19 August 2000






The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,


Pursuant to the authority given to him under United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,


Taking into account United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 1999/1 of 25 July 1999, as amended, on the Authority of the Interim Administration in Kosovo and UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/1 of 14 January 2000 on the Kosovo Joint Interim Administrative Structure,


For the purpose of establishing the Administrative Department of Youth,


Hereby promulgates the following:



Section 1

Administrative Department of Youth


1.1       The Administrative Department of Youth (hereinafter “the Department”) is hereby established.


1.2       The Department shall address matters concerning the youth sector in Kosovo, where youth is defined as the 15 to 24 year age group.


1.3       The Department shall implement the policy guidelines formulated by the Interim Administrative Council in the youth sector. 



Section 2



2.1       The Department may make policy recommendations to the Interim Administrative Council through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration concerning, inter alia:


(a)    An overall strategy and comprehensive operational plan for the development and promotion of the youth sector in Kosovo; and


(b)   The development of a regulatory framework, including the proposal of regulations and the setting and provision of standards, direction and guidance for the effective, equitable and responsible administration of the youth sector in Kosovo.


2.2       The Department shall:


(a)    Implement the strategy and operational plan for the youth sector within the framework of the Kosovo Consolidated Budget and in consultation with donors and relevant international agencies and local institutions;


(b)   Conduct a comprehensive situation analysis of the youth sector, including relevant legislation, institutions, programs and activities;


(c)    Identify specific youth groups and develop programs to address their needs. Such groups may include out-of-school youth, illiterate youth, unemployed youth, returning refugee youth, drug abusing youth, youth from single parent families, youth as single parents, youth with poor access to sanitation and health facilities and/or at risk of contracting disease and minority youth;


(d)   Develop programs to identify and address the needs of young women;


(e)    Co-ordinate and co-operate with other Administrative Departments, municipalities, international and governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations in order to promote the coherent and efficient development and implementation of youth policies and resources in such matters as: job training and vocational services, sport and recreational activities, regional and international exchange programs, health and education, juvenile justice and the promotion of youth and human rights;


(f)     Promote the formation of youth clubs, groups and associations throughout Kosovo and the region and oversee their development, encouraging democratic decision-making and broad based participation and consultation at all levels within such clubs, groups and associations;


(g)    Encourage financial and other support for the youth sector in Kosovo, through such means as sponsorship agreements, extra-budgetary projects and grants, in accordance with guidelines developed by the Department in consultation with the Central Fiscal Authority;


(h)    Provide information to the youth of Kosovo on the services and programs available to assist them; and


(i)      Perform such functions as are ancillary to those set out above and are assigned to the Department by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration.



Section 3

Co-Heads of the Department


Co-Heads of the Department, under the supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration, shall be jointly responsible for:

(a)    Managing the Department and ensuring that the functions entrusted to it are implemented;


(b)   Staffing, organizing and administering the Department and issuing administrative instructions and operating guidelines on any matters pertaining to the functions of the Department; and


(c)    The effective and efficient management of resources provided to the Department from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget or from any other source.



Section 4

Personnel and Employment Policy


Co-Heads of the Department shall:


(a)    Implement non-discriminatory personnel policies designed to ensure that the composition of the staff of the Department reflects the multi-ethnic character of the communities of Kosovo;


(b)   Endeavour to ensure equitable gender balance in all areas and levels within the Department; and


(c)    Ensure that all recruitment is based on professional qualifications, competence and merit.



Section 5



The Special Representative of the Secretary-General may issue administrative directions in connection with the implementation of the present regulation.



Section 6

Applicable Law


The present regulation shall supersede any provision in the applicable law which is inconsistent with it.



Section 7

Entry into Force


The present regulation shall enter into force on 19 August 2000.




Bernard Kouchner

Special Representative of the Secretary-General