The 2014 Global Forum on Youth Policies is the first of its kind and will bring together policymakers, civil society organisations, experts, academia, youth advocates, parliamentarians and UN agencies. It will provide those present with a multi-stakeholder opportunity to assess the state of youth policy, in particular 20 years after the adoption of the World Programme of Action for Youth (1995).
With 150 countries currently implementing national youth policies, the co-organisers of the Forum aim to provide a platform for identifying and producing a set of guiding principles and a renewed commitment to effective youth policies at national, regional and global levels. The Forum will provide an opportunity to all stakeholders involved in youth policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to develop a global overview of the status of youth policies and to build an international community of experts who can support youth policy development. It will also offer a unique platform for countries to showcase good practices and lessons learned, as well as to share challenges and gaps. Through the forum the co-conveners aim to inspire a broad-based, yet in-depth dialogue that will help build partnerships and synergies for action across different disciplines.
This First Global Forum on Youth Policies will be the basis for providing United Nations member states and other stakeholders with a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue which will yield concrete suggestions for specific follow-up action and the way forward for effective youth policies.
It is expected that the Forum will bring together an estimated 700 participants including representatives of governments, the youth community, civil society, international development partners, academia and research institutions, donors, the private sector, and more. Within this overall context, and complementary to youth policy practitioners nominated by the Forum co-convenors and participating governments, 200 youth policy practitioners will be selected based on this open call.