In Review: UN Youth Envoy’s journal of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly: The flags of all nations President Obama at his arrival in New York to address the General Assembly President Obama addressing the Climate Summit The Twitter wall at the Climate Summit – tweets on climate change were projected onto the

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In Review: UN Youth Envoy’s journal of beginning of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Last week marked the start of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. As heads of state, governments and global leaders gather in New York City, the post-2015 development agenda is top the official agenda this year. We have been off to a busy and fully engaged start. Here are some highlights of

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s speech at launch of #HeForShe

Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, Mr. Kiefer Sutherland Ladies and gentlemen – I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN… I’m

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A message from the Secretary-General on the International Day of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Too many are suffering today at the brutal

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Public space is a human right, says Youth Envoy

In a side panel on “Harnessing the Potential of Public Space for Women and Youth” organized by UN Women, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, on September 18 at the United Nations Headquarters, the panel sought to enhance awareness and consensus on key priority areas of women and youth in public space that should be integral to

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Entrepreneurship Provides an Answer to Youth Unemployment in South Africa

16 September 2014 - Meet 34-year-old Julius Sematla from Mentz village, Limpopo province. Five years ago, he was staying with his parents and jobless. Out of desperation, he bought a few packets of candy to resell, just to get a bit of pocket money. After realizing that he could sell the candy quickly, he thought

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Colombian women’s network receives annual UN refugee award

(UN News Centre) 12 September 2014 – A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The volunteers of the group, Red Mariposas de

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There’s No Planet B for Youth

The time has come for us to develop new and sustainable methods to maintain our economy while managing our resources responsibly. We have come to the realization that climate change is one of the most important and influential topics in national and international agendas. Our social, economic, and political structures are directly correlated with the

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Youth a priority emphasized by UN Senior Officials in the Post-2015 High Level stocktaking meeting

‘Youth’ was a clear theme echoed by UN Senior officials at the High-level stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda that took place 11 September 2014. Remarks by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John W. Ashe, and President of the Economic and Social Council, Ambassador Martin Sajdik all emphasised the

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Press Release: SECRETARY-GENERAL’S YOUTH ENVOY URGES YOUNG PEOPLE’S INVOLVEMENT IN DEMOCRACY AS THEY ‘MAKE THEIR MARK’ ON POLITICAL PROCESS

15 September 2014 – New York - On the occasion of the upcoming International Day of Democracy themed: Engaging Young People on Democracy, on 15 September 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, said, “Democracy today is being challenged and needs involvement of young people. In recent years, young people all over

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