YouthLinkExpress Newsletter
vol 9.3
:: Spotlight
UN-HABITAT Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, has launched an initiative to support young people's ideas to turn their cities into better places - and you can be part of that. Tell UN-HABITAT how you would tackle challenges in your city, and you could receive a grant under the Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development. Small, grassroots initiatives are eligible for funding up to 5,000 USD and larger projects are eligible for funding from 5,000 to 25,000 USD. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2009. Read more here!

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

Vidar Ekehaug and Christine Seifert.

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:: Introduction

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Young Saudi activist to advise G20 leaders
Saudi Gazette, 03/19/2008, Saudi Arabia
As part of the British Council's pioneering Global Changemakers initiative, a selected group of young people will represent the voice of their generation when they meet G20 leaders on April 1-2 and discuss the implications of the current global financial crisis and how it affects their own countries. More here.

GYAN 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!

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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The Green Wave
The Green Wave is a global biodiversity campaign to educate children and youth about biodiversity. It leads up to the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. Each year, The Green Wave will contribute to worldwide celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on May 22. It also supports other national, international and global tree planting initiatives such as the UNEP-led Billion Tree Campaign. Find out more here!

Earth Day 2009
The Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Their mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a sustainable environment. This year, Earth Day weekend is on April 17th-19th. Click here to register your event!

:: 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.

Young Entrepreneurs Receive Gov't Boost
Tico Times, 03/13/2009, Costa Rica
There are nearly 1.5 million Costa Ricans between the ages of 18 and 35, and of these, 360,000 are neither studying nor working. More here.

UN programme for youth, evaluated at Romania's Permanent Mission in New York
Financiarul, 02/21/2009, Romania
The Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations hosted a working session on the evaluation of the Youth Delegate to the United Nations Program, reads a Foreign Ministry release on Friday. More here.

Osaka promotion geared toward young people
Daily Yomiuri Online, 03/12/2009, Japan
A team of Osaka-based creators and university teachers will host talks in Tokyo and Osaka in March to kick off a campaign to promote a new Osaka targeting younger people. More here.

Da Nang young people devote themselves to social welfare
Nhan Dan, 03/19/2009, Vietnam
The Da Nang Communist Youth Union has attached a special importance to programs that must be practical and not show off, said Luong Nguyen Minh Triet, Standing Deputy Secretary of the young union about the 2009 National Youth Month. More here.

Youth group promotes green shoots of change
CNN, 03/10/2009, China
An off-shoot of the Jane Goodall Institute is Roots & Shoots, a youth group that promotes positive environmental change. More here.

Young people must take the lead in fighting climate change
The Age, 03/16/2009, Australia
"LOSING a future is not like losing a few points on the stock market." Severn Suzuki said this to a room full of negotiators at the UN Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, when she was only 12 years old. More here.

National youth dialogue commences
Awoko, 02/27/2009, Sierra Leone
ENCISS and its partners on Wednesday commenced a two day national youth dialogue session themed: Youth participation for Development, at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium. More here.

African youth to climb Kilimanjaro, joining UN campaign for climate change
UN News Centre, 02/25/2009, Tanzania
A group of young people from impoverished urban areas in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana, will set off on a gruelling trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro under the United Nations banner to draw attention to the effects of climate change. More here.


Open Society Institute
The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. For more information, click here.

:: EVENT SPOTLIGHT [Full Calendar]

Stepping Stones for Youth: Youth4Change Summer Program
Date: May 10 - 16, 2009
Location: Pune, India
This seven day training aims to equip the participants with communication skills to talk about issues like identity, sexuality and reproductive health requirements of adolescents and young people. The training also provides an opportunity to look into the very core and essence of individual, social/community issues and at the same time creates space to voice opinions and share perspectives in groups. For more information, send an email.

6th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations
Date: August 5 - 7, 2009
Location: New York, U.S.A.
“Make Your Mark: Youth Led Development and the MDGs” is the theme of this year's Youth Assembly. The Youth Assembly is an annual gathering of young people from around the world who seek practical ways to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, global networking and social entrepreneurship skills. Apply before June 5th, 2009 for this year's conference. For more information, click here.

Global Youth Forum in Mongolia
Date: June 9-14, 2009
Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The event will be focusing on creating more opportunities for interaction between international youth, and on providing young people with a space for international dialogue to ponder over present global issues and their responsibility for active involvement in solving them. For more information, click here.

United Actions (UA) Workshop
Date: August 6, 2009
Location: Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
The UA Workshop is an open forum where participants brainstorm, discuss and share ideas on how to create social change, practical solutions and sustainable development in Ethiopia. This session will cover the Millennium Development Goals, strategies and exploit new opportunities to break new ground and shape the future of Ethiopia. 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.

United Nations World Conference United Nations World Conference taking place April 6th-15th, 2009 in London, UK.

World Peace Conference World Peace Conference taking place at the Victoria Park Hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK from April 6th to April 11th, 2009, organized by the UNAID World Peace Conference Organizing Committee.

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Report of Youth Consultation on Migration
Young People We Care (YPWC), a registered youth-led and youth-focused, non-profit organization that is headquartered in Ghana, recently published a report on the Youth Consultation that was held prior to the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Manila. For more information, click here.

Recession Strategies
Challenging times are the true test of great leaders. What tools and strategies can young social entrepreneurs use to weather the current economic storm? From developing contingency plans to pursuing alternative funding streams, you can find some helpful ideas on this page of Youth ActionNet. For more information, click here.

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:: International Environment & Develepment Vacancies


Marketing and Development Intern at Women for Women International
Women for Women International is non-profit organization dedicated to providing women survivors of war with the tools and resources they need to move from crisis and poverty and into stability and self-sufficiency. This position is a good opportunity for undergraduate individuals interested in pursuing a career in non-profit development, and learning about the day-to-day workings of an international non-profit. The position is unpaid with academic credit available. For more information, click here.


Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution
Rotary World Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict. Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. The application deadline is July 1st, 2009. For more information, click here.

YouthActionNet Global Fellowship Program
A program of the International Youth Foundation, YouthActionNet seeks to develop a new generation of socially-conscious global citizens who create positive change. The application is open for all young people between 18 and 29 years old that are founders or co-founders of an existing organization, or a project within an organization, with a demonstrated one year track record of leading social change. The deadline is April 15th, 2009. For more information, click here.


United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women is accepting applications from government authorities at the national and local levels, civil society organizations and networks — including non-governmental, women's and community-based organizations, coalitions and operational research institutions. Applications should be centered on supporting implementation of national and local policies, laws and action plans on ending violence against women. The deadline for submissions is April 17th, 2009. For more information, click here.


Volunteer with Children with Special Needs in Peru
Manos Unidas is opening its doors to interested and experienced people to work as volunteers within their school project, Camino Nuevo. They are only accepting people with experience or knowledge in special education and related issues or can apply their line of work to these children. For more information, click here or send an email.



Help Burma's pro democracy prisoners
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is still under house arrest and 2,000 pro democracy monks and activists are being held in inhumane conditions in Burmese prisons. Their crime: peacefully calling for democracy. Go to to sign a petition to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to call for their release. For more information, click here.







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