Advanced Youth Leadership Programme

Youth4South

The “Youth for South (Y4S): Advanced Youth Leadership Programme” is an umbrella facility dedicated to supporting South-South cooperation initiatives, projects and activities in promoting youth leadership and capacity development for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs)

 

 

“Youth for South: Advanced Young leadership Programme” was launched by United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), during the Global South-South Development Expo 2017 in Antalya Turkey, in partnership with Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Office, the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, the Islamic Conference Youth Forum, FK Norway, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It aims at developing the capacities of established young leaders so they can learn and share knowledge on scalable Southern solution with the objective of bringing sustainable development to their own communities.

To facilitate the implementation of Y4S as a multi-stakeholder programme, UNOSSC, with its mandate and strategic positioning at the UN system and globally, will engage with all stakeholders including Member States, UN entities, NGOs, civil society and the private sector at both global and regional levels. So far, partners including the China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA) of China Agricultural University, Institute for South-South Cooperation and Development (ISSCAD) of Peking University, China Africa Development Fund, Xinhua News Agency of China, Zayed International Foundation for the Environment of U.A.E. have committed to supporting the Youth4South.

Youth4South aims to:

1) Support the exchange of knowledge and solutions, and facilitate mutual learning among young people globally.

2) Provide capacity development training for youth leaders so that they can learn, adapt and apply South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTrC) tools and methods to implement and scale-up sustainable development solutions and projects in their home community, institution and country contexts.

3) Provide youth leaders from developing countries accesses to expertise, resources and networks offered by partners of South-South cooperation, to support their efforts in scaling up innovative solutions in promoting sustainable development.

4) Promote dialogue between youth and development stakeholders in areas of critical importance to youth such as leadership and empowerment, political participation, skills development, gender equality, and women and youth empowerment.

5) Increase youth engagement and participation in global dialogues and discussions including ECOSOC Youth Forum, World Programme of Action for Youth, BAPA+40, Global South-South Development Expo, and World Expo 2020.

 

 

Among its various means to support SSTrC, UNOSSC manages and supports implementation of four South-South cooperation trust funds including the United Nations Fund for South-South Cooperation (UNFSSC) which provides means and institutional backup to enable Y4S to serve as grant receiving and making facility.

Pillars under the umbrella of the Y4S programme will include:

  • Advanced Youth Leadership Training Programme (download the Y4S Training Concept)
  • Organization of youth related events, activities and initiatives
  • Small grant facility to support to scale up selected project proposals from young leaders

 

 

 

Testimonials from participants of the First Youth for South Orientation Training
Istanbul, 20-22 June 2018

 

News related to the Youth4South Programme

24/04/2019

Second YLPA Closing Ceremony Held in Beijing

UNOSSC Director shares his life-changing story of participating in similar youth training program The Closing and Certificate Ceremony of the weeklong training program entitled “Youth Leadership Program in Agriculture for Belt and Road (YLPA): Managing the Rural Transformation in Asian […]
10/04/2019

General call for 2019 interns

We are happy to launch our first ever call for interns to be on roster for 2019! If you wish to intern at our office at any point during 2019, please apply and indicate your dates. Interviews and admission will […]
06/02/2019

UNV and the UN Office for South South Cooperation sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 29 January 2019, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) signed the first ever Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. This Memorandum of Understanding aims at fortifying an already strong collaboration between both entities, […]
08/01/2019

6th Brazil Africa Forum – Youth Empowerment, Transformation to Achieve Sustainable Development (2018)

   
24/10/2018

World Green Economy Summit 2018 Special Event: The Environmental Legacy and Leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Dubai UAE, 24 Oct 2018: At the World Green Economy Summit 2018, the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment and the UNOSSC hosted a special event “Commemorating the Environmental Legacy and Leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al […]
28/08/2018

南南农业合作青年领袖携手:以农促工 以农减贫 ——非洲农业发展青年领袖培训项目在京举行

[Article in Chinese] On the sidelines of the 2018 China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC), China Agricultural University’s China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) jointly launched the first “South-South Cooperation / […]
27/08/2018

Youth Leadership Program in Belt and Road / South-South Agricultural Cooperation Launched in Beijing

[text in Chinese follows below] Nurturing Youth Leadership in Africa Beijing – Agricultural development is the key driver for enhanced food security and poverty alleviation. During the past four decades of reform and opening up, China has accumulated rich experience […]
24/08/2018

Launch of Youth Leadership Program in Belt and Road / Agricultural Cooperation for Africa

Young government officials and leaders in agribusiness sector from close to 20 African countries will join the weeklong intensive training in Beijing   Beijing – Agricultural development is the key driver for enhanced food security and poverty alleviation. During the […]
13/08/2018

UNOSSC Deputy Director Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang delivers keynote statement at the 2nd International Youth Innovation Conference in China

  Keynote Address: The 2nd International Youth Innovation Conference Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, UNOSSC Deputy Director 12 August 2018, Shenzhen, China       第二届国际青年创新大会在深开幕 为时代开放创新,打开筑梦空间 Make Innovations and Spaces for Dreams The 2nd International Youth Innovation Conference Opens in […]
21/06/2018

UNOSSC conducts the first orientation training in Istanbul as part of their Youth for South Advanced Young leadership Programme

Istanbul, Turkey – UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in cooperation with the UN System Staff College, UN Volunteers and China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), UNFPA, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Statistical, Economic and Social Research and […]
01/06/2018

UNOSSC signs MOU with China Agricultural University

Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director of UNOSSC, met with President of China Agricultural University, Professor Sun Qinxin, on 31 May in Beijing and signed a MOU. Mr. Chediek congratulated the China Agriculture University (CAU) […]
14/05/2018

UNFPA Joins Youth4South

UNFPA is supporting a multi-agency initiative to empower youth leaders across the world in promoting the adoption of South-South solutions. This Y4S programme, formally called as “Scaling Up Southern Solutions for Sustainable Development Through Advanced Youth Leadership,” aims at raising […]