YouthLinkExpress Newsletter
vol 9.2
:: Spotlight
Guide for Youth NGOs at United Nation Meetings
The European Youth Forum has published a guide for youth NGOs to make their presence at international meetings more effective. The guide offers a range of background information on policy processes at the United Nations, and practical advice on what to do before, during, and after a meeting. Check it out here!

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3. In the spotlight
4. Of Interest
5. Opportunities
6. Take Action

Vidar Ekehaug, Andrea Prince and Christine Seifert.

Mike Alves, Mariana González Araujo, Janine Padilla, and Aleksandra Radyuk.
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:: Introduction

Dear friends,

As advocates for youth participation and avid believers in the power of young people's engagement in all aspects of society, we often have to argue against the common view that young people are apathetic; that they are not engaged in creating social or political change in their countries and communities.

The truth is more complex than that. As the issues young people care about continue to be ignored by policy makers, their disbelief in our systems of representative democracy is growing and they become more and more disengaged from traditional forms of political participation. Yet, that does not mean that young people are not engaged in other ways.

In fact, I will take a bet that by the end of this year the world will realize that young people today may be the most engaged generation ever. From Canada to Norway, from Togo to India and Australia a massive movement of young people is forming that has one common goal: stop climate change!

This weekend alone, more than 11,000 young people from all over the US came together in Washington, DC for Powershift, the largest gathering of young people on climate and energy in US history. In India, the Indian Youth Climate Network just finished its Climate Solutions Road Tour to document and inspire ground breaking climate solutions. Many more youth organizations across the globe have planned similar activities for this year. Their active engagement will create social and political change.

In anticipation,

Franziska Seel
Executive Director

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City's young doctors honored
02/23/2009, Saigon Giai Phong, Vietnam
Twenty-two young doctors and surgeons in HCM City were presented yesterday the first Pham Ngoc Thach awards of 2009 for their achievements in medicine and contribution to society. More here.

World youth discuss climate change solutions at UN
02/10/2009, China View, China
…UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to explore ways in which young people could play an active part in global efforts on combating climate change. More here.

Youth campaign against TB
02/12/2009, Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia
A group of Saudi youth is preparing to participate in the international Stop Tuberculosis (STB) Day on 24 March by conducting an awareness campaign here from March 1. More here.

GYAN launches membership survey!
In order for GYAN to understand the needs of the network and determine how we can better serve our member organizations, we are conducting a survey of all GYAN members and other interested youth organizations. The survey asks for your opinion on the role of youth organizations in your community, in decision-making, and within GYAN. It will only take around 15 minutes, and is available here!

GYAN blogs from the Commission for Social Development
Check out the latest entries to our UN blog where you can read about GYAN's contributions to the Commission for Social Development, as well as what governments were focusing on. We encourage you to leave comments and questions! Check it out at

Join Global Youth Service Day on April 24-26
The registration process for Global Youth Service Day 2009 is open, and we hope you will get involved! All organizations are encouraged to plan youth-led community service projects that involve the broader community in GYSD or showcase existing projects to the media and surrounding community. For more information and a range of helpful tools and resources, please visit

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Join the Big Read!
The Big Read is the Global Campaign for Education's action in 2009. Anyone can take part by reading a story and writing your name as part of this campaign that will help everyone get an education. By holding a Big Read event between the 20th to 26th of April you'll be joining in with millions of people reading the same stories and demanding education for all. Find out more at the Big Read website.

GCAP events in 2009
The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is a growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organisations, NGOs and other campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms. GCAP is calling for action from the world's leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality, and is mobilizing for several important global events in 2009. To learn more, please visit

:: UN Blog
GYAN staff and interns regularly attend meetings and briefings at the UN; check this blog to see what is happening.
:: The VOICE Section informs youth on how to get involved in policy, and reports on those of interest to young people.

Leaders urged to serve as role models for the youth
02/23/2009, Joy online, Ghana
…urged leaders in government and society to exhibit exemplary leadership skills and serve as role models for children and the youth. More here.

Lviv hosts sixth regional session of European Youth Parliament
01/30/2009, Bsanna News, Ukraine
"European Citizenship: For EU or for the Whole Europe?" is the subject of the sixth regional session of the European Youth Parliament… More here.

NLD youth launch signature campaign
02/12/2009, DVB, Norway
National League for Democracy youth members today launched a new signature campaign calling for the release of all political prisoners, according to youth leader Myo Nyunt. More here.

Conference on youth as an actor of social change
02/13/2009, CORDIS news, Belgium
The final conference of the UP2YOUTH ('Youth - actor of social change') project will take place on 5 and 6 March in Brussels, Belgium. More here.

Iranian youth between two worlds
02/09/2009, France 24, France
Today over 60% of Iran's population is less than 30 years old. More here.

Students are prepared to speak with the government
02/20/2009, El Universal, Venezuela
… the student movement would ask the government and political parties for dialogue and understanding in order to find a solution to major domestic problems. More here.

