Advocating young people’s rights and needs at the country-level
Within the reform of the United Nations, there is an increasing recognition of the need for all UN partners to work in a more coordinated and harmonized manner in order to meaningfully support development efforts with and for young people at the national level. At the country-level, UNESCO – in cooperation with the UN system – seeks to make an active contribution by helping Member States to develop and implement integrated national youth policies and aims at supporting youth participation in national development strategies, e.g. the PRSPs (Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers).
- Cameroon: Supporting the development of a national youth policy
In Cameroon, the Government recently developed a national youth policy which now needs to be implemented. With a view to supporting national authorities, in particular the Ministry of Youth, in devising appropriate mechanisms for coordination and consultation with young people and their organizations, different UN partners active in the country will join forces in providing capacity-building in different areas for both government bodies and the youth constituency.
- Samoa: Talavou Samoa Joint Youth Programme
In Samoa, different agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system as well as a range of national partners have come together to coordinate, collaborate on and undertake concerted efforts to achieve the goal and objectives of the Samoa Joint Youth Programme. This programme aims at improving the self-worth of poor Samoan youth and promotes the development of income-generating activities, including initiatives that promote leadership and entrepreneurship amongst young people. It also seeks to support development in the Samoa Youth Sector through strategic alliances between the UN system in Samoa and the Government of Samoa for the planning, implementation, monitoring and review of the Samoan Joint Youth Programme.
- UNFPA – World Bank Interagency Consultation on Youth and PRSPs
From 24 to 26 January 2007, the World Bank and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted an expert consultation on Young People in Poverty Reduction Strategies: Investing in the Next Generation.. The purpose was to identify opportunities to include young people’s issues in PRSPs. Furthermore, the workshop provided inputs for developing an inter-agency tool kit to include young people’s issues in PRSPs.
The PRSPs, which are a condition for debt relief under the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative as well as for concessional loans from the World Bank, are prepared by governments through a participatory process involving civil society and development partners, including the World Bank and the UN. This participatory process provides the opportunity for young people to voice their concerns and be included in the PRSP.
For more information about youth engagement and this meeting, please see: http://groups.takingitglobal.org/YouthandPRSPs
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