Friday, February 1, 2013

Call for Contributions to the United Nations World Youth Report 2013: Youth Migration and Development

Call for Contributions to the United Nations World Youth Report 2013: Youth Migration and Development

Background: Youth Migration and Development

Over the past few decades, political, economic, social and demographic changes in many parts of the world have stimulated migration of people to cities within and across countries. Recent evidence suggests that the gradual process of environmental deterioration is likely to increase the flows of both internal and crossborder human migration over the next decades.1

According to a recent UN report, young people represent a major proportion of those migrating annually. In many cases, the age range 18 to 29 accounts for between 36 per cent and 57 per cent of international migrants.2 The report argues that young people are the “most mobile among people of all ages” who migrate for various reasons, including employment, education, family formation and reunification as well as conflict and persecution.

While considerable attention is given to the issue of migration and its potential economic and social impacts on origin, transit and destination countries, to date very little attention has been given to understanding the livelihood struggles and opportunities that migration presents for migrants themselves, and in particular, young migrants. Young people and youth-led organizations working on migration issues have on various occasions requested a UN study on the situation of youth migration.

To this end, the 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) is purposed to fill this gap by offering a multidimensional account of the life experiences of young migrants and young people affected by migration.

How exactly can you contribute?

As part of the process leading to the development of the UN World Youth Report 2013, the UN Focal Point on Youth will organize a number of interactive activities, among them, an online survey, an e-consultation, a Google+ Hangout with young people and experts. The aim of these is to give young migrants and other youth affected by migration the space to share their experiences on migration. These interactive activities commenced on 23 January and will run until 22 February 2013. To contribute your ideas and personal experiences:

·          Join the weekly e-consultations: To solicit youth perspectives on migration, a 4 week (from 23 January – 22 February 2013) consultative process with young migrants and other young people affected by migration. Visit the weekly e-discussion page and share your comments on various issues.3

·         Submit a “Migration Story”: Are you a young migrant/immigrant or a returnee? Are you a documented or undocumented young migrant? We would like you to share your personal written story with us.

·         Fill out the Survey: We have created two questionnaires for: 1) Young migrants and return migrants to capture their experiences through the various stages of migration and 2) Organizations that have an initiative that aims at enhancing the positive impact of youth migration while mitigating associated risks.

·         Contribute an artistic piece: To bring additional meaning to the findings of the e-consultation and survey, we would like to invite young people to contribute paintings, animations and photographs to the Report.

Having young people participate directly through various activities will help us to ensure that the World Youth Report is based on the perspectives of those young people who continue to form a significant part of international migrants but have had limited opportunities to share their views on migration, its opportunities and challenges. To learn more about how to participate please visit:

Where will this happen?

The UN World Youth Report web platform – - has been established by the United Nations Focal Point on Youth to enable young people to contribute their personal stories and perspectives on how migration affects them, either as migrants, return migrants or young people left behind by migrant parents.

Who can participate?

·         Young people including representatives of youth-led organizations who are aged between 15 to 35 years

·         Young migrants and other young people affected by migration (i.e. including sons and daughters of migrants, young people left behind by migrant parents in countries of origin, return migrants, etc.)

·         Organizations who work with or for young migrants or young people who are affected by migration. We encourage organizations that can engage young people and migrants who have no or little access to the internet to collaborate with us in ensuring the full inclusion of these young people in this process.

Support us:

We invite youth-led organizations, youth representatives, UN agencies and multilateral organizations, to create awareness and support the participation of young people in the various activities for the 2013 UN World Youth Report. Interested organizations and youth representatives can support us through the following ways:

·         Administer the survey or weekly consultations offline and collect stories, poems, cartoons and paintings from young people who have difficulty in accessing the internet. Share their contributions with us via email at .

·         Feature news about the World Youth Report’s consultative process and activities in your newsletters, website, networks and social media platforms. We have created a badge and an e-flyer for this purpose.

Related links and contact:

·         For further information, please email the UN Focal Point on Youth at: with the subject line: UN World Youth Report 2013

·         Follow us:
o Facebook/UNyouthyear
o twitter/UN4Youth #youthmigration

1 Migration, Climate Change and the Environment. Policy brief. IOM, March 2009.
2 UN (United Nations). 2011. “International Migration in a Globalizing World: The Role of Youth”. Technical Paper No. 2011/1. New York:
Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
3 Please note that the commenting system used for the weekly discussions is very user-friendly. It is easy to log in and contribute using
your existing accounts such as Gmail or Twitter.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Photos: Mangrove Planting in Brgy. Gimaloto

