Youth Advisor Update #2 - Oct '14What? 1st Global Forum on Youth Policies (1GSYF)Where? Baku, AzerbaijanWhen? 28th – 30th of OctoberWho? Jérémy and MaeedHello everyone,We will not often have two updates so close together, but shortly after the World

Youth Advisor Update #2 - Oct '14 What? 1st Global Forum on Youth Policies (1GSYF) Where? Baku, Azerbaijan When? 28th – 30th of October Who? Jérémy and Maeed Hello everyone, We will not often have two updates so close together, but shortly after the World Scout Committee’s Induction Weekend, Jérémy and Maeed participated in the 1st Global Forum on Youth Policies in Baku, and we wanted to share their experiences with you. Jérémy and Maeed were part of WOSM’s representation at the Global Forum, along with Hany Abdulmonem Director, Youth Programme at the World Scout Bureau and Ilyas Ismayilli, President of the Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan. The 1GFYP was co‐convened by the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNESCO and the Council of Europe and was hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and supported by the team of The Forum brought together policymakers, civil society organizations, experts, academcs, youth activists, parliamentarians, UN agencies, foundations, development partners and others. It provided multi‐stakeholders the opportunity to assess the state of youth policy. One of the main motivations for this was that it has been 20 years since the adoption of the UN World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY – 1995). The key areas of discussion at the Forum included: - The urgency of progressing youth policies globally, and evaluating where we stand? - Looking back and taking stock: 20 years after the WPAY - Exploring youth policy achievements and challenges across thematic priority areas: Education, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Gender equality, Health, Information and Communication Technology, Intergenerational Dialogue, Leisure, Participation, Peace and Security, Social inclusion, Urbanization and Housing, Volunteerism and Youth and justice. The forum discussed the key ingredients of a modern youth policy framework. It explored common denominators, looking at the scope, meaning and applications of common denominators for youth policy frameworks. It addressed legal frameworks and instruments, maintaining a consistent evidence-base and making youth policy transversal and cross-sectorial. We also explored strategies for youth and stakeholders’ participation, political commitments and mobilizations of resources, building monitoring and evaluation systems. But that’s not all! There were also discussions on Guiding principles for Youth Policy Development: implementation and monitoring at local, regional and international levels. We had long discussions on regional realities and regional frameworks, exploring how the common denominators and guiding principles discussed throughout the Forum can be translated into regional context across the globe. This led to discussions on regional needs, regional strategies and regional action. The closing session of the Forum focused on taking youth policies forward. The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmed Alhendawi announced that the Global Forum of Youth Polices would be held every four years. The main outcome of the Forum was that all co-conveners of the 1GFYP agreed on a “Baku Commitment to Youth Policies” and all participants; individuals, governments and organizations were asked to commit themselves to this commitment as well. Baku Commitment to Youth Policies Youth Policies should be; Rights-based, Inclusive, Participatory, Gender-responsive, Comprehensive, Knowledge-based and evidence-informed fully resourced accountable. Commitments: * Supporting implementation of World Programme of Action for Youth * Promoting synergies between youth policies and broader frameworks * Establishing and coordinating the Global initiatives on Youth Policies * Regular international Stakeholder Meetings on Youth Policies * Strengthening regional and cross-regional collaboration * Strengthening transversal and cross-sectorial coordination * Further developing tools, indicators, methodologies and research * Further promoting and supporting youth civic engagement * Enabling greater youth involvement in monitoring and evaluation We, as part of the WOSM delegation, along with everyone else present, undertook to build on this commitment, and develop it in the coming years, in our own work within the Movement and externally. The work is only beginning, but it certainly looks promising. Please do let us know if you have any thoughts or ideas around this new commitment – we would love to hear from you via the Youth Wall on Facebook or As always, will keep you posted. Cheers, Jérémy and Maeed Youth Advisors (2014-17)
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