During the quieter summer time, we have updated our Structures, Spaces & Places page, which provides details of the regional forums, global movements and international processes that young people can participate in. This short blog post outlines some immediate reflections from the research process, notably the absence of regional platforms in Asia and South America, confusion over the legitimate youth organisation in Africa, a reduction in the number of global youth events, and the refocusing of youth organisations in a post Post-2015 world.
The third working paper looks at recent trends in child and youth participation. It explores academic literature, recent publications and considers the relevance of traditional participation models – particularly seen in the rise of international youth structures, summits and events – against a wave social uprisings and civil unrest that has demonstrated young people’s willingness confront powerful regimes and institutions. Crucially, youth participation often lacks real power; but when it does, young people can drive real policy, institutional and social change.
The outgoing Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, made youth one of the priorities of his second term, aiming to “address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world has ever known.” We will look back at his entire mandate and the progress made later in the year, but as the campaign for the new Secretary General takes off, it is clear that much remains to be done. Here is our list of ten actions for the new Secretary General to advance youth issues globally.
The second working paper in our series is a special student edition completed as part of a practicum requirement for the MA Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights programme at Free University Berlin. On a topic of the student’s choosing that is linked to their current research, the paper explores the application of international guidelines on quality standards for caregivers of children and youth in Cairo, using two residential institutions for children and youth run by NGOs in Egypt as case studies.
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.
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.
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.