Regional MOST School in Brasilia with Focus on the Youth Subject (7-12 October 2013)
UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST), the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Organization of Ibero-American Youth (OIJ) and the Brazilian Youth Secretariat (SNJ) invite postgraduate, master and doctorate students of social and human sciences – as well as youth leaders from the civil society of Latin America and the Caribbean involved with research or activities related to the youth issue - to apply for the Brazilian edition of the MOST regional school to be held in Brasilia, Brazil, from 7 to 12 October 2013.
The MOST regional summer school will debate on initiatives taken by the Brazilian government on youth policies, while will also discuss a regional approach for the youth issue and foster regional networks and academic synergies around that topic. This will also reinforce the possibility of a regional “Youth Latin-American Observatory”, a joint initiative of the above-mentioned partners.
Applications are limited to 20 researchers and 20 youth leaders. Deadline for applications is 30th August 2013. More information on how to apply at:
Chile to host the First Interdisciplinary Diversity, Sexuality and Gender meeting
The Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), with the support of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), has organized this first meeting to be held on 4 and 5 September 2013 in Viña del Mar.
The First Interdisciplinary Diversity, Sexuality and Gender meeting has been organized by students of the Faculty of Differential Education in the PUCV with three objectives: first, to generate an instance of debate and discussion on issues of gender, sexuality and diversity open to students and teachers from different disciplines and universities; second, to create a platform that fosters the development of students' work around the themes of diversity, sexuality and gender in education; and, third, to enable the sharing of knowledge on the construction of sexual identity and gender among students and teachers from different disciplines and universities through lectures, rounds of questions and student exhibitions.
Post-Disaster Damage Assessment: Uttarakhand Initiative
In response to the devastating flash floods in Uttarakhand, India, which resulted in significant damage to the cultural heritage of the region, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) India, in partnership with UNESCO New Delhi, initiated a pilot project to assess damage in the area in order to determine priorities for salvage and recovery. On 25 July, fourteen architecture and engineering students underwent training at a workshop designed specifically for the project to develop a tool kit for field workers engaged in damage assessment. On a subsequent eight-day mission to the flood-affected region, these heritage volunteers conducted field surveys of movable and immovable cultural heritage, including cultural objects, temples, vernacular residences and sacred landscapes. The field work, completed at thirty different sites, involved recording damage and engaging with various stakeholders to identify the challenges for recovery of cultural heritage. At the debriefing session, students shared lessons learned and expressed enthusiasm about the mission and the opportunity to participate in future field surveys and to expand the volunteer base.
More information: http://www.icomosindia.org/
Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures
The latest, episode 12 – Patrimonito in China: The Great Wall and Youth, has been produced in July 2013 based on the national Patrimonito storyboard competition in China held in 2012. The project encourages young people to envisage and propose solutions for the World Heritage preservation to their peers by creating storyboards, where they introduce a World Heritage site, the threats it is facing and suggested solutions. The best storyboard is selected, developed and professionally produced as a cartoon series.
To see all twelve episodes please consider: http://whc.unesco.org/en/patrimonito/.
Contact person: Ms Carmela Quin, Focal Point for World Heritage Education Programme.
8th UNESCO Youth Forum Online Discussions: going LIVE on 21 August 2013
Whilst UNESCO Member States are currently involved in the final nomination of their youth delegates to the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, all young people throughout the world can participate in the pre-Forum discussions online from 21 August 2013. By participating in the online discussion community, young men and women will be able to shape the way in which UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth is to be implemented from 2014 to 2021.
In line with the three main axes of this Strategy, the topics for discussion are:
Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth
Capacity development for the transition to adulthood
Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation
The preliminary debates will take place online, providing the blueprint for nine strategic recommendations that are to be presented by the youth delegates during the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, held at the Organization’s Headquarters, in Paris, France, from 29 to 31 October 2013.
These discussions are open to all young men and women, not only those coming to Paris in October! This is a chance for youth from across the world to come together and share their concerns, local and global, and to put forward their solutions.
