Why a Global Forum on Youth Policies?

We need a milestone in defining what it means to take young people and youth policies seriously 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 will the Forum do?

We will collectively develop guiding principles for integrated youth policy development.

Against this backdrop, the Global Forum will build 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 will be 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 convenes and hosts the Forum?

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

The Global Forum on Youth Policies will be convened by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth together with UNDP, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. The 2014 Global Forum on Youth Policies will be 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. The team of youthpolicy.org supports the Global Forum. Subsequent (likely) biennial editions will rotate geographically.

Read more about the conveners and hosts of the Forum.

Who hosts and convenes the Forum?

How can you apply to participate in the Forum?

The Forum seeks to bring together around 700 participants. Apply to be one of them!

  • 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 and youth activists with a track record of addressing youth policy issues.

  • Youth policy practitioners are invited now, and until 27 August 2014, to apply online for the Forum.
  • 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;
  • Development experts from organizations, agencies and institutions in the youth sector;
  • Programming experts from donors active in supporting policy change in the youth field.

  • In a nutshell, we seek youth policy practitioners from all around the world who:
  • have at least two years of experience with youth policy at regional or global level;
  • are interested in critical and informed debate about the state of youth policy;
  • can use English with sufficient proficiency for a professional context;
  • are associated with an organisation or network that works on youth policy issues;
  • can attend the First Global Forum on Youth Policies for its entire duration;
  • and are, preferably, between 18 and 35 years old. Is that you?
  • Then click on through to the complete call for applications and the application form.