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Youth Envoy Welcomes Colombia Landmark Agreement, Praises Key Role Played by Young People

Statement attributable to the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi

It is with great admiration that I welcome today’s signing in Havana of the landmark bilateral ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP. This historic agreement is an important step forward for Colombia and its people.

I would like to convey my deepest congratulations […]

23 June 2016|Envoy’s news|

Youth in Development are Agents of Change: Global Youth Forum 2016

From World Bank

 16 June 2016- From June 13-15, the Global Youth Forum 2016 gathered more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum was designed around open discussions, based […]

16 June 2016|Envoy’s news|

UN launches worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Young Leaders will collaborate with UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to help end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequality


15 June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York- The United Nations today launched a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.  Spear-headed by the […]

14 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Young Refugees Gather to Share Ideas at UNHCR Global Summit

From UNHCR News

GENEVA, June 10 (UNHCR) – Across the world, in countries which could not be more different from one another, young refugees face similar problems and challenges.

These range from education to safety and will be the focus of the Global Refugee Youth Consultation which convenes in Geneva this weekend.

Participants will include Iraqi refugee Sarah […]

14 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

“Young People Deserve a Job, a Career” says Junker at International Labor Conference

From ILO News

GENEVA  – Progress on economic development within the EU can only come if it “breathes new life into social dialogue,” President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has told an audience at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

“The challenge for us is to adapt our workplaces without compromising our fundamental values,” he added.

Speaking […]

10 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

24 year-old activist from Zimbabwe speaks at UN General Assembly on ending AIDS

From UN News Centre


8 June 2016 – At a high-level meeting on ending AIDS that opened at the United Nations General Assembly today, Member States adopted a new political declaration that includes a set of time-bound targets to fast-track the pace of progress towards combating the worldwide scourge of HIV and AIDS over the next […]

9 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UNICEF launches #ReplyforAll on Internet safety for adolescents

From UN News Centre


7 June 2016 – Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe that young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the Internet, a new report released today by the United Nations Children’s […]

8 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

Empowering Syrian Youth to Become Entrepreneurs



DAMASCUS, Syria – Despite the limited transportation, perpetual security threats and bombings ravaging her adopted city, Leen Darwish, an optimistic 23-year-old woman, stayed steadfastly determined to continue her education at the University of Damascus and graduate with a degree in computer science.

And later this year, four years after the conflict raging across the country forced […]

2 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

UN Conference Adopts Global Education Action Agenda

From UN News Centre

 1 June 2016 – A global education action agenda affirming the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all – was adopted today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

Speaking from the podium at the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental […]

1 June 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|

“You Have Unlimited Power” Ban tells Youth

From UN News Centre


30 May 2016 – On first day of the sixty-sixth United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea,Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged youth to continue to raise their voices in pushing governments to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“You have unlimited power, unlimited authority, legitimate prerogative to […]

31 May 2016|News for Youth, News Stories|