Special Conference

Promoting the importance of partnerships between governments and civil society to ensure decent work for today's youth by providing education, employment and empowerment for young people as key factors in achieving global progress and global citizenship.

by Juliane Augustin


In 2009 the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Our times demand a new definition of leadership - global leadership. They demand a new constellation of international cooperation - governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a collective global good."

The United Nations is a participant in an increasing global civil society as well as a witness to it. Furthermore, the number of civil society organizations (CSOs) as UN system partners increases and they even play a basic role at major UN Conferences.

Respecting the Secretary General’s demand for international cooperation between governments and civil society, the Special Conference should promote this partnership as protection of education, youth employment and empowerment as key factor in achieving global progress and global citizenship.

Civil society

Civil society is a term that is increasingly popular in our today’s world. It can be defined as an agreement of non-governmental institutions and organizations intending to proclaim the interests of the citizens. By this definition, civil society includes charities and neighbourhood self-help schemes as well as international bodies like the UN or human rights campaigns in developed countries and as a matter of course in developing countries, too. In the course of modernization and modern societies even politicians demand for a civil society as the “ultimate third way” next to the government and the market.

Following the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, “peace and prosperity cannot be achieved without partnerships involving Governments, international organizations, the business community and civil society”.

According to the former UN Secretary General, it is an essential duty for the Special Conference to support the development of a civil society in promoting the importance of a successful partnership between governments and civil society.

Education, employment an empowerment for young people

Referring to the International Labor Organization, nearly 76 millions of young people were in 2013 unemployed. This number corresponds to 12.7% of all young people worldwide. By over 25% the Middle East has the highest rate of youth unemployment. Missing basic education and difficult conditions on the employment market can be identified as only two of various reasons.

Education and youth employment as everlasting political issues make clear:

Promoting the importance of partnerships between governments and civil society is the only way for the United Nations, especially the Special Conference, to support any aid programms, developed by governments and civil society to combine political interests and those of the citizens.

Global citizenship

Global citizenship is the identity between people and the “global nation” in the meaning of a worldwide togetherness. In times of Global Players and other consequences of the globalization, Cosmopolitans become more and more important. Sustainable education and young labours, grown up times of modernization and globalization, are the basis of a connected world which makes it possible to achieve global progress and global citizenship.

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