Youth

2909, 2017

Over half of schools remain closed in epicentre of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria – UNICEF

September 29th, 2017|Education, News, Youth|

About 57 per cent of all schools are closed in Nigeria’s Borno state, worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency and the subsequent humanitarian crisis, leaving an estimated 3 million children in need of emergency education support, even as the new school year begins, the United Nations child agency said today.

“Children in northeast Nigeria are […]

2709, 2017

North Africa set to adopt 5-year plan to boost youth employment – UN labour agency

September 27th, 2017|News, Youth|

 With a youth unemployment rate at 28.8 per cent – twice the global average – countries in North Africa need to adopt a broader, more concerted response to tackle the crisis, the United Nations labour agency warned today.

“Arguably the single biggest global development challenge in the decades to come will be the need to integrate hundreds of […]

2609, 2017

Global ‘learning crisis’ threatens future of millions young students – World Bank report

September 26th, 2017|Education, News, Youth|

Schooling without learning is a terrible waste of precious resources and of human potential, the World Bank said today, warning in a new report that millions of young students in low and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to […]

2109, 2017

More than half of children and youth worldwide ‘not learning’ – UNESCO

September 21st, 2017|Education, News, Youth|

About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows.

“The figures are staggering both in terms of the waste of human potential and […]

2109, 2017

UNICEF urges countries to prioritize early childhood development

September 21st, 2017|News, Youth|

There is no period more critical in a child’s development than the first 1,000 days of life, and yet 32 countries – including Bangladesh and the United States – lack three basic national policies to support parents of babies and young children, says a new United Nations report issued today.

According to Early Moments Matter for Every […]

1109, 2017

UNICEF: Decades of progress for children at risk across Middle East and North Africa

September 11th, 2017|News, Youth|

Nearly one-in-five children across the Middle East and North Africa – over 90 per cent of whom live in conflict-affected countries – need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“Conflict continues to rob millions of girls and boys of their childhood,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, in […]

609, 2017

Conflict, widespread poverty stall progress on education rates over past decade – UNICEF

September 6th, 2017|Education, News, Youth|

Pervasive levels of poverty, protracted conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies have led to stagnation in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade, prompting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to call for more investments.

With 11.5 per cent of school-age children – or 123 million missing school today, compared to 12.8 per cent – […]

1208, 2017

In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are ‘most valuable force we have to shape a better future’

August 12th, 2017|News, Youth|

As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard.

“Today, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very dangerous […]

1108, 2017

Youth can play ‘critical role’ in creating a peaceful world for generations to come – UN chief

August 11th, 2017|News, Secretary-General, Youth|

In the lead-up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General António Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people.

“I’m truly happy to address you on International Youth Day,” the Secretary-General said a video message. “As Secretary-General of the United […]

108, 2017

Solidarity across generations is vital for sustainable development, UN special event hears

August 1st, 2017|News, Youth|

The wisdom, experience, energy and ideals of the old and the young are vital to realizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, stressing that they together can help break the cycles of poverty that have lasted for generations.