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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|

Pakistani Youth See Opportunity in Digital Economy

From World Bank

More than 400 students today packed the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) auditorium in Karachi. They were eager to interact with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group and discuss social innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in Pakistan.

This is an important theme for Pakistan and one particularly relevant to the country’s young […]

10 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Climate Action: Youth Looking to Be Empowered


Results of UN Youth Forum

Young people need to be much more actively involved in shaping the global response to climate change but also need and are searching for the financial means to do so – this is the key message of youth who discussed climate change at a major Youth Forum at the United […]

10 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

ECOSOC Youth Forum: UNRWA Partners with UNICEF, UNFPA and ITC to discuss youth issues in the MENA region


At the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York this week, Hashem Abushama, a 21-year-old Palestine refugee student, was invited to share his experiences growing up in Arroub refugee camp near Hebron in the West Bank during a breakout session on ‘Key Regional Priorities for Youth Development in the Middle East and North […]

5 February 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|