Regional workshop- Revisiting Youth Policies and Role within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab region

When, local time: 
Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 22 June 2018 - 4:00pm
Lebanon, Beirut
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Seiko Sugita,

UNESCO and UNDP are jointly organizing a regional workshop aiming to inform, advance and nurture the youth policy formulation and implementation process in the Arab States region through a critical review of ongoing experiences, taking into account the SDGs (in particular #16) and the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda.

Youth policies and youth strategies are often considered as privileged entry points for youth organizations to make their voices heard in decision-making processes directly affecting them. While several Arab countries have actively committed to and engaged in the formulation/revision/implementation of their national youth policies and strategies, they are still struggling for their effective execution on the ground. Indeed, various structural, social, and cultural barriers are facing the concrete operationalization of these policies as reflected in recent studies (see: “Rapport sur la participation des jeunes dans la région MENA” (UNESCO, 2018)).

The 2 day atelier aims to target a group of 40-50 youth stakeholders from policy making, research and acitons including UN agencies from the region.

The key expected outcomes include:

1) Opportunities explored to enhance youth participation in the design and concrete implementation of national Youth Policies as well as in SDGs and YPS Agenda implementation on the regional/national/local levels.

2) Evidence-informed recommendations for National Youth Policies operationalization, and creative youth-led actions at country level.

3) Reinforced networking and South-South partnerships among youth policy stakeholders including youth organizations, civil society organizations, aiming at proactive knowledge sharing and possible joint projects.