DEPUTY Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail was recently in Baku, Azerbaijan to attend the first-ever global forum on youth policies from October 28 – 30.
The forum was jointly organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan and United Nations Secretary-General’s Department of Special Envoy on Youth, with support from UNDP, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
The forum saw the participation of youth ministers, deputy ministers, senior officers from youth agencies, youth leaders, youth council representatives, youth policy experts and researchers, as well as youth activists from 165 countries.
The objective of the forum was to highlight the need to draw up better-fitting methods in developing youth policies and in preparing guidelines in the provision of youth policies, ones that are more integrated.
The forum saw speeches and working papers presented by world leaders, youth ministers and youth policy experts such as President Iilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan, United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki Moon, Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov.
The event also featured plenary and dialogue sessions that discussed developments notched since the 1995 declaration of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond; youth involvement in formulating youth policies; topics such as entrepreneurship and work, leadership, education; youth participation in preparation of national policy, environment, gender equality and so on.
The forum concluded with an agreement to improve the Baku Commitment to Youth Policies, which is a set of guidelines in place to achieve meaningful and integrated youth policies.
This policy has to be based on human rights, fully involve youth in the preparation, is responsive towards the needs of women, comprehensive with full involvement of all parties, equipped with complete information and data, and is given enough allocation and other facilities.
The forum also agreed to call upon all parties to raise other main commitments. This includes improving commitment towards the implementation of WPAY to enhance synergy between youth policy and other development policies, to establish global initiative to aid in the implementation of youth policies through technical aid and so on, for the Department of Youth Representative of UN Secretary-General to hold frequent meetings with stakeholders towards increased cooperation and coordination, to enhance regional and inter-regional cooperation, to form process towards building cooperation between parties of interest, to consolidate mechanism of coordination and implementation that is more effective, to increase knowledge so that there is effective implementation through developing methods, guidance, methodology, and research that is practical, and to encourage the youth involvement in monitoring and assessing development of respective youth policy implementation.
Brunei introduced the National Youth Policy on July 15, 2002, enacted to prepare guidelines and framework in steering towards efforts of building excellent, gallant and responsible youth.
The deputy minister was accompanied by two Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports officers – Senior Special Duties Officer Hj Amer Hamzah bin Pehin Dato Hj Zakaria and Youth and Sports Director Hj Abdul Malik bin Hj Mohammad.