All discussions will be led by young people, about young people, and for young people!
For youth to participate in the discussions online, one can sign up to the pre-Forum discussion community: 8th Youth Forum Online Discussion Group
The World Heritage in Young Hands Kit (WHYH)
The WHYH Kit is an educational resource for secondary school teachers and aims to sensitize young people to the importance of preserving their local, national and world heritage. Hard copies presently exist in 37 national language versions. A new version of the interactive DVD WHYH Kit in French has been published in July 2013, following the first version in English.
For more information: http://whc.unesco.org/en/educationkit/
Commemoration of International Youth Day in Mauritania
The region of Hodh El Chargui in Mauritania, which borders with Mali, hosted this year’s commemoration event of the International Youth Day on 12 August 2013 under the theme "Youth Migration: moving development forward." The choice of this area was not accidental and was due to the high number of young people tempted by migration to countries in Africa and Europe.
As part of the commemoration, young people were mobilized around various cultural and sports activities. Facilitators, peer educators and young people were able to share and talk about the phenomenon of migration and the opportunities available to young people. They also discussed on social cohesion and the consolidation of national unity as well as issues related to Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Youth.
The organization of this event symbolizes the commitment of the Government, supported by UNFPA, to put youth at the centre of development strategies and policies.
ILO Youth Employment Programme
The ILO calls for good practices on youth employment
Has your organization implemented a programme to support young people in accessing decent work? Do you want your practice to be recognized and widely disseminated?
This is your opportunity! The ILO Youth Employment Programme is launching a call for submissions of good practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for young people.
All applications will be assessed based on 6 specific criteria: (i) relevance, (ii) effectiveness and impact, (iii) sustainability, (iv) innovation, (v) replicability, (vi) efficiency. An evaluation committee composed of experts and young specialists on youth employment will identify the good practices from the programmes submitted. The best submission will receive prizes and three of them will be featured in an MTV video.
The deadline to submit proposals is the 5th October 2013.
For more information visit: www.youthpractices.org
Contribute to a report on adolescent health!
Why is health important? What do you do to stay healthy? What health issues are you and your friends concerned about? Have you been affected by ill health? How? We want to know – your voices matter!
Are you aged between 10-19 years? Or you are a health worker working with adolescents? We want to hear from you!
The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a report called “Health for the World’s Adolescents”. The report will look at the health and development of adolescents, present summaries of what is known about adolescent health—including what promotes or undermines their health—and how communities and countries meet adolescents’ health needs.
Please visit our web page http://www.who.int/adolescent_health2014/
And give us your input! You can:
•Take a survey
•Enter a photo competition
•Send us your story
•Get creative! (Send in poems, drawings, songs etc)
Menarche, menstrual hygiene and menstrual health of adolescents in low and middle income countries
As part of WHO’s work on improving our understanding of the needs and problems of young adolescents (10-14), a systematic review on Menarche, Menstrual Hygiene and Menstrual Health among Adolescents in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) was carried out.
The review sought to answer six questions:
1. How knowledgeable are adolescent girls in LMIC about menstruation and how prepared are they for reaching menarche?
2. Who are young girls’ sources of information regarding menstruation?
3. How well do adults respond to girls’ information needs?
4. What negative health and social effects are experienced by adolescents?
5. How do adolescents respond when they experience these negative effects and what practices do they develop as a result?
6. How well do adults respond when girls face these negative issues?
The review found out that in many cases, girls are uninformed about and unprepared for menarche and menstruation. Often the information that adults – primarily parents – provide adolescents are too little and too late, and sometimes incorrect. A small number of small scale and time limited projects have shown that menstrual health education by young workers in community settings and teachers in schools can improve knowledge and understanding, and promote menstrual hygiene.
