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Voices of Youth feature: “The Climate Crisis: Why Youth Must Act”

By Will DiGravio

As I write these words, California is experiencing one of the worst and most prolonged droughts the United States has ever seen. The United Kingdom has persevered through its hottest July day ever recorded, India is recovering from the fifth worst heat wave in history, and in Australia, believe it or not, lizards are […]

10 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

In “Gimme Shelter” young refugees tell their stories on stage

World Refugee Day is observed every year on 20 June, to draw attention to the plight of the millions of people around the world forced to leave their home countries due to war, conflict and persecution.

“Excuse us for being here. Excuse us for stealing your time. Excuse us.”

Chanting in unison, the actors take the stage, […]

8 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Youth Advisory Panel established in Belarus

Today, the Business-Club IMAGURU in Minsk hosted an official ceremony to appoint 13 members of the new UN Youth Advisory Panel (UN YAP) in Belarus.

The event was attended by UN resident coordinators, United Nations Development Programme Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha, the representative of UNICEF in Belarus, Rashed Mustafa, Deputy Representative of the UN Development Programme in Belarus, […]

8 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Voices of Youth Feature: The Emancipation

By Ala Oueslati

Religion is a source of knowledge, inspiration, hope and serenity that people hold to give them purpose, value and peace. That is not what I was taught when I was younger. That is not what is being taught where I come from.

What I was taught though, like most young people in the Middle East […]

7 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

MDGs Report launch: Lessons from Millennium Development Goals ‘springboard’ for future UN agenda

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which galvanized the world to produce the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, made inroads against hunger and enabled more girls to attend school than ever before. However, despite remarkable gains, it will take more to ensure […]

6 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

INTERVIEW: “Climate change is in everybody’s backyard” – Robert Redford

Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford paid his first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week.

The reason for his visit: to address the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Climate Change, which aimed to energize multilateral cooperation on the issue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this […]

2 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

As Ebola ebbs, justice gets a boost in Sierra Leone

Moyamba, Sierra Leone – For over two years, 17-year old Sorbah lived in fear and uncertainty. Falsely charged with burglary in early 2013, his life was put on hold.

“I was worried about my future. I was thinking, will I be able to go back to school?” he says.

Yet amidst thunderous applause, in a courtroom packed […]

2 July 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Voices of Youth Feature: Invisible Wounds

By Bhavana

Neurons…. We are wired to think, react, imagine, focus and remember. Memories are tricky, you can repress them for years but at the sight of a black mosaic tile they are back. Like it was only yesterday. Your heart beating frantically, sweat lining your eyebrows, neurons.

She was late. Her watch stopped at 10 but […]

30 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Voices of Youth Feature: A Narrative of a South African Graduate

By Itumeleng Mphure

My day has finally come! As I shop for the perfect dress I cannot help but feel like I am on top of the world. The four years of sleepless nights spent studying and living on coffee and energy drinks are finally paying off. I am finally graduating with my Bachelor’s degree. As […]

29 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

San Francisco then and now…70 years

On 25 June, 1945 at the San Francisco Opera House, the final full session of delegates to the United Nations Conference on International Organization met and stood together– literally as well as figuratively – to signal their unanimous approval of the Charter of the United Nations.

These delegates had deliberated on the basis of proposals worked […]

26 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|