News Stories

Launch of Youth Survey seeking voices for Asia’s invisible people

More than 135 million children in Asia-Pacific have not had their births registered, which can create barriers to obtaining a legal identity and being able to prove who and how old they are.

A new campaign from Plan International, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the United Nations […]

16 October 2014|News Stories|

Youth activists help adolescents beat the odds in remote Vanuatu

FIJI, South Pacific – When Bobby Shing’s grandmother died in 2001, it was a turning point. The musician from Aneityum, one of the most remote islands of Vanuatu, was just a child at the time, but he had already fallen into substance abuse. The loss of his grandmother made him realize he wanted to do […]

8 October 2014|News Stories|

UNFPA launches the ‘Show Your Selfie’ Global Movement

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Global Citizen have launched the #showyourselfie global campaign to urge world leaders to prioritize the needs and rights of young people in the post-2015 development agenda.

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today – more than ever before. Yet, millions of them, especially girls, lack access to […]

7 October 2014|News Stories|

A message from the Secretary-General on the International Day of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace.

Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire.

We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace.

Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries.

Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and […]

29 September 2014|News Stories|

Entrepreneurship Provides an Answer to Youth Unemployment in South Africa

16 September 2014 – Meet 34-year-old Julius Sematla from Mentz village, Limpopo province. Five years ago, he was staying with his parents and jobless. Out of desperation, he bought a few packets of candy to resell, just to get a bit of pocket money. After realizing that he could sell the candy quickly, he thought […]

29 September 2014|News Stories|

Colombian women’s network receives annual UN refugee award

(UN News Centre) 12 September 2014 – A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The volunteers of the group, Red Mariposas de Alas […]

29 September 2014|News Stories|

Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Democracy 2014

15 September 2014 – As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged.

Recent outbreaks of […]

14 September 2014|News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on 10 September 2014.

During his segment, the Secretary-General emphasized the use of technology and social media and said that “young people have the power and voice” to unite in defense of peace and join in creating a prosperous future where everyone’s […]

12 September 2014|News Stories|

No ‘back to school’ for millions of children affected by conflict, crisis – UN

(UN News Centre) 8 September 2014 – Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund said today.

“For children living through emergencies, education is a life line,” […]

10 September 2014|News Stories|

UN partners with Rugby World Cup to tackle hunger, provide meals to school children

(UN News Centre) 5 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) today launched an ambitious push to raise funds and awareness as part of their Tackle Hunger partnership at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.

According to a WFP statement, the focus of the drive in the […]

9 September 2014|News Stories|