As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to look back on this year and show our appreciation to youth, DAPC grantees, sponsors of the Youth Initiative, and many more that have contributed to a successful year for the Youth Initiative.
In 2021, we had our first-ever virtual UNODC Youth Forum in attendance by 62 youth from 41 countries, and in spite of having had to be held virtually, the Youth Forum sessions were lively and participatory. (Click here to read the report on the Youth Forum 2021!) We continue to engage with youth through the creation of the youth-led Magazine “Butterfly Wings” and supporting their development of Strategic Plans of action in their own communities.
UNODC also continued active communications with DAPC grant recipients implementing projects in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe to provide technical assistance and guidance when necessary. We hope that the partner organisations reached their goals and objectives in promoting substance use prevention and engaged in meaningful participation with youth.
The UNODC Youth Initiative team is proud of all the young leaders and organisations who strive to make a positive difference in their communities, both large and small. And of course, this is possible thanks to the generous support of the sponsors of the Youth Initiative: Russian Federation, the Sovereign Order of Malta, and the Drug Abuse Prevention Center (Japan).
Here’s to hoping that the new year will continue to build on the achievements made in 2021 and reach more youth worldwide through the activities of the Youth Initiative. Most importantly, we wish better health and well-being for all. Happy holidays!
Made possible with the support of the Russian Federation and the Sovereign Order of Malta