Youth Employment Network (YEN)
2013 Youth Summit, World Bank Development Case Competition
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) and the World Bank are seeking young innovators to compete in a Development Case Competition. The case proposed by YEN asks young people to design a better financial product for young entrepreneurs. The World Bank invites individuals and teams of up to five creative thinkers ages 18-35 to submit their most innovative solutions by September 8.
For more information and registration for the competition: www.bit.ly/WBGYouthSummit
YEF Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya (Sept 9-11, 2013)
The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF) will organize a regional knowledge sharing meeting (a) To showcase and communicate some of YEF’s results, (b) To facilitate policy dialogue by regional level stakeholders, and (c) To facilitate learning and sharing of experiences, strategies and initiatives.
For more information about the meeting: http://yefks.wikispaces.com/
For more information about YEF: http://www.yefafrica.org/
Evaluation Clinic in Amman, Jordan (August 20-22, 2013)
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) and the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) will co-organize an Evaluation Clinic in Amman, Jordan. The Clinic will be hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Development Practice at the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East. The Clinic will provide a venue for evaluation specialists to collaborate with youth employment project teams for the development of evaluation plans.
For more information about YEN Evaluation Clinics: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/yen/whatwedo/projects/clinics.htm
Youth Advocacy Group and Malala Day
The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) took a leading role in supporting Malala Day on 12 July 2013. The YAG helped mobilize over 500 youth to urge world leaders to respond to the demand for education. They spearheaded the preparation of the “The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want” and presented it to world leaders on the day and will continue to use the Resolution in their advocacy efforts. In addition, YAG members helped organize Malala Day events in other countries including Moldova, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi. To view photos of the YAG involvement in Malala Day, visit GEFI’s Flickr site. To learn more about about the YAG, check out their video: “Young people at the vanguard of global change.”
For more information, contact Daria Ng, GEFI communications focal point at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Youth Day Google+ Hangout
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) marked International Youth Day with a collaborative Google+ Hangout, having experts from five continents tune in to talk about various youth migration and development issues. This geographic diversity helped paint a vivid picture of the different circumstances facing young people on the move today. The conversation ranged from broad concepts such as the causes and evolution of youth migration, to the specific details of IOM’s current projects for youth.
The key messages that the panelists delivered highlighted ways to enhance opportunities for youth migrants while mitigating the challenges and risks that still endure. The need to accurately inform young people about their migration choices is the most pressing matter right now. In the future, youth migrant networks, information campaigns, skills training, and institutional support for inclusion of youth in policy making can help to enlighten, prepare, and protect those youth who decide to move.
The discussion can be found at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MZxLusXYdA
Questions about IOM and Youth Migration can be directed to Evelien Borgman at email@example.com”
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC)
The 2013 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC) will be held during 9 -11 October 2013 in the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. The event is being organized by ESCAP, the Government of the Republic of Korea, LG Corporation and the Korean Society of Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities.
The 2013 GITC’s aim is to reduce the digital divide, expand social participation of youth with disabilities and promote the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
Approximately 170 participants from 20 countries, including government officials, experts in IT policy and youth with disabilities, will attend the 2013 GITC. The programme includes an IT competition for youth with disabilities and an IT Policy Seminar; Governments are requested to submit nominations for these to the organizers by 20 August 2013.
ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA (ECA)
More Focus on Youth
This year’s International youth day celebrations comes at a time when, the ECA has also taken steps to reposition itself and refocus its programmes to make them more responsive to the transformative agenda of Africa. Young Africans over the last couple of years have always demanded for a dedicated office on youth issues and the ECA has responded by creating a full fledged Population and Youth Section within the Social Development Policy Division. Given Africa’s youthfulness, the ECA will continue to work towards strengthening policy and strategic approaches of member States to integrate demographic changes and emerging population and youth issues into development policies and programs. Special attention will also be given to harnessing youth resources for development in the continent. The youth office will continue among other things, to support member States to periodically review and assess progress on development goals stemming from regional and global programmes, including The World Program of Action for Youth, the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth and the African Youth Charter.
For more information contact: Hassan Yousif (firstname.lastname@example.org )