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“Empowering disadvantaged communities through innovative education” – UNESCO



Kiron Open Higher Education from Germany and Jaago Foundation from Bangladesh have won the 2016 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education for their innovative and inspiring projects.

They each received USD 25,000 each and a certificate of recognition at a ceremony that took […]

23 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

From UN Women

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community.
My sister, who’s a lawyer and a woman rights activist, encouraged me to run for local elections. I hesitated at first; even if women are selected, they are expected to be a mere accessory. But I had worked […]

23 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

MPs from IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians at the ECOSOC Youth Forum


The contribution of young people and their participation in decision-making is necessary if we are to eradicate poverty. That was one of the key points made by members of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians at the United Nations ECOSOC Global Youth Forum, held this year on The role of youth in poverty eradication […]

22 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Central America Universities Address Illict Trafficking In Cultural Property

During the month of February 2017, the UNESCO Office in San José, Cost Rica, is organizing university lectures to raise awareness among students in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama on the need to protect cultural heritage from looting and trafficking.
Under the title “Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property in Central America”, Ms. […]

22 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

France and Canada Endorse Safe Schools Declaration

On 21 February 2017, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova commended the French and Canadian governments for endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools and universities from attack in times of armed conflict. This brings the number of signatories to 59 countries. France is the first permanent member of […]

22 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Traditional leaders: a crucial entry point for young people’s sexual and reproductive health

Traditional leaders hold incredible power to realize young people’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Yet, many traditional communities in rural Swaziland have resisted public discussion of ‘taboo’ topics such as sexual-and gender-based violence and the HIV epidemic, especially regarding young people.  
UNFPA’s Safeguard Young People Programme has been engaging traditional leaders in 13 chiefdoms […]

21 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

”We cannot give up the fight” to end child recruitment, says UNICEF chief



21 February 2017 – Even though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world, the United Nations Children”s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

“[It] […]

21 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Egyptian Youth Speak their Minds in Essays: We Need Better Skills for More Jobs

Via World Bank

In a country with high youth unemployment—such as Egypt—could it be that young people can develop new solutions? Can young, creative minds come up with new ideas that have never been considered or tested? Are young people themselves the answer to solving the unemployment challenge?

Egyptian youth encounter a broad range of obstacles related […]

21 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Reaching women and girls across the line of fire in Myanmar’s Kachin conflict



KACHIN STATE, Myanmar – Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are 260 pregnant women. Many of them are sleeping on the roadside, unable to find shelter. Their needs are acute.

The […]

20 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Bringing youth peacemakers from Uganda and South Sudan together


Training young leaders in conflict resolution and peace building, business skills and project management, and future-oriented approaches of the Sustainable Development Goals has become essential. From 6 to 10 February 2017, young leaders from South Sudan and Northern Uganda were invited by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to be trained on these […]

17 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|