1 Sep, 2013

Regional Focus: Partnering with Youth to Build Democratic Societies in the Arab Region

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Egypt: Assessing Governance from a Youth Perspective In Egypt, young men and women drove the 25 January revolution because they have been economically, socially and politically excluded. As the country now moves forward with a new government and Constitution, a DGTTF-backed project will work through an experienced national partner, the Social Contract Center, on youth-focused governance assessments

1 Sep, 2013

New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

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This poster of a woman who was bride-kidnapped –with tape on her mouth to symbolize her inability to speak out– was produced by the UN for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign 2011, Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit: UN Gender Theme Group Kyrgyzstan/Baktybek Meimanbekov The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in

1 Sep, 2013

Egypt commits to implementing regional project to strengthen youth volunteerism

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Cairo, Egypt: Egypt was the first country in the region to sign today a project agreement with the United Nations (UN) to expand opportunities for Egyptian youth in the area of volunteerism.  H.E. Dr Ossama Yassin, Minister of State for Youth, signed the agreement in the presence of UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Ms Anita Nirody, […]

1 Sep, 2013

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

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Joint press release by UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, World Vision, Girls Not Brides, Every Woman Every Child, World YWCA and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United

1 Sep, 2013

UN Envoy on Youth Addresses Second International Young Leaders Assembly

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On 22 August 2013, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, addressed the second International Young Leaders Assembly, held at the United Nations. The event gathered a large group of young people from more than 70 countries, under the theme “Moral Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship.” Other speakers included James Flynn, President […]

1 Sep, 2013

Youth call for more engagement in local government

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The Commonwealth Local Government Young People's Forum (CLGYPF) took place on 13-14 May 2013 at the Munyonyo Conference Centre, Kampala, Uganda in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Local Governments Conference  (CLGC) . The youth forum brought together young professionals, elected councillors and other key stakeholders working with local government across the Commonwealth to examine what

1 Sep, 2013

West Asia: What Youth are Doing for the Environment

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Bring the rubbish get the gift, Iraq Students were not aware of throwing rubbish into the bins. Unfortunately they had the behaviour of dumping the waste out of, especially around, the rubbish bins. We think that being gained a good habit to our children is not easy because of that, in this project one of

1 Sep, 2013

Youth Organizations Form a Pact for Social Transformation in the AIDS Response

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AIDS activism has radically changed since the beginning of the epidemic. Young activists in countries around the world are increasingly demanding HIV services to be tailored to their needs and claiming their seat at the decision-making table. In order to reach these young activists, UNAIDS organized the meeting “Youth and UNAIDS: A pact for social