In 2013, the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed the first Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, with a view to strengthening the commitment of the United Nations system to young people. At the same time, the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development was asked to prepare a global strategic plan on youth, bringing together a range of United Nations agencies in order to improve coordination and synergies throughout the Organization in key areas relating to youth development. These measures have helped to increase knowledge and understanding of the challenges and problems facing young people today. There are two challenges for society as a whole: the need to respond, in a way that ensures respect for youth rights, to their demands in the various spheres in which their voices are not being heard, and the importance of treating young people as key players in development by engaging them in this process (ECLAC, 2014).

Related Subject(s): Human Rights and Refugees
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