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UNFPA celebrates IYD with the Federal and the Kurdistan Region Governments 

Baghdad, Iraq - On 12 August, the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with UNFPA held a conference to launch the 2030 Youth Vision and present the results of the National Adolescents and Youth Survey (NYAS) to the press, which was previously launched at the Federal level.

On International Youth Day, UNFPA organized two discussion panels on 12 and 13 August with Government representatives, sister UN agencies, youth people and representatives of the civil society. The panels focused on youth engagement for social-economic development and youth engagement at the local and community levels.

The first panel discussed the challenges that young people face in their engagement on the socio-economic level and highlighted the best practices of engagement.

The second panel focused on the main obstacles facing youth participation in their communities, on examples of youth advocacy and discussed strategies that could strengthen youth engagement at policy and programmes levels.

On 23 August, the Kurdistan Regional Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Culture and Youth, and the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office, together with the United Nations, launched the results of NYAS conducted with the support of UNFPA & UNICEF in 2019.

The survey, the first of its kind in over a decade, will enable the Iraq Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to develop adolescent and youth-centred policies based on what adolescents and youth see as priorities.

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Ms Salwa Moussa, Communications Specialist, smoussa@unfpa.org