YouthLinkExpress Newsletter
vol 9.1
:: Spotlight
NGO Consultation on the Reforms on International Monetary and Financial System
In the wake of the global financial and economic crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, set up a commission of experts, whose mandate is to reflect on the causes of and solutions to the crisis. Mr. d'Escoto Brockmann has asked the Commission to consult with civil society groups across the globe and to compile their views into a single report that will be presented to the Commission as an official input to their deliberations. This on-line consultation - open to all civil society organizations - was set up to support this effort.

1. Network News
2. Get Involved
3. In the spotlight
4. Of Interest
5. Opportunities
6. Take Action

Vidar Ekehaug and Christine Seifert

Mike Alves, Janine Padilla, Aleksandra Radyuk, and Christine Seifert
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:: Introduction

Dear Friends,

The Commission for Social Development is currently taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme of social integration and its relation to poverty eradication and full employment. The Commission is an annual event following up on the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, where social integration was one of the main themes. Social integration can be described as the process of building the solidarity, capacity and institutions needed to create an inclusive society, where all groups enjoy equal rights, access to basic services and opportunities for participation.

The Global Youth Action Network conducted a member consultation on the issue of social integration last fall (see Network News below). The consultation clearly indicated that members see education, in all its forms, as a key to achieving social integration. Many members expressed frustration over the difficulties in getting a college/university education and the consequences this has for job and career opportunities for young people. In addition, citizen participation and government accountability were identified as key issues.

The theme of social integration represents an opportunity for young people to be recognized and included as equal partners in decision-making. Policies and programs on education, employment and other issues are much more likely to reflect the needs and aspirations of youth if they are involved in planning and designing them. An inclusive society, by definition, should consider and involve all groups in decision-making.

Best regards,

Vidar Ekehaug
Program Manager

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Student leader: We are not to follow a violent agenda
Venezuela, 01/19/09, El Universal
The president of the University Student Council (FCU), Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Ricardo Sánchez, rebutted the discrediting means that the Executive Office "is using to criminalize and stigmatize the student movement" More here.

Youth making a difference
New Zealand, 01/23/09, Otago Daily Times
Lani Evans is not surprised young people have been quick to participate in school holiday programmes featuring voluntary work. More here.

Youth council children want a role in state projects
Thailand, 01/09/09, The Nation
Children and youths want government agencies to take action to boost their quality of life. More here.

Join Global Youth Service Day on April 24-26, 2009!
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest annual celebration of young volunteers, where millions of young people in countries everywhere highlight and carry out thousands of community improvement projects. We welcome all interested organizations to submit their applications for National Lead Agency or Local Organizer. Please check the GYSD website to find out who is already involved in your country, get ideas for events, and find resources that can help you in your planning!

GYAN submits statement to the UN Commission for Social Development
Following an e-consultation with its member organizations, the Global Youth Action Network has submitted a statement to the United Nations Commission for Social Development for its 47th session in February 2009. The theme of the Commission is social Integration. You can read more about the commission here, and check out GYAN's statement here.

Presidential Commission on Youth and Intergenerational Partnerships
GYAN is supporting an emerging initiative calling for the new Obama administration to create a Presidential Commission on Youth. If you want to know more and are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or partner, check out the website.

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World Bank International Essay Competition 2009
This year's topic of the Essay Competition is Climate Change. To enter the competition you should submit an essay that answers the following questions: “How does climate change affect you?” and “How can you tackle climate change through youth-led solutions?” The deadline is February 22nd, 2009.

Imagine Cup 2009: Solve the World's Toughest Problems
In 2009, the Imagine Cup challenges the world's most talented students to "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today." The United Nations has identified some of the hardest challenges in the world today in its Millennium Goals. This year the Imagine Cup uses these ambitious challenges as a guiding light to inspire change all over the world. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2009.

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Workshops foster dialogue among Lebanese, Palestinian youth
Lebanon, 01/06/09, The Daily Star
Lebanese and Palestinian youth exchanged views about recent political and social events during a series of workshops organized by the Developmental Action without Borders Organization (NABAA) over the weekend in the southern port city of Sidon. More here.

Youth on duty for Gaza
Turkey, 01/14/09, Hurriyet DailyNews
A few young activists are "on duty for humanity," day and night, waving Palestinian flags in front of the Israeli Consulate. More here.

Young oppositionists still being expelled from universities
Belarus, 01/13/09, Charter 97
Alyaksei Zmushko, coordinator of organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy in Rechytsa, has been expelled from Agricultural Academy of Horki. More here.

What Youth Give Society
Italy, 01/21/09, Zenit
Benedict XVI is sending a message to young people for the next World Youth Days, and it is important for them to read it, affirms Father Eric Jacquinet. More here.

Mass uprising of Greece's youth
Greece, 01/08/09, Le Monde Diplomatique
Why did Greek youth take to the streets? For the first time since the second world war young people have no hope of a better life than their parents. More here.

Muslim youth request Obama's help in fighting extremism
USA, 01/22/09, USA today
As Barack Obama begins his tenure as the first U.S. president with Muslim ancestry (though he is a Christian), a group of 300 young Muslim activists from 76 countries has asked him to promote policies that can help peacefully curtail religious extremism. More here.

