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All youth organizations are encouraged to review the Guidelines and use the Application form and invited to apply.

Deadline to submit applications is February 13, 2013, 11:59pm EST.

The YSF provides seed funding to outstanding youth-led initiatives that promote long-term constructive relationships between people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. The Fund links small scale and local work to larger movements for social and global change. It supports the development of young peoples’ organizations and other means for their work to have an even broader and deeper impact and to be expanded.

To learn more about the YSF, as well as Youth Programme, please visit the UNAOC Youth Website

Please carefully review the Application Guidelines and this annex before completing the Application form.

Send your complete application, CV/resume, registration certificate and a copy of the statute by February 13, 2013, 23:59 New York City time. Please email these documents in one message. If the files are too big, please compress them in RAR format.

The subject line of your message should read: Country_Name of Organization (for example, USA_United Nations Headquarters).

Please fill in and save your application form as follows: Country_Name of Organization_Application Form (for example, USA_United Nations Headquarters_Application Form).

Project Coordinator CV/resume, statute and registration certificate should be saved accordingly (for example, USA_United Nations Headquarters_Statute / or, Certificate / or, Project Coordinator CV).

Your application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in March 2013. Visit our website to review the results of the selection process and check names of the winners.


Hey Young Diplomats, I am very excited about 2013! We can trust that 2012 has been great and hope that 2013 will be greater!


Are you a student over 18 who is currently enrolled in a university?? This is another opportunity for you to attend the Geneva International Model United Nations Annual Conference 2013 (GIMUN 2013) from Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd of March 2013, at Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

We will appreciate if you can kindly Share and following the link ( for more information. Note that High school students are not eligible.

Total Number of Participants: Approximately 250
Conference Theme: Science for peace and development
Language: English and French, with interpretation and translation. All participants are expected to speak either English or French

You may inbox me if you have any short questions OR may need special application assistance. For questions E-mail Please make sure to read all the information carefully before applying.

Recruitment functions by roll-on admissions. Positions are given to candidates progressively. This means that as soon as all the positions are filled, registration will close (even if this is before the 31st of January 2013). So the earlier that you apply, the better!

GIMUN Registration 2013

Please fill out the following form to register for Bloc RepresentativeAmbassador or Delegate Positions at the GIMUN 2013 Annual Conference. Make sure you have carefully read all the necessary information regarding these positions before applying! JournalistsTranslators and Interpreters for the conference are recruited via e-mail. To register follow the link: 




A Framework defining Africa‘s Youth Agenda!

In July 2006, African Union Head of States and Governments meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC). The Charter is a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels. The AYC aims to strengthen, reinforce and consolidate efforts to empower young people through meaningful youth participation and equal partnership in driving Africa’s development agenda. Overall:

  1. The Youth Charter is a legal document to support policies, programmes and actions for youth development in Africa
  2. The Charter refers to the rights, freedoms and duties of Young people in Africa
  3. The Youth Decade Plan of Action 2009-2018 is a roadmap for the effective popularizing, ratifying and implementing the AYC


As of April 19, 2012

  1. 28 Member States have Ratified the Charter
  2. 39 Member States have Signed the Charter
  3. 6 Member States are yet to sign and ratify




ImageDomestication and Implementation

Work needs to be done to domesticate and implement the African Youth Charter. Law makers should align national laws and policies with the provisions of the African Youth Charter. Youth Rights and Responsibilities should specifically be made enforceable in respective constitutions and other laws of member state.

The specific duties imposed on Member States in the African Youth Charter vis a vis observing the rights of young people may involve huge financial implication. However, to avert non implementation after transformation, Member States should amend their constitutions and other related laws to impose an obligation on governing bodies to embark on time-bound progressive implementation of their duties by providing specific percentages in their national budgets to carry out such duties.

All member states are thus encouraged to take appropriate steps in ratifying and transforming the Charter. This would further strengthen the youth to play their inevitable roles in sustainable national development.

Judiciary bodies, the African Human Right Commission, and higher international instances have their roles to play in protecting the provisions of the African Youth Charter by managing judicially and judiciously the issues of enforcement. For instance, it would have to accord every African Youth the locus standi to enforce the provision of the charter transformed by Member States where their national courts are reluctant about enforcement. Further, such judicial instances should adopt a liberal approach of interpretation by subsuming the rights in African Youth Charter into the civil and political rights in the various national constitutions.

Member States are expected to have Youth Ministries which shall be strengthened to execute the legal and policy frameworks aimed at empowering the youth. A very few Member States (e.g. South Africa) have taken an examlatory lead in establishing of a National Youth Commission to contribute positively to the political, sociological and economic employment of the disadvantaged members of the society.


Theme: Water for the future: The contribution of the Youth
Call for papers

The East African Young Water Professionals (EAYWP) is pleased to announce its 2nd Young Water Professional Conference that is slated to take place in KigaliRwanda, 9th -11th December under the theme Water for the future: The contribution of youth.

