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Watch the Opening Segment of the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2017

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Opening statement by His Excellency Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of the Economic and Social Council
Video message of the Secretary-General
Opening statement by His Excellency Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly
Introductory statement by Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth
Keynote address by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad bin […]

30 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Remarks by President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, at opening of ECOSOC Youth Forum 2017

30 January 2017

Mr. President, Honorable Ministers


Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to address the ECOSOC Youth Forum today.

As the only dedicated platform at the United Nations that brings together young people to share their experiences and ideas, and engage in UN policy discussions, the ECOSOC Youth Forum has, in a few short years, become a […]

30 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

From teen mother to mentor in the Comoros


NGAZIDJA, Comoros – When Jiminie Moussa was 16, she began dating a man who was old enough to be her father. Her family in Ngazidja, the largest island in the Comoros, tolerated the relationship because her boyfriend supported her studies – but that all changed when she became pregnant.

In her conservative community, there is […]

26 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

In Timbio, Colombia, youth take a stand against street harassment

From UN Women

 “I never thought about the importance of women’s role and the violence they live with in the community until now…It has been very gratifying to have been part of the initiative that led to the enactment of this Decree,” says Jesús David Zúñiga, 21, from the township of Timbío, in the south-west part […]

26 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

18 year old Refugees Olympic Team swimmer appeals to World Economic Forum to support those fleeing war & persecution

By: Gisella Lomax, UNHCR | 18 January 2017

Yusra Mardini, the Syrian swimmer who inspired the world at last summer’s Rio Olympic Games, has made an impassioned appeal to global leaders in Davos to ensure vulnerable refugees like her are given more than basic support.

“With food for our stomachs, refugees can survive. But only if they […]

19 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youths in Nigeria Trained in Renewable Energy Technologies and Green Entrepreneurship

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria, conducted hands-on training in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, green entrepreneurship and enterprise development for 125 selected youths drawn from 26 States across the Nigeria in Abuja in December.

The training, organised in collaboration with the Office of the Senior […]

17 January 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

Dollars and Sense: How – and why – the private sector needs to stand up for human rights

- Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
In a few days, when hundreds of leaders from politics, business and the media convene in Davos to ponder global challenges, the prospect of shattering turbulence will be their backdrop.

A harsh public backlash against such ruling élites has fuelled upsets which promise sweeping changes in […]

11 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Establishing Job Security for Young Women and Men in Tunisia

Young women and men in Tunisia, motivated by issues such as lack of opportunities for employment and low standards of living, took to the streets in 2011 in hopes of securing better futures for themselves. Since then, Tunisia has undergone a number of political and social changes. The labour market however has only worsened, further […]

10 January 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

2016 in Review: Youth Highlights at the United Nations

Rise of Youth Rights at the UN Human Rights Council

2016 has been a critical year in making the shift from youth issues to youth rights with the adoption the first Human Rights Council Resolution on Youth and Human Rights and the convening of the first forum on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. […]

30 December 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth of UNESCO: Hidita Scovia Paves the Way for Peacebuilding in South Sudan

As we reach the end of a tumultuous 2016, UNESCO caught up with Hidita Scovia, a young peacebuilder from South Sudan, to find out more about how young women and men are paving the way for the creation of peaceful societies in post-conflict countries.
Hidita Scovia is a member of the Youth Peacemaker Network, a flagship […]

22 December 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|