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New York, April 2008: 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. UN Youth Flash can be read on-line at:

In this issue:

– Feature: Junior 8 – Strengthening the voice of young people
– Highlights from UN Headquarters
– Highlights from UN agencies around the world
– Calendar of Youth Events
– On the Internet


FEATURE: J8 Summit – Strengthening the voice of young people

The Junior 8 Summit, or „J8“, is an annual forum where young people from
around the world meet and discuss global issues, and share their solutions
with G8 leaders and the world community. The Summit is a parallel young
people’s event to the annual Group of 8 (G8) Summit, where leaders from
eight major industrialized democracies (Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) meet to discuss
global issues of major concern.

The J8 Summit consists of teams of four young people from each G8 country,
as well as one young person from each world region to encourage young
people’s participation from countries that are not part of the G8. At the
end of their week of deliberations, representatives of the J8 Summit
present their recommendations, in the form of a J8 Declaration, to G8
leaders during a face-to-face meeting. This year, the J8 Summit will be
held in Chitose City in Hokkaido, Japan from 2-9 July.

The topics for this year’s J8 are:

Climate change and global warming
Global warming and climate change pose one of the greatest threats to our
planet, and children and young people will bear the brunt of the impact of
climate change.

Global health: Child survival, infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS

Infectious diseases, such as HIV, cause a great deal of human suffering
and, in some countries, are reversing decades of development progress.
Across the world, there is one common denominator: children and young
people are disproportionately affected.

Poverty and development
Poverty hits children the hardest. While a severe lack of goods and
services hurts all people, it is most threatening to a child’s right to
survival, health and nutrition, education, participation, and protection
from harm and exploitation.

The J8 Summit was founded to build global citizenship among young people
around the world. Although Summit participants share their own ideas, they
are also representatives of all young people worldwide. Young people from
around the world can learn and share their ideas about J8 topics through
the UNICEF’s Voices of Youth Discussion Forum, which connects them to J8
participants and other young people around the world interested in J8
issues. (

A call to young people: What can you do to add your voice to the J8

>> Make sure your voice is heard! Learn more about J8 topics ( and share your
ideas at the Voices of Youth Discussion Forum with the J8 participants who
will represent you at the J8 Summit this year.

>> Take a look at videos J8 participants and other young people from
around the world have produced. Then, create your own video message
( to share with
the J8 community.

>> Explore J8 learning materials ( you can use at your
school, organization or club.

The young people who participate in the J8 are selected through a
competition held in each of the G8 countries and around the world. Learn
more about the competition so you can participate next year! Get involved
in follow-up activities to strengthen young people’s roles as active
citizens and actors for social change. For more information, please visit


>> Experts will meet to draft goals and targets on youth priority areas
An Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Goals and Targets for the World Programme
of Action for Youth: „Youth in Civil Society“ and „Youth and their
Well-being“ will be held in New York from 19-21 May 2008. The EGM will
work to develop a comprehensive set of goals and targets in priority areas
essential to youth development including: the environment, leisure-time
activities, participation in decision-making, intergenerational issues,
and information and communication technology, health, HIV/AIDS, drug
abuse, juvenile delinquency, girls and young women, and armed conflict.
These goals and targets will help to monitor progress towards the
implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth. Participants
will include experts, as well as representatives of Member States, UN
system offices and youth organizations. The recommendations of the meeting
will be included in a Report of the Secretary-General to the Commission
for Social Development and the General Assembly. For background
information, please see

>> A stronger Indigenous Youth presence at the session of the UNPFII
The theme of the seventh session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) is „Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and
livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new
challenges“. The session is being held from 21 April – 2 May. There has
been a significant increase in indigenous youth participation, not only
within the Indigenous Youth Caucus (IYC), but also within other
delegations attending the session. To attend this session, young people
have travelled from many regions that cover countries including Norway,
Finland, Australia, Libya, Cambodia, Peru, Chile, Kenya, and India. The
involvement of young people at the UNPFII has been prominent, empowering
and inspiring for everyone in attendance. The IYC has built on the
momentum from last year and has prepared statements on climate change,
human rights, languages and indigenous children and youth. The IYC will
also conduct a special side-event entitled „Indigenous Youth Issues and
Challenges from Global and Regional Perspectives“ and will submit a set of
recommendations regarding Indigenous Youth participation at the UNPFII and
other UN meetings. If you would like to learn more or become a part of the
United Nations Indigenous Youth Caucus, please visit the project page at or email Eriel Deranger at

