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  • 1. Youth Flash UN Home | UN DESA DSPD - Youth January 2012 In this issue of Youth Flash, you will find the following: Feature Article: Leading by Example: Rwandan Youth Delegates address the UN News from UN Offices Youth in Action PublicationsFeature Article: Karine RUSARO UTAMULIZA and Aloys NTEZIMANA were present during the assembly as the only UN Youth Delegates from the African region.Leading by Example: Rwandan Youth Karine And Aloys’ Experience While Attending UNDelegates address the UN GAby Rwandan Youth Delegates Karine RUSARO UTAMULIZA and From our very arrival in New York City for the opening day ofAloys NTEZIMANA the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, it was very exciting to sit together with staff members of our“To be a United Nations youth delegate is more than an experience permanent mission to the UN to discuss youth issues in Rwandain life, it is an unforgettable memory, it is a motivation to take and our roles in addressing such issues during the thirdcitizenship responsibilities, as well as global responsibilities.” committee deliberations. A Closer consultation with entities working on youth issues in Rwanda including the Ministry ofIn October 2011, nearly 30 young people attended the 66th UnitedNations General Assembly as members of official delegations oftheir respective countries with a mandate to address youthconcerns. They participated in the Third committee (Social,Humanitarian and Cultural Committee) where youth issues arediscussed. Despite the General Assembly strongly encouragingMember States to promote this form of youth participation ininternational decision making processes, there remains an under-representation of youth from least developed countries (LDCs) intheir national delegations as youth delegates, and most notably,from Africa. Thus, the question is, are young people from LDCsunaware of the programme or do they just face a rocky road andsome challenges while lobbying for the establishment of a youthdelegate programme?Despite under-representation from African countries, Rwanda isone of the African countries which has already adopted theprogramme, and subsequently, two young people from Rwanda Breakfast meeting with all UN Youth Delegates
  • 2. Youth Flash Newsletter January 2012Youth, the National Youth Council, UNICEF- Rwanda and the The breakfast together with all United Nations youth delegatesMinistry of Foreign Affairs also provided another interesting and the briefing from staff members of UN Division for Socialopportunity to forward our work in this area. Policy and Development (Youth) provided us with an insight on how the whole world in one voice is committed to addressing youth issues. Another intense delight and inspiration was the opportunity offered to Youth Delegates to meeting with UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon and addressing the third committee. News from UN Offices Accreditation and Registration to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20 Now Open The innovative format for stakeholder participation articulated in Agenda 21, known as “the Major Groups”, has afforded a high level of engagement for representatives within the Rio+20Karine Rusaro Utamuliza addressing the third committee process. To continue your engagement and participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20 being held in 20-22 June 2012, please read carefully the information below:Our impression, which was true according to how we had beenassisted, was that we were considered Rwandan youth experts in a) Registration of accredited groupsboth the challenges which Rwandan youth face and the All participants are required to pre-register their attendancepolicies/programme responses of the Government to address them, online. Pre-registration is automatically open to accreditedincluding at the international level. After getting accreditation groups:(blue badge) with the title “Rwanda adviser” we felt really veryexcited and strongly motivated to do our best to make sure that the - NGOs and Major Groups that are currently in voice of Rwandan consultative status with ECOSOC as NGOs (including youth was heard at the those on the roster through the list of the Commission international level. on Sustainable Development) - NGOs and Major Groups that were accredited to the On the first day it was World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 amazing to meet and sit together with different Pre-registration will close on 20 May 2012. There will be no diplomats, more registration after that date. Ambassadors, other officials and UN Staff b) Registration of Non-accredited groups with one main purpose NGOs and other Major groups’ organisations that are NOT yet “deliberating youth accredited to the United Nations, but wish to participate in the related issues”. UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), will be offered a one-time opportunity to become accredited to Rio+20. It was very promising to hear youth from Accreditation to Rio+20 will close on 20 February 2012. You different corners of the cannot seek special accreditation for your organization after that world evoking not only date.Aloys Ntezimana (UN YD of Rwanda) youth issues specific toshaking hands with SG Ban Ki-moon their nations but also More information on Accreditation and Registration to Rio+20 directing their attentions here:towards the most alarming youth issues in different http://www.uncsd2012.org/registrationregions/continents. c) Stay informedwww.un.org/youth 2
