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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|

With relevant skills, youth can help accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

Young people today joined Ministers from Sri Lanka, Denmark and Jordan as well as the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the 3rd annual World Youth Skills Day under the theme: “Skills for the Future of Work”.

Today, over 71 million young people are unemployed, with around […]

17 July 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

5 Ways to Build Skills for the Future

 

The theme of this year’s World Youth Skills Day, is “Skills for the Future of Work”.

Investing in the employment of young people means investing in the present and future of our societies. With improved education outcomes, relevant skills and competencies, and access to decent jobs, youth can help accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda for […]

15 July 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Human Rights Council calls for “full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for youth.”

During its 35th Session the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted, on 22 June 2017, a resolution on youth and human rights, signaling a step forward for the global youth rights agenda.

The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth welcomes this resolution and its request of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

22 June 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Announcing the new Envoy on Youth – Jayathma Wickramanayake

New York, 20 June 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth. She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in addressing the needs and rights of young people, bringing the work of the United Nations […]

20 June 2017|Envoy’s news, News for Youth, News Stories|

In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador

Via UNICEF

NEW YORK, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF.

Muzoon, […]

19 June 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Remembering Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Chief – a Staunch Advocate for Young People at the UN and Beyond

Today, people across the world have expressed their sadness at the sudden passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  He was 68 years old. (UNFPA)

With his passing, we pause to remember the countless contributions of Dr. Osotimehin to the empowerment of young people, in particular by standing up […]

5 June 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

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|