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Vol. 4, No. 7, October 2007

WELCOME to the UN Youth Flash, a service of the United Nations Programme on Youth to keep you informed about the work of the UN on youth issues. We encourage you to forward the UN Youth Flash to people in your network.

In this issue:

– Feature: Youth issues at the 62nd session of the General Assembly
– Highlights from UN Headquarters
– Highlights from UN agencies around the world
– Calendar of Youth Events
– On the Internet

UN Youth Flash can be read on-line at:
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/flash.htm.

FEATURE: Youth issues at the 62nd session of the General Assembly
Youth and social development are discussed in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which addresses social, humanitarian and cultural issues. In his opening statement to the Third Committee, the Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development, which includes the UN Programme on Youth, stated that the young people of today have new opportunities that co-exist with a myriad of challenges; nevertheless, youth are increasingly proving to be essential to the development process. The full and effective participation of young people and youth-led organizations is important for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the promotion and implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). He called on Member States to encourage the participation of young as active agents in decision-making processes and for positive change and development in society.

The Report of the Secretary-General on youth entitled “Follow-up to the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond,