Youth Programme

UNESCO: Acting with and for youth

UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, fostering useful and long-lasting skills.

The United Nations, for statistical purposes, defines ‘youth’, as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years, without prejudice to other definitions by Member States.

For activities at the national level, for example when implementing a local community youth programme, “youth” may be understood in a more flexible manner. UNESCO will then adopt the definition of  “youth” as used by a particular Member State. It can be based for instance on the definition given in the African Youth Charter where “youth” means “every person between the ages of 15 and 35 years”. (UNESCO)

UNESCO encourages:

**Participation of young women and men in its programmes
**Partnerships between UNESCO and young people’s networks and organizations
**Integration of youth concerns and issues into the policy agendas of Member States

The Youth Programme is part of the Social and Human Science sector of UNESCO.
For more information: www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/…/youth/