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Apply now and get a chance to participate in the next G20 Summit in France !
Paris – September 18, 2011

Have you ever attended an international conference ? Starting now, Youth Diplomacy is organizing an essay competition on the G20 and global issues from September 19 to 30. Students and young professionals around the world are encouraged to take part to this competition. Selected applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in the next G20 meeting in France on November 3-4, 2011. So don’t miss your chance to be among the most important political leaders in the world and apply now !

Who can apply ?

Applicants must :
1. Currently be a post-secondary student or a recent post-secondary graduate;
2. Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old;
(For candidates living in France, please refer to this page)
3. Demonstrate an active interest in global issues;
4. Demonstrate strong presentation and communication skills.
5. Be able to communicate comfortably in English.

Applicants must clearly indicate how they fulfill the following criteria in both their CV and their motivation letter (Note: Motivation letter must not be longer than 300 words).

What is the deadline ?

Applications will be accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis until 30 September 2011, 8pm (Paris time). Only completed applications will be considered. Applicants are informed that Youth Diplomacy reserves the right to close the application process before this date. Should it be the case, Youth Diplomacy will notify candidates on its website.

What is required ?

Submit the application form below as well your application package to recruitment@youth-diplomacy.org

Application package includes all of the following :
– Motivation letter (1 page max)
– CV
– A blog article of a publishable standard or an op-ed (500-1000 words) related to the 2011 G20 agenda :

Reforming the International Monetary System (IMS)
Strengthening financial regulation
Combating commodity price volatility, ensuring food security
Supporting employment and strengthening the social dimension of globalization
Fighting corruption
Working on behalf of development : development and innovative financing
(For more information click here).

The article must be original or if already published, it must have been published in 2011. The article will discuss possible ways to address one of this items mentioned above. Candidates may choose to endorse a global perspective or to limit their scope to a specific group/country/subtopic.

All your documents must use the following format: “Country_Firstname_Lastname_DocumentType” (e.g.: Belgium_John_Smith_CV).

If I am selected, what are the costs involved ?

Youth Diplomacy will assume the cost of transportation from Paris to Cannes for the delegates, and provide meals for the duration of the Summit.

Please note that transportation to and from France, as well as incidental expenses (accommodation, airfare, visa fee), will be the responsibility of the delegate.

When and how will I be notified?

Only applicants invited to join the delegation will be notified, other candidates will be placed on the waiting list.

For any questions, please contact us at recruitment@youth-diplomacy.org

Paris Summit 2011

In 2011 France will chair both G8 and G20 official Summits thus Youth Diplomacy France as the organizing committee is responsible of the G8 & G20 Youth Summits held in Paris on May 29th through June 3rd, 2011.

Besides negotiating and solving current issues, delegates will participate in several networking opportunities as well as get involved in social gatherings around Paris.

Because Paris is not only the capital of France and has been ranked among the 3 most important and influential cities of the world according to the Financial Times, our goal is to create an unforgettable summit and make the most of the city’s advantages.

It’s no accident that Paris remains the most popular tourist destination in the world, besides the Eiffel Tower, Louis Vuitton and the Champs Elysées, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural center, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

Paris is also a must-see city for its atmosphere, although the city offers all the amenities of an international destination (international restaurants, pubs, clubs, entertainment and sporting events), nothing compares to a walk along the banks of the Seine River and enjoying the scenery of a sunset or the architectural beauty of Notre-Dame.

The weather in Paris in Spring (May – June) goes from 13°C/55°F to 23°C/72°F, days are mild and nights fresh, surprisingly warm or cool weather happens frequently.

G8 & G20 Youth Network

 

The G8 & G20 Youth Network gathers the incorporated national Organization Committees of the Group of Eight and the Group of Twenty. The Network has been organizing the G8 & G20 Youth Summits since 2006 in order to foster Youth international dialogue on the diplomatic issues dealt with by the G8 & G20.
The national Organization Committees meet under the International Organization Committe (IOC) regularly to plan the recruitment and training of the Youth delegation to the G8 & G20 Youth Summits as well as to run the organization these premier Youth Conferences.
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The 1st Regional Education Summit on HIV / AIDS in Africa, RESHAA 2011 is the Continent of Africa’s meeting on the Education Sector Response to HIV / AIDS. It is scheduled to hold in Abuja Nigeria between November 6 – 11 and is hosted by the Federal  Ministry of Education, through its HIV / AIDS Unit in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and other stakeholders. There will be several pre-summit activities between November 4-5, 2011.

