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More than 100 young leaders gather at UN for opening of General Assembly

New York – As world leaders prepared for the opening of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate on September 19, more than 100 young leaders met with world leaders to discuss the role of youth engagement and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event, co-hosted by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, […]

27 September 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

In her first visit to India, Youth Envoy highlights that young people hold the key to the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, concluded a 4-day visit to India with a speech to the ASEAN-India Youth Summit in which she highlighted the unique power this generation has in ensuring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In her closing remarks at the India-ASEAN Youth Summit in Bhopal, the Envoy […]

18 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

مبعوثة الأمم المتحدة للشباب تختتم أول مهمة دولية إلى العراق مؤكدة على أهمية تمكين الشباب

اطلعت مبعوثة الأمم المتحدة للشباب السيدة جاياتما   فيكراماناياكي مباشرةً وفي أول زيارة دولية لها على الآثار المدمرة للنزاع على الشباب في العراق، إلا أنها شهدت أيضاً الأمل فيهم، وشجعت الشابات والشبان على أن يكونوا قادة في مجتمعاتهم. وتأكيداً على أهمية إشراك الشباب وتمكينهم، احتفلت السيدة فيكراماناياكي باليوم الدولي للشباب هذا العام في العراق، وذلك في حفلٍ حضره […]

17 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth Envoy wraps first international mission to Iraq underlining the importance of youth empowerment

On her first international trip, the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, saw first-hand in Iraq the devastating effects of conflict on youth but also witnessed hope in them, and encouraged the young women and men to be leaders in their communities. Underlining the importance of engaging and empowering youth, Ms. Wickramanayake commemorated this year’s […]

15 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Youth Envoy Commemorates International Youth Day with Young Peace-Builders in Baghdad


International Youth Day, commemorated around the world under the 2017 theme “Youth Building Peace” was celebrated today with a special event in Baghdad, Iraq, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake.  The event marked the first international mission of the […]

12 August 2017|Blog, News for Youth, News Stories|

احتفلت مبعوثة الأمين العام للشباب باليوم الدولي للشباب في بغداد

بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للشباب، والذي احتُفل به في جميع أنحاء العالم تحت شعار سنة 2017 “شبابٌ يبنون السلام”، جرى الاحتفال اليوم في حفلٍ خاصّ في بغداد، العراق، استضافته وزارةُ الشباب والرياضة بحضور مبعوثة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للشباب، السيدة جاياتما فيكراماناياكي. ومثّل هذا الحدثُ أولَ مهمةٍ دوليةٍ للمبعوثة الجديدة، واليومَ الدوليّ الأول للشباب منذ تولي الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة أنطونيو […]

12 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages.
It’s Saturday morning in Asylbash village, located in the northernmost Chui region of Kyrgyzstan. […]

7 August 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflict

Lebanese singer Sandy Chamoun performs with her band at an arts festival in the Shatila refguee camp. Photo: UNDP Lebanon.
“Even though she is in pain, she’s still dancing!” Ma’ammar El Jasem says, standing proudly next to his creation: a ballerina wrapped in metal wires. At such a young age, the 13-year-old Syrian sculptor may not […]

28 July 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|

Three areas where young people were in the spotlight at HLPF

Each year, Ministers from all over the world gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to review the progress made in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). This year’s HLPF provided an opportunity to highlight youth participation in the implementation of the SDGs and showcase lessons […]

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

To end violence against women, Cambodian project teaches healthy relationships

KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia – Women in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed. Statistics for the whole of Cambodia are not much better. Nationwide, one out of five women has been subjected to physical […]

24 July 2017|News for Youth, News Stories|