The 2016 Youth Development Index – now the only global index exploring the specific situation for children and young people – has been published. This year’s edition is a truly global index, includes scores and analysis for 183 countries. While 142 countries improved their scores, the index sees big changes in the global rankings – including in the top spots – and offers a renewed challenge to policy-makers to ensure they continually respond to young people’s needs. The 2016 YDI is a tough reminder: when it comes to youth, no country can afford to be complacent.
The Global Youth Forum of the World Bank is taking place right now, gathering more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves. The Forum aims to move the youth agenda forward by building a sustainable Global Partnership for Youth in Development. It seeks to explore what works and what doesn’t—for whom, where and why—and how development can be more open to youth-driven ideas.
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.
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.
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.”
How time flies! Three years of building an evidence-base for youth policy have gone by, with several extensions of our website to accommodate libraries, fact sheets, databases and mappings… Time for us to rethink how we present the huge amount of data we have collected, developed and created over time. Welcome to our new home! Come on through for an introduction to our new features and for an outlook on what’s coming next.
The First Global Forum on Youth Policies, hailed as ‘the most important youth forum of the decade,’ concluded with a commitment of all co-conveners to respect eight youth policy principles, discussed during the Forum, and to implement ten action points in the coming years. A month after the Forum ended, we are putting our own commitments to the community on the table. Click through for what we are planning to do in the next 3 years!
Between the 28-30 October, the First Global Forum on Youth Policies will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, bringing together 700 youth policy experts—from governments and parliaments, youth networks and movements, research and development communities—at a time when renewed interest in and momentum for youth policies struggles with multiple dilemmas and obstacles. Here is our Top 10 reading recommendations for all those attending!
Creating our Youth Policy Fact Sheets was an exercise in information excavation: to dig into the deep, dark and dusty corners of youth research, data and statistics, and to bring them to light. Much data on youth exists, but is often not collated in comprehensive or comparable ways. Our fact sheets allow, for the first time, comparisons across youth policy contexts around the world – from Bogota to Bamako, from Sofia to Seoul.