Some 3,000 propagules were planted on Jan 25, 2013 by nearly 600 multi-sectoral representatives in almost half a hectare area in Brgy. Gimaloto, West District, Sorsogon City under the Mangrove Reforestation and Enhancement Program of the provincial government. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)-LGU spearheaded the planting activity in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other stakeholders (Phil. Army, Phil. National Police, Phil. Information Agency, Provincial Tourism Office, Energy Development Corporation, DepEd, Provincial Agriculture Office, students of ROTC, and fisher folks). The P1-M project targeting a 25-has to be planted was granted to Seaweeds Growers Association, Inc., a people's organization composed of fisher folks of Brgy. Gimaloto, Sorsogon City. A commitment signing was also held during the launching of the said activity. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon/photos: Lyn Jimenez)

Comelec muling nilinaw ang mga patakarang dapat sundin ng mga kandidato ukol sa political ad

Ni: Bennie A. Recebido

LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Enero 31 (PIA) – Nilinaw at ipinaliwanag ni Comelec Election Supervisor Atty. Calixto Aquino, Jr. ang ilang mga patakaran ukol sa political ads ng mga kandidato para sa darating halalan 2013.

Ayon kay Atty. Aquino ang mga patakarang ito ay alinsunod sa nakasaad sa Comelec Resolution No 9615 kung saan sinasabi dito ang sukat at haba ng oras o minuto ng mga political ad sa radyo, telebisyon at mga pahayagan.

Para sa national candidate, 120 minuto sa telebisyon at 180 minuto naman sa radyo ang ibinibigay na kabuuang oras para sa kanilang political ad sa loob ng 60-day campaign period kasama na dito yaong mga advertisement na bayad ng ibang tao o sponsor ng kandidato. 60 minuto sa TV at 90 minuto naman ang para sa local candidate sa loob ng 45-day campaign period.

Kasama rin dito ang sukat ng mga campaign paraphernalia tulad ng mga flyer, poster at streamer ng mga kakandidato sa national level at sa local level.

Ang mga press release at interview lalo kung tungkol sa kanyang pananaw o paninindigan ukol sa isang napapanahong isyu ay hindi kabilang dito.

Nilinaw din ng opisyal na sa mga nais maglagay ng political ad sa TV at radyo, dapat na may kontrata sa pagitan ng istasyon ng radyo at TV kung saan sila lalabas at dapat na bigyan ng kopya ng kontrata ang tanggapan ng Comelec.

Pahayag pa ni Atty. Aquino na nakipag-ugnayan na at nakikipagtulungan na rin ang National Telecommunications Office ang Comelec na siyang sumusubaybay sa mga ini-ere sa TV at radyo.

Kung gagamit ng jingle, kukwentahin din ang minutong itinakbo nito at isasabay ito sa itinakdang kabuuang minutong ibinibigay sa bawat kandidato.

Sa mga pahayagan, ang isang national candidate ay dapat na kumunsumo ng 1/4 na pahina na lalabas ng tatalong beses sa isang linggo, habang ang local candidate ay dapat na kumunsumo ng ½ pahina na lalabas ng tatlong beses sa isang linggo.

Sa paggawa naman ng mga poster at flyers, 8 ½” x 14” lamang ang sukat at hindi dapat na lalampas dito. Sa poster, 2ft x 3ft, sa streamer, 3ft x 8ft. Ang sukat na ito ng streamer ang maaaring gamitin sa mga rally at pinapayagang isabit sa loob lamang ng limang araw sa lugar na pagdadausang ng rally.

Ang hindi susunod sa patakarang ito ay sasampahan ng Comelec ng kasong administratibo at papatawan ng penalidad na isang taon hanggang anim na taong pagkabilanggo at hindi na rin papayagang makatakbo pa sa mga susunod na halalan.

Sinabi pa ni Atty Aquino na nagpapatuloy din sa kanilang trabaho ang binuo nilang task force na na siyang susubaybay sa mga itinakdang common poster area ng Comelec kung saan magkakatuwang dito ang City o Municipal Election Officer at hepe ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ng lungsod o munisipyo.

Tiniyak din ng opisyal na istrikto nilang ipatutupad ang mga patakarang itinakda ng Comelec. Nilinaw din niyang sakaling idinikit sa common poster area subalit hindi sumunod sa itinakdang sukat ng mga poster o streamer ay tatanggalin pa rin nila ito katulad din ng gagawing pagtanggal sa mga matryal na ito kung hindi idinikit sa designadong common poster area.

Nanawagan din si Atty Aquino sa mga kandidato, sa mga suportador at sa publiko na sumunod na lamang sa mga patakarang itinakda upang makamit ng Sorsogon ang malinis, mapayapa at matapat na halalan. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)