ECOSOC Youth Forum to be held at the end of January

ECOSCO Youth ForumThe ECOSOC Youth Forum, which has been held annually since 2012, will take place from the 30th to the 31st of January in New York under the title “The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities”. The aim of the forum is to bring youth into discussions with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector about the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.

The Forum’s primary participants come from National Youth Councils, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, regional youth organizations, and youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks. This year’s theme centers especially around Sustainable Development Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. The same Goals will be discussed in this year’s High-level Political Forum in July. Read more

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Launch of the new Youth Flash

UN Youth Flash January 2018Youth Flash is out with a new look! With a more user-friendly interface, readers are now able to search for news and publications from specific UN entities.

Readers are also able to look for articles through the introduction of keywords.

Tweets from our @UN4Youth account, as well as a video that is relevant to Youth is featured as well!

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EGM on “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies”

Expert Group Meeting “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies” Rome, 30-31 October 2017The Division for Social Policy and Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) under the theme “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies”, which took place in Rome on 30-31 October 2017. The meeting brought together experts from academia, representatives of Member States, United Nations entities, youth organisations and intergovernmental bodies to examine current challenges regarding youth, peace and security issues, and discussed ways to promote and enhance young people’s positive engagement in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

These topics were considered under the framework of Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, as well as in the context of the World Programme of Action for Youth and the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. The meeting addressed issues of youth marginalisation and socio-economic exclusion that contributed to their vulnerability to engage in violence, conflict and social unrest, particularly their susceptibility to radicalisation and violent extremism. Read more

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Youth development links to sustainable development

Youth development links to sustainable developmentFrom its inception, young people were actively involved in the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through: (a) the formal inclusion of young people in United Nations negotiations related to sustainable development through the major group system, in particular the children and youth major group; (b) consultations with young people held at the national level by Member States to inform their national positions; and (c) the My World global survey.

Echoing this participation, as well as the growing interest in and increased policy focus on youth issues as they relate to sustainable development, youth are given specific recognition in the preamble of the 2030 Agenda, and both explicit and implicit references to youth are found throughout its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The pledges made in the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first, as well as its affirmation to be people-centred, ensure that youth are included in all aspects of the Agenda. Read more

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Youth join their country’s delegation to the 72nd General Assembly as Youth Delegates

Secretary General Antonio Guterres with Youth Delegates attending the Seventy-second Session of the General Assembly.Over 40 Youth Delegates from 30 countries will attend the 72nd Session of the General Assembly in New York. Youth Delegates will form a part of their country’s official delegation including to the Third Committee, the arm of the General Assembly that deliberations social, cultural and humanitarian issues. Youth Delegates to the United Nations are advocates for their fellow young people and provide input to their delegations on youth-related topics and concerns.

Youth issues will be discussed during the Third Committee under the agenda item titled “Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, persons with disabilities and the family.”  Many youth delegates give statements on social development issues, including youth, and their speeches can be seen on UN Web TV. Read more

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