Briefings put spotlight on girls, young women and indigenous issues

Two new youth sessions will take place in New York highlighting Girls and Young Women on 6 May and Indigenous Issues and Youth on 19 May.

The International Year of Youth briefing events continue to bring attention to different youth issues in the lead up to the High Level Conference on Youth to be held on 25-26 July at UN Headquarters in New York. The next session in line is on “Girls and Young Women” and will take place at the UN in New York on 6 May from 1:15 pm -2:45 pm. It will feature panelists from UN Women, United Nations Population Fund and young people from NGOs working on these issues.

On 19 May, the topic for discussion will be “Indigenous Iissues and Youth” focusing on the role indigenous youth play in issues of concern to them, highlighting initiatives and projects undertaken by young people. This session will be held in the UNICEF house from 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm and is co-organized by the UN Programme on Youth, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UNICEF and the Youth Caucus on Indigenous Issues.

The UN Programme on Youth has just finished its Facebook consultation with young people on the topic of “Girls and Young Women” and has now launched its new discussion on “Indigenous Issues and Youth”. Young people are encouraged to speak out and contribute to the consultations. Please circulate the link information below around your youth networks.

UN Programme on Youth’s Facebook discussion on “Indigenous Issues and Youth”:

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Role of youth in international migration

Symposium on “Migration and Youth: Harnessing Opportunities for Development” will be arranged in New York on 17-18 May

UNICEF, the current Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG), of which DESA is also a member, is organizing this two-day Symposium immediately prior to the informal thematic debate on international migration and development, organized by the President of the General Assembly on 19 May.

The Symposium will consist of three plenary sessions and four parallel roundtables focusing on the role and participation of youth in international migration, the impact of international migration on youth, and the need to improve the protection and well-being of young migrants.


Each session is being organized by one or more members of the Global Migration Group. DESA and the World Bank are co-organizing the first panel on “Globalization, Cooperation and Youth: Newly Emerging Trends”. Under-Secretary-General of DESA, Mr. Sha Zukang has been invited to participate in a high-level panel together with Mr. Joseph Deiss, the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Peter Sutherland, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration and Development, and other senior officials.

The Symposium will bring together experts and practitioners who will present the latest evidence on the relationship between youth, migration and development and share good practices in leveraging the benefits of international migration for youth and young migrants and addressing its negative impacts. Participants will include representatives from the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, Members States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including representatives of academic institutions, the private sector and youth organizations.

Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s Executive Director and current Chair of GMG, will present the main outcomes of the Symposium during the informal thematic debate on international migration and development on 19 May. GMG members will prepare background papers for the sessions and roundtables of the Symposium.

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Platform to exchange knowledge and experience on ICTs

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2011: Open Consultations on Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format will be held in Geneva on 18 May

The Sixth Facilitation Meeting of Action Lines C1 on the role of public governance in the promotion of ICTs for development, C7 on e-government and C11 on international and regional cooperation, will be held during the WSIS on 18 May. The meeting is open to all stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society and international organizations. The purpose is to provide a platform for exchange of information and experiences; to identify the propriety areas for implementation within the Action Lines; and to create synergies among different stakeholders for more effective knowledge sharing and collaboration in order to ensure the implementation of WSIS at the international, regional and national levels.

The meeting could also contribute to further coordination of major stakeholders’ activities to support strategic planning and the implementation of accessible, inclusive and participatory government. One of the current trends for e-government development is active and strong citizens’ and businesses’ involvement in public services delivery. This tendency is based on an unprecedented accessibility and openness of public administration data and possibilities for citizens and businesses to build value added public services on top of it. It is also one of the challenges for governments to have a reliable set of indicators and methodologies to measure new emerging effects of development.

WSIS is a unique two-phase UN summit that was initiated in order to create an evolving multi-stakeholder platform aimed at addressing the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs) through a structured and inclusive approach at the national, regional and international levels. The goal is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information.

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