The COP National Youth Policy
The COP National Youth Policy is geared towards seeking the economic, social and human development of our young people. The policy aims to foster the environment and develop mechanisms to promote improved wellbeing and livelihood among young people.
The Congress of the People recognizes that the nature and quality of young people’s lives, as well as a country’s future social and economic development, depends to a large extent on how well our youth are able to move through the transitional period from childhood to that of an adulthood of responsibility, motivation and self-determination.
Our National Youth Policy was guided by the United Nation’s World Plan of Action for Youth (WPAY) together with consultation from youth of diverse backgrounds. The UN’s WPAY “encourages governments to be more responsive to the aspirations and needs of youth for a better world. It also recognizes that young people in all countries are both a major human resource for development and key agents for social change, economic development and technological innovation. The empowerment of youth depends on and reinforces the empowerment of society at large.”
The following messages underscore the recommendations made in this policy:
- Recognize, address and respond to youth as a distinct but heterogeneous
population group, with particular needs and capacities which stem from
their formative age;
- Build the capabilities and expand the choices of young people by enhancing
their access to and participation in all dimensions of society;
- Catalyze investment in youth so that they consistently have the proper
resources, information and opportunities to realize their full potential;
- Change the public support available to youth from ad-hoc or last-minute to
consistent and mainstreamed;
- Promote partnerships, cooperation and the strengthening of institutional
capacity that contribute to more solid investments in youth;
- Support the goal of promoting youth themselves as valuable assets and
- Include young people and their representative associations at all stages of
the policy development and implementation process.
The 10 priority areas are:
- The environment
- Drug abuse
- Youth Involvement in Criminal Activity
- Leisure-time activities
- The full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making.