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UNDP Fast Facts: Civil Society and Civic Engagement

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12 August: International Youth Day | Youth Civic Engagement

1c62dd3174343db7323cce6e938be1bc93f465d7This year's International Youth Day focuses on civic engagement, a main goal of the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. A joint @UN4Youth & @UNDP4Youth online campaign has been launched, using the hashtags #YouthDay and #Action2015. Check out the IYD2015 toolkit. A commemorative event is being organized at the UN Headquarters in New York – find out more here. Please contact youth@undp.org for questions around Youth Day!

Civic Engagement Dialogues Series (New York)

UNDP regularly invites civil society representatives to engage on current development issues. The last discussion was held on 28 April 2015 on the topic of Accountability through Civic Participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Read more.

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Civil Society Videos

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Film based on the project 'Deepening Local Democratic Governance through Social Accountability in Asia' The project addressed the deficits of democratic practices in urban municipalities in Bangladesh and Cambodia, particularly issues on participation, transparency and accountability mechanisms, due to the lack of which these institutions often fail to deliver services effectively and equitably and lack responsiveness towards the most marginalised. (July 2015)

Making All Voices Count's Community of Practice in South Africa gather on September 26 to share ideas, experience and ask critical questions about their projects aimed at enhancing citizen engagement and securing more accountable governance. (July 2015)

Helen Clark on World NGO Day: since 2010, the World NGO Day Initiative has been working towards the creation by the UN General Assembly of one designated international day for NGOs globally to collaborate, commemorate and celebrate the work of NGOs worldwide (24 February 2014).

The World Bank's Open Learning Campus has a series on "Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development?" In this short welcome talk, Hassane Cisse outlines how citizen engagement is central in creating a more citizen-centric model of governance by highlighting five areas of governance in need of rethinking. (July 2015)