Prioritizing youth in the world's future development agenda

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Ahmad Alhendawi. Africa Renewal/Bo Li

Youth organizations around the world are being urged to endorse a Global Youth Call which aims to prioritize their issues in the post-2015 global development agenda.

That's according to Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN's Special Youth Envoy.

The global youth call outcome document is a compilation of hundreds of inputs from youth that has been whittled down into a list of 5 target areas.

Education, unemployment, access to health care, good governance and the right to participate in decision-making are some of the pressing issues identified by young people, says Mr Alhendawi.

"This is the first consensus reached among this huge community of youth organizations around the world and the organizations focusing on youth issues about what should be included for youth in the post-2015 development agenda. That is why I invited young people and youth organizations around the world to endorse this call and show their support. Until today we know that over 1,000 organizations endorsed this call from over 140 countries and this will be presented at the ECOSOC to invite member states to look at youth priorities and hopefully to include these priorities in the 2015."

A forum for youth is being hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 2 June in New York.

The UN says the current generation of youth -the largest the world has ever seen- has been left behind.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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