Library Participation

“Guide to Youth Delegates to the United Nations” (UNPY) 2010
The purpose of the guide is to provide Member States with information on national youth delegates to the United Nations and practical guidance on developing youth delegate programmes. The Guide presents the many avenues through which young people may take part in the work of their national delegations, including by highlighting how some Member States have enabled youth to participate in the intergovernmental processes at the United Nations.
To read the guide, please visit: EnglishFrench/ SpanishArabic/ Chinese/ Russian


“Youth Participation in Development- Summary Guidelines for Development Partners” (UNPY) 2010

This Guide has been produced by Restless Development and the UN Programme on Youth (UNPY). The Guide is a summary of the 2010 publication “Youth Participation in Development – A Guide for Development Agencies and Policy Makers”, developed by the UK Department for International Development- Civil Society Organisation (DFID-CSO) Youth Working Group coordinated by Restless Development. The Guide has been developed to assist development partners working with and for youth – including Governments, donor agencies, policy makers, NGOs and civil society – and to increase understanding of the growing importance of, and greater potential for, youth participation in development. The Guide goes beyond the rhetoric of many policy advocacy papers by exploring key issues and approaches and providing practical information and promising case studies to assist donor agencies and policy makers on how to work with youth at the operation level in respect of policy and programming.To read the guide, please visit here 


“Youth Participation Guide: Assessment, Planning, and Implementation” (UNFPA) 2008

This resource seeks to increase the level of meaningful youth participation in programming at an institutional and programmatic level. It is important to recognize that adolescents can be a part of the solution in addressing this gap. Their participation in the assessment, design and implementation of RH programs should be incorporated into relief efforts, as adolescents are creative, energetic and important agents for constructive change within their communities.To learn more about participation, please visit here


“Guide to the Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth” (UNDESA) 2006

This Guide focuses on what Governments can do to fulfill the vision enshrined in the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). It acknowledges a need for a new impetus to be given to the design and implementation of youth policies and programmes. Each section of the book briefly examines the concept of each priority area and how it is experienced by youth. It looks at mechanisms and specific policies that may enhance the political, cultural and socio-economic opportunities for youth. The recommendations and ideas contained in the book are inspired by analyses, case studies, lessons learned and good practices documented by a wide range of sources. While some of the recommendations contained in this Guide may be considered “quick wins”, others can only be implemented effectively with long-term commitment and recognition by Governments. To read the guide, please visit here 


“Child and Youth Participation Guide” (UNICEF) 2006

This guide presents resources on child and youth participation from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. The main audiences for this resource guide are practitioners and managers involved in promoting child and youth participation in government, community-based organizations, child-led organizations, NGOs and UN and donor agencies.To read the guide, please visit here

“Creating a Culture of Participation: Voices of Mongolian adolescents telling the UN story” (UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF) 2004

This document is the result of comprehensive consultations with adolescents who are members of students councils, adolescent consultative boards, youth clubs and health cabinets. The adolescents were involved in initiatives implemented with support from UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF and the Government of Mongolia. It describes various activities and analyses their impact.To read the publication, please visit here


“Empowering Youth through National Policies” (UNESCO) 2004

This publication is addressed to national decision-makers of two main kinds: those wishing to formulate a national youth policy and those wishing to evaluate and improve already existing youth policies and programmes.To read the publication, please visit here 

“The State of the World’s Children 2003 – Child Participation” (UNICEF) 2002

The State of the World’s Children 2003 reports on child participation – the ‘right’ of every child at every age, the responsibility of governments, organizations and families, and a way to promote tolerance, respect for human rights, an appreciation of diversity and peace. The report showcases examples from every region of the world of how things are different when children’s viewpoints are taken into account. Photos and artwork are by children. The report includes 9 tables, including a new addition on HIV/AIDS, and 3 maps, which together present a comprehensive set of economic and social indicators on the well-being of children worldwide. To read the publication, please visit: English/ French/ Spanish


“Making Commitments Matter: A Toolkit for young people to evaluate national youth policy” (UNPY) 2003

The Toolkit offers youth a starting point for determining what has been done to better the lives of young people since 1995. Take a look at this practical resource and put it to use in your community.To read the publication, please visit here


“Youth 21: Building an Architecture for Youth Engagement in the UN System” (UN Habitat) 2012 

The Youth 21: Building Architecture for Youth Engagement in the UN System report explores how youth have been historically engaged within the UN system. The report highlights both the challenges and the successes of youth’s engagement, and building on these, proposes three possible models of engagement, and suggest the way forward for the UN system and the member states.

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“UN-Habitat One Stop Youth Centre Model” (UN-HABITAT) 2013 

The One Stop Youth Centre is a partnership between UN-Habitat and local governments. Its model recognizes that youth engagement and empowerment through training and capacity development is pertinent to addressing the challenges faced by young people such as employability. The centres therefore provide skills training that contribute towards building a pool of skilled and employable young labour force.


“Engaging Men and Boys: A Brief Summary of UNFPA Experience and Lessons Learned” (UNFPA) 2013 

This report aims to support the work of UNFPA and partners by presenting a background and rationale for engaging men and boys. It illustrates a range of initiatives that have engaged men and boys for the promotion of gender equality as well as sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Based on those experiences that have emerged over the years, it presents a set of lessons learned in the areas of evidence and data on engaging men and boys; research, knowledge, and tools for working with men and boys; advocacy, network and partnership building; support at policy and institutional levels; as well as engaging men and boys at the community and individual levels.

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“Enhancing Youth Political Participation throughout the Electoral Cycle” (UNDP) 2013 

The Good Practice Guide identifies key entry points for the inclusion of young people in political and electoral processes and compiles good practice examples of mechanisms for youth political empowerment around the globe, focusing on innovative instruments with the potential to provide fresh inputs for UNDP programmes as well as initiatives by other stakeholder.

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“Agenda for Action Engaging Youth in Planning Education for Social Transformation” (UNESCO) 2012

This document has been written through a consultative process with participants from the IIEP 2012 Policy Forum on ‘Engaging Youth in Planning Education for Social Transformation’. The views and opinions in the document do not necessarily represent the views of UNESCO or IIEP. The designations employed and the presentation of the material do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO or IIEP concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or its authorities, or concerning its frontiers or boundaries.

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“Youth Participation Guide: Assessment, Planning, and Implementation” (UNFPA, FHI, USAID, Advocates for youth and Y-PEER) 2008 

The Youth Participation Guide seeks to increase the level of meaningful youth participation in reproductive health (RH) and HIV/AIDS programming at an institutional and programmatic level. The target audience includes senior and middle management, program managers, staff involved in implementing activities, and youth who may be engaged at all levels of an organization’s work.

The Youth Participation Guide hopes to foster individual and institutional commitment to involving youth in meaningful ways. While designed for working with youth RH and HIV projects, this Guide can also be adapted for use in other types of youth development programs.

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