>> 12 August: International Youth Day
The theme of this year’s International Youth Day commemoration is „Youth
and Climate Change: Time for Action“. The Day provides a great opportunity
to rally support and get key actors – Governments, non-governmental
organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and young people – to
act on climate change. Email your plans to so that we can
showcase ideas on how partnering with Governments, organizations and
communities can lead to change. For information on previous IYDs:


>> ECLAC -Preparing for the Iberoamerican Youth Summit
The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in
collaboration with the Iberoamerican Youth Organization (OIJ) and the
Iberoamerican General Secretariat (Secretaría General Iberoamericana) is
preparing the Iberoamerican Youth Report. The Report will be presented at
the Iberoamerican Summit on Youth and Development that will take place in
San Salvador this October. The Report will provide current information on
youth and focus on the contribution of youth to social cohesion in
Iberoamerica and will also propose a set of policies that will stimulate
debate at the Summit. ECLAC has also coordinated an inter-agency document
on youth entitled „Situation and obstacles of youth in Iberoamerica“ that
was presented at the „International Seminar on Youth and Development“. The
Seminar was organized by the United Nations, the Government of El Salvador
and the Iberoamerican General Secretariat and was held in San Salvador
from 1-2 April 2008.

>> UNEP – CBD – New educational module on biodiversity and agriculture
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has
launched an educational module for children and teachers on the theme of
the 2008 International Day for Biological Diversity – biodiversity and
agriculture. The module comprises an online educational web portal for
primary school students and five accompanying lesson plans for educators.
It has been designed to engage students in a variety of fun and active
exercises reflecting the principles of education for sustainable
development. The children’s web portal can be viewed at Educators can download the children’s web
portal in a booklet format and the lesson plans at

>> UNEP – CBD – „The Green Wave“ youth tree planting initiative
The Green Wave is a tree planting initiative that enables children and
youth to make a difference – one tree, one school, one group at a time.
In participating schools, students will plant a native tree species in or
near their schoolyard on or around the International Day for Biological
Diversity (IBD), 22 May. Students will count down to 10am local time on
22 May, when they will water their tree, thereby creating a „green wave“.
Students will upload photos and text summaries to an interactive map on
the Green Wave website, thereby sharing their tree-planting story with
others from around the world. For more information, please visit

>> UNESCO Making schools safer in Latin America
The School Leadership Program of the UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education
for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC), is supporting the
Salvadorian programme „Escuelas Solidarias y Efectivas“ addressed to
improve the school institutional climate in 130 secondary schools located
within highly vulnerable contexts. Part of the schools‘ vulnerabilities
has to do with the presence of juvenile gangs called „maras“, inside and
around the schools. The Salvadorian programme Escuela Solidarias is
providing additional resources to vulnerable schools. In the framework of
a technical cooperation agreement between OREALC/UNESCO and the
Salvadorian Ministry of Education, the School Leadership Program is
providing training for school directors to improve their skills in
building peaceful school climates, and to empower teachers as moral
authorities within the classroom. The training process includes workshops
and videoconferences. For more information, please contact Mr. Alfredo
Rojas at

>> UNESCO – Young people in Asia work for a sustainable community
Following the success of the first UNESCO Asian Youth Forum in 2007, the
Korean National Commission for UNESCO and the Section for Youth, Sport and
Physical Education at UNESCO HQ are organizing the second UNESCO Asian
Youth Forum on the theme of „Sustainable community in Asia“. The Forum
will take place from 26-30 June 2008 in Gwangju City, Republic of Korea
and is expected to bring together youth delegates from 28 countries in the
region, as well as representatives from youth organizations to reflect,
exchange and recommend concrete youth action plans. For more information,
please contact the Youth Team of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO

>> UNESCO – 2008 International Essay Contest
Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2008
International Essay Contest organized by UNESCO and the Goi Peace
Foundation with the sponsorship of the Earthrise Society. The topic of
this year’s essay contest is on „My project to create positive change in
my environment. How can I foster sustainable development in my community?“
The essay would include innovative ideas and concrete plans/projects to
address the social, cultural, environmental or economic problems faced by
The deadline for submitting entries is 30 June 2008. Complete guidelines
are available at

