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Youth empowerment, education, employment key to future development

“The world now has the largest generation of young people in history. I place great hope in their power to shape our future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders and dignitaries at High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment, held at UN Headquarters in New York on June 1st.

Much the world is […]

4 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Zero draft: Outcome document to adopt Post-2015 Development Agenda

The long anticipated zero draft outcome document [see original file here] for the post-2015 summit is now available!
This zero draft will be discussed at the upcoming session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, from 22-25 June. The drafting of the outcome document will continue in the lead up to the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, […]

3 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

‘Give young people decent jobs and they will create a better future’ – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

When young people have decent jobs, political weight, negotiating muscle and real influence in the world, they will create a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday as he kicked off a Headquarters event on empowering youth through employment.

“A lack of jobs feeds insecurity. A jobs-rich country can have a wealth of stability. […]

2 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

LIVE: Watch livestream of UN Secretary-General’s debate with Youth on development in Brussels

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address youth as special guest at an event on the role of youth in the post-2015 agenda in Brussels, on 27 May. It will be livestreamed to audiences across the world.

The event, an initiative by the European Commission and the United Nations, is titled: “Our world, our Dignity, our […]

20 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

‘Make the choice of service,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chief tells Georgetown graduates

In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.

Here is the full statement of the UN Secretary-General:


Please join me in saluting the families, friends and faculty who shared in […]

17 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

Pakistani youth propel the number of global HeForShe champions to over 300,000

In less than 48 hours, and with almost 5,000 online sign-ups from Pakistan alone, the HeForShe global ticker on Saturday crossed into the 300k mark.

Following a chance meeting of female students with Mr. Jamshed Kazi, Representative for UN Women Pakistan, on International Women’s Day 2015 where he spoke of the HeForShe Campaign recently launched in […]

15 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNICEF: Today it’s young people’s turn to talk

On May 11, just before the heads of state and government of the world’s leading industrialised nations met in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, 54 girls and boys aged 14 to 18 from the G7 states, some EU Member States and a number of developing countries were at the Federal Chancellery to present their ideas and […]

13 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Sudan: Youth volunteers train for a better future for Darfur

Yusra, a young woman from East Darfur, had always wanted to work with her community to help people improve their lives.

“Because of the conflict, we have so many problems such as poverty, low-income and lack of quality education. I didn’t know how and where I could start,” she says.  

For thousands of young people, war in […]

5 May 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Sexuality education programming set to reach millions of young people across eastern and southern Africa

Young people in eastern and southern Africa, like many of their peers around the world, often receive conflicting and inaccurate information about sex. This can lead to badly informed decisions about how, when or with whom to have sex and how to protect themselves against HIV. 

With support from UNAIDS, UNESCO and SAfAIDS a major regional […]

28 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Secretary-General’s remarks at Open Debate of the Security Council on the Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace

New York, 23 April 2015

I am honoured by the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II of Jordan – which has so ably led the Security Council this month.

His Royal Highness is the youngest person ever to chair a meeting of the Security Council. This is perfect for today’s discussion.

He is not yet […]

24 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|