Phone line answers burning questions of Afghan youth

KABUL, Afghanistan – “We had a case where one of the callers, a girl, was pregnant, and when she told her boyfriend about her condition, he disappeared. She was desperate when she called us, even considering committing suicide,” said Shkullah Hassanyar. Dr. Hassanyar is part of a team of doctors who staff the Youth Health […]

21 November 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

‘We were judgmental of young people’

Malawi – “I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls. We were not friendly to young people. We were judgmental,” says Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse at Namwera Health Center. “Now I know that anyone of childbearing age is eligible for family planning. Now we know what young people need, we’re special to […]

4 August 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Youth empowerment, education, employment key to future development

“The world now has the largest generation of young people in history. I place great hope in their power to shape our future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders and dignitaries at High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment, held at UN Headquarters in New York on June 1st.

Much the world is […]

4 June 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

10 things you didn’t know about the world’s population

On April 13th leaders from around the world opened the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development to take stock of the world’s development and the welfare of its people.

Below are 10 little-known facts about the world as it stands today. Together, they show signs of enormous progress – but not enough. Too […]

17 April 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories the UN Youth Envoy called for scaling up investment in youth

In March 2015, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi visited the Occupied Palestinian Territory on an official visit to meet with Palestinian government and youth representatives. The mission aimed to shed light on youth development challenges and opportunities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to reiterate the commitment of the United Nations […]

10 March 2015|Envoy’s news|

Leaders from around the world are All In to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents

NAIROBI, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic.
AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents […]

18 February 2015|News for Youth, News Stories|

Bringing men into the equation: Men work to end violence against women

UNFPA- “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my wife if she was not cooking meat for me, even though I did not […]

12 November 2014|News Stories|

FEATURE: Youth activists share unique experiences at UN-backed Global Forum on Youth Policy

(UN News Centre) 30 October 2014 – While many challenges facing young people today are universal, youth activists and experts attending the First Global Forum on Youth Policy today shared with the UN News Centre how war, poverty, lack of adequate education and geographic isolation shape their work.

Gathering in Baku, Azerbaijan for a three-day UN–backed Forum, […]

31 October 2014|News Stories|

Youth activists help adolescents beat the odds in remote Vanuatu

FIJI, South Pacific – When Bobby Shing’s grandmother died in 2001, it was a turning point. The musician from Aneityum, one of the most remote islands of Vanuatu, was just a child at the time, but he had already fallen into substance abuse. The loss of his grandmother made him realize he wanted to do […]

8 October 2014|News Stories|

UNFPA launches the ‘Show Your Selfie’ Global Movement

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Global Citizen have launched the #showyourselfie global campaign to urge world leaders to prioritize the needs and rights of young people in the post-2015 development agenda.

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today – more than ever before. Yet, millions of them, especially girls, lack access to […]

7 October 2014|News Stories|