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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Workshop on “Evidence-based policies on Youth Development in the Pacific”

Workshop FijiRegional training workshop on “Evidence-based policies on Youth Development in the Pacific” – organized by DESA in partnership with UNDP, The Commonwealth Secretariat, UN-Habitat, UNESCO, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Youth Council – takes place from 13 to 15 June in Nadi, Fiji. The meeting brings together representatives of youth organizations, representatives of Member States, academia and United Nations entities. The training aims at strengthening the capacity of participants to formulate, monitor and evaluate effective and evidence-based policies on youth using international youth indicators.

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2016 UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

ECOSOC FORUMThe ECOSOC Youth forum, 1-2 February 2016, will discuss ways in which young people can play an active role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also address how the youth can best communicate on the Agenda, bringing on board the innovative use of social media and communication tools. Get all the details on this event here:

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