Envoy’s Workplan

The overall priorities of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth are guided by the priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth.
Increased focus will be placed on Youth Employment, Civic Engagement and Promoting Youth Policies while ensuring the integration of a gender perspective across all work areas. In parallel, the OSGEY will continue to support the Education First Initiative and the planned activities in relation to youth and education.

Further to consultations with Member States, Youth Organizations and the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), and taking note of the Terms of Reference of the Envoy, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth will work on the following priority principles, goals and actions:

Principles: Participation, Advocacy, Partnerships and Harmonization

1. Participation

Goal: Increase youth accessibility (including marginalized youth, and young women and girls) to the United Nations through promoting structured mechanisms for youth participation at national, regional and international levels.
Actions: Promote structured mechanisms for youth participation in the UN

• Facilitate the participation of youth-led organizations in youth related policies and programmes at the United Nations
• Support the ECOSOC Youth Forum as a structured participation mechanism for youth and youth stakeholders
• Support the establishments of Regional Youth Forums
• Convene regularly an International Stakeholders Meeting on Youth Policies bringing together major regional and global youth actors
• Work closely with UN Volunteers (UNV) to develop and implement the youth volunteering modality
• Work with the Resident Coordinators (RCs) and United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) to establish National Youth Advisory Panels to engage youth in the preparation of the UN programmes and projects at the national level
• Encourage more Member States to participate in the Youth Delegate Programme

Create active channels of communications between young people and the United Nations and enhance youth access to information related to the United Nations’ work on youth

• Coordinate regularly with youth and youth-led organizations
• Expanding the online platform to provide updates on youth related news and opportunities
• Deploy several communication tools in engaging young people in the UN’s work with and for youth


2. Advocacy

Goal: Promote stronger youth participation in setting, implementing and evaluating the various development frameworks and increase international awareness and attention to youth issues.
Actions: Promote placing youth rights and development at the centre of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

• Promote the “Global Youth Call” and its concrete indicators pertaining to youth in the post-2015 development agenda
• Support youth groups and the Major Group on Children and Youth work in advocating for youth rights and development
• Ensure prioritizing youth issues across the different goals and indicators by organizing a year-long advocacy strategy for youth engagement in setting the post-2015 development agenda
• Ensure active participation for youth in the Financing for Development process
Utilize various platforms to advocate for a stronger youth agenda at the national, regional and international level
• Launch an online campaign to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the World Program of Action for Youth
• Facilitate the celebration of the International Youth Day across the UN system and the youth sector
• Support youth forums and events covering thematic and geographic areas
• Maintain close coordination with the regional organizations such as the European Union, Council of Europe, African Union, League of Arab States, Organization of American States, the Commonwealth, and others

Deploy traditional and new media tools to advocate for stronger youth participation with special focus on marginalized youth and young women and girls
• Expand the Office online platform by providing a one-stop shop information centre for all youth related news and opportunities in the UN
• Enhance the dissemination of youth-related information/reports
• Provide key advocacy messages through social media and e-publications
• Ensure increased national and international media coverage for youth issues
• Promote the protection of youth rights and demands, particularly for marginalized groups and youth in conflict zones.


3. Partnerships

Goal: Engage Member States, private sector, academic institutions, media and civil society, including youth-led organizations in the UN programmes on youth and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships on youth issues.
Actions: Coordinate closely with Member States to further support youth issues and to reinforce a youth perspective in relevant resolutions

• Meet regularly with the Permanent Missions and work closely with the group “Friends of Youth” to coordinate on youth related issues
• Coordinate regularly with Ministers of Youth and UN agencies at the national and regional levels
Coordinate the Global Initiative on Youth Policies and strengthen the evidence-based research on youth issues in partnership with several UN agencies
• Support the provision of technical support for Member States to develop and evaluate national youth policies
• Enhance the knowledge management and research on youth policies
• Raise awareness of the importance of developing youth-friendly policies
• Work with a network of researchers through the Global Colloquium of University Presidents to produce timely research on youth issues
Support the development of Global Initiative on Youth Employment
• Work with a core group of UN agencies to develop and implement a UN led initiative on youth employment

Support networking of youth-led organizations and explore building a global coalition for youth rights
• Facilitate partnerships between the United Nations and Governments, the private sector, youth organizations, youth-serving institutions, research centres and the media
• Work with the national, regional and international youth councils and networks to advance youth rights


4. Harmonization

Goal: Work as a catalyst to enhance the coordination and harmonization of youth programming among UN agencies and beyond.
Actions: Promote the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY)

• Develop principles for creating an enabling environment for young people
• Encourage Member States to develop national youth policies incorporating the principles of the WPAY
• Encourage Member States to report on the implementation of the WPAY
Host the International Stakeholders Meeting on Youth Policies
• Promote the implementation of the World Program of Action for Youth
• Provide an exclusive platform for Member States and the Youth Sector to dialogue around key issues of youth policies
• Strengthen communication and coordination among key regional and international actors of youth policy

Support the establishment of inter-agency networks at regional and national levels and the implementation of the System Wide Action Plan (SWAP) on Youth
• Support the implementation of the UN SWAP on Youth at regional and national levels
• Promote national coordination mechanisms between UN agencies
• Support fundraising events and partnerships opportunities to support the implementations of the UN-SWAP on Youth
Enhance the communications and the flow of information between UN agencies
• Provide an information hub for youth related news/updates in the UN System
• Enhance the dissemination of the UN news on youth
Support implementation of the Youth Volunteerism strategy and advocate for promotion of volunteering among youth and recruitment of young people as volunteers in large scale UN Programmes


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