United Nations OXFID Global Youth Challenge 2022

In partnership with the OHCHR, UNESCO, and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, the Oxford Forum for International Development (OxFID) aims to stimulate youth dialogue around international development, and challenge participants to come up with solutions in the realm of human rights education.

  • How can human rights education be implemented and enhanced by, for, and with, youth and young people?

Background

  • Human rights education and training is essential for the promotion of universal respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It contributes to the prevention of human rights violations by providing persons with knowledge and skills and developing their attitudes and behaviors to building a culture of human rights.
  • Human rights education for youth is part of the UN’s growing focus on the contributions of young people to the realization of human rights. In 2018, the UN Secretary-General’s youth strategy makes the entire UN system responsible for stepping up human rights education and training for youth. In 2019, the Human Rights Council dedicated the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, running from 2020 to 2024, to human rights education by, for, and with youth. The plan of action, which contains guidance to develop a comprehensive human rights education strategy for youth at the national level, can be accessed here.
  • The objectives of the World Programme, particularly in its fourth phase, include:
    • (1) expand human rights education to include all youths, with priority for young people in vulnerable and marginalised conditions;
    • (2) facilitate young people’s participation and leadership in human rights education programming;
    • (3) outline key components and actions for human rights education for youth in order to assess national progress;
    • (4) encourage cooperation on local, national, regional, and international levels regarding human rights, youth, education, sustainable development, and the 2030 Agenda.

      At the end of each phase of the World Programme, States submit a national evaluation report, which OHCHR compiles into a final report on the implementation of the phase. The reports of the first three phases can be found here: (2005-2009), (2010-2014), and (2015-2019).

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      The Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), have been tasked by Member States to support the implementation of this programme at country-level.

How To Apply?

Submission Guidelines

  • The Global Youth Challenge is overseen by the Oxford Forum for International Development 2022, in partnership with the three UN partners, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNESCO, and OHCHR.
  • Participants are challenged to provide solutions to support or strengthen the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.
  • The focus of the challenge is how human rights education can be implemented and enhanced by, for, and with youth and young people
  • The submission form can be accessed here. Participants must submit the form by 30 April 2022, 2359 UTC. Only one submission per team is allowed.
  • The Global Youth Challenge is designed to take into account any accessibility needs and/or mitigating circumstances of all participants. Relevant information can be provided in the above submission form. 

To Apply, Visit the official website

Any questions or concerns about the Global Youth Challenge can be directed to the OxFID team at outreach.OxFID@outlook.com. 
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