Rahul's appeal to youth
02/23/2009, The Hindu, India
All-India Congress Committee general secretary and youth leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday completed his whirlwind tour of Gujarat in three rounds to oversee the membership drive in the Youth Congress. More here.

Young people urged to have voices heard in new 'Vote at 16' campaign
01/28/2009, Irish Times, Ireland
Young people aged 16 and 17 are being urged to contact local politicians as well as Minister for the Environment John Gormley, seeking the right to vote. More here.


Powershift ‘09
In the middle of the new administration's first 100 days, young people from across the United States converged on Washington D.C. to take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Capitol Hill. Over 10,000 youth leaders came to Washington DC to be inspired, trained, network and to lobby their members of Congress. For more information, click here.

:: EVENT SPOTLIGHT [Full Calendar]

Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment
Date: August 21-26, 2009
Location: Daejeon, Republic of Korea
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea is organizing the Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment. It will bring together 200 young people to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, workshops and field trips. For more information, click here.

World Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009
Date: May 5-10, 2009
Location: Manila, Philippines
The forum aims to draw attention of young people to take a proactive action to contribute to the achievement of sustainable future, under the theme of Education for Sustainable Development. It hopes to break down the barriers between nations and create strong linkages among participants. For more information, click here.

WYSE International Leadership Programme
Date: July 19-30, 2009
Location: Lucca, Italy
WYSE International is a youth leadership charity that runs programs for young people from around the world in the summer months. Their International Leadership Programs take the form of a 12 day intensive training, where participants from many different cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds come together to form an international learning community. For more information, click here.

Peace Within Reach: People and Politics Partnering for our Common Security
Date: March 20-23, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
The Peace Alliance and the Student Peace Alliance empower civic activism and advocate for legislation to establish a cabinet-level Department of Peace to address and treat the root causes of violence, domestically and internationally. All generations are needed to make the transition from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. 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.

"WPC 2009 Conference" on United Nations AID International April 6-11, 2009 in Scotland, United Kingdom.

World Youth Organization for Human Welfare conference taking place on April 15-18, 2009 in Anaheim, CA and on April 22-25, 2009 in Dakar, Senegal.

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UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme announces award winners
Every year since 1989, ten awards worth up to US$5000 per prize have gone to young researchers proposing interdisciplinary projects on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity which focus on sustainable interaction between people and their environment. This year's winners have been announced on February 13th following a UNESCO meeting in Paris. For more information, click here.

2009 International Essay Contest for Young People
The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are calling for contributions to their annual essay competition. The theme this year is "The role of science in building a better world", and participants are encouraged to express their vision for the future of science, including examples of studies or researches they wish to engage in. Entries must be received by June 30, 2009. For more information, click here.

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Civil Society Index Programme Officer
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is one of the leading and most diverse international civil society networks, with approximately 450 members and partners in more than 100 countries and a staff of 38 people from 22 countries. Now CIVICUS is seeking to increase its Civil Society Index (CSI) programme capacities and is therefore recruiting a Programme Officer to support the CSI team with Monitoring and Evaluation and Country Support. For more information, send an email.


Skoll Scholarship for Oxford MBA 2009/10
Each year, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship awards five full scholarships to individuals working in the field who wish to enter the one-year, full-time Oxford MBA programme. Skoll Scholarships are designed to give social entrepreneurs the knowledge, skills and networks they need to turn ideas into reality; and deepen their conviction for doing so. Upcoming deadlines are April 3, 2009 and June 5, 2009. For more information, click here or send an email.


Seed Awards 2009
If you have an entrepreneurial and innovative idea that is locally-driven and has great potential to contribute to sustainable development in countries with developong or transition issues, you could recieve support for your project by a SEED Award. Award Winners receive a comprehensive package of tailor-made support services, worth up to $40,000, to help their venture to become established and to increase their impact. The deadline for submissions is March, 16 2009. For more information, click here.

Tech Awards
The Tech Awards program is awarding innovators from around the world who use technology to benefit humanity. Individuals, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The purpose of the Tech Awards program is to inspire future scientists, technologists, and dreamers to harness the power and promise of technology to solve the challenges that we are facing today. The deadline to apply is March, 27, 2009. For more information, click here.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities in Ghana
Do you want to help educate young people, inspire and assist them to take action, help design programs that empower youth and advise them on how to implement action projects successfully? If so, you can volunteer abroad with Young People We Care (YPWC), a youth-led organization that aims to empower young people to take action in their communities, or with Youth Realities Network, a youth-led volunteer organization offering opportunities for people who want to contribute to development and community transformation.



Sign the in my name petition!
In 2000, 189 governments made the historic commitment to half extreme poverty by 2015. We are halfway to the deadline, but poverty still kills 50,000 people every day. Tell your leaders to act in your name to end poverty and inequality. For more information, click here.







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