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YPWC Newsletter - November 2010 e-News
are almost three billion people in the world under the age of 25. More than half a billion of them live on less than two dollars a day. More than 100
million school-aged children are not in school. Every day, almost 30,000 children die of poverty. And 7,000 young people become infected with
HIV/AIDS…I know you will not accept a world where others die of hunger, remain illiterate and lack human dignity. So please make sure your voices
are heard. Make sure your generation is the one to defeat poverty." ~Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
2010 is coming to a close soon and 2011 is almost upon us. That means a whole new year to start fresh, and to take a minute to look back on the
events of the past year. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community? It doesn’t take much to make a difference and
make your voice heard.
The coming New Year also means there will soon only 4 years left until 2015 deadline for the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals)! This September the
UN General Assembly held a MDG Summit with the aim of helping to speed up attainment of the MDGs by the deadline of 2015. For more information on the
results of the Summit click here for the outcome document. You can also find the NGLS e-Roundup which takes a look at the outcomes of the summit with a
view to highlight civil society contributions to the process here.
The MDGs affect everyone but it is also important to remember that as today’s youth we cannot simply take a passive role in the world that is to
be our inheritance. For more information on the MDGs from a youth perspective check out the Youth and the United Nations page here.
Also held recently was the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Mexico. The Forum this year focused on building partnerships between a
range of actors from public to private and civil society organisations among others. We look forward to reading the Report on the Proceedings which
are being prepared now. For more information on the conference follow the link here to the website.
On another note I would also like to say thank you and good luck to Michael Boampong who is leaving YPWC to pursue his MA in Uppsala Sweden. His
enthusiasm and dedication will be greatly missed and we wish him all the best of luck as he pursues higher education. I would also like to give a warm
welcome to the new director Shantell Scott! You can read more about Shantell’s background and experience here. We look
forward to working with you in the future!
Newsletter Coordinator, YPWC
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT YPWC
Enthusiastic greetings to all!! In September, YPWC bid a hearty farewell to founder and past executive director, Michael Boampong. Within a month
later, Shantell Scott (yours truly) was met with “Akwaaba!” as she transitioned into her new homeland to fill Michael’s position. With continued
communication and support between the two, YPWC’s future shines remarkably bright!
Over 500 registered participants for the People’s Global Action (PGA) filled the antiquely-structured hall of the Former Convent of San Hipolito
in Mexico City – all with the desire to transform the pejorative views and treatment of migrants. Human Rights became the foremost focus of this
year’s PGA. A notable presenter acknowledged a vital truth – people (in general) should be allotted the freedom of movement. “People should have
the right to move…and also the right to LIVE!” were the heartfelt words of an aggravated participant. The remainder of the framework included
Inter and intra-regional cooperation based on reciprocity, human security, right of mobility, right to decent work, end to social exclusion and
discrimination based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and national origin, inclusive research for comprehensive
approach to migration and Democratization of the GFMD. An in-depth statement about this framework was issued and thus contributed to the
4th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
Civil Society organizations continue to play a vital role in the
progression and recognition of migrants’ rights. YPWC was represented as one of the very few voices of global youth. The prevalent issues with
migration and development know no age, for young people are also affected. The PGA presented the opportunity to discuss the outcome of YPWC’s
3rd annual Online Youth Consultation on Migration and Development. The report argues that increased governmental programmes, international
cooperation, and reduction of bureaucratic thresholds could all be possible measures to prevent irregular migration and human trafficking.
Additionally, partnership with target groups could be a part of a new approach towards migration issues. The report further calls for a special focus
and interest in women and youth migration issues due to the specific needs and attention they require especially regarding educational attainment and
empowerment. To read the full report click here.
YPWC is drawing near to the completion of its “Ideas for Action Contest 2010,”
under the coordination of Stephen Acheampong. Many youth contributed thoughtful ideas and perspectives on strengthening progress towards the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). We hope to soon publish a book to present to Ghana’s President Atta Mills and other authoritative figures. Be on the
lookout for the final outcome. Our voices will be heard!
