In February 2021, UNODC launched its new Strategy for 2021-2025, which has three cross-cutting commitments that should be embedded into UNODC’s programming. One of these commitments is the empowerment of youth.
Youth empowerment is focused on involving young people in problemsolving and uplifting their voices indecision-making processes. In order to meaningfully engage youth, young people need to be involved in every step of the programme cycle. Initiatives should not only be implemented “for” youth, but also “with” youth to allow for co-creation in programme implementation.
UNODC seeks to strengthen its youth mainstreaming approach to accelerate youth empowerment processes throughout its work.