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.
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.
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.
As part of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, this piece of research explores the prevalence of LGBTI rights, sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation in national youth policies. By conducted a keyword search of all national youth policies and strategies, we reveal how limited the inclusion of LGBTI issues are within youth legislation. The gaps are plenty of work for campaign movements and organisations, against a background a major successes and fatal challenges for the global LGBTI community.
The upcoming international climate agreement has been on the radar of the environmental governance discourse recently, with momentum building towards reaching an ambitious agreement to stave off dangerous climate change. As emphasis shifts to the national level, the youth climate movement – particularly YOUNGO – could have real influence in shaping a new global agreement. With the Pope on their side, can YOUNGO coordinate the local-global action effectively, and succeed against a history of COP failures?
In 2014, 50% of the world’s population was under 30 years old, with more than the half of the world’s total population living in cities. Today the YouthfulCities Global Summit has kicked off with over 100 urban planners and thinkers attending in Toronto, Canada. The week long summit will conclude with the launch of the latest YouthfulCities Index, which will honour the most youthful city of 2015 based on the most recent data from young people.
When talking about youth-related issues in the European Union, ‘unemployment’ has become one of the buzzwords in the last few years. Since the Union was heavily hit by the crisis in 2007, the employment situation especially in the South has considerably worsened: More than half of young people cannot find decent work. What does this mean for the realities of young Europeans? How have their lives changed? What is their reaction? An insight in what is now known as the “Generation Crisis.”