Young people lead the way to a brighter post-COVID world

Young people everywhere have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their education was disrupted. Many have lost their jobs. Their mental health suffered and too many people suffered gender-based violence.

However, a significant number of young people remain optimistic about the possibility of an inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery from the pandemic. With ingenuity and determination, they are helping to develop solutions so that their communities emerge from the pandemic stronger than before.

The recently released global youth mobilization progress report, Powering change: Young people lead the COVID-19 response and recovery, demonstrates the power of collective action and decision-making by young people, for young people.

The report includes case studies of global youth-led projects and presents recommendations, developed from discussions with young people and youth-led organizations, to help multinational agencies and institutions, governments, policy makers and the private sector to meet and prioritize the needs of young people. people and future generations.

National project and local solutions

The National Project and Local Solutions, an initiative launched in early 2021, has already enabled 200,000 young people to actively engage in coping with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in their local communities. They have been at the forefront of pandemic recovery, delivering over 260 projects to date, in 77 countries and supporting 800,000 community beneficiaries.

These projects have been developed and implemented around four key themes:

  • support COVID-19 prevention measures and fight misinformation
  • physical and mental health issues
  • disruption to education and improved job prospects
  • overcoming gender inequalities and tackling domestic and gender-based violence

Investing in the health and well-being of young people

“WHO is proud to support the global movement to engage and empower young people as the engine of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with the Big Six and the UN Foundation has provided a unique opportunity to learn from millions of young people and be guided by their enthusiasm and ideas to help communities build back better,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.

He added, “What the Big Six have achieved in one year through the launch and implementation of the Global Youth Mobilization is phenomenal and unprecedented in the youth development sector. We look forward to continuing our support and encouraging other partners to join the mobilization and invest in the health and well-being of future generations.

Note to Editors

About the Big Six Youth Organizations

The Big Six Youth Organizations are an alliance of leading international youth-serving organizations: Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and a leading youth development programme, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The Local Solutions initiative still has funds available to support youth-led projects. All young people, regardless of their background or where they live, can submit their solutions to tackle the health and challenges facing young people and their communities. All entries are judged and decided by young people.

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