Summit Programme

The Scientific Programme of the 1st Regional Education Summit on HIV/AIDS in Africa is aimed at sharing experiences and best practices on HIV/AIDS Education. This experience will lead to better informed and evidence based interventions in the education sector both in the near and distant future and in diverse situations and environments.

The Scientific Programme Committee will ensure that the content will be relevant to current and emerging issues such as HIV prevention in resource-limited settings, innovative approach to remove access barriers and promote service uptake.  One of such approaches could be innovative implementation of Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE).

In addition to abstract-driven sessions, the Summit will offer daily plenary sessions featuring distinguished researchers, scientific leaders and experts. Other non–abstract-driven sessions include Special Sessions, Round Table Sessions, Skills Building Sessions, Community-Based presentations and Symposia in form of Satellite sessions, focusing on topical issues by key individuals and organizations.

ABSTRACT-DRIVEN SESSIONS

Abstract driven sessions will include track-specific and cross-track abstract-driven sessions. Cross-track sessions will offer multi-disciplinary discussions and different perspectives on activities carried out by individual and organizations on a given topic. These presentations are such that have never been presented in any conference, summit or fora.

There will be two types of Abstract-Driven sessions namely Oral and Poster Abstracts.  Both sessions will be determined by the Abstract Review Team made up of experts who will review the Abstracts and give them the best form of presentation.

Oral Abstract Sessions

Oral Abstracts are Abstracts reviewed and accepted for Oral Presentations.  Oral Abstract Sessions include speakers who will each deliver a presentation. Questions will be taken from the audience.  The Oral Abstract session will be moderated by a Chair and a Co-Chair while a Rapportuer will document and report on the session.  These sessions will take place after the Plenary sessions each day.

Poster Abstract Sessions

Abstracts accepted for Poster presentations will be exhibited during this Summit.  The presenters will stand by their presentations to explain and give answers to questions from participants who will come around their stands. Oral Poster presentation Sessions will be scheduled daily at midday.

NON–ABSTRACT-DRIVEN SESSIONS 

In addition to abstract-driven sessions, the Summit will offer non-abstract driven sessions which will address a variety of current viewpoints and issues. The format and focus of these sessions will vary.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will feature experts on HIV/AIDS Education, Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE), School Health etc.  This session will speak to the track and sub-track for the day.  Plenary Sessions will take place the first each and followed by break out sessions.  All delegates are expected to participate throughout the duration of the Summit.

Special Sessions

Special sessions will feature presentations by highly visible and highly placed HIV/AIDS Ambassadors and policy makers. These sessions would be sponsored either by the Summit Secretariat or organizations.  These sessions may be opened to all participants or selectively restricted.  These sessions will be held after lunch each day through the summit.

Round Table Sessions

These are sessions that are either sponsored by organizations or by the Summit Secretariat and, are specifically targeted to select participants.

Skills Building Sessions

Skills Building Sessions are organized at no extra cost to provide orientation, offer vocational skills to individuals and strengthen the capacities of youth-led organizations.  The sessions will run simultaneously with the Special and Round Table Sessions.

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Sessions are organized to reach out to the communities.  These sessions take place in the community village and may run parallel with the Special, Round Table and Skills Building Sessions.

Satellite Sessions

Satellite sessions are for organizations that come to showcase their activities and promote their products during the summit.  These sessions hold after the Special and Round Table Sessions and they will be on a buy-in basis.

