At Youth Forum, UN calls on young people to help realize a better future for all

At Youth Forum, UN calls on young people to help realize a better future for allDrawing attention challenges such as climate change, unemployment and inequality, confronting young people around the world, including in places where peace prevails, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for the youth to speak up and share their stories.

“Tell us how the United Nations can see the world from your perspective – and answer your concerns,” said Mr. Guterres in a video message to representatives gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the sixth annual Youth Forum.

According to estimates, about 74 million young people around the world cannot find a job, many youth are driven from their homes due to conflicts, and, in places where there is peace, they suffer violence and discrimination.

The UN chief, however, emphasized that young people are also on the vanguard of progress – as entrepreneurs, activists and community leaders. Read more

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Policies and programmes involving youth

Policies and programmes involving youth On 10 February 2015, the Commission for Social Development adopted resolution 53/1 on policies and programmes involving youth, in which it requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Commission at its fifty-fifth session, a comprehensive report on the implementation of the resolution, including progress on the achievements and challenges in the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth, in consultation with Member States, as well as with the relevant specialized agencies, funds and programmes and the regional commissions, taking into account the work done by the United Nations system, and encouraged the Secretariat to consult, as appropriate, with youth-led and youth-focused organizations. Read more

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Youth delegates share views on key development issues with UNGA Third Committee

Youth delegates share views on key development issues with UNGA Third CommitteeDelegates in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) shared the floor with youth representatives this week, grappling with issues of inequality, unemployment and xenophobia that hampered young people’s advancement, as they concluded their two-day debate on social development.

“There is an opportunity in front of us, to unlock the potential in young people all around the world – turning the ‘youth bulge’ into a demographic dividend that delivers tangible economic and development progress,” Australian youth delegate Chris Eigeland said in his statement.

Education was high on the list of priorities for delegates, both young and older, many of whom called for greater access to quality education and better employment opportunities. Read more

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UN World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement

WYR logoThe UN World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement, prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, explores young people’s participation in economic, political and community life, in response to growing interest in, and an increased policy focus on, youth civic engagement among governments, young people and researchers. In doing so, the Report provides a basis for policy discussions around youth civic engagement in order to ensure that young people are able to participate fully and effectively in all aspects of the societies in which they live. The launch of the place will take place at the United Nations Headquarteres on 15 July, and it will draw awareness to the Report and highlight how young people can use it as a tool for future discussion. Find out more about the Report and how to join the event:

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International Youth Day 2016

Youth DayThe theme of the 2016 International Youth Day (12 August) is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. Read more about International Youth Day 2016 and find out more about the International Youth Day Event on 12 August at the UN Headquarteres in New York.

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