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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|

Secretary-General Nominates Lead Author and Advisory Group for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security

12 August 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today appointed Graeme Simpson (South Africa) as lead author for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, as well as 21 experts who will form an advisory group and work in close collaboration with him.

The Secretary-General will make the official announcement in a speech at Calgary University […]

12 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Secretary-General Appoints Werner Faymann of Austria As Special Envoy on Youth Employment

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Werner Faymann of Austria, as his Special Envoy on Youth Employment.

This appointment comes at a time when persistently high levels of youth unemployment, poor quality and low paying jobs remain a concern globally.

Young people are disproportionately affected by unemployment, underemployment, vulnerable employment and working poverty. […]

12 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Message of the UN Envoy on Youth on International Youth Day 2016

Every year on August 12, we celebrate young people everywhere and the tremendous contributions they make to their communities and the world.  

This year, the celebration is even more special given the adoption of the boldest vision for sustainable development in history: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By adopting these Goals, governments made a […]

11 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Message of the UN Secretary-General on International Youth Day 2016


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. Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions […]

10 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Refugee Team Takes Centre Stage Ahead of Opening Ceremony


Since the Refugee Olympic Team arrived in Brazil, leading celebrities and fellow athletes have rallied to their side.

By: Jonathan Clayton   |  2 August 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Refugee athletes have taken centre stage in the run-up to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics, winning friends and warming hearts with real-life stories of triumph over […]

3 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Over 18,000 Nominations Received in UN Young Leaders Campaign

Following a month-long call for nominations for the first UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, more than 18,000 submissions from 186 countries were received by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

The UN Young Leaders is a flagship initiative of the Envoy, intended to recognize and engage exceptional young people who […]

2 August 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Investing in Young People is Key to Future Prosperity, UN Agency Head to Tell Senegal’s President


Investing in agriculture and farming technologies will help to change the perception that young people have of farming, making it an appealing career choice that also contributes to the long-term development of rural communities, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will tell Senegalese leaders when visiting the country […]

29 July 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Anti-Crime Chief Calls for Greater Prevention, Youth Advocacy to Fight Terrorism

From UN News Centre

 27 July 2016 – The threat of terrorism has expanded and become increasingly decentralized and diffuse throughout the past 10 years, the top United Nations anti-crime official said today, calling for greater efforts to tackle links between crime and terrorism and for increased advocacy among youth.

“Terrorism is now more of a threat […]

27 July 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

The Power of Sport to Change the World: FC Internazionale at the UN

“Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect, and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as health, education and social inclusion […]

27 July 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|