26 Mar, 2014

United Nations and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan announce first-ever Global Forum on Youth Policies, sign Memorandum of Understanding

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The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, and the Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Azad Rahimov, today announced the Global Forum on Youth Policies, an international gathering of over 700 Government-level Ministers, experts and youth organisations, to be held in Baku from 28 to 30 October 2014. […]

25 Mar, 2014

On World Meteorological Day, UN rallies youth to take on climate change

Seeking to increase awareness among young people about climate change and mobilize them as champions for action, the United Nations is marking this year's World Meteorological Day with a call for more young people – especially women – to become meteorologists, a profession which makes a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of society.

19 Mar, 2014

Youth Envoy visits Austria, welcomes lowering of voting age to 16 years

During an official mission to Austria last week, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, met with representatives of the Government of Austria to further the global discourse on youth. At the Foreign Ministry, Alhendawi engaged with Secretary-General Michael Linhart on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), currently presided over by Austria, the ECOSOC Youth […]

18 Mar, 2014

Two-day event on marginalization and inequalities facing youth organized by Columbia University and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

There has been upsurge in international youth unrest in recent years, with groups of young people organizing and demanding attention to issues that specifically affect them. Often marginalized from local and national development, youth are particularly vulnerable to shocks and conflicts, and are often left behind despite widespread progress. The experiences of this demographic in […]

17 Mar, 2014

Jordan boosts efforts to support youth employment

  In partnership with the Jordan Career Education Foundation (JCEF), UNDP has established a vocational training program through a youth empowerment project. This joint effort creates employment opportunities for young, Jordanian graduates like 18-year old Yahia Yousef al-Deques, and places them with large companies such as LG and Petra. “I benefited from the programme,” says Yahia. “I […]

11 Mar, 2014

UNESCO gathers young people to discuss promoting human rights globally

On 6 March, 800 youth aged 18 to 35 came together at UNESCO to participate in the event “Education, sport and cultural diversity – New attitudes to promote human rights in the world”. It was a collaborative event organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, 40 NGOs and the UNESCO Secretariat. Nine projects developed by and for young […]

11 Mar, 2014

UN Envoy on Youth visit to Slovenia marks the launch of the country’s UN Youth Delegate Programme

Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, undertook his first official visit to Slovenia, where he met with H.E. Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Jernej Pikalo, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, as well as main youth representatives in the country.  

10 Mar, 2014

President of the General Assembly high-level event on “The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

A high-level event on “The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda” was held at UN Headquarters in New York on 6-7 March. The event, which was organised by the President of the General Assembly, was attended by Member States, representatives of the United Nations agencies, civil society, and […]

6 Mar, 2014

Op-ed by the Secretary-General, “From the Ashes of War, Seeds of Peace”

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From the Ashes of War, Seeds of Peace Ban Ki-moon Not long ago, the West African nation of Sierra Leone was home to the world’s biggest  peacekeeping mission.  Today, troops from that country are donning blue helmets and serving the UN in other hotspots around the globe.  This is just one of the remarkable stories […]