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Adoption of the first National Youth Strategy for Cyprus (1/2017)-EN

The National Youth Strategy (NYS) of Cyprus 2017-2022 was prepared by the Youth Board of Cyprus which is the competent authority of the Republic of Cyprus dealing with youth issues, with the direct involvement of all national stakeholders and was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 18 May 2017.

 

The NYS defines, for the first time, the vision of the country for young people. It is the government’s commitment to implement actions that guarantee quality life and to offer packages of opportunities for all the young people. It aspires to ensure the active participation of all young people in society and to explore ways that empower them to realise their full potential as citizens.

 

Towards this aim, the NYS establishes an integrated, cross-sectoral mechanism for designing, implementing and monitoring all interrelated policy areas that affect young people. In this way, it ensures that there is a medium and long-term plan for improving the situation of young people, with a set of defined objectives and corresponding measures under eight main fields of action.

 

The fields of action, which are aligned with the European Youth Strategy, are: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, volunteerism, social inclusion, youth and the world, creativity and culture.

 

At the same time, the NYS considers young people as a resource in society, as valuable citizens who can actively and creatively contribute to the development and prosperity of their own country, local community and eventually to the global advancement. Young people’s participation in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation is a core value of the NYS. This participatory approach assures also that, policy responses aim to meet the needs and challenges of all young people and that the youth dimension is reflected in policy making and action planning.

 

The NYS was announced to the public on 30 May 2017 in a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. The President announced the government’s commitment in making the strategy a reality through specific actions and by setting youth on top of the list of the state’s priorities.

For the promotion and implementation of the policy aims that have been set in the NYS, two three-year action plans will be formulated and a monitoring mechanism will be developed.

 

 

Source: ReferNet Cyprus, Youth Board of Cyprus

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