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Remembering Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Chief – a Staunch Advocate for Young People at the UN and Beyond

Today, people across the world have expressed their sadness at the sudden passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  He was 68 years old. (UNFPA)

With his passing, we pause to remember the countless contributions of Dr. Osotimehin to the empowerment of young people, in particular by standing up […]

5 June 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Government officials and youth promote evidence-based principles for youth development in Asia

Government officials, youth development practitioners and youth leaders representing 17 Asian countries are sharing experience about evidence-based approaches of their youth development policies and programming.
These discussions are taking place at a technical workshop in Bangkok, Thailand this week, where more than 80 officials from government, civil society, youth representatives and international partners have been […]

1 June 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

From transactional sex to mentoring girls, a transformative journey for young woman

QUELIMANE, Zambezia, Mozambique – “I once engaged in transactional sex without using contraceptives to be able to afford attending school. Now I use my own story to demonstrate (to other girls) that change is possible.”
Amelia*, 22, has become a Rapariga Biz mentor for other girls in Quelimane. As a result of this UNFPA-supported intervention, […]

31 May 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

A better sexual and reproductive health education could save adolescent lives

More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO and partners.

In 2015, nearly two thirds of adolescents, approximately 85,000, died in low- and middle-income countries of the African and South-East Asia regions. With road […]

31 May 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

Thailand to pilot UNESCO project targeting gender imbalances in STEM


Thailand will be the first country in Asia-Pacific to assess and address gender imbalances in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields using a policy toolkit developed as part of a global UNESCO project.

SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement) is a global UNESCO project that aims to address the glaring gender disparities in STEM […]

31 May 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Young people demand sexual and reproductive health and rights information

From UN Aids

Sexual and reproductive health and rights information, education and evidence-informed data are key to ensuring that young people know how to protect themselves from HIV and access HIV testing and treatment. This was the main message from an event—Breaking Down Barriers to Youth Empowerment—organized by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United […]

25 May 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

ILO, LUKOIL extend partnership on youth employment


“We have the unique opportunity to partner in order to scale-up action on youth employment and tackle this crisis head on,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

MOSCOW (ILO News) – Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, and Vagit Alekperov, President of the Russian oil company LUKOIL, have signed an agreement here to […]

24 May 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

My Voice-My School: Bringing Children From Ein El Hilweh and Sweden Together


Today, Rama, a Palestine refugee from Syria, and her classmates from Palestine Martyrs School in Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon, met with children from Sweden’s Helsingborg International School as part of the UNRWA My Voice-My School classroom initiative.

The My Voice-My School project is an innovative programme that combines teacher development, student-centred learning, and information communication […]

24 May 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Young people call for education, health care, rights – and politicians are listening


MONROVIA, Liberia – Life is not often easy for Liberia’s young people. It has been 14 years since the end of a brutal civil war, but in many ways communities are still reeling. Poverty is rampant, school enrolment rates are low and adolescent pregnancy rates are some of the highest in the world.

But with […]

22 May 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Second Meeting held on Implementation of Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action

Almost forty representatives from humanitarian partners, including Governments, NGOs, youth organizations, private sector and UN agencies, met last week in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss and work towards advancing the implementation of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, which was launched last year during the World Humanitarian Summit.

During this second annual meeting, members reviewed […]

8 May 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|