>> UNFPA – A Guide to Statistics on Young People in Poverty
„Putting Young People Into National Poverty Reduction Strategies: A Guide
to Statistics on Young People in Poverty“ shows how relevant statistics on
young people in poverty can be easily sourced for use in developing
national poverty reduction strategies. The available data could provide a
profile at three levels of young people in poverty. At the broadest level,
it would show the significance of a specific age group of young people in
a country’s basic demographic structure for any particular period. The
second level focuses on the incidence of young people in poverty, using,
for example, national averages based on the Millennium Development Goals’
indicators. A third level of data offers a more differentiated picture of
young people in poverty. This involves presenting detailed data, taking
into account young people’s differences by gender, rural/urban location,
and where the data is available, household poverty status. To download a
copy of the publication, please visit

>> UNHABITAT – International Youth Crime Prevention and Cities Summit
The provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal and UN-HABITAT will host the
International Youth Crime Prevention and Cities Summit 2008, in the city
of Durban, South Africa from 17-21 June 2008. The idea is to prevent and
reduce crime and violence in cities, towns and villages. Designed for
young people and the local authorities who work with them, this four-day
event will enable all participants to mobilize, learn, experience, speak,
and act on crime and violence prevention. The Summit is the culmination of
a series of regional forums that began in June 2002 to find new ways of
tackling urban youth crime and violence in Africa and Latin America. It
also springs from global partnerships with youth organizations which
participated in the second and third meetings of the World Urban Forum in
Barcelona in 2004 and Vancouver in 2006.
Find out more at

>> WFUNA – Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World
The World Federation of United Nations Associations’ (WFUNA) President,
Dr. Hans Blix, has launched, the „Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free
World“ initiative in partnership with the World Academy of Art and
Science. The initiative is aimed at engaging students in preparation for
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) 8th Review Conference in 2010.
Students are called to participate on the theme „What do you think can
lead governments to stay away from, or do away with, nuclear weapons?“ by
either writing an essay, producing a short video, or designing a poster.
Twelve winners will travel to the Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free
World Conference, to be held in Geneva, in the summer of 2008. For more
information, or to join in the initiative, please visit

>> WHO/PAHO Adolescent Health Strategy 2008-2018
In 1997, a Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health
Organization (WHO) resolution called for Member States to adopt a series
of recommendations to strengthen adolescent health and to advocate for the
inclusion of adolescents and young people in their political agendas. Ten
years later, PAHO conducted an external evaluation to assess the progress
countries have made in implementing the resolution. The evaluation will
provide the key input into the development of a new Strategy for
Adolescent Health. This Strategy will include a regional conceptual
framework on adolescent health and development, and will provide a basis
for the subsequent development of a Plan of Action for 2008-2018. It will
be presented to the Directing Council in September 2008 for approval, but
will also be used as a background document for the July 2008 preparatory
meeting of the Ministers of Youth and Health for the Summit of
Ibero-American Heads of State in November 2008. For more information,
please visit

>> Iberoamerican meeting on indigenous youth and youth of African descent
From 5 to 9 May 2008, a meeting, entitled „Encuentro: Juventud,
Multiculturalidad y Etnias“, will review the situation of indigenous youth
and youth of African descent in Iberoamerica. The meeting will formulate a
strategy to introduce a multicultural and ethnic perspective into the
institutional agendas of the Iberoamerican countries. The meeting is
organized by the Iberoamerican Youth Organization (OIJ), the Spanish Youth
Institute (INJUVE), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation
(AECI), the Indigenous Fund, the Special Secretariat for Policies to
Promote Racial Equality of the Presidency of Brazil, UNIFEM and the Andean
Commission of Lawyers (CAJPE) and will take place in Santa Cruz de la
Sierra, Bolivia. For more information, please visit

>> ECOSOC Regional Innovation Fair in Latin America
The Regional Innovation Fair for Latin America of the Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) will take place from 18-19 June 2008 in San José, Costa
Rica, on the theme „Youth: the Foundation for Sustainable Development“.
The fair will identify programmes and policies to achieve the goals
defined during the Iberoamerican Youth Year 2008. This Regional Innovation
Fair is part of the activities planned within the context of the Annual
Ministerial Review of ECOSOC whose objective is to review the
implementation of the internationally agreed goals with respect to
sustainable development. The outcomes of the Regional Innovation Fair held
in Costa Rica will be presented officially during the Annual Ministerial


16-18 May: Youth conference on climate change
The National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU) and World
Wildlife Fund (WWF) will be organizing an international conference:
Climate change – Youth Perspectives on Security, Peace and Democracy in
Conventum, Örebro, Sweden. The goal of the conference is to strengthen the
capacity of youth leaders to work for sustainable development by providing
them with knowledge and the necessary tools. For more information, please
contact Sara Thunmarker + 46 73 513 34 63

