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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  • Yahia Yousef al-Deques at a vocational training programme supported by UNDP. Photo: Salah Malkawi/UNDP

    Supporting Youth Employment - Jordan

    Yahia Yousef al-Deques looks to the future with confidence. At eighteen years old, he has just completed a month of on-the-job training with electronics company LG.more

Launch of UNDP's Youth Strategy: Forum on Youth and Development

Youth and Development
Youth Workshop
31 March - 2 April 2014
Tunis, Tunisia

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Recent Publications
Empowering Somali Youth for Peace and Development (2012)

The new report reveals that although the majority of Somali youth believe they have a right to education and to decent work, they feel disempowered by multiple structural barriers which have created a high level of frustration and discontentment among young people. Therefore, radical shifts in policies and attitudes are needed in order to empower and place them at the core of the development agenda.

Expanding the Capacities of Qatari Youth (2012)

About half Qatar’s population is under age 20. Investing in Qatar’s youth will provide young men and women with opportunities and choices throughout their lifetime. Beyond being beneficiaries of development, Qatar’s third National Human Development Report sees youth as a critical force in shaping national development.