23 November 2018
A two-days’ national working meeting with major youth organizations of Kyrgyzstan were organized in the framework of recently launched UN Youth Strategy 2030.
Due to limited economic opportunities, a lack of access to educational services and absence of mechanisms that would allow the youth to make their voices heard and their ideas taken into consideration by the Government, youth organizations in Kyrgyzstan suffer from low participation among the youth and recognition by the public authorities.
Report of the workshop.pdf
The problems are mainly concerned about a lack of coordination among youth organizations’ activities and participation processes in the state youth policy, which covers all aspects of development of young people in Kyrgyzstan. Moreover, youth organizations in Kyrgyzstan are experiencing difficulties in development and implementation of their projects due to the lack of common guidelines and proper coordination of the youth programmes that implemented in the country. As a result, this leads to overlaps, and rise of unhealthy competition among youth organizations.
It is noteworthy that the majority of youth organizations in Kyrgyzstan implement socially- oriented projects, causing substantial positive changes among the youth of the country. But their projects and programmes could be more sustainable, if they were designed in collaboration with various stakeholders, including the state structures, which are responsible for youth affairs.
According to the recently launched UN Youth Strategy 2030 it is important to increase engagement of the youth organizations in building inclusive, peaceful and equitable societies. But to achieve their full participation in civic, economic and social life and to ensure the effective partnership for country’s sustainable development, it is necessary to support them in overcoming the challenges and meet their needs.
Thus, on 30-31 October 2018, UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office organized a two-days’ national working meeting with major youth organizations of Kyrgyzstan to discuss youth-related issues, share experiences in addressing the problems of youth and collectively develop the youth action plan for Kyrgyzstan in order to improve the coordination and better interaction between youth organizations and state authorities to implement more sustainable projects that will benefit all groups of the society, including the most vulnerable.
Moreover, youth organizations were introduced to the opportunities that UNESCO provides for the empowerment of young people worldwide, e.g. in the framework of the NetMed project implemented in the Mediterranean.
Report of the workshop.pdf