Open Meeting of the UN with Youth, New York

Deadline: 20 August 2013
Open to: Youth between 15-29 years affiliated with, and endorsed by, a youth-led or youth-focused organisation, network or movement
Venue: 18-20 September 2013 in New York, USA


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has made working with and for young people a priority in his Five Year Action Agenda. In addition to the appointment of an Envoy on Youth and the creation of a UN Youth Volunteer Programme, the Secretary General has also called for the development of a UN System-wide Action Plan on Youth (Youth SWAP), which aims to strengthen programming and policies on adolescents and youth in regions and countries on five thematic areas: employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, civic engagement and protection of rights, education – including comprehensive sexual education, and health.

The Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, which includes 40 entities within the United Nations system, has been tasked by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to coordinate support for the implementation of his priorities. The IANYD has been working in consultation with young people, and in order to strengthen partnerships, it will host an open meeting with youth networks, organizations and movements.

The meeting will be an opportunity to share progress made so far on these initiatives, to identify ways in which young people can participate in implementing them, holding the United Nations accountable and jointly calling for increased investments in young people. Candidates can participate online or in-person in the meeting, taking place in New York at UN Headquarters on 18-20 September 2013.


To be eligible, candidates must be:

  • Aged between 15-29 years
  • Affiliated with, and endorsed by, a youth-led or youth-focused organisation, network or movement
  • Able to prepare for the meeting by reading relevant background materials
  • Able to clearly demonstrate a multiplier effect of participating in the meeting
  • Willing and able to continue engagement and participation after the meeting


Participants are encouraged to cover their own costs for participation. Limited funding for accommodation, travel, visa, etc. is available by request to ensure meaningful participation in the meeting.


Online application form can be found at this page. Applications that require funding must be sent by August 20th the latest. All other applications should be sent by September 15th.

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