Youth2030 Briefing for Youth Networks: The United Nations working with and for young people

Contributed by: ICMYO TaskForce and Members (Asian Youth Peace Network, World Federation of United Nations Associations, International Federation of Medical Students Association, European Youth Forum)

Last 6 December, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) co-hosted the Youth2030 Briefing. In attendance were more than a hundred youth networks and young people from around the world. This comes at an opportune time when the world is home to the largest number of young people reaching 1.8 billion, mainly from developing countries. Needless to say, the next generation of citizens are crucial to the achievement of sustainable development in the next decade. 

UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake opened the online event, as a celebration for the partnerships forged by young people. At the same time, challenges such as the ongoing pandemic and inequalities which youth continue to face that warrant multilateral approaches. She also cited notable progress for the past 3 years since the UN Secretary General launched the UN Youth Strategy. Youth networks have had the opportunity to participate in not only consultations but the actual implementation of the strategy, from high-level policy until the technical levels. Priorities areas have included human rights, peace and resilience, political engagement, among others.  While meaningful youth engagement is at the heart of Youth 2030, young people need to help make the UN accountable in implementing multi-stakeholder partnership, while structural changes will continue to be proposed to ensure its sustainability.

The first panel entitled: Youth 2030 – Implementation Progress was moderated by Fahmida Faiza of ICMYO and Sudha Balakrishnan of the Youth2030 Secretariat. Members of the High Level Steering Committee and Joint Working Group reported on key achievements including the UN’s joint response towards the needs of youth during COVID-19 crisis, and integrating young people in the follow up and implementation of SDGs.

Key highlights include:

  • High level steering committee and joint working group are both inclusive of youth networks
  • 9 task teams inclusive of youth networks supporting the role out of the strategy
  • 10 fast track countries advancing concerted action
  • Youth 2030 progress report based on inputs from 130 UNCTs and 33 UN entities
  • UN country teams implementation package launched
  • Rejuvenating internships and youth workforce in the UN
  • Youth 2030 scorecard for UN Country Teams in English, French, and Spanish 
  • Mapping of multistakeholder initiatives on youth based on extensive consultations
  • Toolkit, an online collection of 800+ resources, tools and good practices across youth 2030 priority and foundational areas, including COVID-19 tools 

All resources will be found in Youth 2030 online.

The second panel entitled: Young people driving Youth2030 was moderated by Regine Guevara of ICMYO and Henrik Dale of the Youth2030 Secretariat. Key youth networks: Major Group for Children and Youth and Young UN, joined ICMYO, along with audience participation, to take stock of best practices, shared challenges and potential partnerships for the past year and next.

Key highlights include:

  • Youth working with mentors and gaining access to resources, with workshops certified to build capacity and online platforms to connect especially for emergency response during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Continued pursuit to work on internship and renewal of structures to ensure meaningful engagement of young people inside the UN system 
  • How young people can be financially supported to be part of the system: UN is working on providing scholarships.
  • What can ensure the biggest impact is to bring the UN to the focus areas of one’s community, and vice versa

To stay engaged, young people may contact the Youth2030 Secretariat at youth2030@un.org, or any of the Youth Networks at the following channels: 

  • International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations taskforce@icmyo.org
  • Major Group for Children and Youth admin@unmgcy.org
  • Young UN young.un.info@gmail.com

YOUTH2030 PRESENTATION:

Presentation from the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK:

Question and Answer Segment

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.

16 thoughts on “Youth2030 Briefing for Youth Networks: The United Nations working with and for young people

  1. I am Bernard Komen from Kenya.I would love to be part of the organization. Youth For Power.Youth For Change.

  2. I am OCTAVIAN from EAST AFRICA particularly Tanzania, I am very much interested with peaceful motivation to the world….so I join this organization as I am a youth…

