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IFAD project in Swaziland helps farmers combat drought and boost food security


The Kingdom of Swaziland and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement today to finance the Smallholder Market-led Project (SMLP), an initiative that will improve food and nutrition security and increase the incomes of 10,900 households, in particular smallholder farmers living in Lubombo and Shiselweni regions where the drought […]

16 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Photos from UN Secretary-General’s visit to Canada

On 11-13 February 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon went on an official visit to Canada. During his visit he met in Ottawa with the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau, visited the Catholic Centre for Immigrants where he met with refugees that benefited from Canada’s resettlement programme, and the following day also addressed students at McGill […]

15 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

The potential of agricultural biotechnologies in assisting family farmers

From FAO

Tools to help fight hunger and to improve food systems – FAO symposium

Much more must be done to ensure that family farmers, especially those in developing countries, have access to agricultural biotechnologies that can make their activities more productive and sustainable in the face of major challenges such as climate change and population growth, […]

15 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNRWA celebrates the opening of the EU-funded 2015 photo exhibition and awards ceremony in Gaza


 The UNRWA photo exhibition ‘We Deserve Life’ was officially opened at the Rashad Shawa Eastern Hall in Gaza City on 15 February, showcasing the winning submissions from the EU-funded 2015 UNRWA Photo Competition. All four winners from last year’s competition attended the event, which featured an awards ceremony in recognition of their winning photographs.

Each […]

15 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Highlights from 2016 ECOSOC Youth Forum

On 1-2 February 2016, over 800 young leaders from around the world, along with high-level national and international policy makers, convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 5th ECOSOC Youth Forum, the largest turnout for the Forum yet, that has been convened annually over the past years.

The forum provided a platform for […]

12 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth with special needs find renewed hope in vocational training

From UNDP Eritrea 

 Tsega Mekonen is 22 years and the chairperson for the Association of the Deaf in Anseba Region. She is one of the beneficiaries of the pottery training, which is facilitated by the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS). 

The training takes six months and by the time of interviewing her for this […]

12 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Photos from ECOSOC Youth Forum

 On 1-2 February 2016, young leaders from around the world convened to the UN Headquarters in New York at the 5th ECOSOC Youth Forum.

The forum discussed ways in which young people can play an active role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The photo gallery below shows some highlights of this event. […]

11 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Young Nigerians with a passion for HIV prevention


Isah Mohammed Takuma is married and has a one-year-old daughter. At 32, he is a university graduate and currently serves as the National Coordinator of the Association of Positive Youths Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

He says he draws daily inspiration from his personal experience to support HIV prevention efforts in Nigeria. “I was 19 […]

10 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth Event Launches One Stop Youth Centre in Mogadishu

From UN-Habitat 

With seven out of ten people under the age of 35, Somalia is one of the youngest countries in the world. Youth represents both the future of the nation and one of its primary resources. Recognizing the key role that youth can play in contributing to the peace and stability of the nation, UN-Habitat launched […]

10 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNV Innovation Space: Co-creating volunteering solutions for the SDGs

From United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme started collaborating with the private sector as early as 1995 and since then it has become a pioneer in promoting corporate volunteerism. By fielding corporate volunteers in areas such as food processing, environment, marketing or information and communications technologies, UNV has concretely supported development efforts […]

10 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|