Objectives of Youth Consultation
To further facilitate and inform meaningful youth engagement in the overall work of UNODC, the Youth Consultation will be organized on Thursday 13th October, preceding the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (COP-UNTOC), 17-21 October 2022. The outcome of the consultation will be presented at a side event at COP11. The Consultation will engage youth with community-based experience in area of crime, particularly addressing criminal threats to youth from organized crime (see selection criteria below).
The Consultation will also inform the development of “UNODC Youth” which will encompass and streamline all UNODC initiatives on youth, and the launch of its implementation framework – the Youth Empowerment Accelerator (YEA!) Framework – an umbrella framework for mainstreaming meaningful engagement of youth across all UNODC mandate areas. The Consultation will further inform the preparation for a Youth Forum on crime in the margins of the 32nd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (May 2023, TBC) and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to UNTOC (October 2024, TBC), as well as subsequent crime-related intergovernmental meetings.
Building on the momentum created by the Kyoto Declaration, the SE4U project, the YEA! Framework and other youth-related work within UNODC, the Youth Consultation will provide a timely opportunity for UNODC, Member States and young people to engage in an exchange of views about opportunities in engaging young people meaningfully, including in crime prevention and criminal justice policies and practices as they relate to organized crime.
Prior to the Youth Consultation (e.g., latest one month in advance), Focus Group meeting between UNODC and targeted youth groups will be held in preparation for the Consultation. Firstly, there will be a preparatory meeting only between UNODC colleagues to agree the modalities of the Youth Consultation and establishing commitments from and roles of respective teams for the Consultation. A separate Focus Group meeting will follow with a select number of youth representatives (between 5 and 10) to narrow the topics of discussion at the Consultation as well as agreeing their roles. Those youth representatives will be chosen based on past engagement and expertise on organized crime. The main questions to answer at the focus group are:
- What are the questions, and therefore aims, that we want to answer in the Youth Consultation?