ICMYO 2010: Preparing for the International Year on Youth

YMCA, World Student Christian Federation, European Youth Forum, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.
The main part of the meeting was working in thematic sessions on different global processes, such as the Youth Employment Network, the Alliance of Civilizations and the International Year on Youth.

Stefan Wallin, Finnish minister of Culture and Sports, opened the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations 2010. He expressed support to the activities carried out by civil society towards the International Year on Youth and the World Youth Conference. He also expressed interest in the work of various youth organisations on youth rights and challenged the organisations to identify the gaps that need to be covered – in order to get more decision-makers on board. 

The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) met in Helsinki on 3-6th June. Participants from the five continents discussed preparations for the Mexico World Youth Conference in August, as well as the International Year on Youth, starting August 12, and the UN Summit for the Review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in September. 

World Youth Conference and the 2010 MDG Review
During the meeting, ICMYO organisations worked together towards formulating the draft declaration of the Mexico World Youth Conference and providing input into the MDG Review. Ideas from the participants included the setting up of a UN Youth Fund after the model of UNICEF or UNAIDS and/or the position of a UN High-Commissioner for youth. How to ensure the implementation of national action plans/national youth policy to safeguard the effectiveness of the World Program of Action for Youth was also discussed. One concrete proposal was that, during the 2010 International Year on Youth, all countries should allocate a certain percentage of their military service budget to youth development projects. The input of the discussion is taken on board by the Social Forum Committee of the World Youth Conference, which consists of ten ICMYO organisations.

Mr Reuben Sessa from the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) joined the meeting on its last two days and shared FAO’s work on climate change, food security and actions to include youth in the work of FAO.

ICMYO is growing
At the last day of the meeting the ICMYO grew as Espacio Iberoamericano de Juventud and the Youth Forum of the Portuguese-speaking communities became ICMYO organisations. 

A glimpse of Finnish politics
In addition to participating in a seminar on Youth, Development and Security the ICMYO representatives got to visit the Finnish Parliament and meet with Member of Parliament Antti Kaikkonen. MP Kaikkonen was launching the process towards a European convention on Youth Rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe last year.   

The ICMYO meeting was hosted by Allianssi, the Finnish Youth Co-operation and the Finnish Ministry of Education. The task-force directs a warm thank you to our Finnish friends who hosted us in a heart-warm and very professional manner.

Anke Green from the UN Program on Youth receiving input on “What do we want from and how can we contribute to the International Year on Youth”.

UN Program on Youth and FAO present
Present at the meeting was Ms Anke Green, of the UN Program on Youth (UNPY). As well as taking note of the ideas from ICMYO organisations, she presented the “International Year on Youth; Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, and the possibilities for youth NGOs to participate. She also presented the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, set to be launched on the International Youth Day on the 12th August.

Published by ICMYO

The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) is an informal network of membership-based, democratic, representative and accountable International Youth NGOs and Regional Youth Platforms. Our main objective is to strengthen the cooperation of youth organisations at the regional and global levels in order to coordinate policy inputs to the UN and other global youth policy processes.

2 thoughts on “ICMYO 2010: Preparing for the International Year on Youth

  1. HI all

    In 2015 the world will be the reflection of the way developed countries and developing countries will collaborate to achieve the MDGs. For my family and I, the achievement of the millennium development goal will have major impacts on the evolution of the role played by family cells regarded as both a place where responsibilities are shared and socialization is taught. Its rises possibilities, no matter who we are, men or women to participate in our society’s life, in decision making, to observe improvement of our wellbeing and of our means of subsistence.
    According to me education is the crucial the way to fight against poverty. It will enable us to have access to relevant information, appropriate training, to accede to employment corresponding to our capacity, and to be autonomous. Furthermore, it contributes to the development of our country for the building of a better and fair world to every one.

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