  • 3. Youth Flash Newsletter January 2012Receive the newsletter - Rio+20: Making it Happen - filled with UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchangeimportant deadlines and information for participants. Subscribeonline here here. climate change and lifestyles guidebookConnect with the organizing partners for the Children and YouthMajor Group as soon as possible in order to receive important This guidebook is the first thematic guidebook that supports theinformation pertaining to Rio+20. The contact information for the YouthXchange Initiative, created in 2001 to promote sustainableorganizing partners may easily be found on the official Conference lifestyles among young people (15-24) through education,website at http://www.uncsd2012.org/major-groups dialogue, awareness raising and capacity building. Produced in by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and theRead the Major Groups FAQs. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the guidebook explores the linksYouthStart UNCDF between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they can take towards more sustainable lifestyles. It provides the scientific, political, economic, socialYouthStart, A UN Capital Development Fund programme inpartnership with The MasterCard Foundation, awarded US$ 7.2million to 10 Financial Service Providers (FSPs) to design, test andscale up financial services, in particular savings, for youth. During2011, UNCDF disbursed US$1.2 million to enable the 10 FSPsstart testing their youth services and programmes.In addition to financial support, UNCDF organized a 10-daytraining in Senegal to build the capacity of FSPs on pilot testingyouth financial services, designing youth centered programs andintegrating financial and non-financial services. 32 representativesfrom FSPs, UNCDF and other Youth Serving Organizationsparticipated in the training.In order to disseminate the learning generated through YouthStart,UNCDF published its paper “Listening to Youth”. The paper waslaunched at a side event at the UN High Level Meeting on Youthin July 2011 and presented in 3 other international conferenceswithin the youth microfinance field.For more information please visit our website at www.uncdf.orgUN-HABITAT Urban Youth FundNairobi, January 2012: In its fourth call for applications to theUN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund, UN-HABITAT will this year,as in previous years, provide one million dollars to projects led byyoung people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative and cultural perspectives of climate change while looking at theapproaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter and causes and effects of climate change and its human impacts andsecure tenure. responses. It explains these complex issues in accessible language supported by practical tips, suggested activities, caseHABITAT invites young people based in cities and towns of the studies, best practices and web links for further information. Thedeveloping world to apply for grants from the Fund of up to guidebook helps young people develop the critical skills they$25,000 per project. The call for applications starts on 15 February need to address the challenges of climate change through their2012 and comes to a close on 15 April 2012. personal every-day choices and actions and can be used to support courses and projects that promote greater understandingFor more information on the Fund and the youth programme at of climate change and lifestyles among youth.UN-HABITAT, please visit our website at www.unhabitat.org To download the guidebook, please visit: http://www.unep.org/publications/contents/pub_details_search.a sp?ID=6216www.un.org/youth 3
  • 4. Youth Flash Newsletter January 2012 Norway. Prof Oyebanji Oyelaran-oyeyinka, who led the UN-For more information, please contact Ms. Khairoon Abbas, UNEP HABITAT delegation stated in the conclusion of the meetingDTIE, tel: +33 144 377618, email: Khairoon.Abbas@unep.org. that the agency will continue to advance this initiative and partnership with sister agencies, member states and most importantly with youth-led organization.UN-HABITAT and partners holdmeeting to better involve young Launch event for 2011 World Youthpeople in UN activities Oslo, 15 Dec 11 Report: youth perspectives on theUN-HABITAT, as a member of the UN Interagency Network on pursuit of decent work in changingYouth Development with support from the Government of Norway timesrecently