The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) believes that in order to achieve long-lasting stability in a country and boost development, youth have to be included in policy and planning processes. As part of our approach to understanding how this can best be achieved, the IIEP Plan With Youth Team has collected information about various initiatives targeting youth in three specific areas: peacebuilding, civic engagement and transition from school to work. It now comprises more than 200 projects in more than 50 countries. We hope that this mapping will be translated into an online tool that will allow others to be better informed about what is being done for youth and with youth worldwide and what tools are already available. Continue reading
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, was holding the keynote address on 3 April 2011 at the Global Colloquium at Columbia University, New York. In the face of the largest youth population ever know, the topic this years colloquium is “Global Effects of the Youth Population Surge”.
Speaking about the “Power of Young People”, he emphasized the advantage of youth of having the internet when fighting against injustice and for its ideals. Furthermore, he informed the participants that, after he announced the appointment of a Special Advisor on Youth, he got statements of youth associations representing over 100 Million people altogether. As youth does not cover in front of authority, they are talking about topics which other people are silent like “the terrible violence and discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender”. Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted that he was holding a speech in March about this topic at a UN formal debate, urging the audience to take action against violence, decriminalize same- sex relationships.
The full speech of Secretary- General Mr Ban Ki-moon can be found below.
The UN Programme on Youth is putting together an interactive World Youth Report on the theme of employment, and would like to learn first hand about the experiences of young people worldwide. The UN invites all youth to participate in an online discussion from 11 October to 7 November to share your views on youth employment. Input gathered from young people during the online discussion will form the core of the 2011 World Youth Report. The e-discussion is intended to serve as a forum for young people and youth-led organizations to share their own views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering, and remaining active in the workforce. Throughout each week, a broad theme will be explored in depth from a social lens through diverse views and perspectives.
More information can be found here: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/onlinediscussion/