Voices against Violence
On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) launched Voices against Violence, a pioneering non-formal education curriculum on ending violence against women and girls that puts young people at the heart of prevention efforts.
A first of its kind, Voices against Violence is a co-educational curriculum designed for various age groups ranging from 5 to 25 years. It provides girls, boys, young women and young men with tools and expertise to understand the root causes of violence in their communities, to educate and involve their peers and communities to prevent such violence, and to learn about where to access support if they experience violence. Working with youth organizations, UN partners and governments, UN Women and WAGGGS will roll out the curriculum to young people around the world. It will be adapted to national context, translated into local languages, and reach an estimated five million children and young people by 2020.
For more information about the curriculum and to learn how to deliver it safely visit http://www.unwomen.org/
, and contact UN Women or WAGGGS via email.
Youth Employment Network
World Bank Group Youth Summit 2013 (October 23, 2013)
The theme for the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2013 is “Youth Entrepreneurship: Cultivating an innovative spirit to alleviate global youth unemployment”. The summit provides a forum for young people from around the globe to share innovative ideas and business products to create opportunities for employment. Winning selections (winners and runners-up) of the Development Case Competition will present their proposals. The case proposed by Youth Employment Network (YEN) asked young people to design a better financial product for young entrepreneurs.
The Fund for Evaluation: Call for applications (Deadline December 10, 2013)
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) supported the World Bank workshop on “Impact Evaluation in Quality Education, Skills, Productivity among Youth in Africa” (September 30 to October 5, Dakar). YEN presented the Fund for Evaluation, which provides technical and financial support to qualified organizations for designing and conducting their impact evaluations. The Fund’s fifth call for applications will provide seed funding to selected evaluations ranging from US$5,000 to US$180,000. Proposals must be submitted using the online application form by December 10, 2013.
YEN webinar on conducting impact evaluations (October 2, 2013)
On October 2, Youth Employment Network (YEN) conducted a webinar on impact evaluations. The webinar was hosted by MEDA Maroc, an NGO working to enhance economic and social inclusion of youth, and provided a step-by-step guide on designing and carrying out an impact evaluation. MEDA Maroc’s "100 hours to Success" training program served as a practical example for the webinar.
Model UN Security Council in Azerbaijan
UNDP Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan organized the country’s first International Model UN Security Council Conference to be held from 21-24 October in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Conference brought together 45 university students and graduates from Azerbaijan and fourteen other Member States currently serving as members of the UN Security Council.
The workshop provided participants with in-depth information on the scope of the Security Council, the role of key officials in the Security Council and UN Secretariat, management of international crises and support of UN Secretariat, consensus building process during negotiations and how it relates to the discussion and action phases of the Council’s work programme, drafting of Security Council resolutions and other outcome documents, library and electronic resources. The workshop was followed by a UN Security Council crisis simulation that will be held at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.
This initiative was a component of a broader UNDP supported project ‘Youth Participation in Decision Making and Policy Implementation’ which seeks to bring the voices of Azerbaijani youth into local and national participatory and planning processes.
Empowered Youth: Catalysts today for a better tomorrow
On the occasion of the 2013 Social Good Summit that took place in New York in September, UNDP convened an event ‘Empowered Youth: Catalysts today for a better tomorrow”, that highlighted and explored emerging trends on how youth empowered with innovative ideas and technology can support long-term solutions to help achieve sustainable human development.
The expert panel addressed the nexus between social change, technology solutions, and the importance of fostering an enabling environment for young men and women to access information, and take initiatives to incubate ideas and develop solutions that may inform and influence policy resulting in positive change in the local or international context.
The expert panel included Yasmin Green, Principal of Google Ideas, Glen Mehn, Director of the Social Innovation Camp, and Nnenna Nwakanwa, Council Chair of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa.
The live-streamed event may be found at:
Sierra Leone Issues the First ‘State of Youth’ Report
Sierra Leone recently launched its first ever “State of Youth” report, offering the most comprehensive situation update on youth employment, education, well-being and participation in the development process.
Supported and financed by UNDP, the report examines a wide spectrum of development themes and sectors, and argues for a comprehensive and dramatic scale-up of the country’s effort to pull young people out of poverty. Interventions include improving health services, matching education with the economy’s demand for skills and establishing public-private partnerships to create jobs. The document also examines the potential of agriculture to absorb unskilled youth on a massive scale, contending that with adequate support systems in place, agro-based value chains can be the main driver of economic growth and poverty reduction.
The report may be found at:
Young people successfully engaged in agriculture in the Niger Delta Region
Using a community driven development approach, the IFAD funded Community Based Natural Resource Management Programme-Niger Delta managed to convert potential juvenile offenders into empowered young people engaged in agriculture.
The strength of the programme lied in the development of quick –win/profitable templates for youth engagement as well as evolvement of the use of individual based group enterprise ownership models to create interest among youths in agriculture. The programme also formed a youth forum as a platform for policy dialogue, networking, and knowledge sharing and services access.
The total number of jobs created along the rice, cassava, oil palm, fisheries, livestock value chain and vocational schemes stand at 20,000, amongst which, 1,277 jobs were created by in ownership of enterprises by youths and women were created. Over 50% increase in crop productivity was achieved.
On 2nd October, an Enterprise Fair was organised by youths show-casing their agricultural exhibits. This fair was coupled with a Youth forum gathering 200 young people to discuss on the topic ‘’Youths’ Response to Agriculture as Business’’
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Innovating for Girls’ Education” E-discussion on the World We Want Platform
The fulfillment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative – and there is no compelling reason as to why millions of girls continue to be denied their rights. International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations in 2011 and celebrated annually on 11 October. In recognition of the importance of fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2013 was announced: Innovating for Girls’ Education.
As part of the series of events planned during the run-up to the day, especially to increase participation of young people, UNICEF together with the Youth Advocacy Group of the United Nations Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) conducted an e-discussion on the same theme on the World We Want online platform. Aimed to involve young people across the globe in a conversation around innovations and education, the e-discussion gathered and learned about inspiring innovative approaches, ideas and solutions from different parts of the world that helped improving girls' education, particularly of those most disadvantaged.
Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA)
Ending Hunger Challenge Badge
Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) is delighted to announce the release of the Ending Hunger Challenge Badge! The Badge is designed to help educate children and young people about hunger in the world and ways to combat it. The Badge contains background information on hunger and the hungry, the right to food, causes of hunger, and actions that can be taken to end hunger. It also includes range of activities and ideas to stimulate learning and motivate children and young people to engage in efforts to end hunger.
Ending Hunger is part of the YUNGA challenge badge series that is intended to raise awareness, educate and motivate young people to change their behaviour and be active agents of change. The challenge badge series can be used by teachers, and youth leaders, especially Guides or Scout groups.
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SG’s Envoy on Youth Visits Azerbaijan for the MUN SC Conference.
On 21 October, on the occasion of the first-ever international Model UN Security Council Conference to take place in Azerbaijan, the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi visited the country to participate in the opening session of the simulation programme, focused on the issue of cyber security.
Azerbaijan being the President of the Security Council this month, the young participants in Model UN in Baku come from all countries currently members of the Security Council.
The simulation was co-organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNDP Azerbaijan, with support from the UN's Department of Public Information.