Ready to discuss youth policy? Welcome to the launch of the Youth Policy Working Paper series! The new series will present research findings on youth and public policy from around the world for discussion and critical comment. The series includes papers on conceptual approaches and design issues, as well as on the impact of public policy on young people. The first paper in the series discusses the emerging international consensus on principles of youth policy and highlights country examples.
Governments increasingly see national youth policies as the vehicle through which to channel and mobilise resources for young people. To support them – and you – we’re launching the Youth Policy Labs Summer Academy – a new one-week course in Berlin – designed for youth policy professionals, taking place 24-30 July 2016 in Berlin. From our experienced team, the Academy will showcase the latest research, tools and best practices when it comes to making policies happen for youth.
As the space for civil society is increasingly constrained and denied, a new youth-led report, “From rhetoric to action: Towards an enabling environment for child and youth development in the Sustainable Development Goals” finds that there are major hindrances to child and youth development across the globe. Through this, young people find innovative ways to raise their voice and activism, create meaningful livelihoods and protect themselves and their community from harm.
Globally, youth work remains, to this day, a vastly under-supported profession. Much of the infrastructure is absent or lacking, from training and education to evaluation and monitoring. Financial backup is fragile, and too often play- or battleground for political negotiations. The Commonwealth seeks to play a key role in taking youth work forward through professionalisation, and hosted the 2nd Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work with 300+ youth work professionals in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Commonwealth Youth Council was launched in 2013, immediately becoming the world’s largest youth structure representing 1.2 billion young people across 53 countries. At the General Assembly in Malta in November 2015, Kishva Ambigapathy from Malaysia was elected as the new Chairperson, taking over from Ahmad Amadu. Ahead of the new Executive’s first meeting in London, we spoke to him on the challenges facing the council and the vision and plans for his time in office.
The world for children and youth in 2015 was – at best – a mixed bag. Advancements in LGBT rights, a deal on climate change and a UN Security Council resolution on young people were positive, but were set against terrorist attacks, an unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Middle East and the closing of space for civil society and youth. What does 2016 hold for the international youth sector? Here are our top 5 “things to look out for” that we think will shape the months ahead.
Today, for the first time in the history of the United Nations, the Security Council – one of the six principal organs of the UN. charged with the maintenance of international peace and security – has adopted a resolution on young people. This is not the first time the Security Council considers youth issues, but it’s a milestone because it changes fundamentally how the Security Council considers young people. Read on for details about the resolution and voices from the key actors who have pushed for its adoption.