Youth Policy Forum concludes with Baku Commitments

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and  UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

Committed to youth policy: UN Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and UNYANET President Tjalke Weber

(Baku, 30 October) Baku – Be, Act, Know, Unite – is the new formula in youth policy. The First Global Forum on Youth Policies, held in Azerbaijan from 28-30 October, concluded now with the Baku Commitment on Youth Policies.

The Forum was organized by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the Council of Europe and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan. It brought together 700 participants from 165 countries. The governments officials, youth representatives, researchers and civil society members discussed the development and implementation of youth policies in various countries, tackling the most common challenges as well as sharing best practices and formulating concrete recommendations. The results of their panel discussions, workshops and informal meetings led to the Baku Commitments.

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Signature of the United Nations Charter

On 26 June 1945, 50 states signed in San Francisco the United Nations Charter, which is the foundational treaty of the United Nation. It entered into force four months later, on 24 August 1945 after it has been ratified by the Permanent Members of the Security Council and the majority of the other signatories. Today, 67 years later, 193 countries are members of the United Nation, more then 100’000 peace keepers in 16 different missions are on duty for the United Nations. In the last decades, the General Assembly established several agencies in order to deal with the challenges society is facing, from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other specialised agencies.