As the International Year of Youth comes to a close, and on the occasion of the International Youth Day, I thought it might be interesting to reflect back on the past year and discuss the ups, downs, highlights, opinions and comments on the year of youth.
In your opinion, what did you like about the International Year of Youth? What do you think did not quite work, and should be improved for a potential future year of youth? What did you do during the year, how did you voice your opinion on issues of your concern? What were the highlights, what were the downsides?
Also, now that the year of youth comes to an end, I think it is crucial to keep up the momentum of the year, and collectively move the agenda forward within the next years. What are your plans to keep the momentum alive? How will you address youth issues post the International Year of Youth? And how can we ensure that we will even work closer together in order to move youth issues further to the heart of the development agenda?
Having always been passionate about youth issues, Mischa has worked in various youth institutions in Switzerland, Nepal and Mexico. During the previous two years Mischa acted as Project Manager in Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum where he created and established the organization’s youth section. In this endeavor, Mischa has organized various events, roundtables and activities focusing on intergenerational dialogue. Currently, Mischa works for UNFPA as advocacy and communications specialist.