Skills workshops and advocacy trainings in all UN regions for young people by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth

UNMGCY commits to hosting at least one in-person Action Workshop in each of the five United Nations regions, as well as multiple online webinars, in 2019. Each workshop, with an estimate of 200 participants, will be funded by various partners.

Based on regional contexts, each workshop will have different focuses, but all of them will:

  • Facilitate discussion about decent work and sustainable economies;
  • share knowledge from youth and experts alike;
  • Build capacity and skills for young people to improve labor market situations;
  • Provide a space for participants to launch new actions. All workshops will have gender balance.

Entity

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
  • 8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment
  • 8.b By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization

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The commitment will be led by the Global Focal Points, who work with Regional Focal Points to reach out to local partners and participants, and with Thematic Focal Points to produce content. Partners, such as local or national governments, NGOs, universities, etc will support the workshops for accountability.

By enabling young people to 1) improve their labor market situation and 2) further enable other young people, this commitment contributes to knowledge sharing, capacity building, and policy advocacy among, for, and with young people. With this, the participants and members organizations will create, foster, and grow vibrant youth actions around the world.

Online discussions will enable young people to contextualize the abstract concepts of decent work. UNMGCY are supporting the Initiative through awareness-building and policy advocacy; these young people will then be able to advocate for better labor conditions at home.

As workshops will also feed into the production of positions which will be used in future UNMGCY policy advocacy, majority will take place before the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). After July, any and all workshops will be on working with young people to contextualize Member States’ responses to our work at HLPF, and working to implement those policies at the local and national level.

This commitment will repeat in future years, tailored to meet the goals of new Focal Points, and, hopefully to be improved and contextualized throughout the advocacy cycle.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 5 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

    Minimum one workshop per UN region. Each workshop will have sessions on the four pillars of decent work, helping young people to contextualize their rights. Additionally, knowledge and industry partners will provide trainings on related skills.

    BY: Dec 2019
  • 4 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    In addition to in-person workshops, this commitment will have a number of online dialogues and webinars for those who are unable to attend a workshop in person. This will be shorter, and more focused, primarily on policy advocacy, so that participants may start to improve local and or national circumstances.

    BY: Dec 2019
  • 1,200 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Across all workshops and webinars, a minimum of 1200 young people will gain policy advocacy skills, soft skills, and, depending on their avenue of engagement, technical or vocational skills as well. These workshops are for peer-learning, and are designed to foster human-centered growth over economic growth.

    BY: Dec 2019

Start

01-Jan-2019

End

31-Dec-2019

USD 25,000

Estimated total value of the commitment

1,200

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: All ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Specific ethnic groups
  • Low-income individuals
  • Non-low income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond

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