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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|

Youth Envoy Delivers UN Secretary-General’s Message to 5,000 Scouts at Roverway

On August 10, 2016 the Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi delivered the UN Secretary-General’s message to 5,000 scouts gathered in Roverway, France. 

“I am pleased to send warm greetings to brother and sister Scouts gathered today at Roverway 2016 in France. Congratulations to the 5,000 young people taking part, and thank you to the organizers, volunteers and […]

10 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

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|

UN Youth Envoy Meets with UN Country Team and Youth Advisory Panel in Tunisia

On the last day of his visit to Tunisia, the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi met with the UN Country Team in Tunisia represented by the heads of the different UN Agencies in the country.

The UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Mounir Tabet welcomed the Envoy and informed him about the progress achieved in the UN […]

5 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

UN Youth Envoy Highlights Strategic Areas for Working with and for Libyan Youth

Concluding his visit to Tunisia with a special focus on Libya, the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi was joined by the UN Resident Coordinator in Libya Ali Al-Zatari in highlighting three strategic areas the UN will focus on in working with and for Libyan youth.

The three areas of focus include: enhancing youth participation in […]

4 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

Alhendawi Meets Young Libyans, Discusses Their Role in Promoting Peace and Security

On 3 August 2016, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi began a two-day visit to Tunisia to assess young people’s engagement in peacebuilding and development efforts in both Libya and Tunisia.

As part of the Libya-focused leg of the visit, the Youth Envoy met with the leadership of the UN Support Mission in Libya […]

3 August 2016|Envoy’s news|

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|