Why a Global Forum on Youth Policies?

We needed a milestone in defining what it means to take youth policies forward in the twenty-first century.

A milestone in defining what it means to take youth policy seriously

In 2014, of 198 countries, 122 countries (62%) have a national youth policy, up from 99 (50%) in the previous year. These numbers show that governments are increasingly aware of the need for legal and policy frameworks that respond adequately to young peoples’ needs, aspirations and demands.

Despite these advances, however, a number of challenges affect both the efficiency and inclusiveness of youth policies, from fragmented responsibilities and challenged structures to the lack of reliable knowledge and the absence of appropriate resources. Read more about the policy context of the Forum.

What has the Forum done?

We collectively developed guiding principles for integrated youth policy development.

Against this backdrop, the Global Forum has built a common understanding of the needs for and rationales of systemic and cross-sectoral approaches to youth policy, and develop guiding principles for integrated youth policy development.

By renewing the commitment to public policies on youth issues, the Forum was a milestone in defining what it means to take young people and youth policies seriously in the twenty-first century. Read more about the aims and objectives of the Forum.

Who convened the Global Forum?

We hosted a truly international event, for and by key youth policy stakeholders.

The Global Forum on Youth Policies was convened by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth together with UNDP, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the host country. The team of youthpolicy.org supported the Global Forum.

Subsequent (likely) biennial editions will rotate geographically and respective regional organizations will be invited to co-convene the Forum accordingly.

Read more about the conveners of the Forum.

Who convenes the Forum?

The 2014 Global Forum on Youth Policies was hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the Republic of Azerbaijan, in…

…the framework of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Read more about our hosts.

Who attended the Forum?

The Forum brought together around 700 participants from all over the globe.

Youth policy practitioners were invited in August 2014 to apply online for the Forum – and more than 4700 did!

  • These could be:
  • Nongovernmental experts of youth-led organizations and movements working on youth policy;
  • Youth experts of global and regional intergovernmental organizations working on youth policy;
  • Research experts from institutes, universities and think tanks with a focus on youth policy;
  • Independent experts advising governments, ministries and agencies working on youth policy;
  • Development experts from organizations, agencies and institutions in the youth sector;
  • Programming experts from donors active in supporting policy change in the youth field.

Governments were invited in June 2014 to nominate a governmental and a non-governmental expert for the Forum.

  • These could be:
  • Ministers, state secretaries and senior government officials from not only youth but also planning, development and related ministries and agencies with responsibility for policy development and implementation that affect young people; and
  • Young parliamentarians involved in drafting and approving legislation affecting youth populations and for developing long-term strategies on youth issues, but also in reviewing and allocating budgets, and holding governments to account; or
  • Youth representatives, youth activists, young thinkers, young policy makers or young media makers with a track record of addressing youth policy issues.
  • Click on through for more details on who is coming to the Forum.

The programme of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies followed its original idea to organise discussions between youth policy leaders, experts and practitioners – a space for our professional community to exchange, reflect and discuss. There were some keynotes and discussion panels, and many thematic sessions which were organised around table conversations.

You can download the Forum’s detailed programme (pdf), or click through for an online overview of the programme. While reading the programme, keep in mind that we did not negotiate an outcome document during the Forum! The idea of the Forum was first and foremost to be a youth policy community event, not a negotiation ground for a political outcome document.

This is the overview of what our logistical arrangements information package contained. Click through to consult the entire package!

  1. 1. Welcome from the National Secretariat
  2. 2. Registration procedures and deadlines
  3. 3. Flight itineraries and bookings
  4. 4. Arrival and Departure Procedures
  5. 5. Visa Information
  6. 6. Hospitality Desks
  7. 7. Accommodation
  8. 8. Local Transportation
  9. 9. Venue

  1. 10. Forum Venue Facilities, Services and Activities
  2. 11. Dress Code
  3. 12. Security
  4. 13. Media
  5. 14. Baku
  6. 15. Currency
  7. 16. Weather
  8. 17. Contact
  9. 18. Check list

The Forum was covered in three ways: first, through a team of rapporteurs that covered all plenary and work sessions; second, through the Forum’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo); and third, through members of the Press.
Media accreditation was reserved for journalists currently and actively working for a media outlet, from print and online to radio and television. Click through to see the conditions for accreditation.

There were several options for the community to join and engage with the First Global Forum on Youth Policies.
Trace the hashtag #youthpolicymatters on Twitter and Facebook for a trip down memory lane.

We maintain a collection of frequently asked questions, which we update daily. Click through to see the growing list of questions and answers!
If you have a question that we have not yet answered, please drop us a line at hello@youthpolicyforum.org and we will get back to you pretty swiftly.