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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|

The Secretary-General’s Remarks at Cairo University

15 February 2017


Honourable President of the Cairo University, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me say first of all, how grateful I am for this invitation to be here in the same university as one of my predecessor, that I so much admire, Boutros Ghali, as it […]

15 February 2017|News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

Photo stories: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The United Nations believes that empowering women and girls not only contributes to the world’s economic development, but also pushes forward the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

15 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Women launches initiative for reforming gender-discriminatory laws

A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled today at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030” aims at repealing or amending laws that discriminate against women and girls, and ensuring that laws are grounded in […]

15 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Speech: “To leave no one behind, women and girls must be placed at the centre of efforts”

Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session for the year 2017
Date: 14 February 2017
[As delivered]
Madame Vice President,
Members of the Executive Board,
Distinguished delegates,
Colleagues and friends,
Please allow me to thank and recognize our outgoing President, Ambassador Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Permanent Representative […]

15 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

New Promising Practices online


The Promising Practices Database presents initiatives from around the world that help contribute in a meaningful way to improving TVET in their context, whether it be local, national or regional. Four new Promising Practices have been added to the ever-growing database and can now be accessed online.

Promising Practices have a board scope and include […]

15 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

On Valentine’s Day, say #IDONT


“I’ve been married for five years – since I was 12 – but I haven’t gone to live with my husband yet,” said Rupali Kurmi, from Kapilvastu district, in Nepal. “That’s happening in about three weeks’ time.”

This Valentine’s Day, for its annual #IDONT campaign, UNFPA is partnering with artists to raise awareness about child […]

14 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNESCO launches a Student Information Management System (SIMS) in Iraq



Baghdad, 12 February 2017 – On 9 February, UNESCO, together with the Ministry of Education of Iraq, launched the piloting of a national Student Information Management System (SIMS). The SIMS aims at providing accurate and up-to-date information on the education system in Iraq, immediately available for effective decision-making.

“The piloting of the SIMS in Rusafa/3 […]

14 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Secretary-General’s remarks at the World Government Summit with Q&A

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s an enormous pleasure and an enormous honor to be here. I am very grateful to your Highness [Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum] for your very kind invitation.

If one looks at today’s governance problems at the country level, between countries or at multilateral governance in the world, we face […]

13 February 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|