18-20 May: GAID Annual Meeting and Global Forum 2008, Kuala Lumpur
The Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) Strategy Council and
Steering Committee meetings are being held back-to-back with a Global
Forum on Access and Connectivity and Innovative Funding Mechanism of ICT
for Development. The Global Forum will provide an excellent networking
platform. More information and registration modalities are available on
the GAID website at

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity
Countries around the world will celebrate the International Day for
Biological Diversity (IBD) on 22 May. The theme for the Day in 2008 is
Biodiversity and Agriculture and seeks to highlight the importance of
sustainable agriculture, not only to preserve biodiversity, but also to
ensure that we will be able to feed the world, maintain agricultural
livelihoods, and enhance human well-being into the 21st century and
beyond. Visit the IBD website at to view the
information kit (information booklet, poster and logos, messages from the
Secretary-General and CBD Executive Secretary and educational modules) and
to inform the CBD Secretariat of your activities.

5 June: World Environment Day
The World Environment Day slogan for 2008 is „Kick the Habit! Towards a
Low Carbon Economy“. Recognizing that climate change is becoming the
defining issue of our era, UNEP is asking countries, companies and
communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them.
Find out more:

10-11 June: UNGA High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting will
undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the
2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political
Declaration on HIV/AIDS, as well as to promote the continued engagement of
leaders in a comprehensive global response to AIDS. The high-level meeting
will comprise plenary meetings, five thematic panel discussions and an
informal interactive hearing with civil society, including youth
organizations. For more information, please see

17-21 June: Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the
Young Agenda 21 Foundation of Norway will host the 2008 Tunza
International Children’s Conference on the Environment in Stavanger,
Norway. For more information, please see

27-29 June: International Youth Dialogue in Malaysia
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in collaboration with the Malaysian
Youth Council, Melaka State Government and the Ministry of Youth and
Sports (Malaysia), the Asian Youth Council and the Committee for ASEAN
Youth Cooperation, will organize the International Youth Dialogue in
Malaka, Malaysia. The theme selected for this year’s Dialogue is „Towards
a Drug-Free Generation“. This theme has been selected in realization of
the need to educate and increase awareness to prevent or reduce the rates
of drug abuse among youth. Participants are invited from National Youth
Councils. For more information, please visit

2-9 July: Asia-Europe Training for Trainers on Intercultural Learning
The training in methods and techniques in youth projects in Asia and
Europe is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the
Romania Youth Council (CTR), in partnership with the Romanian National
Agency for Supporting Youth Initiatives (ANSIT) will be held in Predeal,
Romania. The training will bring together 30 youth trainers and leaders
active in the area of youth, training, capacity building and non-formal
education. For more information, please contact or

5-8 July: Training Workshop on Disaster Risk & Environmental Management
The World Youth Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and
Sports Malaysia and the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s
Department Malaysia will be hosting an interactive International Training
Workshop on Disaster Risk & Environmental Management in Melaka, Malaysia.
For more information, please see

15-21 July: European International Model United Nations
The general theme of this year’s conference that will take place in The
Hague, is „Striving for Sustainable Globalization“. Over 220 students from
all over the world will participate in one of six councils, debate on key
topics and tackle global issues. For more information, please see

15 – 22 July Asia-Europe International Youth Forum
The 19th International Youth Forum 2008: Youth Challenges in the ASEM
Context will take place from the 15th to the 22nd of July, in Seoul and
Goesan, Republic of Korea. The project is co-organised by the National
Council of Youth Organizations in Korea, the Korean Ministry for Health,
Welfare and Family Affairs and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). The
project will bring together 130 representatives from youth organizations
in the regions’ countries. For more information, please Email: or visit

3-8 August: XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008)
The AIDS 2008 Conference will be held in Mexico City and will be the first
International AIDS Conference ever held in Latin America. For more
information, please visit The Global Youth
Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is one of the main coordinators of the Mexico
City YouthForce for AIDS2008. Visit their website to find out more:

12 August: International Youth Day
For more information, please see HIGHLIGHTS FROM UN HEADQUARTERS above.

10-21 August: 4th World Youth Congress
Regéneration 2008 – Quebec City, the 4th World Youth Congress, designed to
promote and celebrate youth-led development, will bring together 600 young
people from over 120 countries to Quebec City in August 2008. Find out
more and be a part of this worldwide Youth Action Event! For more
information, please see

