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International Youth Day Observance

Remarks by Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Bangladesh, 06 August 2018

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow young people,

I would like to begin by thanking the Government of Bangladesh for inviting me to mark the International Youth Day 2018 with all of you here in Dhaka.

Today, the world is home to 1.8 billion young people. Majority […]

7 August 2018|News for Youth, News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

2018 ECOSOC Humanitarian – Affairs Segment

This year’s ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) took place from 19 – 21 June in New York, with the theme of “Restoring humanity, respecting human dignity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk, and vulnerability.” Below you can read about some of the highlights:

MONDAY – Youth Pre-Event
On 18 June […]

12 July 2018|Blog, Envoy’s news, News for Youth, News Stories|

Young People Discuss Change at CSW62 Youth Dialogue

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 […]

4 April 2018|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

CSW62 Side Event Highlights the Importance of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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 […]

26 March 2018|Blog, Envoy’s news, News for Youth, News Stories|

2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum Highlights

During January 30 and 31, the 7th annual ECOSOC Youth Forum brought together over 700 hundred young people, government representatives, and civil society organizations at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The ECOSOC Youth Forum represents the largest annual gathering at the United Nations focusing on youth development and engagement, and the only UN Forum […]

2 March 2018|News for Youth, News Stories|

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 […]

26 February 2018|Blog, Envoy’s news, News for Youth, News Stories|

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|