  3. there is 193 countries word registered under UN in UN under registered the many countries under poverty we are saying the most powerful countries like America and India and Russia they are saying they are powerful countries and their have many resources in their own country but there is a big problem and their own countries it is poverty but many of the richest countries they are Countries there is a corner poverty what is a biggest problem in in the world the poverty make many deaths in their own countries we are saying for an example my condition biggest powerful country but their own country is also have poverty now we are the coronavirus is make all countries have a fear.  Jesus movirus it is undertaken country many light China and America and India make as many death of the country meaning of resource have their own country but they can’t do it under them next once in every countries paper does not get there on fundamental rights fundamental duties also many of the countries that audio everyone not getting government needs and government resources country saying that we have given the people resource I am saying that whenever I am is the member of the UN General Secretary of UN my life my death whenever I am death I will give my energy to the people whenever I am going to die I will give the resources to all the people I am using menue the country saying we are always ask you are very big money is papers but they are not game all the essential to papers many of the countries Not Getting their own rights and needs
    When young people are educated they are more likely to be aware of their rights and better able to make sure that these rights are respected. At the same time, education provides young people with vital skills and critical thinking and confidence, creating a healthy basis for everyone to succeed in life.

    Besides formal education, such as education provided by schools and universities, there are other forms of education that become increasingly more relevant. Non-formal education, for example, entails education that is being provided by youth organizations, out-of-school clubs and e-courses. Informal education happens while discussing with friends and family or surfing the Internet.

    Unfortunately, not every child and young person around the world has access to education. Some families are too poor to send their children to school, while other young people aren’t able to go to school due to safety concerns such as sexual harassment, violence or bullying. Some youth living in remote areas have no access to the Internet, while others don’t have access to educational facilities due to conflict or natural disasters. Too many girls are denied education due to local traditions, while other girls can’t attend school due to early pregnancies.

    As education is a human right, it’s everyone’s responsibility to advocate for accessible and affordable education for all!

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    8301098395 there is 193 countries word registered under UN in UN under registered the many countries under poverty we are saying the most powerful countries like America and India and Russia they are saying they are powerful countries and their have many resources in their own country but there is a big problem and their own countries it is poverty but many of the richest countries they are Countries there is a corner poverty what is a biggest problem in in the world the poverty make many deaths in their own countries we are saying for an example my condition biggest powerful country but their own country is also have poverty now we are the coronavirus is make all countries have a fear.  Jesus movirus it is undertaken country many light China and America and India make as many death of the country meaning of resource have their own country but they can’t do it under them next once in every countries paper does not get there on fundamental rights fundamental duties also many of the countries that audio everyone not getting government needs and government resources country saying that we have given the people resource I am saying that whenever I am is the member of the UN General Secretary of UN my life my death whenever I am death I will give my energy to the people whenever I am going to die I will give the resources to all the people I am using menue the country saying we are always ask you are very big money is papers but they are not game all the essential to papers many of the countries Not Getting their own rights and needs
    When young people are educated they are more likely to be aware of their rights and better able to make sure that these rights are respected. At the same time, education provides young people with vital skills and critical thinking and confidence, creating a healthy basis for everyone to succeed in life.

    Besides formal education, such as education provided by schools and universities, there are other forms of education that become increasingly more relevant. Non-formal education, for example, entails education that is being provided by youth organizations, out-of-school clubs and e-courses. Informal education happens while discussing with friends and family or surfing the Internet.

    Unfortunately, not every child and young person around the world has access to education. Some families are too poor to send their children to school, while other young people aren’t able to go to school due to safety concerns such as sexual harassment, violence or bullying. Some youth living in remote areas have no access to the Internet, while others don’t have access to educational facilities due to conflict or natural disasters. Too many girls are denied education due to local traditions, while other

  4. Hi,

    I am Joseph ilegah from Lagos Nigeria and I really appreciate this opportunity.

    To this regard I will want to work and volunteer myself for this organization.

    Please assist me.

    Best Regard

  5. انه شرفآ عظيم لنا ان نكون معكم بهذا الحديث المهم نشكر الامين العام المعني لشباب على هذه المبداره الطيبه منه وادماج الشباب في هذه المجالات العظيمه واريد ان اكون جزء من هذه المنظمه في العمل واكتساب المهارات.

  6. Attention should be paid to developing countries to train young people so that ideas do not conflict and turn to wars of neglected souls. Thank you very much from Yemen. We salute you Wajdi Al-Qudsi

  7. I m from Namibia with a project that is helping underprivileged children in our community … I would like to be part of the youth network ..

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