UN Youth Working Group 2014






Subject: CVA/ACFP Newsletter February-March 2014 / bulletin du CVA/ACFP février/mars

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Due to Space Limitations, Registration for the Summer 2014 Youth Assembly at the UN is now CLOSED

6, 7, and 8 August 2014

United Nations Headquarters, NYC, USA 
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Registration for the 2014 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations is now officially CLOSED and our 500+ youth delegates have been already selected.
We are not able to accept any further applications for the three day event at the United Nations at this time.
However, limited spaces are still available to delegates who wish to participate in the entire program and event packages. See below for opportunities to join now below for opportunities to join now, and check back later for further information on how you can still be part of this Summer YA online.
Don’t forget to pre-register early for the 2015 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations.
, there are currently a few spaces left within the delegations of our local and international partners.
They are holding very limited places among their larger groups in these two categories, only. Please send inquiries if interested and as soon as possible to yapackage@faf.org while those spaces remain.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the upgrading of long term services at the United Nations, through its Capital Master Plan (CMP).
The CMP has closed both the Temporary and original General Assembly Halls for the duration of the Summer 2014.
The GOOD NEWS is that we are currently developing partnerships with various organisation in order to create online hubs and platforms that will enable us to live screen and offer an online participation to everyone that will not be able to join us in New York. Stay tuned for more information to follow!
Thank you for your continuos interest in the Youth Assembly and we hope to have you part of our platform both online and offline in the months to come!


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The Youth Assembly at the UN Team
“I was once sitting in the same setting as you, not sure if I could really influence policies. The Secretary-General and the UN send a clear message with my appointment that all youth can contribute and nothing for youth should be done without youth involvement.”

– Ahmad Alhendawi, UN SG Envoy for Youth 

“I urge you to see your time (at the YA) as a call to action. The world needs each and every one of you to do your part in transforming our world and building a more sustainable and equitable future for all.” – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.



Youth Assembly at the UN * AUGUST 2013
 We anticipate an overflow of
IDEAS and ACTIONS as well
as global youth delegates!


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Dear Colleagues,
A a member of Beyond 2015 Executive Committee, OAYouth would would like to submit a speaker nominee from members of this working group for the 24-25 April PGA Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies”. 

If you are interested in this event, kindly send to me by email your full legal name, NGO (and NGO web site), email address, nationality, country of residence, gender, age, languages spoken, which panel, which speaking slot (panelist, discussant), rationale (one paragraph), bio (one paragraph) and CV. Please also let me know if you have a valid visa to the enter USA as there might not be enough time to apply.

Kindly send the above details by Tomorrow,  3rd April. We will then forward one nominee to Beyond 2015 Coordinator but the decision to participate lies with the PGA office. Apology for the tight deadline. 

Below are more details about the event.


Dear Beyond2015,
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), is facilitating a process to obtain nominations from civil society networks for speakers during the President of the General Assembly’s 24-25 April Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies” taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. The concept note and background note for this event are available here.
For this thematic debate, OPGA is seeking nominations for 4 civil society speakers: one panellist for each of the event’s 3 panels, plus one discussant for the 3rd panel. Criteria for each of these speaking roles is outlined below. We invite your network to submit 1 nominee for each of the four speaking roles. Please read this entire email if you will participate, as the process has a few steps and specific requirements.
Timeline for participation in the nomination process (Full description and instructions below.)

By Friday, 4 April:  Submit nominations to UN-NGLS On Tuesday, 8 April:  Vote on nominees On Thursday, 10 April, 8:00-10:00am EST:  Selection committee conference call
Travel funding OPGA has indicated that for this event, based on availability of funds, travel funding may be possible for the civil society speakers, on a case by case basis, if other sources are not available.
Visa arrangements OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the 4 civil society speakers. The speakers will be responsible for obtaining their own visas for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within a week.
Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 26 constituencies:
1) 8 Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions, Farmers, Technological and Scientific Community, and Local Authorities. (OPGA is conducting a separate process for business and industry/private sector.)

