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UNFPA – LEADING THE WAY ON YOUTH

UNFPA has the lead on youth development in Iraq, working with ILO, UNESCO, UNDP, WHO and FAO to support youth to achieve their human rights [Photo: UNFPA] UNFPA has the lead on youth development in Iraq, working with ILO, UNESCO, UNDP, WHO and FAO to support youth to achieve their human rights [Photo: UNFPA]

The demographic transition that the Iraqi population will undergo in the coming 20 years is at the core of the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The ‘youth bulge’ promises to create unprecedented opportunities and limitless challenges for Iraq. For this reason, Iraq’s National Development Plan (2010 – 2014) stresses the need to invest in youth, by “promoting the empowerment and capacity of Iraqi youth to face social challenges and to contribute to community development”.

 

Jointly with other UN agencies (including ILO, UNESCO, UNDP, WHO and FAO), UNFPA, through its Youth Development Programme, aims to directly support youth to fully achieve their human rights, including civil and political rights and social and economic rights.  It also aims to assist relevant government partners, civil society organizations, and local youth associations in responding comprehensively to youth development priorities.

 

UNFPA works to:

 

  • Support the formulation and monitoring of a national multi-sectoral youth strategy, as well as its implementation at the local level (district / municipalities);
  • Support youth empowerment / participation mechanisms at the national, regional and local levels;
  • Promote information and life skills on health and social issues, through formal and non-formal education curricula, as well as through a youth-to-youth peer education approach;
  • Secure community-based multidimensional Youth Friendly Services (health and social counselling) that are closely linked with employment/career counselling and grant/credit services.

Additional Info

  • Agency: UNFPA