Building on the successes and lessons learnt from the Youth Forums of CSW60 and CSW61, the Youth Dialogue at CSW62 held on 17 March 2018 provided a space for cross-regional networking among young people engaged in various areas of gender and social justice. Following the theme of the Commission of the Status of Women, the […]
On 14 March 2018, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth organized a high-level side event during the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event brought together representatives from the Member States, civil society organizations, and young people. The dialogue focused on the implementation of the […]
Multi-Country Mission of the UN Envoy on Youth in Africa – Meeting and Listening to Young People Where They Are
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, undertook a multi-country official mission to Africa to meet with and listen to young people on the ground. The purpose of the mission was to learn first-hand about the issues and challenges young people face and champion investments in youth development.
The mission, which was graciously supported […]
Over 400 participants, including youth advocates and activists from minority backgrounds, other civil society representatives, as well as government and UN officials gathered at the 10th session of the Forum on Minority Issues from November 30 to December 1. Held annually in Geneva since 2008, the Forum provides a platform for advancing the implementation of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]