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UN-Habitat hosts youth discussion on urban youth and equity in Asia-Pacific


Around 70 young people gathered in Medan, Indonesia on Saturday for a focus group discussion and survey research on urban youth and equity in Asia-Pacific. The lively event kicked off with presentations from experts and representatives from local communities who shared their views, analysis and experience in tackling youth inequity in its different dimensions in […]

23 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Home at last for young refugees in Hungarian orphanage


With its government calling for a “defensive line” against refugees, Hungary may seem heartless. But Haseebullah Sarwari-Said from Afghanistan and Hassan Shabna from Western Sahara have had a positive, if atypical experience here, having finally restarted their lives thanks to an orphanage near Budapest.

Both young men fled mortal danger in their homelands, making arduous […]

22 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Following Tropical Cyclone in Fiji, UNDP’s focus on vulnerable populations, especially women and youth, enables early recovery from the disaster


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has expressed its support to the Government of Fiji in its humanitarian and recovery efforts following the devastation wreaked by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Category Five cyclone destroyed homes, farms, livestock, schools, businesses and infrastructure in the Pacific island nation. So far, 17 people have been reported dead.  

To […]

22 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Salvadorean youth become new entrepreneurs

From UNDP 

 “Lack of employment, lack of resources and limited opportunities to study at the university are some of the realities that we youth experience in Zacatecoluca,” said Nubia Yesenia Laínez, a 25-year old resident in the Department of La Paz, in southern El Salvador.

Yesenia left school when she was 18. Unsupported by her parents, she […]

19 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Silatech partners with UNRWA to promote youth employment in Palestine


Silatech, a regional social organization that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young Arabs, has signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to empower youth and promote employment in Gaza, the State of Palestine.

The agreement – signed by […]

17 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Strengthening networks of women leaders with disabilities on humanitarian action

From UN Women

 Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from February 11-12 to participate in the workshop “Enhancing the Network’s Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events”.

“Women and girls are already discriminated against by virtue of […]

17 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Taking the plunge: Swimming lessons help integration in Norway


 As a strong swimmer in a nation of mainly nomadic camel herders, Abdullahi Yusuf Jibril was always a little different. But today, as a Somali refugee in Norway, he is really making a splash.

The 26-year-old first arrived in Grimstad, a small town on Norway’s south-west coast, back in 2013. After taking a course at […]

16 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

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|