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Implementation

The implementation of goals and outcomes contained in the Youth-SWAP is dependent on the efforts of the IANYD at the global level as well as at the regional and country level where the majority of activities contained in the Youth-SWAP take place. Within the Youth-SWAP, joint programmatic work through regional and country networks is prioritized, whereas each entity is free to work individually to advance youth development in the context of its own mandate, and the mandate of the Youth-SWAP.

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Global Level

At the global level, thematic sub-working groups have been established to effectively develop and track the measures and commitments identified under each of the thematic areas of the Youth-SWAP. Each of these sub-working groups is linked to a thematic area and chaired by two entities. The employment and entrepreneurship sub-working group is led by the ILO; protection of rights, civic engagement and political inclusion is led by UNDP and UN-Habitat; education, including comprehensive sexuality education, is led by UNESCO, UNFPA and the health sub-working group is led by UNICEF and WHO. The co-chairs of each of these thematic sub-working groups convened regular meetings and prepared progress reports which are the basis for this report.

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Regional Level

Efforts are underway at the regional level to implement the Youth-SWAP. For example, ESCWA is a member of both the global IANYD, as well as the regional Inter-Agency Technical Task Team for Young People. ESCWA has been coordinating closely on youth-related activities with members of the Inter-Agency Technical Task Team for Young People, working to ensure their collaboration on all its youth activities as well as contributing to their respective activities at the regional level as appropriate. To enhance the impact of the United Nations youth development work in the Asia-Pacific Region, ESCAP, as Chair of the Regional Coordination Mechanism, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific, jointly established the RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth. This group developed a terms of reference and a work plan to strategically guide its work on youth. It also connected two complementary perspectives: the UNDG’s country-level support and the Regional Coordination Mechanism focus on regional policy coherence. Based on the Youth-SWAP, the Latin America and Caribbean Inter-agency Group developed a regional implementation plan in 2013, which defined the p riorities for the Latin America and Caribbean region, based on the needs and realities of the countries, and in the capabilities of the agencies involved.

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Country Level

Much of the work of the Youth-SWAP is carried out and implemented at the country level, through joint programmes and activities, as well as through coordinated inter-agency efforts through country level teams. Throughout the Youth-SWAP report, clear examples of projects and programmes are given, providing tangible examples of the impact of the SWAP on youth at the country level. For example, In Rwanda, an employment project was developed under the umbrella of the One UN with the cooperation of nine UN entities (UNDP, ILO, UNIDO, UN-Habitat, UN Women, UNOHCHR, ITC, and UNESCO), the Ministry of Youth and ICT as well as local and international private sector companies including Motorola, Cisco and KPMG. The aim of the youth employment initiative called 'Youth Connekt' is to connect young people to role models, resources, skills, entrepreneurship, employment and internship opportunities, using Google Hangout technology in combination with other social media channels and SMS. The platform has a practical, results-oriented format, including interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions, partnership announcements, as well as opportunities for participants to showcase their innovative ideas and projects to potential partners.