This conference will provide a forum for professionals especially the young working in water and wastewater research, technology and management to present their work and share their experience on the role of different stakeholders in ensuring that this fundamental resource is preserved for the next generation. Papers and posters on all aspects of the Water sector, including water and wastewater research, technology and management, social and environmental aspects are invited.

The conference is open to all professionals in the water sector especially the Young Water Professionals in Africa and the International community. The participants will have the opportunity to showcase their works, share their experience, network and make contributions to preserving water for the future.

Sub themes:
·        Climate Change

·        Integrated Water Resource Management

·        Water Governance, Finance and Management

·        Youth Empowerment and Gender

·        Sanitation and Hygiene

Contact: Organizing Committee

Important dates
First Announcement:                19th July 2012 
Submission of abstracts:        20th September 2012
Notification of authors:        30th September 2012
Submission of full papers:        15th November 2012

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African researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators are being sought for to propose projects that will deliver market-oriented solutions for Africa-led development.

The projects should be under one of seven categories which include: agriculture and agribusiness, ICT applications, health and wellbeing, environment, energy and water, manufacturing and service industries.

The winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize of US$100,000, while the runner-ups will receive US$25,000 each. The registration deadline is 31 October 2012 with no possibility for extensions

The initiative, which is dubbed “Innovation prize for Africa” is co-founded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF). Interested persons can apply online via



The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are delighted to announce the call for applications for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Too often, innovators and entrepreneurs are not highly profiled on the African development agenda. It is IPA’s mission to elevate attention around innovative work and help support the vision of entrepreneurs. The prize honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute towards the development of new products, increased efficiency or cost savings in Africa. The prize also promotes the efforts of young African men and women pursuing science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities that aim to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The goals of the 2013 Prize are to:

  • Mobilize leaders from all sectors to fuel African innovation
  • Promote innovation across Africa in key sectors of interest through the competition
  • Promote science, technology and engineering as rewarding, exciting and noble career options among the youth in Africa by profiling success applicants
  • Encourage entrepreneurs, innovators, funding bodies and business development service providers to exchange ideas and explore innovative business opportunities.

IPA anticipates contributing to the following outcomes:

  • Increased commercialization of research and development (R&D) outputs in Africa
  • Increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of an innovative and dynamic private sector; and
  • Increased economic activity and African led development that results in lasting impact

Please contact us with any questions about the 2013 Prize application.


Show us your image of development in action, and you could win a $500 prize from Development Gateway. To celebrate the launch of our new website, we’re calling on photographers around the world to share their images and stories of people in developing countries working to build a better world.

WHAT: We are looking for images of empowerment and people finding solutions. The photographs should be related to one of the following:

  • Images related to the thematic areas of Development Gateway’s work: Governance; Knowledge and networking; and Transparency and accountability
  • People using information and communications technologies
  • People making something, selling wares, working in a field, constructing a building or type of infrastructure, teaching, learning, or interacting with each other
  • Abstract images representing hope, the future, or capacity building

Please do not submit photographs of groups of people posing.

WHO: The Development Gateway photo competition is open to ALL photographers at least 13 years of age, except employees of Development Gateway and their immediate families. Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photograph, name, occupation, city and state of residence to be published as the selected award winner or a runner-up; published or used on Development Gateway websites; and used for the promotion of Development Gateway including, but not limited to, web pages, brochures, fact sheets, and other materials. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs. The Development Gateway shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgment, winner eligibility.

Each entry must include a brief written statement (100 words maximum) explaining how that image is representative of development. Images will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

WHEN: Deadline for submitting entries is November 18, 2011.

On December 2, 2011, the top five photographs will be posted on the Development Gateway website, and the winner will be selected by popular vote. All visitors to the site will be able to vote once. The voting will begin on December 2 and end on December 16. The winner will be announced on December 19, 2011 and should expect an interview that week.

Prize: $500

Individuals living within the United States will receive the prize as a check by mail. Individuals living outside the United States will receive the prize as a wire transfer. In this case, the winner must provide information on his or her bank account.


HOW TO ENTER: Send submissions or questions to:

Your submission should include your full name, email address, a brief statement describing each photo (100 words maximum), and the photo(s). Please also mention how you heard about the photo contest. Each participant may submit up to 3 photographs total. Original files of camera-made digital photos must be five (5) megapixels or larger.

By entering the contest, you indicate that you are in agreement with the legal conditions.


For more details:

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan; Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Broadcasting Corporation Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education Supported by FELISSIMO CORPORATION.

As today’s young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

THEME:                   “MY STORY OF INSPIRATION”
Many people experience inner change that motivates them to create a better world.
Please share your story of inspiration that has affected your life and changed you to make a change in the world.


1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2011) in one of the following age categories:

a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)

2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.

3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2011 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.

Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’       names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.

* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.

4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.

* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page at and follow the required steps.

5. Essays must be original and unpublished.

6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.

DEADLINE:  Entries must be received by June 30, 2011.

AWARD: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,200) … 1 entrant

2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$600) … 2 entrants

3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants

Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2011. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2011 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( and UNESCO web site (

PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO: International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan
OR Send online

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Best regards,

Joseph M D Johnson

AU Youth Volunteer – Liberia