Peace Child International in partnership with YPWC will organize and host an
Africa Regional Summit in Accra, Ghana as part of the Road to Rio consultation process to place youth at the centre of the Earth Summit in Rio in
2012. The main theme will be sustainability and the role youth can play in ensuring that governments do not drop the goals of the original Earth
Summit held in 1992, as well as identifying what young people can do. We need your input! Please help us gather information for our Road to Rio
Project by completing a short survey here.
The time has now come for youth to convey their frustrations and thoughtful ideas after being long overlooked in the discussions and
decision-making processes of issues that continuously affect us. This is only the beginning of a challenging, yet empowering and necessary journey for
Shantell L. Scott
Debate of the High-level Plenary Meeting of General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals
For an interesting read on the perspective of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on the relationship between human mobility and the
Millennium Developments Goals MDGs. Visit this website for more information read the pdf here.
IOM: SENEGAL – Strengthening Efforts to Assist Child Victims of Trafficking
In a bid to strengthen the counter-trafficking
response to child trafficking, sixteen local partner organizations in Senegal were trained by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on
implementing a regional program providing return and reintegration assistance to child victims of trafficking in West Africa. The training focused on
reinforcing the referral system for child victims of trafficking and strengthening cooperation between national institutions and NGOs. As part of the
initiative, an art exhibition showcasing work from four centres of homeless children, including victims of trafficking had also opened in Dakar.
Although this illustrated success in assisting trafficked children, the program could end unless further funding is secured. For more information,
please contact IOM Dakar Counter-Trafficking Unit at: dkrct (at) iom.int.
WORLD BANK: Report from the World Bank International Essay Competition 2010: Youth
The World Bank 2010 Competition on Youth Unemployment was launched on January 11, 2010. Young people around the world were
invited to submit essays and videos responding to the following questions:
1) How does youth unemployment affect you, your country, town or local community?
2) What can you do to find a sustainable solution for job seekers through youth entrepreneurship?
The competition attracted more than 2,000 submissions in English, French and Spanish from over 130 countries with 95% of the submissions coming
from developing countries. The countries with the largest participation came from Nigeria, India, Indonesia and Kenya. To read the summary report
highlighting the general conclusions and best quotes please visit the website here.
2010 Human Development Report: 40-year trends analysis shows poor countries making
faster development gains - report
Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with
many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) trends in the2010 Human Development Report, released this week. Read more
CYWE (Child, Youth, Women, Environment) Website Launch
“The main motive of CYWE is to create a world where people can live in peace, harmony, love and affection with the constant efforts and support
of each child, youth and women.” This is a free new website with the aim of creating awareness and giving people a voice. Sign up to share your
opinions on important issues. Take a look at the website for more information: http://cywe.org/
One Young World Zürich 1st-4th September 2011 - Support Michael's Candidacy
Michael, the founder of YPWC
and currently an advisor to YPWC is interested in going for the One Young World (OYW) summit next
year. To secure a place he needs as many "likes" as possible. Please visit his profile page at: http://apps.facebook.com/oywregister/candidate.php?i=1478 and click on "Like" if you think he should get a place at the
UNESCO: 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture: “Giving a Voice to Youth”
The International Olympic
Committee is organizing a World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to be held in Durban, South Africa from 5 to 7 December 2010. The Conference will promote the role of youth as key
actors in strengthening civic engagement and citizenship to further to the objectives of the 2010 International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual
For more information please visit the UNESCO Calendar of Events at:
"I Am an Entrepreneur" photography
The SEVEN Fund is pleased to announce the ‘I Am an Entrepreneur’ photography competition. This competition recognizes
the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories of role model entrepreneurs from around the world. Anyone is welcome to participate in
this competition. The competition will award twelve (12) prizes, one per month, over a period of one year. The “I am an Entrepreneur” competition
strives to reframe the dialogue around solutions to poverty by infusing the world's imagination with new imagery that focuses on entrepreneurship. The
“I am an Entrepreneur” competition strives to reframe the dialogue around solutions to poverty by infusing the world's imagination with new
imagery that focuses on entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit: www.sevenfund.org/entrepreneur-image/index.php
WHO: e-learning course on
adolescent sexual and reproductive health
The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Department of Child and Adolescent Health and
Development (CAH) recently contributed a module on adolescent sexual and reproductive health to an e-course on "Sexual and Reproductive Health: From
Research to Practice". Organized by the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research and other partners, the course ran over five weeks from
30 August to 2 October, and included 139 participants from both developed and developing countries. As a result of undertaking the module,
participants were expected to have learned: Why they need to invest in the health and development of adolescents (including their sexual and
reproductive health); What they can do to improve the health and development of adolescents and how to do this (with a particular focus on preventing
too-early pregnancy and HIV); and Where they can get support to do this. For more information please visit: www.gfmer.ch/SRH-Course-2010/.
