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10 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Change the World

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the UN Refugee Agency announced in June. And progress seems painfully slow. More than 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related causes, […]

16 December 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

#ActOn2250: First Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2250

On 9 December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, recognizing the contribution young people can make to preventing conflict and sustaining peace.
In the Resolution, the Security Council members called for examples on how youth contributes to peace all over the world and sought recommendations on how to […]

9 December 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Namibian Hackathon takes on Scourge of Gender Violence –

WINDHOEK, Namibia – In many ways, Lelanie Basson is the picture of an empowered woman. But the best-selling Namibian author and entrepreneur remembers darker times: an abusive relationship that turned her life upside down. “He would threaten my life and that of my son. He strangled and punched me more times than I can remember,” she […]

6 December 2016|News Stories|

EU-UNICEF #EmergencyLessons Campaign Supports Crisis-Affected Youth with Schooling

6 December 2016 – Braving the consequences of war, natural disaster and other emergencies, nearly two million children in 20 countries around the world have been able to continue their schooling over the past four years as a result of a partnership between the European Commission’s department for humanitarian aid and civil protection and the […]

6 December 2016|News Stories|

Message on World AIDS Day 2016: Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi

Today, as we commemorate World AIDS Day, I would like to draw attention to the importance of addressing young people’s specific needs in the fight to end AIDS by 2030.
While the HIV response has made considerable progress in reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, serious gaps remain, and young people still carry a heavy […]

1 December 2016|Envoy’s news|

Working with Youth and Communities to Combat Gender-Based Violence

It is Wednesday morning in the Haifa School Collective Centre, an UNRWA shelter located in Damascus which currently houses 212 displaced Palestine refugee families, comprising 325 individuals (as of October 2016).  A group of young Palestine refugee boys and girls gather in a corner of the schoolyard. Mohammad, a 32-year-old UNRWA volunteer, greets everyone who […]

28 November 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Around the World, Activists Call for an End to Violence Against Women

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. But a global chorus of voices is calling for change.

 Today is the start of an international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, which mobilizes leaders, communities and individuals around the world to end the pandemic […]

28 November 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

First Human Rights Forum Focuses on Role of Youth in Public Decision-Making

Hundreds of youth activists, representatives from youth organizations, UN and government officials gathered at the United Nations Office in Geneva on November 21-22 to attend the first-ever Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

It is often said that the younger generation is disengaged from politics. We disagree. https://t.co/ziACERhFDy #youthdecide #ForumHRDem pic.twitter.com/Irdlhz9s25
— UN […]

25 November 2016|Envoy’s news|

Launching Global Campaign Promoting Right of Young People To Run for Public Office

Today the  global campaign Not Too Young To Run was launched at the first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law taking place at United Nations Geneva. 
The campaign, launched by a partnership consisting of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Office […]

22 November 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

ILO Highlights Measures to Reduce Job Discrimination and Poverty among Roma Youth

GENEVA (ILO News) – A new ILO Resource Guide on Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Roma Youth in Central and Eastern Europe  brings together good practices aimed at combating widespread institutional and labour market discrimination, as well as poverty amongst Roma. 

According to a 2011 EU survey, only one in three Roma is in paid employment, 9 […]

22 November 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|