IYC Policy and Research Journal


The IYC Policy and Research Journal will be a peer-reviewed publication featuring innovative research undertaken by young people around the globe in any discipline, ranging from the realms of science to policy. Since its inception at the 4th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, the International Youth Council has sought to serve as a platform for representation of young people in key multilateral institutions. The establishment of this new journal is driven by an undeniable trend: the Millennial generation accounts for sixty percent of the world’s population. This generation had no role in causing the financial crisis, nor was it responsible for the making of gender inequality, global climate change, extreme poverty, social exclusion, political repression or corruption. Yet Millennials are the first to experience the short and long-term consequences of each of these ills. From youth groups in Tunisia rocking traditional social conventions through “Harlem Shake” videos on Youtube, to grassroots campaigns in the United States advocating the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council, the proof is everywhere. Young people yearn for a meaningful voice in policy debates affecting their future, while being judged by the strength of their arguments rather than their connections or social capital.

The premise of this journal is that these aspirations are legitimate and can be channeled in uniquely constructive ways.

We are seeking submissions from young people under 30 on any topics relating to the Millennium Development Goals or the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  Submissions on any topics found on this website are accepted: http://www.myworld2015.org/. Discretion can be advised for other topics.

Submissions must:

  1. be the original work of the author

  2. identify and examine an area of concern relevant to today

  3. stimulate a sense of urgency

  4. offer recommendations to remedy the outlined situation and/or

  5. offer a new approach to old problems

  6. display critical thinking and synthesis, going beyond merely summarizing sources

  7. be properly cited

Submissions can be:

  1. on any topic, as described above
  2. any length, as short or long as needed to convey you message
  3. in any formatting style

This is very open ended to accommodate all youth with differing experiences and educational levels!


To submit, send a copy of your paper to hung@internationalyouthcouncil.com. Please have the subject of your email be “IYC Policy and Research Journal Submission” and make sure to include your full name, age, country of residence, and the university or organization you are affiliated with in the body of your email. Inquiries can be sent to this email.

Deadline for submission is February 1, 2014 by 11:59 EST. 

Successful submissions will be notified no later than February 5, 2014. 


To ensure the success of our first publication, we have invited several prominent professionals to be our Global Advisor. One of these individuals is Mr. Ravi Karkara. He is currenty the Global Expert Advisor on Children and Youth for UN Habitat and UN Millennium Campaign, Co-chair of the UN Interagency Network on Youth Development, and Honorary Global Advisor for the UN World Conference on Youth to be held in Sri Lanka this May.

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