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Join the conversation at the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

The 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum is just around the corner! The event, to be held 30-31 January at UNHQ in New York, is the UN’s largest gathering of youth and the key forum that brings youth representatives together with government ministers and officials.
I’m excited to see young people at the front and center of this […]

26 January 2018|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Envoy Welcomes New Somali Policy on Role of Youth in Peacebuilding

18 December 2017 – Welcoming the launch of a national policy for young people in Somalia, the United Nations Youth Envoy expressed hope that with the new policy, young Somalis will be able to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the country.
“I want to congratulate the Federal Government of Somalia, the federal member states, the UN and all […]

19 December 2017|Envoy’s news, News Stories|

Somalia Launches National Youth Policy at Gathering of Country’s Youth

Mogadishu – Hundreds of youth representatives from around Somalia have gathered in the capital city for talks on the future development of young Somalis, who make up more than two-thirds of the east African country’s population.
A key part of the gathering – the country’s second Somali National Youth Conference – has been the launch of the […]

19 December 2017|News Stories|

Minority Youth are the focus at Human Rights Council Forum on Minority Issues

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 […]

8 December 2017|Blog, News Stories|

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|

More than 100 young leaders gather at UN for opening of General Assembly

New York – As world leaders prepared for the opening of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate on September 19, more than 100 young leaders met with world leaders to discuss the role of youth engagement and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event, co-hosted by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, […]

27 September 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

In her first visit to India, Youth Envoy highlights that young people hold the key to the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, concluded a 4-day visit to India with a speech to the ASEAN-India Youth Summit in which she highlighted the unique power this generation has in ensuring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In her closing remarks at the India-ASEAN Youth Summit in Bhopal, the Envoy […]

18 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

مبعوثة الأمم المتحدة للشباب تختتم أول مهمة دولية إلى العراق مؤكدة على أهمية تمكين الشباب

اطلعت مبعوثة الأمم المتحدة للشباب السيدة جاياتما   فيكراماناياكي مباشرةً وفي أول زيارة دولية لها على الآثار المدمرة للنزاع على الشباب في العراق، إلا أنها شهدت أيضاً الأمل فيهم، وشجعت الشابات والشبان على أن يكونوا قادة في مجتمعاتهم. وتأكيداً على أهمية إشراك الشباب وتمكينهم، احتفلت السيدة فيكراماناياكي باليوم الدولي للشباب هذا العام في العراق، وذلك في حفلٍ حضره […]

17 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth Envoy wraps first international mission to Iraq underlining the importance of youth empowerment

On her first international trip, the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, saw first-hand in Iraq the devastating effects of conflict on youth but also witnessed hope in them, and encouraged the young women and men to be leaders in their communities. Underlining the importance of engaging and empowering youth, Ms. Wickramanayake commemorated this year’s […]

15 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

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|