The Issue-based Coalition on Adolescents and Youth seeks to deliver on specific adolescent and youth policy results in collaboration with civil society, including youth-led and youth-serving organizations, governments, and other key actors by fostering synergies and pool resources across UN agencies.  

This IBC focuses on:  

Advocacy: Undertaking joint advocacy for implementing policies that provide opportunities for young people to build their capacity and contribute to development in the context of the region’s social, political, economic and environmental challenges; for removing legal barriers to youth access to education, decent work and adequate health care and their leadership and participation in decision-making and peace making processes; for enforcing the laws that intend to eliminate harmful practices with regards to youth, such as child, early and forced marriage, gender based violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Knowledge generation and analytical work: Undertaking joint analytical work and collection of information on policy options and on the status of young people in the region, including issues relating to inequality and vulnerability, for evidence-based advocacy to benefit governments and other stakeholders related to the specific objectives defined by the coalition.   

Information sharing, and networking: Contributing to a better understanding and development of a common approach related to the specific objectives defined by the coalition by strengthening mechanisms for sharing good practices. Establishing and maximizing the use of new and existing virtual platforms for dialogue and sharing experiences, tools, practices and evidence among coalition members and other stakeholders. 

Enhancing cooperation and coordination: Enhancing cooperation among IBC members to promote a unified regional voice, enhance synergies and minimize duplication of programmes and initiatives at the regional level. 

Promoting adolescent and youth policies: Organizing intergovernmental meetings on adolescent and youth policies and on national progress in attaining international commitments. Organizing stakeholder consultations and providing technical assistance to help formulate, improve, monitor, and cost national youth policies. 




  • Strengthen regional engagement

    and system-wide accountability for Adolescents and Youth.

  • Policy guidance and technical support

    Provide more coherent and timely policy guidance and technical support.

  • Communication

    Improve coordination, advocacy, communication as well as information sharing. 


Policy advice to regional UN System, UNCTs and UN Youth Thematic Groups

Advocacy advance the adolescent and youth agenda at global, regional and country level

Strengthening youth engagement and participation in policy and programming processes

Knowledge management, information sharing and coordination among the UN System and partners on selected adolescent and youth issues

To contact the IBC regarding its services and activities, please get in touch at:

  • Latin America and Caribbean

    Thematic Working Group on Youth

  • Arab States

    Issue-based Coalition on Youth Employment and Empowerment  

  • Africa

    Opportunities-/Issue-based Coalition on Harnessing demographic dividends through investments in youth and women empowerment for SDGs