Click to Submit an Abstract: http://www.reshaa2011.org/abstract/form.php

The Objective of the Summit is:

  • 1.    To create a platform for both students and stakeholders in the educational sector to interact on HIV related issues and address the impact on young people

  • 2.    To involve young people in dialogue through their active voices and active participation towards preventing new infection and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS among the in school youth.
  • 3.    To explore innovative strategies and its application like the use of ICT for HIV prevention within the school setting.
  • 4.    Increase the proportion of young people and peer educators by 40% who have appropriate knowledge of HIV&AIDS as well as right attitude, behavior and life building skills by the end of 2015.

SKILLS BUILDING SESSIONS

Skills Building Sessions are organized at no extra cost to provide orientation, offer vocational skills to individuals and strengthen the capacities of youth-led organizations.  The sessions will run simultaneously with the Special and Round Table Sessions.

Topics for the Skills Building Sessions are generated from the theme and daily tracks of the Summit as follows:

Track A: Policy and Coordination
Track B: Workplace Initiative
Track C: Prevention Education using School Based Approach
Track D: Informal Education
Track E: Research and Monitoring/Evaluation
Track F: Integration into other developmental issues

The Skills Building submitter will be required to put up a summary of his/her presentation or presentations and send to programme@reshaa2011.org .  The presentations will be reviewed by the Reviewers.  Submitters  of ACCEPTED presentations will be contacted.  Also note that submitters of NOT ACCEPTED presentations will be contacted to notify them of the status of their presentations.

Deadline for submission Skills Building presentations is September 15, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s youth are raising their voices to shape the present and futures of their countries. They want to be heard, to be included in decision-making debates and to make change. Student engagement, social innovation, fostering democracy, youth employment, conflict and sustainable development are among the issues that will be discussed on the floor of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum.

Held from 17 to 20 October 2011 in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Forum brings together youth delegates, civil society participants, UN entities, intergovernmental organizations, academics and the private sector. Participants will discuss, debate, and exchange ideas on the Forum’s timely themes and have the opportunity to present their recommendations to the representatives of Member States during the 36th UNESCO General Conference.

During the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum, youth delegates and key partners will examine achievements and lessons learnt during the International Year of Youth and will discuss ways to maintain and capitalize on the momentum created by the Year.

The main theme of the Forum is How youth drive change.

The sub-themes are:

  • Citizens in action: youth in political and public life
  • Countering youth exclusion, vulnerability and violence
  • Breaking through employment barriers

The output of the Youth Forum is a Final Report drafted by youth participants containing key recommendations on the themes that will be presented to representatives of National governments at the 36th UNESCO General Conference

Join Us

Join the UNESCO Facebook page to discuss the issues of the Youth Forum and share your views!

Participate in the Twitter conversation @unescoNOW using the hashtag #UNESCOYOUTH.

Source: http://www.aimun.org/index.php?page=2011

For its 2nd Annual Conference, AIMUN is partnering with the African Union to mark the African Youth Day with a Model African Union Conference. The conference will be held between November 1st – 4th at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The 2011 conference will simulate the African Union Structure as well as its rules and procedures closely. The conference will be the first continental level Model African Union.

While preparing for the 2011 AIMUN-AU conference, students develop leadership, research, writing, public speaking and problem solving skills as well as have to familiarize themselves with several AU documents, such as the African Youth Charter.

In addition, it provides students with the arena to put into practice theories and techniques learned in class; such as consensus building and conflict resolution, all of which they will use throughout their lives. Through debate, the conference will also aim to achieve the objective of Article 13 of the African Youth Charter, which is to “prepar[e] young people for responsible lives in free societies that promote peace, understanding, tolerance, dialogue, mutual respect and friendship among all nations and across all groupings of people.”

It will also enable students the opportunity to interact and network with students from different cultures and backgrounds as well as further Article 26 (l) of the African Youth Charter, to “Promote patriotism towards and unity and cohesion of Africa.”

AIMUN-AU 2011 Committees

The AIMUN-AU 2011 conference will follow the the legislative structure of the African Union and its committees as stipulated in the African Union charter.

