Virtual Dialogue Webinar on
Protecting and Empowering Youth Population for a Stronger Post-COVID World
12 November 2020, Jeju, Republic of Korea – UNITAR CIFAL Jeju arranged a virtual dialogue webinar on “Protecting and Empowering Youth Population for a Stronger Post-COVID World” on November 12, 2020 using the online platform “Zoom”.
The event invited 27 representatives from the governmental sector along with NGOs and International Organizations. They came from eight countries including: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The event consisted of two presentations by experts and a plenary session including Q&A. The invited experts were Sara Castro-Hallgren, Programme Management Officer at UN Office for Sustainable Development based in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and Guillaume Biganzoli, Junior Policy Analyst at OECD based in Paris, France.
The experts presented the implications of the pandemic on youth population along with encouraging youth-led socio-entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and economic activities through design thinking. The expert from OECD shared a policy strategy named “National Youth Strategies (NYS)”, as a vehicle for better strategic planning and principles of the OECD assessment frameworks that NYS need to comply with. The participants shared a country-based experience on the pandemic-stricken youth population and exchanged lessons learned for better designing youth-related policy strategies. Both the experts and participants discussed cases of innovative approaches led by youth, the importance of youth participation in politics, how to reflect the needs of youth on policy making, and how to carry out needs assessments and collect data for developing policy strategies suitable for youth.