(UN News Centre) 24 October 2014 – Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan”s capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of today”s young people.
Spotlighting the significance of this much-anticipated gathering, the Secretary-General”sEnvoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, in an interview with UN Radio earlier this week, said that with more young people getting involved in their future, it is time to re-examine how their Governments engage them.
“This forum will represent, what I call, a unique opportunity for all policy actors to come together and discuss the situation of youth policy around the world today,” Mr. Alhendawi said.
The Global Forum on Youth Policies will place in Baku between 28 and 30 October. Bringing together an expected 700 youth policy experts – from governments and parliaments, youth networks and movement, research and development communities – the gathering comes at an especially opportune time as young people face several dilemmas and challenges.
Bringing together all these stakeholders will help properly examine how youth policy can be implemented in war zones, post-conflict settings, and even can tackle the issue of youth unemployment.
Convened by Mr. Alhendawi”s Office together with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO), the Council of Europe and the Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sport, the gathering coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption in 1995 by the UN General Assembly of a milestone document that set a global blueprint for national youth policies.
The World Programme of Action on Youth, (WPAY) represents an overarching framework to regulate youth policy around the world, highlighting 15 priority areas ranging from employment and health to drug abuse and armed conflict.