Pan-African Parliament

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is the legislative body of the African Union. The PAP exercises oversight, and has advisory and consultative powers.Four committees of the Pan-African Parliament will be simulated. These are:

1. Committee on Rural Economy, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment

2. Committee on Trade, Customs, and Immigration Matters

3. Committee on Transport, Industry, Communications, Energy, Science, and Technology

4. Committee on Justice and Human Rights

AIMUN-AU 2011 Application

Log In

You must be logged in to submit an Application. You can easily login to AIMUN using your Facebook account by clicking the Facebook Link at the top of the page. http://www.aimun.org

Source: http://africa-youth.org/files/africa_position.html

About 65% of the total population of Africa are below the age of 35 years, and over 35% are between the ages of 15 and 35 years – making Africa the most youth full continent. By 2020, it is projected that out of 4 people, 3 will be on average 20 years old. About 10 million young African youth arrive each year on the labor market. The African Union envisions and is striving for an integrated African economic social, cultural and political development agenda: A prosperous Africa at peace with itself and its partners.

Clearly an emergent and integrated Africa can be fully realized only if its demographic advantage – “large population of youth” is mobilized and equipped to help drive Africa’s integration, peace and development agenda. This vision emanates from the belief and conviction that a strong and accountable leadership and successful integration needs to be anchored on participation of the key segment of the population of which the Youth are an essential pillar.

Against the foregoing and in light of, the great potential, dynamism, resourcefulness, resiliency, and aspiration of African youth, the continent continues to face daunting challenges of maximizing benefits from this critical social capital by for example, adequately investing in its growth and enrichment.

The African Population is estimated to be more than 1 billion people of which 60% are youth. The greater proportion of this percentage does not have the opportunity to fully develop its potential and contribute effectively to the realization of the declared Vision and the Mission of Africa’s leaders. Consequently the majority of African youth continue to face; unemployment, underemployment, lack of skills, relevant education, access to health-related information and services including those related to diagnosis, treatment, and care of those living with HIV and above all prevention of new HIV infections among them. Along with other groups such as women and the disabled, the youth bear the brunt of internal and external crisis, be it those related to financial, food and energy crisis amongst others. In addition, many disadvantaged youth are unwittingly conscripted into armed struggle, used to settle political scores and are exposed to various negative media that erodes their positive heritage- leading them to delinquency, drug abuse, and other risky behavior. Furthermore and as is well known, most youth that migrate to foreign countries or even within continent, in search of greener pastures also face exploitation and mistreatments among other things.

Obviously, the Vision and Mission of the African Union and the NEPAD goals of Africa’s renaissance would be realized not only through economic growth but also deliberate efforts to accelerate social development that gives high priority to youth empowerment and development.

At national level, there is full recognition of the dire challenges and great opportunities the youth presents and most African countries are making efforts to involve young people in political and decision making processes, as reflected in the establishment of national youth parliaments and youth appointment in executive positions and consultation with young people on policies and programmes that affect their lives.

At regional and continental levels, Youth networks have been established including the Pan African Youth Union to serve as a channel for youth engagement and for conveying youth perspectives for integration into national, regional and continental policies strategies and programmes.

It must be noted that most African countries have youth related policies and programs. The same is the case with the Regional Economic Communities. At continental level among other things, the African leaders have collectively taken the following actions:

Adopted and approved the African Youth Charter (2006) which as of date 37 countries have signed and 21 have also ratified. The Youth Charter is a comprehensive framework that addresses the rights and obligations of young people. It also constitutes the social contract of the State and the Youths that responds to the priority needs regarding their development and empowerment.

Adopted the plan of Action of the second decade of Education (2006-2015) to emphasize the need for higher, quality in African Education at all levels.

Declared the years 2009-2018 as the Decade for Youth Development and approved a Plan of action to implement the priority activities identified during the Decade. This is in harmony with International consensus on the International Year of Youth 2010 through 64th UN General Assembly Resolution 34/134

The International Youth Year 2010 declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) offer an excellent opportunity to undertake National, Regional and International activities in favor of promoting dialogue and mutual comprehension, particularly through effective participation of Governments and young Africans in the United Nations Conference on Youth.

