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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|

On Nigeria Visit, UN Youth Envoy Encourages Development of Youth Policies, Endorses Campaign for Greater Youth Access to Political Participation

Visiting Nigeria from August 20-23, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi met with local youth organizations and government officials to discuss the UN’s program in the country and the development of a national youth policy.

One of the highlights of the visit saw the Envoy officially endorsing the #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign, a bill that seeks to […]

23 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

UN Youth Envoy Encourages Russian Youth to Engage with the SDGs

The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi visited Russia from August 17-19 to attend the Terra Scientia International Youth Forum where he spoke as a special guest encouraging Russian and international youth to play an active role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During this visit, the Secretary-General’s Envoy met with Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Presidential […]

19 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

UN Youth Envoy on Official Visit to Nigeria

On Monday, August 22 the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth will begin an official visit to Nigeria where he is scheduled to meet with young people and government officials to discuss youth development and youth issues.

The Envoy will meet with Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, as well as officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the […]

19 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

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 Youth Envoy Marks Youth Day in Brazil: Development Comes with Investing in Young People

Marking International Youth Day on the sidelines of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi said that in order for Brazil to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, its young people need to be included in the process and their rights need to be protected.

Brazil’s economic growth and sustainable development […]

17 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

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|