Today half of the 1.4 billion people living in countries affected by crises and fragility are under the age of 20. Many of them, especially girls and young women, face poverty and exploitation. Yet their needs are often neglected and overlooked by providers of humanitarian assistance.
On the eve of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit that was held in Istanbul in May, more than 20 humanitarian partners –governments, NGOs and UN agencies— endorsed a new Global Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action that was then launched at the Summit. This commitment responds to the need, and demand by young men and women, to put in place mechanisms to guarantee that the priorities and participation of young people are addressed by the humanitarian system.
Less than two months after, the first meeting of the Global Compact will be taking place at UN headquarters in New York on July 13-14, 2016. The two-day meeting will see Compact members assess the document’s implementation process and discuss best ways to move forward.
You can read the Compact here.