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VSA joins the Global Partnership for Youth

Published on 29th May 2014

Volunteer Service Abroad is pleased to endorse the United Nations’ Global Partnership for Youth (GPY2015). The population of youth (15-24) is the largest the world’s ever seen, and more than four in every five young people live in developing countries.

Despite the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, youth are being left behind – more likely to experience unemployment, a lack of education and a lack of representation in the governance of their countries.


GPY2015, which is run by the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, recognises that youth must be heard and involved in the post-2015 development agenda, particularly in five key areas identified as important by youth voting in the My World 2015 survey: employment and entrepreneurship; education; health; peace and security; and governance.


These five areas are reflected in GPY2015’s Global Call on Youth: Prioritising Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which will be presented next week at the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York on the 2nd and 3rd of June. This will further feed into the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.


VSA CEO Gill Greer says that “we know that over half the population of Pacific Island nations is under the age of 24, and our volunteers see the effects of this youth bulge only too clearly. Young people with no jobs, opportunities or say in their own futures. Unless this investment is made in young people, we cannot hope for resilient communities and sustainable development anywhere. The Global Partnership for Youth gives them a voice.”


She adds that “volunteering is a powerful tool for young people. Our volunteers work to mentor, train and empower youth – including creating opportunities for young people in partner countries to volunteer themselves, to participate in and build their communities as active citizens.”


Quick facts:

  • Nearly 90% of the world’s youth live in developing countries
  • 5,700,000 youth aged 15-24 in the Pacific (source)
  • Pacific youth unemployment rate five times that of adults (source)
  • Nearly 40% of children in Pacific Island nations do not finish primary school; only 20% graduate from secondary school
  • Read more.
Kindy graduation

Children graduate from a kindergarten in Vanuatu (photo by Max Honey).



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