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Follow the livestream of the United Nations Secretary-General’s meeting with Youth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address youth as special guest at an event on the role of youth in the post-2015 agenda in Brussels, on 27 May. It will be livestreamed to audiences across the world.

The event, an initiative by the European Commission and the United Nations, is titled: “Our world, our Dignity, our […]

20 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

‘Make the choice of service,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chief tells Georgetown graduates

In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.

Here is the full statement of the UN Secretary-General:

“Congratulations!

Please join me in saluting the families, friends and faculty who shared in […]

17 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

Pakistani youth propel the number of global HeForShe champions to over 300,000

In less than 48 hours, and with almost 5,000 online sign-ups from Pakistan alone, the HeForShe global ticker on Saturday crossed into the 300k mark.

Following a chance meeting of female students with Mr. Jamshed Kazi, Representative for UN Women Pakistan, on International Women’s Day 2015 where he spoke of the HeForShe Campaign recently launched in […]

15 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNICEF: Today it’s young people’s turn to talk

On May 11, just before the heads of state and government of the world’s leading industrialised nations met in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, 54 girls and boys aged 14 to 18 from the G7 states, some EU Member States and a number of developing countries were at the Federal Chancellery to present their ideas and […]

13 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Sudan: Youth volunteers train for a better future for Darfur

Yusra, a young woman from East Darfur, had always wanted to work with her community to help people improve their lives.

“Because of the conflict, we have so many problems such as poverty, low-income and lack of quality education. I didn’t know how and where I could start,” she says.  

For thousands of young people, war in […]

5 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Sexuality education programming set to reach millions of young people across eastern and southern Africa

Young people in eastern and southern Africa, like many of their peers around the world, often receive conflicting and inaccurate information about sex. This can lead to badly informed decisions about how, when or with whom to have sex and how to protect themselves against HIV. 

With support from UNAIDS, UNESCO and SAfAIDS a major regional […]

28 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Secretary-General’s remarks at Open Debate of the Security Council on the Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace

New York, 23 April 2015

I am honoured by the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II of Jordan – which has so ably led the Security Council this month.

His Royal Highness is the youngest person ever to chair a meeting of the Security Council. This is perfect for today’s discussion.

He is not yet […]

24 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

10 things you didn’t know about the world’s population

On April 13th leaders from around the world opened the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development to take stock of the world’s development and the welfare of its people.

Below are 10 little-known facts about the world as it stands today. Together, they show signs of enormous progress – but not enough. Too […]

17 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Belize: Helping marginalized youth find their independence

Not long ago a high school diploma seemed out of reach for Rudolph Belisle, but now the 18-year-old is making plans to attend college.

Along with 89 other young men, Rudolph is a graduate of a youth engagement programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), that provides pathways to employment and re-entry into formal […]

13 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Boosting youth entrepreneurship in East Africa

Over the past five years, The Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) has supported youth entrepreneurship at the community level across Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Local youth-led organizations have been awarded 149 grants to pilot and replicate innovative projects that help young people set up micro-enterprises in niche markets. The Fund is a scheme run by […]

13 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|