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World Leaders Bring Youth to the Global Stage at the 72nd UN General Assembly

World leaders took the podium in September at the opening of the General Debate of the 72nd UN General Assembly, where 77 member states mentioned young people in their national statements. This represents a remarkable increase from last year’s General Debate, where 59 world leaders discussed the role of youth. The remarks delivered this year emphasized […]

16 October 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

UN announces worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Bogota, 7 October –The United Nations announced today that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals–exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. 

Led by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Young Leaders Initiative […]

7 October 2017|Blog, News for Youth, Opportunities for Youth|

UN Youth Envoy Commemorates International Youth Day with Young Peace-Builders in Baghdad

 

International Youth Day, commemorated around the world under the 2017 theme “Youth Building Peace” was celebrated today with a special event in Baghdad, Iraq, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake.  The event marked the first international mission of the […]

12 August 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

Three areas where young people were in the spotlight at HLPF

Each year, Ministers from all over the world gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to review the progress made in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). This year’s HLPF provided an opportunity to highlight youth participation in the implementation of the SDGs and showcase lessons […]

25 July 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

HLPF 2017: “Youth and the SDGs: From Local Roots to Global Reality”

On Wednesday 19th of July, the newly appointed UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, participated in the High Level event  “Youth and the SDGs: From Local Roots to Global Reality”.

At this event, young advocates joined Ministers from Denmark, Indonesia and Ethiopia in a lively discussion on how to promote an enabling environment for young […]

20 July 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth Envoy’s Remarks on World Youth Skills Day 2017

On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day 2017

17 July 2016, 3-6pm, CR 3

Opening statement by Jayathma Wickramanayake,

Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Excellencies, fellow youth leaders, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour to be with you here on the commemoration of the World Youth Skills Day as well as my first public engagement Secretary-General’s Envoy on […]

19 July 2017|Blog, Speeches on Youth|

Government officials and youth promote evidence-based principles for youth development in Asia

From UNESCO
Government officials, youth development practitioners and youth leaders representing 17 Asian countries are sharing experience about evidence-based approaches of their youth development policies and programming.
These discussions are taking place at a technical workshop in Bangkok, Thailand this week, where more than 80 officials from government, civil society, youth representatives and international partners have been […]

1 June 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

From transactional sex to mentoring girls, a transformative journey for young woman

From UNFPA
QUELIMANE, Zambezia, Mozambique – “I once engaged in transactional sex without using contraceptives to be able to afford attending school. Now I use my own story to demonstrate (to other girls) that change is possible.”
Amelia*, 22, has become a Rapariga Biz mentor for other girls in Quelimane. As a result of this UNFPA-supported intervention, […]

31 May 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

A better sexual and reproductive health education could save adolescent lives

From UNESCO
More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO and partners.

In 2015, nearly two thirds of adolescents, approximately 85,000, died in low- and middle-income countries of the African and South-East Asia regions. With road […]

31 May 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

Young people demand sexual and reproductive health and rights information

From UN Aids

Sexual and reproductive health and rights information, education and evidence-informed data are key to ensuring that young people know how to protect themselves from HIV and access HIV testing and treatment. This was the main message from an event—Breaking Down Barriers to Youth Empowerment—organized by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United […]

25 May 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|