UNESCO. Division of Youth and Sports Activities

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UNESCO. Division of Youth and Sports Activities

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  • UNESCO. Division de la jeunesse et des activités sportives

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  • SHS/YSA

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Dates of existence

1990-08-31 - 1998-05-12

History

The Division of Youth and Sports Activities (SHS/YSA) was created in 1990. SHS/YSA inherited responsibility for activities on youth and physical education and sports - such as, for example, the International Fund for the Development of Physical Education and Sport (FIDEPS). Prior to this, the Division of Youth (SHS/YTH), also in the Sector of Social and Human Sciences, had carried out activities for and about youth. Activities on physical education and sport, including the secretariat for FIDEPS, were previously structured under the Education Sector, carried out by the Division of Structures, Content, Methods and Techniques of Education (ED/SCM).

The work of SHS/YSA over time included preparatory work for an international instrument for education, prevention, co-operation and information relating to the fight against doping in sport; assistance to Member States in formulating and implementing national strategies for the development of physical education in schools and universities; acting as secretariat for both FIDEPS and the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS); fostering awareness of the ethical dimension of sports activities by disseminating the International Charter of Physical Education and Sports; maintenance of the International Youth Clearing House and Information Service (INFOYOUTH) in support of efforts to enhance awareness of the situation, problems and aspirations of young people in different societies; organization of youth forums, regional consultations with researchers, youth NGOs and government officials for the purpose of identifying issues affecting young people and drawing up suitable strategies, and to encourage young people to play their part in development. SHS/YSA was also responsible for UNESCO’s contribution to the UN World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, as adopted by the General Assembly in 1995.

The 27th Session of the General Conference expressed the wish “to infuse strong new life into UNESCO’s action in physical education and sports, particularly within the framework of the fourth Medium- Term Plan” (UNESCO, 1993, 27C/Resolution 5.16). Also in the Medium-Term Plan for 1996-2001, youth was identified as one of the priority groups to be addressed throughout the programme of the Organization. Round tables on youth were held at the 29th Session of the General Conference and based on the resulting recommendations, an external advisory body called the Youth Council was established. The Secretariat was restructured soon after in 1998 - SHS/YSA was dissolved and a Youth Co-Ordination Unit (UCJ) was created in the Directorate. UCJ moved the following year to the Bureau of Studies, Programming and Evaluation. An internal ‘Priority Youth’ Committee was also established to make proposals with regard to possible actions and activities in this area. After SHS/YSA was dissolved, responsibility for physical education and sport activities was transferred to the Education Sector, and first overseen by the Section for Humanistic, Cultural and International Education, then by the Department of Education for a Culture of Peace upon its creation in 1999. In 2000, the responsibility was moved to the Division for the Promotion of Quality Education.

The Secretariat as a whole was reorganized in 2000 and the coordinating responsibility for youth activities was transferred to a Division of Women, Youth and Special Strategies (WYS) in the new Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP). The Division was dissolved in 2002, but there remained a Section for Youth (YTH) in BSP until this unit was shifted along with physical education programming to the Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy in the Sector for Social and Human Sciences in 2006. The combined unit created was called the Section for Youth, Sport and Physical Education. In April 2010, a Thematic Working Group on Youth was established in the Secretariat. The following year, the Social and Human Sciences Sector was restructured and a Division for Youth and Sport was created. In 2012, the structure was adjusted again creating a Division for Social Inclusion and Youth. The Sector was reorganized in 2014, creating a Youth and Sport Section (YSS) in the Division of Ethics, Youth and Sport.

SHS/YSA had the following heads: Pierluigi Vagliani, 1990-1992; and, Arthur L. Gillette 1992-1998.

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Related entity

UNESCO. Social and Human Sciences Sector (1984 -)

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hierarchical

Type of relationship

UNESCO. Social and Human Sciences Sector controls UNESCO. Division of Youth and Sports Activities

Dates of the relationship

1990-08-31 - 1998-05-13

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UNESCO. Division of Youth (1973 - 1990-08-30)

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temporal

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UNESCO. Division of Youth is the predecessor of UNESCO. Division of Youth and Sports Activities

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

The Division of Youth (SHS/YTH) was a predecessor of the Division of Youth and Sports Activities. See SHS/YTH for administrative history.

Related entity

UNESCO. Section for Humanistic, Cultural and International Education (1996-07-29 - 1999-01-20)

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temporal

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UNESCO. Section for Humanistic, Cultural and International Education is the successor of UNESCO. Division of Youth and Sports Activities

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

See administrative history for the Division of Youth and Sport (SHS/YSA) for further information.

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UNESCO. Youth Co-ordination Unit (1998-05-13 - 2000-09-30)

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temporal

Type of relationship

UNESCO. Youth Co-ordination Unit is the successor of UNESCO. Division of Youth and Sports Activities

Dates of the relationship

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See administrative history for the Division of Youth and Sports Activities (SHS/YSA) for further information.

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Stub created, AWT, 7-8-2015. Authority record completed, reviewed by Chief Archivist, entered by AWT, 10-12-2015.

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