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Investment in Youth and Women Critical to Africa’s Development, Says UN Development Chief

From UNDP

“Africa’s large youth population presents an enormous opportunity for development”, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  “Harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth by investing in education, skills development, and other social initiatives can reap enormous dividends and spur the continent’s development.”

Helen Clark made her remarks during the opening of […]

29 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Global Youth Unemployment is on the Rise Again

From ILO

GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 13.1 per cent in 2016 and remain at that level through to 2017 (up from 12.9 per cent in 2015).

The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, Trends for Youth report shows that as […]

25 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Joint UN Programme Aims to Empower Over 1 Million Girls in Mozambique

From UNFPA

NAMPULA Mozambique – “Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and some were even pregnant,” 16-year-old Amelia Abadala Salimo told UNFPA. “I felt afraid to […]

24 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

As Games Near End, Team Refugees Looks to the Future

From UNHCR

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The nightmares have gone. But the memories remain. Yolande Mabika remembers running for her life when rebels attacked her home in Bukavu, in eastern Congo, more than 20 years ago. She was eight. That was the last time she saw her family. They had scattered in other directions.

Fresh from competing […]

18 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN and Young People Worldwide Celebrate International Youth Day

From Tashkent to Tokyo, from Nairobi to Yerevan and Montevideo, young people gathered in hundreds of locations across the globe on Friday to mark International Youth Day and celebrate the myriad ways in which young women and men contribute to the betterment of our world.

Marking the day at UN headquarters in New York, young people […]

16 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Girls in Uganda Become SDG Ambassadors, Fight Teen Pregnancy with Poetry

From UNFPA

KAMPALA, Uganda – Talking about sexual and reproductive health is not easy, especially in the conservative corners of Uganda. But the girls of Buddo Secondary School found a powerful way to address the issue: poetry.

“Plan your family to fend off poverty / To enhance your savings / To feed with quality / To take […]

16 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Breaking Down the Barriers on International Youth Day – Young People Need Better Access to HIV Services

From UNAIDS

National policies and practices continue to prevent young people (aged 10-24 years) from accessing the HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights services that they need. On this International Youth Day, UNAIDS calls on national authorities, civil society organizations, youth activists and all stakeholders in the AIDS response to review and challenge national policies, […]

15 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

On International Day, UN Says Youth Can Lead Global Drive for a More Sustainable Future

From UN News Centre

12 August 2016 – The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said youth, with their […]

15 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

A Call to Empower Youth

By the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The 2016 Olympics have already shattered records, but even before the first competition began, these Games made history by giving athletes who have no country to call home a place on the starting line.

I expressed my appreciation to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, for his compassionate […]

12 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Secretary-General Marks International Youth Day with Additional Measures to Support Youth Development

Expected to speak tonight at the University of Calgary to mark International Youth Day, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced additional measures aimed at further supporting youth development in the UN context. 

Emphasizing the importance of Youth Day not only as an opportunity for celebration but also for making commitments for young people, the Secretary-General announced the formation […]

12 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|