Newly launched UN youth council to advise UN team in Jordan

Newly launched UN youth council to advise UN team in Jordan
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Press Release — The UN on Tuesday announced the establishment of its first Youth Advisory Council (UNYAC) in Jordan, which will serve as an advisory board to inform the work of the UN on youth affairs in the Kingdom, according to a UN Jordan press release.اضافة اعلان

The council, established in collaboration with the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF), will support national and UN-led advocacy and initiatives, contributing to raising awareness on gender, peace, and human rights issues across the Kingdom.

It is comprised of 13 members, all between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, among them aspiring students, business developers, innovators, and human rights advocates. The council members come from different social, demographic, educational, and economic backgrounds. Membership includes persons with disability and refugees from both urban and camp-settings.

Youth council members will serve for a period of two years, with the council serving as a platform through which youth needs can be addressed, voices can be amplified, and engagement can be advanced.

“Decisions that involve young people cannot be done in the absence of their voices and participation,” UN Resident Coordinator a.i and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan Ghulam Isaczai said in the press release.

“This council is part of our clear commitment to ensure that young people in Jordan fully and meaningfully participate in our work… and advise us on priorities and what matters to them, and to their lives and their future”.

CPF CEO Tamam Mango said: “CPF is proud to be part of the establishment of the first UN Youth Advisory Council to support young leaders and their institutions. We believe that this council is a testament to the collaborative efforts of different organizations and will allow for better integration and the systematic scale of what were previously individual efforts.”

In Jordan, 63 percent of the population is under the age of 30, 28.5 percent is between the ages of 15 and 30, and 19.9 percent is between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the Department of Statistics.

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