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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|

UNV welcomes Czech, French and Swiss UN Youth Volunteers to Bonn to prepare for volunteer assignments

Via UN Volunteers

13 February 2017, Bonn, Germany – Thirty nationals from the Czech Republic, France and Switzerland are among the latest UN Youth Volunteers to arrive in Bonn to start assignment preparation training before being deployed to serve United Nations programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

These 30 young people, whose assignments are funded […]

16 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth for the SDGs at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

Via UN Volunteers

08 February 2017, Bogotá, Colombia – At the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Colombia, youth leader Julián Rodríguez together with Leymah Gbowee, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, led a workshop entitled “Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals” for 100 young Colombians and other youth from the region. The workshop was […]

16 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Secretary-General Guterres on role of youth in addressing today’s challenges

Delivering a lecture at Cairo University, Mr. Guterres underlined the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the contemporary world, including those to peace, impacts of climate change and growing inequalities.

“The best hope [to address these] challenges is with the new generations, we need to make sure that we are able to strongly […]

16 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN chief urges countries to bet on youth empowerment

Via UN Radio

Youth employment schemes must be at the heart of national and global economic plans.

That’s the hope expressed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a wide-ranging address to students at Cairo University in Egypt on Wednesday.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General outlined some of the challenges facing the world, such as increasingly interrelated conflicts, terrorism and […]

15 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|