19-22 August: 3rd International Young Professionals Summit (IYPS)
The International Young Professionals Foundation will organize the summit
in Manchester, UK. The aim of the Summit is to bring together young
professionals for networking, capacity building and information sharing
around the core theme of how young professionals can help to achieve the
UN Millennium Development Goals. For more information, please see

3-5 September: 61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference
For the past 60 years, the DPI/NGO Conference has been held at the UN
Headquarters in New York, welcoming over 2000 participants. The 61st
Annual DPI/NGO Conference will be held in Paris, France, and will
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Find out more about the Conference from the Information Bulletin

14-21 September: European-Latin American Youth Forum
The Forum Eurolatinoamericano de Juventud (FEULAT 2008) will be held in
Mollina, Spain. The FEULAT is an event organized by the European Youth
Forum (YFJ) and the Latin American Youth Forum (FLAJ), in cooperation with
the Youth Council of Spain (CJE), and with the support of the Youth
Institute of Spain (INJUVE) and the Ibero-American Youth Organization
(OIJ). For more information, please email

15-16 September: 2008 Global Youth Enterprise Conference
Designed as a participatory learning event, this conference, organized by
Making Cents International, will be held in Washington, DC. The conference
aims to support youth enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and
policies to achieve greater effectiveness around the world. Participants
include practitioners, funding organizations, the private sector,
academics and youth leaders from around the world who will share best
practices, unique approaches, and groundbreaking ideas that help youth
develop the necessary skills and opportunities to start their own
businesses or seek quality employment. For more information, please visit

24-27 September: YES Azerbaijan 2008
The 4th global Youth Employment Summit will be hosted by the Republic of
Azerbaijan through the Ministry of Youth and Sport in partnership with the
Youth Employment Summit (YES) Campaign Inc. For more information, please

3-7 November: World Urban Youth Forum
The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum will be held in China, Nanjing
from 3-7 November 2008. The World Urban Youth Forum (WUYF) will be held
prior to the main World Urban Forum to be held from 31 October to 2
November 2008. For more information, as well as supporting documentation
and programme of events, contact the WUYF Coordinator, Ms. Mutinta Munyati
at and visit

20 February – 1 March 2009: ISFiT 2009
ISFit, the 10th International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, will
be a festival filled with meetings, debates, concerts, ceremonies and a
wide cultural programme. About 450 students from all around the world will
get together to discuss issues around the theme of Peacebuilding. To
support students in the struggle for peace, democracy and human rights,
send in nominations for The Student Peace Prize! For more information,
please visit


>> UNICEF- Voices of Youth
Do you have something to say about issues affecting children and young
people? Are you interested in what other young people are saying? Do you
want to link up with youth from around the world? How can you help prevent
water-borne diseases? What do you know about the Millennium Development
Goals? Join other members in daily discussions, learn more and have your
voice heard! Join in at

>> UNICEF – Erasing Borders in Cyberspace
Sponsored by UNICEF is the only resource of its kind
available for young people in Somalia. The youth-owned, youth-managed
website is a platform for Somali young people to discuss issues that
concern them and affect their everyday lives. The
homepage features a listing of youth groups, radio stations, grants, a
discussion forum and a photogallery, as well as links to news articles on
youth development and participation from three zones: Puntland,
Somaliland, and Central and Southern Somalia. Find out more at

>> Youth Fund for inovation and social action in Latin America and the Caribbean
Through an innovative partnership between the Inter-American Development
Bank and Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills, the
Youth Development Program for Innovation and Social Action or „Youth Fund“
was established as an instrument to effectively respond to the needs of
young people in the Latin American and Caribbean region and to promote
their participation in the development process. The goal of the Youth Fund
is to support innovative initiatives that strengthen the capacity of
low-income youth in both rural and urban areas to increase their potential
for employment. The Youth Fund is the first collaborative project to be
executed under the agreement signed between the IDB and Microsoft to
facilitate access to information technology in the region. The Second
Contest for Youth Initiatives will close on 5 May 2008. For more
information, please see

>> My Future Today – A Guide for Youth
Published by the Botswana Centre for Human Rights and funded by the
British High Commission through the Public Diplomacy Fund, this book sets
out the rights and responsibilities of youth entering the adult world and
provides a wealth of practical advice. There are sections on life skills,
relationships, health and wellness, drugs and substance abuse, family,
further education and university, training and work, home, leisure and
entertainment, travel and transport, managing your money, safety,
security, the police and access to justice, environmental matters,
governance, and regional and international organisations. A handy
directory lists organisations that you can contact for further information
and help. To download a copy of the publication, please visit


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