Despite, the conducive policy environment created at the country, regional and continental levels, major challenges still exist. These challenges are a result of multiple factors including the development stage of most African countries and the gaps in-between policies, strategies and their effective implementation. This is not backed by adequate budgetary allocation to support and scale up effective and evidence-informed youth programmes.

Key Challenges

1. Inadequate investment in quality and competitive education and skills for the youth and especially those with special needs;

2. Limited access to youth friendly health information and quality services including those related to planned parenthood;

3. prevention of new HIV infections and diagnosis, treatment and care for those living with HIV;

4. Non-availability of productive employment and self-employment for a good majority of young people; consequently the exclusion of the critical mass which is indispensable social capital required both for economic growth and social development.

5. Limited opportunities to learn, utilize, develop and apply modern technology;

6. Rare opportunities to civic participation, governance and education that engenders human rights; issues of equity, equality and the relevance of social inclusion;

7. Gender inequity and inequality particularly in tertiary education, representation in key institutions i.e. parliament, and sectoral ministries;

8. Inadequate availability of comprehensive and age appropriate sexuality education for in and out of school youth coupled with high level of sexual exploitation and gender-based violence in many countries.

9. Inadequate absorptive capacity of academic institutions including those of higher and technical learning.

10. Poor access towards financial and other resource in ensuring youth development;

11. Poverty among the youth remain a great challenge.

Opportunities

– Harnessing the benefits of the demographic dividend presented by the large population of youth by Increasing investment in their development could enable the continent to attain its growth and development objective as demonstrated in South East Asian countries;

– The African Youth Charter, the approval of the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps and the Plan of Action for the Decade; all of which provide a framework for harmonization with country level policies and programmes and which pave the way for implementing agreed upon priorities;

– Africa’s commitment towards good governance, economic and social integration facilitates a meaningful contribution from the highly mobile and globally aware young people. This Business acumen of young people- if tapped contributes to Africa’s economic;

– Current efforts towards the promotion of peace and security through advocacy for; dialogue and reconciliation among conflicting parties; avoidance of undemocratic change of government; and the establishment and contribution for the operation of the AU peace keeping force. Establish and strengthen a directorate of youth development within the AU to ensure effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation of youth development interventions.

Key Priority Areas for Action

1. Incrementally increase in investment for Youth development, empowerment including the preparation of adolescents for positively emerging into enabled youth, which requires priority investment in health, education, and employment creation;

2. Accelerating the implementation of the African Youth Charter, the Plan of Action for the Decade and provide the necessary mechanism and adequate resources for their implementation;

3. Operationalizing the African Youth Volunteer Corps at continental and country level in the identification, training and deployment of African Youths for placements;

4. Establishing an effective mechanism for coordinating and evaluating the implementation of the above (1, 2 and 3);

5. Establish the Africa Youth Trust Fund through effective resource mobilization, with a mechanism for management and oversight for implementation;

6. Strengthening the technical and institutional capacity of (a) academic and technical entities so that they could in turn enable youth to meet the current and future development demands including the utilization and application of modern technology (b) of selected African networks such as the PYU; (c) the African Union Commission so that it could effectively monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Youth Charter as well as the Plan of Action for the Decade and the AU-YVC;

7. Appropriately resource and scale up comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality education for in and out of school with the aim of preventing unwanted pregnancies, new HIV infections, substance usage, harmful cultural practices, gender-based violence, and preparing youth for a gender equitable and mutually respective relationships and families;

8. Expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health services including those preventing mother to child transmission of HIV and ensuring safe motherhood and planned-parenthood for all young Africans.

Call to Action

Clearly, the implementation of the African Youth Charter, and the Plan of Action for the Decade (2009-2018) and the African Youth Volunteer Corps cannot be implemented fully without international collaboration. Thus, this African position on youth presents an opportunity for coordinating and harmonizing national, regional and international efforts geared at the realization of Africa’s objective pertaining to youth development and empowerment.

Africa calls on all stake holders for full support in the implementation of these priority areas!

Thanks for taking your awesome time to read articles and research! Please feel free always to make your comments or send. Have a bless and wonderful day!

Joseph M D Johnson

Youth Advocate/ AU YVC – Liberia