organised a planning meeting between key governmentofficials, UN and youth organisations. The 2011 World Youth Report explores the transition of young people from schools and training institutions into the labourAt the opening of the meeting, held in Oslo on 3 December 2011, market, a phase marking a critical period in the life cycle. TheArvinn Eikeland Gadgil, Norwegian Junior Minister of Foreign report will be officially launched at a side event to theAffairs/Development cooperation, invited the participants to think Commission on Social Development on 6th February, 1:15-2:30in an unfettered manner and come up with concrete proposals for pm in Conference Room 7, NLB, bringing together mainenhancing youth engagement in the UN system. Ronan S Farrow, contributors to the report as well as representatives fromSpecial Adviser to the US Secretary of State and Director of the Member States, the UN system, youth and the private sector.State Department’s Global Youth Issues office also joined incalling for a historic legacy in youth empowerment through the UN For more information on the report see ‘Publications’ below.system."Strengthening partnerships among nations committed to fosteringyouth voices and jobs is critical to global stability and prosperity.” Youth in Actionstated Farrow, “Multilateral organizations can and should play akey role in coordinating such partnerships." Rio+20 Participation Guide forOn the eve of the meeting the renowned Human Rights Expert and Youthformer member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesJustice Carsten Smiths inspired the participants to learn from the Rio+Twenties, one of the organizing partners for the Childrenindigenous movement to form a permanent forum. and Youth sector, has prepared a Participation Guide for young people designed to make the Rio+20 process understandable andUN-HABITAT was tasked by its Governing Council (GC Res. provide the tools to effectively involve young people. The guide23/8) to work together with Member States and other UN agencies offers specific information for youth, identifies ways to make ato enhance youth engagement in the UN system in April 2011. real difference and shares a lot of best practices, tips and tricksUN-HABITAT recognizes the global importance of youth. Since and existing examples on youth activism.2007, more than half of the world’s population lives in an urbancontext, and the most marginalized of those are often youngwomen and men living in slums and settlements. It is estimatedthat as many as 60% of all urban dwellers will be under the age of Publications18 by 2030. Upcoming report: World YouthThe two-day planning meeting was held to discuss a scenario Report 2011: youth perspectives onreport “Youth 21: Building an Architecture for Youth Engagementin the UN System”. This report explores how youth can be more the pursuit of decent work inmeaningfully engaged in governance at the global level, changing timesspecifically within the UN. The World Youth Report 2011 explores the transition of youngThe meeting discussed detailed steps in organising a meeting of people from schools and training institutions into the labourstakeholders “Youth 21: Building for Change” in Nairobi in March market, a phase marking a critical period in the life cycle. Thenext year. Please see the outcome statement from this meeting for current employment scenario for young people, worsened by theeminent participants. The planning group has been established to global economic crisis, poses an urgent challenge with long-termsteer the Youth 21 initiative with support from Government of implications for both young people and society as a whole.www.un.org/youth 4
  • 5. Youth Flash Newsletter January 2012For the first time, the 2011 edition of the World Youth Report islargely dedicated to the voices of young people themselves. Thereport is based on contributions from youth and representatives ofyouth-led organizations to an e-discussion, in which they sharedtheir own views, experiences and recommendations on preparingfor, entering, and remaining active in the workforce. The 2011edition of the report is also the first to be produced in an interactivewebsite that allows readers to engage on youth employment issues:how young people are experiencing and addressing employmentchallenges; where and how young people are succeeding inemployment; how youth employment interacts with socialpractices; and what Governments can do to help prepare youngpeople in the transition from education to work.The report aims to shed light on such complex issues, whilebringing the voices of young people themselves into fora whereyouth issues are discussed and acted upon. The report will beofficially launched at a side event to the Commission on SocialDevelopment on 6th February, 1:15-2:30 pm in Conference Room7, NLB, bringing together main contributors to the report as wellas representatives from Member States, the UN system, youth andthe private sector. The report will be available online soon!www.un.org/youth 5