Special Envoy on Youth Meets NET-MED Youth Organizations in Gaza
The UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, met today, March 6, with 15 active and independent youth organizations part of NET-MED Youth.
The round-table meeting organized by UNFPA and UNESCO in order to discuss the work done by civil society Palestinian youth and the challenges they have.
Youth expressed their views frankly and openly, tackling issues like the high unemployment rates, the restrictions on movement which affect their work and education, and the gap between youth groups and decision-makers.
"NET-MED Youth is a great opportunity to work side by side with youth-led grassroots organizations in Gaza and empower them by mainstreaming policies in support of youth in the fields of culture, education and media," said Lodovico Folin Calabi Head of UNESCO Ramallah Office.
Alhendawi acknowledged the importance of the NET-MED Youth project and the role of UNESCO in responding to youth issues. He also stressed on the importance of voluntary work and civic engagement of youth in their communities.
Fruitful discussions and idea-sharing ensued, paving the way to a stronger youth work within the project's three components: public policies, media and employment.
Activities building skills among youth organizations and young journalists; to enhance youth representation in media and promote freedom of expression, media and information literacy and youth-generated media content.
Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs.
Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.