Spotlight on Youth

'The combination of youth and innovation has the potential to create solutions to development challenges and to transform societies.’

— Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP


The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has made working with and for young people one of the top priorities in his Five-year Action Agenda. For UNDP, the full involvement of young men and women in participatory processes is vital to achieving sustainable human development. In 2012, UNDP embarked simultaneously on consultations on the post-2015 development framework, on the preparation of its new Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 and on the preparation of its first organization wide strategy to inform on-going and future programming and policy development on youth.


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Recent Publications
UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017

The UNDP Youth Strategy offers key entry points for systematic and coordinated action to support youth within an increasingly complex development context for their social, economic and political development.

Expanding the Capacities of Qatari Youth (2012)

Qatar’s third National Human Development Report sees youth as a critical force in shaping national development.

Empowering Somali Youth for Peace and Development (2012)

Although the majority of Somali youth believe they have a right to education and decent work, they feel disempowered by multiple structural barriers. Radical shifts in policies and attitudes are needed to empower and place them at the core of the development agenda.