“Meaningful youth participation means that young people … work in all stages of decision-making in organisations and can participate on equal terms with adults at a number of levels, or alternatively work independently from adults and make decisions solely with the involvement of youth voices.
(Source: Youth Do It)
Why aren’t young people involved in the decision-making process around policies that directly affect them? One suggestion is that the status quo sees young people as immature and inexperienced to participate in the decision-making process.
Do you agree?
Here are a few reasons why it’s important:
(Souce: SALTO Youth)
We want to eliminate inefficiencies when attempts are made to solve social or environmental challenges. To achieve this, we are sharing useful knowledge and disseminating research findings that’s relevant for CYF 2022.
Below, you will discover research insights from the following sources:
The 12th edition of UNESCO’s Youth Forum was held online on 19 November 2021 with the title “Co-creating with Youth the Post-COVID Period”.
Practical recommendations from the youth focused mainly on education, youth employment and entrepreneurship, promotion of sustainable and equitable societies, protection of cultural and natural heritage, design of evidence-based policies for youth well-being, promotion of youth engagement, ethics of communications, digital literacy and access to information.
Creation of networks of young leaders, as
relevant, in collaboration with existing youth
networks engaging with UNESCO, to work with
national education stakeholders and UNESCO.
This should be done by young researchers and
youth organizations who would collaborate in
generating evidence on the impact of the
pandemic on youth well-being, particularly on mental health, to raise awareness and prevent
the spread of misinformation and stigma against
This is needed to create peer-to-peer mentoring and guidance opportunities for youth-led start-ups, as well as opportunities for pairing with companies, national governments or non-profit organizations, in order to enable them to become fully functional and sustainable businesses.
Research should be conducted by young experts and researchers, to identify main barriers in accessing education and key reasons for early drop out, and collaboration with parliamentarians, particularly young
parliamentarians, in drafting proposals for
legislation that would guarantee the right and
access to education even during school closures, that would require schools to provide technology
and data for learning purposes and that would ensure governmental funding for those purposes.
The UN Youth Strategy aims to facilitate increased impact to address the needs, build the agency and advance the rights of young people in all their diversity around the world, and to ensure their engagement and participation in the implementation, review and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UN will support youth leadership across the organisation and build staff awareness and capacity on
The UN will strengthen knowledge production and management systems; become a credible source of expertise on youth development and engagement; and facilitate evidence-based global awareness on the realities and needs of the world’s young people.
The UN will accelerate resource mobilization efforts and facilitate partnership solutions to advance the implementation of the UN Youth Strategy and
strengthen the funding base and mechanisms for
youth-focused programming and youth-led actions at
” The overall aim of the Strategy is to ‘help exploit the resources young people possess and support the social integration of age groups’, which is to be implemented through the system of horizontal and specific aims.”
The aim is “to reduce the chances of social exclusion and marginalisation and improving opportunities for social mobility.”