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World needs generation of self-empowered ‘superheroes’, UN youth forum told

World needs generation of self-empowered ‘superheroes’, UN youth forum toldThe United Nations needs to spend more time talking directly to young people across the world, beyond simply talking about their concerns, said the President of the General Assembly on Wednesday, opening a major Youth Dialogue event at UN Headquarters in New York.

“They still feel they are excluded, from the decisions that are affecting their lives,” said Miroslav Lajčák,  adding that “we want this to be an event when we take a step back, and we listen to young people, talking to each other.”

Quite often, he said,  “they have a feeling that when they speak, no one is listening”.

He added that the themes he was keen to hear their views on were education, jobs, and the complex issue of how young people could be dissuaded from taking a path towards violent extremism. “We talk about it, but we still don’t really get it – don’t really grasp it,” he said. Read more

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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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