United Nations Programme on Youth

Programme des Nations Unies pour la jeunesse

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1981, Vienna (Austria), within the framework of United Nations (UN), pursuant to General Assembly resolution 35/126 of 11 Dec 1980. Originally referred to as UN Youth Unit, coming within United Nations Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs (UNCSDHA) of Department of International Economic Affairs (DIESA). Set up to be the Secretariat of the International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace (1985). Following 1985, reconstituted and eventually moved to New York NY (USA), 1993, as part of the reorganization that created the Division for Social Policy and Development within Department of Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development, which in turn became part of Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), 1997. Current title adopted 2001. Previously also referred to as United Nations Trust Fund for International Youth Year and United Nations Youth Fund.


Enhance awareness of the global situation of youth and increase recognition of the rights and aspirations of youth; promote national youth policies, national youth coordinating mechanisms and national youth programmes of action as integral parts of social and economic development, in cooperation with both governmental and non-governmental organizations; strengthen participation of youth in decision-making processes at all levels so as to increase their impact on national development and international cooperation.

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Covers 15 priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth: education; employment; hunger and poverty; environment; substance abuse; juvenile justice; leisure time activists; girls and young women; participation in society and decision-making; globalization; ICT; health; HIV/AIDS; youth and armed conflicts; intergenerational relations. Conducts research and analysis on youth; provides information to Governments, youth, civil society and other parts of the UN system on issues and activities relating to youth development. Coordinates annual International Youth Day; permanently co-chairs UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development.


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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Youth
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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29. Sep 2010
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