UNESCO: Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2010 / 2011
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are now launching the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition. The competition
focuses on the links between World Heritage and communities, sustainable tourism, sustainable development and biodiversity. They now invite young
people to convey the message of World Heritage preservation to their peers by creating storyboards where they introduce a World Heritage site, the
threats it is facing and the solutions to preserve it. Best storyboards are selected, developed and professionally produced as an episode of the
cartoon series entitled Patrimonito's World Heritage Adventures. Young creators should submit their storyboard to the National Commission before 15
December 2010. The selection of the winning storyboards expected to take place in early 2011. For more information please visit: http://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/626/ or
contact Carméla Quin at: c.quin (at) unesco.org.
Student Summit for Sustainability
The World Student Community for Sustainable Development invites papers and posters by PhD,
masters and undergraduate students from all over the world for its 10th Annual Student Summit for Sustainability to be held in Bogota, Columbia from
1st - 6th March 2010. These could be original, research-based articles, opinions or fieldwork observations succinctly addressing appropriate solutions
or approaches to addressing climate change in developing countries. All abstracts must be submitted by 15th December 2010. For more information about
the summit please refer to the website: www.studentsummit2011.org.
Global Creative Contest
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), a program of TakingItGlobal, is organizing a creative contest for young people (15 to 29 years old)
from all over the world. The contest is focused around youth perspectives of HIV and AIDS and how this is communicated through creative expressions.
For more information on to submit your artwork, please visit: http://gyca.org/
YPWC needs your input! Please help us gather info for our Road to Rio Project by completing a short survey! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/road2rio
8 Things to do for World AIDS Day
World AIDS day is coming up on 1 December, and here are a few ways you can show your support:
1) Wear a Red Ribbon to show solidarity.
3) Facebook it.
4) Table to increase awareness.
5) Create a large poster.
6) Distribute red ribbons.
7) Circulate a petition.
8) Organize a film screening.
For more information and your FREE start up kit email Priti (at) aidemocracy.org
Women in Business Challenge 2010-2011
BiD Network’s competition is now open for submissions. The competition is open to women, anywhere in the world, who want to start or grow an
existing small and medium sized enterprise (SME) in a developing country. 1st prize includes advisory services from UnitedSucces worth up
to €5 000. For more details on eligibility and how to apply check out the website here.
International Peace Research Association Foundation Small Peace Research Grants
Grants of up to $3 000 are available for those people who are looking for funding for peace research projects. To read more about the project
including past testimonials and previous beneficiaries click on the link here.
December 2010 UNESCO: 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture: "Giving a Voice to Youth" ( Durban, South Africa)
The International Olympic Committee is organizing a World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture, in partnership with the United
Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Conference will promote the role of youth as key actors in strengthening
civic engagement and citizenship to further to the objectives of the 2010 International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.
more information please visit : www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/
5-6 December 2010 GAID: Global Forum on “Information and Communications Technologies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals –
Moving from Advocacy to Action”
The United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) will hold its annual Global Forum on
“Information and Communications Technologies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals – Moving from Advocacy to Action”, in Abu-Dhabi,
UAE. The Forum will bring youth together with ministers, leaders from the private sector, international organizations, civil society and academia who
are committed to and believe in the use of ICT for the achievement of the MDGs. For more information and to register please visit: www.un-gaid.org or send an email to: gaid (at) un.org.
