We are very happy to announce that we have signed an agreement with the UN to become the first ever strategic partner for their youth work.

This truly groundbreaking partnership will create a global youth movement that will directly reach and positively impact 50 million young people over the next 12 years.

It will increase young people’s participation in UN processes and help to improve their job prospects, and build meaningful real-world networks among youth-focused partners.

The agreement was signed today (25 September 2018) at a ceremony at the UN’s headquarters in New York by representatives from the Misk Foundation and the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (UN OSGEY ).

Delivering real impact at a truly global scale, the innovative partnership will work across three different pillars:


  • Strategic
The partnership will strengthen the ability to deliver the crucial UN Strategy on Youth, with Misk Foundation, the OSGEY, and the UN working closely together to drive action at the global, regional and national levels.


  • Initiatives

A “Youth Gateway” will be built as a central hub for knowledge on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for young people – it will map existing initiatives and outline opportunities to volunteer.

Tools will be developed to measure and track key indicators of youth development and well-being at a global scale.


  • Participation
There will be a Youth Fellowship Program, which will train and develop the young leaders of tomorrow, focusing on under-represented countries.
The partnership will help enhance how young people can participate in UN processes – for instance through an annual youth forum co-hosted with the OSGEY held during the UN General Assembly and a meeting during the High-Level Political Forum in New York.
Support will be delivered for the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, especially in the areas of digital skills and youth entrepreneurship, and we will work with the UN on initiatives to drive even greater youth contribution to the Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We plan to coordinate activities by working together on an annual International Stakeholders Meeting on Youth, which will bring together youth-led networks and organizations from around the world, including from the UN.


His Excellency Bader Alasaker, Chair of the Board, Misk Initiatives Center, said:

“The Misk Foundation is committed to helping as many young people around the world realise their potential in the future economy and to encourage active global citizenship.

“The strategic agreement that we are signing today, shows our commitment to this mission.

“Partnering with the United Nations will greatly enhance its vital work around the world to help people from all backgrounds to realise their potential and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

This partnership is part of our established track record of partnering with UN organizations on youth issues, including hosting the UNESCO NGO Forum on “Youth and their Social Impact” in Riyadh, and bringing together young leaders at last year’s Misk-UNDP Youth Forum.


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