*International and Regional

Regional State of World Population Report Launch event

The State of World Population 2014, “The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future” was recently release by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

“Today’s record 1.8 billion young people present an enormous opportunity to transform the future,” says UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehim. “Young people are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of the future. But they can transform the future only if they have skills, health, decision-making, and real choices in life,” he adds.

On 18 November 2014, young people from across the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region came together via video link to hear about The State of World Population 2014’s key messages and present their priorities.

The event followed up after the Press Conference organized by the UNFPA Turkey Country Office and with a moderated online conference call, connected youth from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Turkey. They each had 30 seconds to present their advocacy messages and arguments for investing in youth.

You can find below some photos and the video that captures young people’s messages.

Read more about the Global report: The State of World Population 2014, The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future and the Regional supplement: Investing in Young People in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at http://eeca.unfpa.org/news/power-18-billion


Listening to the Youth Voice in Post-2015

*Originally published on http://www.youthcoalition.org in July 2014

*Article by Katie Lau

It’s time that young people were talked to and not talked about. It struck me even more clearly when I was a meeting of young activists in Hong Kong recently.

A friend and colleague put it perfectly when he said that he was tired of being a ‘tick-box quota’ – sick of being chosen to speak simply because conference organisers needed a young person who was preferably from the south.

Reinforcing that we need to meaningfully engage with young people, particularly those from the global south. And this means going further than just a tokenistic speaking slot.

Explaining Post-2015 and How Young People Can Still Get Involved


*Originally published on http://www.youthcoalition.org  in August 2014

*Article by Kelly Thompson

The Post-2015 process is complicated and multi-faceted – so bear with me while I try to break it down.

Firstly, you might ask, what is so important about the year 2015? It’s not the Mayan apocalypse – that was 2012 – but it is a major year in the world of development; it is when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to expire.  The MDGs were adopted by 189 United Nations member states (aka countries) in 2000, outlining 8 key goals in advancing development worldwide. They tackled issues like poverty, health and gender equality. These goals are due to expire in 2015 and in recent years, people globally have been focusing on not only accelerating progress of the MDGs, but also on what will happen when the MDGs expire in 2015 – aka Post-2015 or #post2015 if you’re into social media.

Young People as Stakeholders in the Post-2015 Development Agenda


*Originally published on http://www.youthcoalition.org in August 2014

*Articla by Saket Mani

At the 2010 High‐level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), governments called not only for accelerating progress, but also for thinking on ways to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015. This is the origin of the discussions now underway on the Post‐2015 Development Agenda.

The United Nations does not own the global development agenda; its membership includes all governments, its mandate covers the range of issues for international cooperation, and its methods of work are open in various ways of engagement with and participation by many other types of stakeholders.