-led Initiatives Grant Scheme. The programme included a youth consultation on the UN Post-2015 Agenda. The results have been submitted to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons that is designing the new global development framework after the Millennium Development Goals.
Full report is available at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002202/220232E.pdf
Building Peace through Youth Civic Engagement in Burundi
In follow-up to the training of ten national trainers on civic education and social cohesion, conducted by the “Réseau des Jeunes en Action pour la Paix” (REJA) and UNESCO in Bujumbura, February 2013, UNESCO and RESA supported the ten trained trainers in further applying what they have learned in the provinces of Bujumbura, Gitega, Muramvya et Mwaro. In March 2013, the trainers led capacity building workshops for a total of 153 representatives of youth and women associations, local administration and officials, as wells as representatives of religious groups. These workshops looked into the following themes: civic education, diversity of cultural expressions, intercultural dialogues, peace and human rights’ education; democratic principles, participation in decision-making, good governance, fight against corruption, transparent and peaceful elections. Through interactive exchanges and role-play, the participants discovered and understood the important role that they can play by participating in decision-making, implementation and monitoring of public policies.
GYM: Gender, Youth and Migration
Following the international workshop on “Migration, Gender and Social Justice”, held in Trivandrum, Kerala on 14-16 February 2013, UNESCO and UNICEF have joined efforts to develop a knowledge management tool on Gender, Youth and Migration (GYM) as a sub-community under existing Gender Community (UN Solutions Exchange–India). A formal meeting with UNICEF, UN-Solutions Exchange and UNESCO has taken place to outline the next steps for this initiative. The GYM sub-community aims to serve as a one-stop window where practitioners and academics can find available information on migration related works, focusing on youth and gender, including latest events and publications. It would thus be a dedicated ‘resource hub’ that brings together people, enabling them to learn from each other and stay connected. It would additionally help consolidate the informal UNESCO-UNICEF Internal Migration in India Initiative (IMII), a network of approximate 200 researchers, NGOs, policymaker, UN agencies and key partners, such as UN Women, UN-HABITAT, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and ensure its sustainability in the long term.
Sandwatch: Empowering Youth to Adapt to Climate Change in Indonesia
“Sandwatch” is a global environmental education project supported by UNESCO, where youth and adults work together to monitor and evaluate problems facing their coastal environments, and then implement activities to address problems identified. Since the launch of the Sandwatch pilot project in Indonesia in 2012, approximately 200 students aged 13 to 17 from nine schools have been involved in activities. Sandwatch in Indonesia strengthens existing local curriculum on coastal environment focusing on beach monitoring, and traditional marine ecological knowledge. Sandwatch training has been held in three pilot sites: Wangi-wangi, Wakatobi in December 2012, Nusa Penida, Bali in February 2013 and Lhonga, Aceh in March 2013. To date, Sandwatch has been successful in bringing a positive impact in widening students’ knowledge about their beach and encouraging them to actively participate in efforts to save coastal environment.
Youth Employment Network (YEN)
According to the World Bank, as much as 40% of youth employment projects have no impact on labor market outcomes for youth. The Youth Employment Network (YEN) wants to help reduce this percentage and see more projects impact youth positively. Failure is a great teacher and the reality is that even the best program plans will face challenges in successful implementation as they respond to the realities on the ground. Many organizations have learned valuable lessons both when projects succeed and fail. Sharing these lessons from the field could help to increase impacts of other projects.
This is why YEN has just launched Project Impact! an online competition to gather important lessons and to share them with practitioners. We are seeking submissions from any youth employment project anywhere in the world. The projects with the most insightful lessons will receive a cash award and be featured at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities in Washington DC.
For more information, go to: https://yenmarketplace.org/whats-working-competition
Youth Employment Programme (YEP)
Youth Guarantees: ILO’s Call for Action
As young people continue to be disproportionately affected by the employment crisis, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said it is ready to join forces with the European Commission to support EU member states in implementing youth guarantees.
The concept of youth guarantee implies an entitlement to a job, training or education of a defined group of young people seeking employment and an obligation for the Public Employment Service (PES) or another public authority to provide the services and/or implement the programmes within a given period of time. ILO review shows that youth guarantees can play a significant role in reducing the scars of long-term unemployment and of disconnect from labour markets of the unemployed and discouraged young women and men.
The ILO and the European Commission will actively pursue ways to cooperate on a review of youth guarantee schemes and a range of other policy measures for youth employment.
Read EU-wide youth guarantees - ILO at the ready: http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_209283/lang--en/index.htm
ILO Policy Brief on Youth Guarantees: http://www.ilo.org/employment/Whatwedo/Publications/WCMS_209468/lang--en/index.htm
Decent Work for Youth Platform
The ILO Youth Employment Programme will launch the Decent Work for Youth Platform in May! Users will have the chance to explore the platform’s 3 sections: learn, share and connect! On the platform users can learn about the importance of decent work for youth, share “good practices” and initiatives with the community, and connect with all sorts of people and institutions working on youth employment. Many of the contributions to the platform will go directly into ILO thematic reports. Stay tuned on www.ilo.org/yep for the launch!
Academy on Youth Development
In order to meet increasing demands for support from countries on youth development issues, the International Training Centre of the ILO will be organizing a capacity building programme on youth development policies and programmes. The two-week Academy on Youth Development will take place in Turin, Italy, from 24 June to 5 July 2013. Its ultimate objective is to support the development and implementation of policies and programmes that effectively respond to young people's needs in four core areas: youth employment and entrepreneurship; education and training; health, including sexual and reproductive health; and youth participation and civic engagement. The Academy is a platform for training and capacity building, knowledge-sharing and mutual learning for international and national actors concerned with youth development issues.
To register visit: http://www.itcilo.org/academies/youthdevelopment
Application deadline: 03 May 2013
Young Innovators’ Competition
ITU is looking for the next generation of social technopreneurs – young people aged between 18 and 26 with an inspirational ICT-based solution to developmental challenges. Ten winning finalists will be selected to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, taking part in workshops, pitching sessions, mentoring and networking, plus receiving seed funding of up to USD 10,000 per project. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.
Find out more about the competition: http://world2013.itu.int/event/innovation/
OECD Forum 2013
For twelve years, the OECD Forum has gathered world leaders, government ministers, CEOs, NGOs, academia and trade unions to debate on the most pressing policy issues of the day. This year the OECD Forum will take place on 28-29-May 2013.
We are now into the fifth year of the greatest economic crisis of our lifetimes, 200 million people around the world are unemployed, and we are faced with increasing inequalities in advanced and many emerging economies. Many countries are under immense pressure to put their public finances back on a sustainable footing, yet at the same time investment must be made to generate confidence and kick start growth. It is essential that growth becomes more inclusive and sustainable.
Building on outcomes of Forum 2012, Forum 2013 will be organized around three key themes at the heart of the debate on how to achieve a sustainable future: promoting inclusive growth and addressing inequalities, rebuilding trust in the system, and fostering sustainability.
Participation is by invitation. To register your interest, go to: http://www.oecd.org/forum/register/