Young Women Talk HIV & Aids
Belize, 01/21/09, 7 News
Inviting a group of young women to sit down and talk HIV and Aids may sound simple, but no matter how many times it happens, infections rates continue to climb. More here.

Youngest Delegate Tasks NYC
Gambia, 12/23/08,
Omar Cham, the youngest delegate at the 2008 biennial National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCONF) currently taking place at the North Bank Region (NBR), has taken the National Youth Council (NYC) to task, demanding immediate incorporation of children in the National Youth Policy Act, and other activities of young people. More here.


United Actions
United Actions project is a global project that was launched to support the achievement of United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Come and join the United Actions global network; participate, build and transform your ideas into innovative solutions. For more information, click here.

:: EVENT SPOTLIGHT [Full Calendar]

9th World Assembly
Date: August 28-31, 2009
Location: Montreal, Canada
Montreal will host the world civil society from August 28th to 31st, 2009, and for the following three years. Institut du Nouveau Monde has been selected by the CIVICUS movement leaders to organize this World Alliance for Citizen Participation's 9th, 10th and 11th world assemblies in Montreal. This event will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. For more information, click here.

Global Action Week
Date: April 20-26, 2009
Location: Global
Every year, the Global Campaign for Education and its affiliates organize Global Action Week to highlight the need for governments around the world to do more to meet the goals of the Education for All movement. In 2009, CGCE's annual Global Action Week is focusing in on The Big Read, as the campaign action that will focus in on Literacy for All. For more information, click here.

Global Youth Assembly (GYA) 2009
Date: July 30-August 2, 2009
Location: Edmonton, Canada
GYA is a social forum for 1000 Canadian and international youth between the ages of 16-28 to learn about and promote human rights and sustainable communities. Involved young people will come together for three days of world-class keynotes, interactive workshops, and break-outs that will focus on bridging diversity and strengthening youth capacity to become active members in their communities. For more information, click here or send an email.

Unite for Sight Annual Conference - Achieving Global Goals through Innovation
Date: April 18-19, 2009
Location: New Haven, USA
The Unite for Sight Conference was characterized as “a Meeting of Minds” by CNN and is open for anyone interested in international health and development, public health, eye care, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education. For more information, click here.

Many scams invite people to register for a youth conference, and intend only to collect registration fees. Please beware and only pay fees when you are certain it is a legitimate event. Common schemes include events taking place both in the USA and other countries.

Combined International Conference on Child Labour, Abuse and Neglect organized by ICO, taking place in Andalusia, Alabama, U.S.A. on March 24-27, 2009 and in London, UK on March 30-April 2, 2009.

Conference organised by GCWOrg taking place from February 20-24 in New York, U.S.A. and from March 26-April 1 in Senegal.

Global Youths combined Conference organized by the GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION FOR RACISM AND CHILD ABUSE, taking place February 9-12 2009 in California, U.S.A. and February 16-19 2009 in Dakar, Senegal.

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Report of Youth Consultation on Migration
This is a report of the Youth Consultation that was held prior to the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Manila. It was published by Young People We Care (YPWC), a registered youth-led and youth-focused, non-profit organization that is headquartered in Ghana and has satellite offices in the UK, Canada and USA. YPWC focuses on sustainable development, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all. For more information, click here.

Humanity 4.0's Special Edition on Water
This new publication covers the global water situation, from good practices, reports, media and expert views to crisis examples, water footprint and lifestyle changes, youth leadership and education. The document has official status with UNESCO for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which means you can print it out and publish it in school hallways. For more information, click here.

The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
The organization works to unleash the potential of youth, adults, organizations and communities to engage together in creating a just society. Their new website is features a lot of free resources for anyone interested in working with youth and creating community change. For more information, click here.

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The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program provides support to young researchers working in academic and research institutions from developing countries, and preparing a doctoral thesis in a subject related to development. Fellowships are awarded for a period of five to ten months and must be completed between July 2009 and June 2010. Completed application packages must be received in Washington, DC, by February 28th, 2009. For more information, click here or send an email.


Award for Arab Youth
King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement invites Arab youth to showcase the positive impact of their success stories on their communities. Through recognizing these achievements, the Award aims to enhance the leadership skills of winners to continue making a difference. Each winner will be awarded a grant of $50,000 at the World Economic Forum, Dead Sea-Jordan 2009. Applications are open to Arab youth between the ages of 18 to 29 must be submitted by February 28, 2009. For more information, click here.

Youth Action Fund by the Open Society Institute
The purpose of the Youth Action Fund is to identify, inspire, and support small groups of dedicated young people who can mobilize and influence large numbers of their peers to promote open society ideals. The application is open for young people between 15 and 29 years old who are currently residing in one of the following countries: Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Nepal, Serbia, or Uganda. For more information, click here.

2009 International Young Eco-Hero Awards
These awards recognize the individual accomplishments of young people (ages 8-16) whose personal actions have significantly improved the environment with prizes up to $500. The application deadline is February 28, 2009. For more information, click here.



Send a 5th birthday card to Gordon Brown
More than 9 million children die before their 5th birthday every year. You can change this. Send a 5th birthday card to UK's Prime Minister now. For more information, click here.







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