2) 11 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Conciliation Resources, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Infrastructures for Peace, International Movement ATD Fourth World, Third World Network, Social Watch, Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, and LDC Watch.
3) 7 groupings of regional, South-based networks from Africa, Arab States, Asia, Latin America, and the 3 Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) regions. For the list, please contact UN-NGLS.
Each of these 26 constituencies can submit one nominee for each speaking role (up to 4 nominees total). UN-NGLS is allowed to send through 4 final nominees per role to OPGA, for a total of 16 nominees. To determine the 4 final nominees per role, UN-NGLS will facilitate a one-day voting process on 8 April and a subsequent selection committee conference call on 10 April from 8:00-10:00am EST, involving one designated representative from each of the 26 constituencies. UN-NGLS will send a subsequent seeking a designated representative from your network.
By 16 April, OPGA will select 1 speaker from amongst the 4 nominees submitted for each speaking role.

OPGA will prioritize civil society speakers from the global South for this event, and will ensure gender and geographic balance within the overall programme, which will also include speakers from governments, academia, and the private sector. UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates.
Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS UN-NGLS has created an online nomination form for each of the four speaking roles; links are provided below. We invite your network to submit one nominee per speaking role. You may submit a nomination for one or more of the 4 roles. All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here. Please note this spreadsheet has separate tabs for each speaking role.
Before submitting a nominee, please confirm: 1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf. 2) The nominee is a good public speaker.

3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on the day of their speaking role, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one quickly, for travel to the US.

4) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda.
Please consider the content of this event’s concept note and background note when selecting candidates to nominate, available here.

The 4 speaking roles, specific criteria per role, and links to submit nominations:
1 Panellist for Panel #1 Panel focus: “The nexus between sustainable development, peace and stability” The speaker must be able to address the following topics:

1) How can the nexus between sustainable development and peace and stability best be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda?

2) Given the universal importance of peace and stability for sustainable development, how can this issue best be framed in the post-2015 development agenda?

3) How best to utilise the post-2015 agenda to address root causes of instability?
1 Panellist for Panel #2 Panel focus: “Strengthening national institutions towards achieving sustainable development” The speaker must be able to address the following topics:

1) What institutions can contribute to peaceful and stable societies in support of sustainable development?

2) How could the importance of institutions best be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?

3) How can the international community support nationally-owned processes in order to strengthen national institutions?

4) What measures are required to address external stressors such as illicit trafficking and organized crime that may undermine stability and peace?

5) How  can political, economic and social institutions be strengthened in such  a  manner  that  they  work  harmoniously to replace the legacy of conflict  and  violence  with  a  new, inclusive and more people-centred order of relations in support of achieving sustainable development?
1 Panellist for Panel #3 Panel focus: “Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies” The speaker must be able to address the following topics:

1) What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?

2) How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?

3) What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?
1 Discussant for Panel #3 Panel focus: “Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies” The speaker must be able to address the following topics:

1) What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?

2) How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?

3) What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?
You may also submit written input to OPGA on the substantive issues for this event until 17 April here.

For more information about the PGA’s post-2015 events, including how to attend as an observer, please see the PGA’s Frequently Asked Questions web page.
We invite your suggestions on how to improve on this process, which was designed with a two-week time constraint in mind, while seeking to achieve a participatory and transparent approach. UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, will also facilitate civil society nomination processes for the remaining PGA events on the post-2015 agenda taking place in May and June 2014.

The nomination processes for these events will be launched individually in the coming weeks. Each will have different criteria for the nominees, in accordance with each event’s programme.

We will have more time to conduct the subsequent nomination processes for the remaining PGA events, and will seek to continually refine the approach as we go along.

We would like to give thanks to the Major Group of Children and Youth for sharing their practices for nomination processes with us.

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