In 2009 more than 20 organizations from the government academia and civil sectors, at international, regional and national levels, met to develop the project on best practices in youth policies and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. This project sought to promote and enhance the leading role of young people in the development of their own community. It reaffirmed the urgency for the implementation of specific policies and programmes for youth, which are effective in the transformation of Latin American and Caribbean societies for the common good.
A regional call was conducted to identify and select the best examples of successful initiatives in 6 themes of intervention. Policies, programmes and projects concerned were registered through a virtual platform.

Governments and organizations (academia and civil sectors) from various regions presented their policies and programmes. 809 representatives from governments and private and civil bodies registered on the virtual platform; and 600 practices were registered. After a pre-selection process, 71 policies and 259 programmes were evaluated by an evaluation committee consisting of 57 members. Finally, 16 programmes and 16 policies were selected by the organizing committee and were invited to a regional Youth Meeting held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 4, 5 and 6 November 2009.

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