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IPU report reveals chronic under-representation of young people in world’s parliaments

Geneva, 16 March 2016

Young people continue to be chronically under-represented in the world’s parliaments, a new IPU report has found, at a time when the global youth population is the largest it has ever been in history.

Youth participation in national parliaments 2016, launched today during the IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Lusaka, Zambia, […]

16 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

“What I would most like is to leave this job and go back to school.” 15 year old Mohammed, of Syria, in Iraq

From UNICEF Iraq

 Though he’s only 15 years old, school is a distant memory for Mohammed. He and his five siblings haven’t been in a classroom since they fled Kobani, Syria, three years ago and came to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. To help support his family, Mohammed now works full-time in an industrial area on […]

15 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Education and reproductive health for girls key to sustainable development

From UN News 

 Investing in adolescent girls – especially in their education and reproductive health and rights – will ensure sustainable development for all, according to United Nations officials, government representative, experts, and young women who gathered today at an event at UN Headquarters.

According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), there are currently 600 million adolescent […]

15 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Secretary-General”s Remarks at Opening of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women


New York, 14 March 2016

[As delivered]

Thank you very much for your leadership for gender equality and gender empowerment. Welcome to the United Nations.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with so many distinguished women leaders from all around […]

14 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

UN Secretary-General calls for investment in Algeria’s “dynamic and determined” youth

Visiting Algeria for the second time as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon addressed a group of university students at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers and insisted on the importance of investing in Algeria’s “dynamic and determined” youth. Also, while at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN chief planted a tree of peace, […]

10 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories, Speeches on Youth|

On International Women’s Day, UN officials call to ‘Step It Up’ for gender equality

From UN News Centre

 Senior United Nations officials from around the world are marking International Women’s Day with calls to “Step It Up” with more resources and greater political action to achieve gender equality by 2030.

“I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere […]

8 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

New UN initiative aims to protect millions of girls from child marriage

The United Nations announced a new initiative today to advance efforts to end child marriage by 2030 and protect the rights of millions of the most vulnerable girls around the world.

The initiative by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), announced on International Women’s Day, is part of a global effort […]

8 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Global Review finds Comprehensive Sexuality Education key to gender equality and reproductive health


The evidence is clear. Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) leads to improved sexual and reproductive health, resulting in the reduction of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and unintended pregnancy. It not only promotes gender equality and equitable social norms, but has a positive impact on safer sexual behaviours, delaying sexual debut and increasing condom use.

 The […]

4 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

On the move: A new mobile clinic reaches refugee women in the Balkans


 On a bleak, cold day in late February, hundreds of refugees, bundled in winter coats and carrying bulging bags and baskets, stream into the Tebanovce transit centre, stationed on the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. Most have been travelling for months, and will likely only rest here for a […]

3 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Multi-partisan Group of Young Parliamentarians created in El Salvador


 On 1 March 2016 an important agreement was reached at the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador for the establishment of a multi-partisan Group of Young Parliamentarians, with support from UNESCO. This group, composed of members of parliament below the age of 35, will work to build an agenda of inclusive policies with an intergenerational […]

3 March 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|