Global Youth Forum Background

Background

General Assembly (GA) Resolution 65/234 on the follow up to the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014 requests Governments to “undertake reviews of the progress achieved and the constraints faced therein in the implementation of the Programme of Action at all levels of international cooperation and mandates UNFPA, in cooperation with all relevant organizations of the UN system and other relevant international organizations, as well as institutions and experts, to “undertake an operational review of the implementation of the Programme of Action on the basis of the highest-quality data and analysis of the state of population and development, taking into account the need for a systematic, comprehensive and integrated approach to population and development issues”.

The review process will culminate in two reports-a long global report capturing data from national, regional and other sources and a shorter report by the Secretary-General derived from the global report-which will be considered by both the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in 2014 and a United Nations General Assembly Special Session of the same year. In addition, the Secretary General will produce an index report containing the recurrent themes identified during the 47th session of the CPD as important for implementation beyond 2014 and forward it to Governments at the Special Session of the General Assembly.

In order to generate additional data and information as well as recommendations beyond the global survey and to provide platforms to further address key issues for the implementation of the ICPD agenda, a number of global thematic conferences on human rights, young people, women’s health, faith and culture and indicators are being planned.  The first of these, the Global Youth Forum, will take place in Bali, Indonesia from 4-6 December 2012.

Goal

Bring together young people and all relevant stakeholders, under the leadership of young people themselves, to address the following life transitions of youth: staying healthy; getting an education; employment and livelihood; families and well-being and fully inclusive civic participation, as well as a holistic view of young people, with a view to identifying concrete recommendations for policy makers and other stakeholders and addressing the policy gaps on youth across the world.

Objectives

1. Identify best practices for addressing issues related to youth and promoting their well-being and rights.

2. Generate data and information as well as concrete recommendations on youth issues for the global reports, based on a technical consultation on adolescent and youth programming experiences of NGOs, the UN, governments, the private sector and academia.

3. Build visibility and global consensus and support for action on youth issues.

The Global Youth Forum, to be co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia, is expected to bring together 850 participants, comprising at least one youth representative from each country, youth networks, NGOs, Governments, the private sector, educational institutions and the UN system.

Recognizing that young people across the globe are particularly receptive to communication via social networks, youth engagement in the Forum will be broadened through virtual events and the development of innovative, creative social media applications that will excite and enable direct input and dialogue with delegates at the Bali Forum.  This will help encourage a more meaningful long-term conversation among forum attendees and will more effectively involve other young people in the process, particularly those hailing from traditionally underrepresented demographics. In line with these priorities, planners of the forum will work with private sector leaders and other knowledgeable parties to harness the power of technology in an engaging manner, as well as to establish methods of reaching young people who remain isolated from social networking technologies.  The innovative character of the Bali Forum is intended to ensure the widest coverage/participation/involvement of young people for any such event of and for young people, create a sustained conversation on youth issues before and after Bali and contribute to building a platform/platforms that enable young people to influence policy at country, regional and global levels, including the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

Using plenary and “world café” formats to discuss the five agenda issues, it is expected that forum will come up with concrete recommendations that would constitute the outcome of the conference.

Venue

The Global Youth Forum will be held in Bali, Indonesia from 4-6 December 2012 in the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.

Proposed Format

The participants will be divided into 40 round tables of about 15 per table to discuss specific questions on the five issues and propose recommendations. Experienced facilitators will move around the tables to help move the discussions forward to a conclusion. The recommendations will be submitted to a group of experienced rapporteurs, preferably young people, who will consolidate the recommendations and report to the plenary for discussion and wrap up on the respective five themes. A moderator will assist the discussions in each plenary.

In addition to on-site conference the ICPD Secretariat and Steering Committee partners are working to create opportunities for a much larger number of young people to engage with the Global Youth Forum as ‘off-site delegates’.  Off-site delegates will register for the conference online and will view web-broadcasts of plenary sessions, contribute to discussions using social media platforms and will contribute to proceedings using web and mobile technologies. Off-site delegates could be facilitated to meet in groups in facilities with computer and web access for example: local community centers, schools, UN agency and NGO offices, to review plenary presentations, discuss the questions in the World Café format and input views and recommendations to the conference proceedings using web and social media.

Global Youth Forum Planning & Governance

The Global Youth Forum Secretariat supports the work of the International Steering Committee and consists of representatives of UNFPA: ICPD Beyond 2014 Secretariat, IERD, Technical Dvision and Indonesia Country Office; the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNESCO, UN-Non Governmental Liaison Service, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNDP, UN Volunteers, World Health Organisation, Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development.

The International Steering Committee is the decision making body for the ICPD Global Youth Forum and is co-chaired by two youth advocates. The International Steering Committee has representatives from: the Government of Indonesia, USAID, the UN Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Globo Media, the Youth Coalition,International Center for Research on Women, Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER), CHOICE, Alianza de Juventudes Rumbo a Cairo + 20, Rio Twenties, RESURJ, Restless Development, ARROW, IPPF, AfriYan, CIVICUS, WYWCA, Taking IT Global, World Assembly of Youth (WAY), Africa Young Positives Network, GNP+, Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association, Astra Youth and the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides

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