Launch of UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017: ‘Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future’

Forum on Youth and Development

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Date: 31 March - 2 April 2014
Location: Tunis, Tunisia


For UNDP, the full involvement of young men and women in participatory processes is vital to achieving sustainable human development. In 2012, UNDP embarked simultaneously on consultations on the post-2015 development framework, on the preparation of its new Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 and on the preparation of its first organization wide strategy to inform on-going and future programming and policy development on youth.

The strategy preparation process coincided with a growing number of regional and country initiatives on youth emerging in UNDP Country Offices, Regional Service Centres and Headquarters; an increased involvement with youth networks and youth based civil society organizations; and a greater solicitation by partners for UNDP’s increased engagement in youth programming and policy development.

Inspired and informed by the UNDP Strategy of Response to Transformative Change Championed by Youth in the Arab Region, Youth 21 (March 2012, Nairobi), extensive consultations within the internal and external community of youth and development practitioners, and the approved Strategic Plan 2014-2017, the UNDP Youth Strategy is now expected to be approved by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

The UNDP Youth Strategy offers key entry points for systematic and coordinated action to support youth within an increasingly complex development context for their social, economic and political development.


The newly approved UNDP Youth Strategy will be launched in Tunis, Tunisia followed by a knowledge sharing and prospective forum on civic engagement and participation in political processes and public institutions, convened by the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy. Building on the momentum from days one and two, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States aims to chart regional priorities and solidify a vision for work on youth in the region on day three.

Day 1- UNDP Youth Strategy Launch

The aim of the first day is to launch and discuss the UNDP Youth Strategy while contextualizing the work of UNDP on youth and development within the UN System. The Youth Strategy will be presented as the corporate framework to inform UNDP policy and programming on youth and development, and to inspire innovation as UNDP advances in its engagement with youth at an organization-wide level.

Participants will explore and share experiences of innovation, and contemplate partnerships in the context of the three youth strategy outcome areas of strengthening (a) sustainable pathways (b) political participation and (c) resilience building. 

Day 2 – Forum on Civic Engagement and Participation in Political Processes and Public Institutions

Participants will share country experiences with regard to youth policy and programming in the areas of civic engagement and participation in political processes and public institutions; discuss strategic  programmatic entry points  and how Youth Strategy Outcome 2 may be operationalized at the country, regional and global levels, and in advancement of South-South and triangular cooperation.  Working groups will provide opportunity for reflection, debate and exercises in furthering innovation in UNDP’s approaches towards youth, participation and governance.   

Day 3 (only for Arab Region participants)

The objective is two-fold: to introduce and discuss concepts of the UNDP Youth Strategy through a regional lens and its implementation through an RBAS Action Plan and to take stock and share experiences of youth programming amongst UNDP youth focal points.


Participants include UNDP staff, youth experts and youth based organizations, local or national government counterparts, UN agencies, private and philanthropic sectors.

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