DESA News for July 2011

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Giving a voice to young people

Monique Coleman was appointed the first UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth, kicked off in August 2010 and culminating in the High-level Meeting on Youth on 25-26 July. Touring the world, she has strived to ensure that young people’s initiatives are not neglected or overlooked. “The most important thing to me is to put actions to our words,” says Monique in an interview for DESA News. Tell us about what you have done and plan to do in the future as the UN Youth Champion and beyond ”The GimmeMo Tour is the biggest initiative I’ve made for …

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Assessing progress towards the MDGs

Released on 7 July, the Millennium Development Goals Report 2011 will present the most updated assessment of progress towards the MDGs. It will be a key resource for the political debates at ECOSOC and the General Assembly in September, when Member States will assess what has worked and what needs to be done to bridge existing gaps. Since they were first adopted, the eight Millennium Development Goals have raised awareness, generated important development gains and shaped a broad vision that remains the overarching framework for the development activities of the United Nations. At the 2010 Summit last year, world leaders …

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Debating education, human rights and conflict

67 million children around the world are not in primary schools. About 53 per cent are girls and around 28 million of these children live in conflict-affected countries. In some places, human rights are violated, depriving boys and girls of basic education. On 4 July, the webcast debate “Face to Face” on “Education, human rights and conflict” will address these issues. Starting at 3 pm in Geneva, the debate will take place as part of the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council. It is organized by DESA, UNICEF, UNESCO and the UN Department of Public Information and coincides …

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