6-10 December 2010 ILO: Monitoring and Impact Evaluation of Youth Employment Programmes
The International Labour Organization
(ILO) is organizing the "Monitoring and Impact Evaluation of Youth Employment Programs" which is a five day course taking place from 6-10 December at
the ITC campus in Turin, Italy. The course offers a unique learning experience on how to support the design of sound plans for the monitoring and
evaluation of youth employment programs. Fellowships are available for qualified applicants and to those which offer their projects as "live case
studies" for the training. For more information, please visit the website here.
29 June - 2 July 2011 18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. (Rome)
EAERE 2011 is organized jointly by the Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Methods and the Faculty of Economics. The conference
programme will cover all areas of environmental and resource economics, ranging from topics prevailing in the general debate, such as climate change,
Kyoto protocol, energy policy, ETS, green accounting, valuation methods to less publicized and very specialized subjects such as biodiversity loss,
waste accumulation, toxic waste disposal, packaging reduction, adaptation to climate change, urban and transportation sustainability.
For up-to-date information on opportunities including volunteer opportunities, conferences and scholarships for learning that exist for
youth please visit: www.opportunitiesforyouth.org
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Call for Global Youth Service Day Volunteers
For the 2nd time, YPWC will serve as the Regional Partner for Youth ServiceAmerica in the coordination of 2011 Global Youth Service Day
in West and Central Africa. We are looking for 2 – 3 responsible and motivated volunteers/interns to assist with promoting and coordinating GYSD in
our region, mobilizing partner organizations and Country Partners in West and Central Africa, working with media and governmental officials, tracking
projects, and assisting with grant reviews and translations. These positions will last from 2 - 4 months with a possibility of extension.
YPWC is a registered youth-led and youth-focused organization that is headquartered in Ghana. The organization is operated by a combination of
young people (aged 10 to 35 years) and adult allies working on youth and development related issues worldwide. The mission of YPWC is: to educate and
inform youth on global issues; inspire them to take action; encourage youth participation in global issues; identify and build sustainable
partnerships aimed at youth development; and provide young people with the tools and resources required for effective action.
The YPWC office is run by about 6-15 young people from all around the world. The interns and volunteers live and work together in a communal
atmosphere. The successful applicants should look forward to living in a diverse environment. Willingness to work as part of a team and adaptability
are prerequisites. These positions are voluntary and unpaid. Though YPWC will assist successful candidates in finding accommodation,
volunteers will bear the cost of their own living. However, all GYSD cost-related activities will be covered by YPWC.
Promote GYSD within the YPWC and additional youth networks
Support youth in designing their local communities service projects where needed
Assist in the coordination of logistics for a conference of 120 youth participants including government and youth development stakeholders. (This
may include venue selection, venue set-up, volunteer coordination, food/drink purchase and planning, transportation issues and/or schedule
Create and send promotional reminders and invitations to youth organizations, attendees and guest speakers via email or postal mail
Assist in the production of event materials that are comprehensible for all reading levels
Develop a means of evaluation with the assistance of YPWC staff (i.e. questionnaire, small post-event focus groups or one-on-one interviews with a
selected group of participants)
Implement evaluation tool and compile evaluation results
Other duties as assigned by Global Youth Service Day Project Manager.
Desired skills/interests include:
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong attention to detail
Excellent organisational skills
Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel)
Experience working cross-culturally
Energetic team player
Willingness to take initiative
Flexibility is a must for this position
Event planning and publication design experience is a plus
If you feel you have what it takes to succeed as a Global Youth Service Day International Volunteer, please forward your resume and cover letter
outlining why you are interested in this position to YPWC International Volunteer Programme at vip (at) ypwc.org with the subject line GYSD 2011 Volunteer Applicant. You can expect a response
within five to seven business days.
For more information about Global Youth Service Day, visit: http://www.gysd.org
For more information on our International Volunteering Programme, including how to apply, visit our volunteering pages http://ypwc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=113&Itemid=99 and http://ypwc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=143
YPWC Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
allows you to volunteer in whole or in part from any location in the world. Your physical location won't be required at our head offices in Ghana and
the majority of your work can be carried out using online tools such as the internet and email. YPWC already has a fantastic team of online volunteers
and we are always looking for young talent that can help us improve and expand our work. Contact us at vip (at) ypwc.org to find out more about current available opportunities.
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