Building evidence-based and cross-sectoral National Youth Policies: UNESCO’s strategic action and response

Golda EL-KHOURY Chief, Section for Youth, Sport and Physical Education Division for Social Science Research and Policy Sector for Social and Human Sciences United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Vienna, 23 September 2009 International Conference on Youth Policy and Research

National Youth Policies: Why cross-sectoral? Why evidence-based?

Developing the policy : key elements

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Contextual analysis (intersectoral, disaggregated, comparative and intercultural) Youth participation & multisectoral inputs Translating evidence to policy provisions: the multistakeholders’ policy-dialogue Consensus building Coordination and management modalities: a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach

Implementation: translating commitments to action Implementation plans & budget Capacity development for concerned Ministries Youth participation structures

Mechanisms/to ols for monitoring and evaluation

Mobilizing resources: fundraising strategies

UNESCO’s response: linking evidence-based research to policy formulation
UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector


Bridging Research& Policy Forums Policy (Social Research ScienceTool & policy nexus) policy briefs


Only UN programme on Management of Social Transformations (the MOST Programme).





Providing evidence to inform policy formulation


Global Youth Strategy and Strategy on African Youth: finalisation process

Multi-stakeholders’ Regional consultations

Global Strategy on Youth & Strategy on African Youth
Feedback from youth

Global Strategy on Youth: Objectives

Strengthen knowledge building and management and promote research on youth issues

Global objectives

Foster the development of policies and frameworks to address youth issues with the full participation of youth

Promote youth participation in decisionmaking, youth civic engagement and social inclusion

Regional priorities

Global Strategy on Youth: main strands of action
Global objective 1: Knowledge building& management Global objective 2: Policy formulation Global objective 3: Youth participation, civic engagement& social cohesion

-Policy-oriented research in the field of youth -Clearing –house and consolidation of networks

-National Youth Policy Development - Multi-stakeholders’ Policy dialogue

-Youth participation mechanisms and networks - Youth civic engagement and social inclusion

For more information…
Contacts: Online resources: Publications: -Empowering youth through national policies: UNESCO’s Contribution ( -UNESCO’s commitment to youth: the Youth Forum (

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