Expert Group Meeting - “Youth Civic Engagement: Enabling Youth Participation in Political, Social and Economic Life”
From 16 to 17 June 2014, UNESCO and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UNDESA) will organize an Expert Group Meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, under the theme “Youth Civic Engagement: enabling youth participation in political, social and economic life.”
The meeting seeks to provide fresh impetus and innovative thinking on the topic of youth participation, namely by looking into how civic engagement of young women and men can be an enabler for a more efficient and informed participation in political, social and economic life. Current opportunities and challenges affecting such potential will also be examined.
It will bring together over 20 experts and practitioners on youth civic engagement from all regions of the world, representatives of youth organizations, academia, United Nations entities, and intergovernmental organizations.
The topics for discussion will be considered under the framework of both the World Programme of Action for Youth and of the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth, as well as UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, which incorporate youth participation and youth civic engagement among their priority areas for action.
The meeting is second in a series of UN expert group meetings convened to explore youth participation. The results of these meetings will contribute to the preparation of the World Youth Report 2015 which will focus on youth participation and engagement. Both the expert group meetings and the development of the World Youth Report 2015 aspire to contribute to ongoing discussions on how best to ensure young women and men’s active participation and engagement, both locally and globally, in a number of policy and civic processes that affect them directly, including the elaboration of the Post-2015 development agenda.