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WYR 2013 Chapter Five

Introduction

Over the past decade, evidence from around the world has shown that young leaders and youth-led organizations engaged in civic activities have influenced public policies through the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives that have direct relevance to their well-being and development.

Young people have proven themselves to be a tremendous source of innovative solutions. Active citizenship shapes the identities of youth migrants and other youth affected by migration. Being an active citizen also constitutes a social good, as it tends to reduce idleness and fosters a sense of belonging and social cohesion. Government accountability and service delivery can also be enhanced through the active engagement of young people.

Young migrants face many challenges, but their meaningful awareness of and engagement in migration-centred initiatives such as policy and programme development allows them to facilitate their integration and assume ownership of their contribution to development. In addition, it facilitates the development of policies and programmes which accurately target the real issues being faced by young migrants.

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The UN Focal Point on Youth aims to build awareness of the global situation of young people, as well as promote their rights and aspirations, working toward greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means for achieving peace and development.

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