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Meaningful Youth Engagement

''Meaningful youth engagement is about making decision-making more effective and building greater trust in public institutions at a time when the stakes for people and the planet have never been higher and when social cohesion is under threat - The transformation of global governance will require the trust of young people, and their capacity, as well as their urgent optimism.''

Felipe Paullier Olivera, Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations for Youth Affairs

Meaningful Youth Engagement seeks to address and transform the power dynamics that hinder youth recognition as experts on their own needs and aspirations. It also focuses on enhancing their leadership skills. This approach encompasses all individuals aged 15-24, irrespective of their economic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability status, political beliefs, or geographical location.

Who is Youth?

The United Nations definition of ‘youth’ is someone from 15 to 24 years old. There is, however, no universal definition. Many agencies adapt their definition to the national/ regional context depending on their operations.

However, we can consider these components together to define youth from a holistic perspective:

1. The experience of youth.

2. The individual characteristics of youth and

    the intersections between them.

3. The transition stages youth go through

4. Age of youth 

1. The Experience of Youth

2. The Individual Characteristics of Youth and the Intersections between them

3. The transition stages youth go through

4. Age of Youth

The Triple Value of Youth Engagement

The Four Degrees of Youth Engagement

To learn more about Meaningful Youth Engagement

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