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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.