Youth Voluntary Service Presentation by unesco2

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									UNESCO’s Approach to Youth Development

Maria Helena Henriques Mueller
Chief, SHS/SRP/YSPE

Interregional Information Seminar for New Secretaries-General of National Commissions for UNESCO
27 February 2007

www.unesco.org/youth ucj@unesco.org
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UNESCO’s Strategy with and for Youth
• Definition of Youth:
Age group 15 – 24 approximately 18% of world population

Regional distribution Future trends

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UNESCO’s Strategy with and for Youth
• Basic assumptions:

Young people

have distinctive needs, problems, concerns and expectations are a resource, not a problem are partners, not a target group

UNESCO and its Member States must take into account youth concerns, visions and contributions
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UNESCO’s Strategy with and for Youth
• Basic assumptions:
Young people
have distinctive needs, problems, concerns and expectations are a resource, not a problem are partners, not a target group

UNESCO and its Member States must take into account youth concerns, visions and contributions

• Mission and Objective
Empowerment of young people to ensure their full participation in society as equal and valuable partners.
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The location of the Section for Youth (SHS / SRP / YSPE)

Director General Deputy Director General Office of the Director General

African Department

Bureau of Strategic Planning

Bureau of Human Resouces Management

Bureau of Public Information (BPI)

Education Sector

Natural Sciences Sector

Social and Human Sciences Sector

Culture Sector

Comunication and Information Sector

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UNESCO’s Strategy with and for Youth
the participation function
To increase presence and participation of young people and their organizations in UNESCO’s bodies (Secretariat, Permanent Delegations, NatComms), events and forums

the partnership function the policy development function
the promotion function

To enhance partnerships between UNESCO and youth organizations, In setting up projects and programs

To provide assistance to Member States in mainstreaming youth concerns and issues into policies and programs, and seek ways to involve youth organizations and credit them with results

To act as clearing house of information concerning youth, preparing and disseminating publications

the monitoring function

To work with youth organizations in follow-up and evaluation processes of projects targeting young people, and encourage research on the promotion of positive youth image
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Lines for action
SHS / SRP / YSPE
Interagency coordination and cooperation

UNESCO
Youth Forum(s)

Partnerships with youth NGOs and networks, sport organizations and youth projects of IGOs

Provision of technical assistance to Member States

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SHS / SRP / YSPE
Youth development indicators

Interagency coordination and cooperation

Young people living in poverty in the follow-up to UNESCO’s anti-poverty initiatives under SHS’s general coordination
Youth and violence Advocacy initiatives

for

adolescent

girls

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SHS / SRP / YSPE
Youth-specific HIV/AIDS preventive and treatment education and initiatives Development of partnerships with the NGO members of the Joint Programmatic Committee on Youth of the NGO Liaison Committee on specific projects Development of training materials in Sport and Values education

Partnerships with youth NGOs and networks, sport organizations and youth projects of IGOs

Intensified cooperation with National Commissions, networks and IGOs on modalities of youth involvement
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UNESCO Youth Forum(s)

UNESCO Youth Forum(s)
• Held for the first time at the 30th General Conference (1999), a Youth Forum has taken place before every General Conference since then.

6 UNESCO Regional Youth Forums for 2006-2007

EuroMediterranean
Asian

Americas

UNESCO General Conference

Youth Forum
Arab States

Pacific African

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UNESCO Regional Youth Forums

•Education for Sustainable Development, Pacific Islands, 17-22 July 2006

Completed

•Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue to Ensure Peace, Euro-Mediterranean region, Cyprus 16-19 November 2006 •Asia (Korea, June 2007)

In preparation

•African (Burkina Faso or Cameroon, August 2007)
•Americas (Mexico, September 2007) •Arab States (Saudi Arabia, September 2007)
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Inclusion / cooperation with National Commissions

Infopills

Section for Youth, Sport and Physical Education
(YSPE)

National Commissions
Nomination of young participants

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Inclusion / cooperation with National Commissions
 The Canadian National Commission for UNESCO organized a Youth Consultation with regards to the central theme of the debates of the 4th UNESCO Youth Forum  Swedish National Youth Council and National Commission to UNESCO organized a similar event for young people from Northern Europe and partner countries of the Swedish National Youth Council in Africa and Asia  National Commissions in 22 countries support the L’ORÉAL National Fellowships, to be extended to more than 50 countries by 2008. More than 200 women have benefited from the programme so far
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Examples

Thank You!

www.unesco.org/youth

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