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01 August 2014

Call for participants: First Global Forum on Youth Policy, Baku, Azerbaijan, 28-30 October 2014

The first Global Forum on Youth Policy will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 28-30 October 2014. The Forum is being co-organized by the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe with support from www.youthpolicy.org. It will re-visit the global blueprint for national youth policies provided by the World Programme of Action for Youth, develop a common understanding of the needs for and rationales of systemic and cross-sectoral approaches to youth policy, and develop guiding principles for integrated youth policy development. 

The Global Forum on Youth Policy emerges from the need to provide a physical platform for youth poli-cy stakeholders around the globe to discuss and respond to the key questions outlined above. The Forum will be a true global expert gathering of around 700 youth policy practitioners to give a new impetus to evidence-based, inclusive, participatory and effective youth policies.

The Forum seeks to address these five key objectives:

•To advance a current overview of the state of youth policy and a reflection on the social and devel-opmental role of youth policies, particularly in view of the post-2015 period;

•To develop a common understanding of the needs for and rationales of systemic and cross-sectoral approaches to youth policy;

•To share experiences and examples of participatory and evidence-based youth policies, their ration-ales and realities, their successes and shortcomings;

•To build a common understanding of guiding principles for integrated youth policy development and of the dynamics between concerned stakeholders at different levels;

•To share plans for follow-up and to develop a shared commitment to take youth policy forward.

 

For each of these key objectives, the Forum aims to deliver the following related key outcomes:

•A current overview of the state of youth policy and its relation to development frameworks;

•A shared understanding of rationales underpinning and principles guiding youth policy worldwide;

•A lively community spanning governmental, nongovernmental and research networks and experts;

•A strong commitment of that community of experts to integrated, participatory policy frameworks;

•A realistic set of follow-up activities with shared responsibilities to improve youth policies globally.

 

How can you apply to participate in the Forum?

The Forum seeks to bring together around 700 participants. Apply to be one of them!

You can browse our site right here for more information about the Forum, or download the concept note and the draft programme in pdf-format.

Before applying, please download and read the open call.

The call further specifies eligibility and selection criteria.

To apply, submit your online application by August 27, 2014.

Once you got started, it takes about 45 minutes to complete an application. You cannot save an incomplete form, so we recommend to first read once through the entire form, then get the documents you need, in particular the reference letter, and only start filling the form in when you have got everything prepared.

 
29 July 2014

Announcement of the communication, awareness raising and development education projects selection results

Thank you all for your interest in the call and congratulations to the following organizations and educational institutions that have been selected for funding, within the call for communication, awareness raising and development education projects launched on 23 May:

Asociatia ROPOT (6,000 USD)

Asociatia Tinerilor Bucuresteni (5,600 USD)

Asociatia Valoare Plus (6,000 USD)

College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University (6,000 USD)

Global Focus Centre (6,000 USD)

Romanian Center for European Policies - CRPE (6,000 USD)

Following the launch of the call for proposals, 129 applications have been received, out of which 6 projects have been selected for funding. The full list of applicants can be downloaded here. The evaluation process has been conducted by the UNDP project team, according to the selection criteria provided in the call for proposals.The selected projects will be financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Official Development Assistance budget and implemented in partnership with the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia.

 
13 June 2014

Final Conference on Financial Sustainability of Carpathian Protected Areas Project

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania and the National Forest Administration ROMSILVA have organized, on 12 June 2014, the final conference of the project “Improving the Financial Sustainability of the Carpathian System of Protected Areas”, financed by GEF and implemented by UNDP Romania and NFA ROMSILVA, in partnership with WWF Romania.

The UNDP-GEF project closure event was organized back to back with the final event of the BioREGIO project “Integrated Biodiversity Management and Ecological Connectivity in the Carpathians”.

The final project results were presented and the participants were introduced to key aspects related to the added value for UNDP-GEF Projects in the area: ground breaking studies, creating paths for sustainable development, new opportunities opened by the project, etc. Furthermore, a workshop on sustainable financing for protected areas was held, with a focus on the link between financial analysis, business plans, eLearning course, strategic implementation of management plans and partnerships at the level of Carpathian Convention towards joint cooperation and common vision for the future.

The main project results were also presented through an infographic and were shared with the press representatives who attended the press conference.

For the last four years, UNDP Romania has been providing assistance to the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in the implementation of this GEF Project, which is part of the UNDP 2010-2012 Country Programme, which aims, inter alia, at increasing the capacity of Romania to contribute to the promotion and protection of global and regional public goods. I wish to express my trust that with this project results and the commitment of the governmental partners towards the sustainability of all the implemented projects’ results, the Romanian Carpathian protected areas and the CNPAs will be on the path to an increased financial sustainability”, Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme Unit UNDP Romania, said.

During the past 15 years, National Forest Administration Romsilva has built a strong partnership with the United Nations Development Programme Romania and together we have implemented environment related projects that promoted important changes for our country and the entire region. With an innovative approach, this project managed to strengthen the institutional capacities of protected areas administrations and to generate the economic and social arguments around the economics behind the biodiversity management. Following these arguments, our project drafted several legal amendments, which aim at developing a long term financing strategy and at strengthening local management, in order to access funding sources for the protected areas”, Mr. Dragos Mihai, Project Manager and Head of Protected Areas – NFA Romsilva, said.

The press release presented during the press conference can be found here.

 
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The UNDP Romania Country Office has been phased out at the end of December 2012, upon the completion of our Executive Board-approved Country Programme Document for Romania (2010-2012).  In this context, UNDP’s international representation in the form of a Resident Representative function has ceased as of 31 December, 2012.

As of 1 January 2013, UNDP’s presence in Romania will be constituted as Project Management Office (PMO), and will be headed by a National Head of Office.  The PMO is expected to be in place until June 2015 having its main responsibility to oversee the implementation of the residual projects portfolio.

 

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