Friday, 14 March 2014

UNIDO hosts annual meeting of Inter-agency Network on Youth Development

VIENNA, 14 March 2014 – The annual meeting of the United Nations Inter-agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), held at the United Nations Office in Vienna, ended today.

The three-day event was hosted by the incoming co-Chair, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and jointly conducted with the permanent co-Chair, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

In order to demonstrate strong commitment and reinvigorated efforts by the UN to give ascendancy to youth issues, the UN Secretary-General has called for the development of an action plan on Youth (Youth-SWAP), which will seek to visibly mainstream youth and youth policy areas in the UN and improve the accountability of the UN system. The Youth-SWAP focuses on five thematic areas: employment and entrepreneurship, political inclusion, civic engagement and protection of rights, education – including comprehensive sexual education and health, which are overall goals that the enhanced collaboration of the IANYD member entities is designed to advance.

This year marks a significant step forward for UNIDO, not only as a co-Chair of the network, but also as a leading entity for the sub-working group on youth employment and entrepreneurship. With staggering rates of youth unemployment, affecting over 75 million young people worldwide, UNIDO has recognized the importance of mainstreaming its projects with the aim of improving the livelihoods of young people. UNIDO will also work to bolster and coordinate the work of IANYD in order to support and provide assistance to youth networks and young people globally.

“As we work towards building the foundations for the post-2015 development agenda, it is essential to mainstream the economical inclusion of young women and men, in line with the UNIDO’s focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development,” said the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, who attended the annual meeting in Vienna.  

Participants also said that the World Conference on Youth which will take place from 6 to 10 May in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the 2014 ECOSOC Youth Forum will serve as global platforms to strengthen inclusive youth participation and partnership in the development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.  

A new online platform About the Global Partnership on Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda will allow young people to specify and prioritize youth targets in the post-2015 agenda. UNIDO is moderating the platform’s thematic area on Employment and Entrepreneurship.

Participants also noted that the post-2015 development agenda was at the forefront of international discussions, and time had come to combine and solidify efforts by Member States, UN agencies, programmes and offices at global, regional and national levels, as well as with youth organizations and young people to strategically embed youth-related concerns in the development agenda.

UNIDO and UN DESA, together with all member entities of INAYD will ensure establishing a clear strategic vision and commitment to prioritizing youth in the agenda, and thus work towards providing a more sustainable and equitable future for young  women and men.

The annual meeting brought together representatives from UNFPA, UNESCO, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT, UNDP, ILO, UNCDF, FAO, ESCAP, UNAIDS, UNFCCC, ITU, IOM, UNECA, as well as representatives from regional offices.

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Matteo Landi

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