14 Sep, 2014

Secretary-General’s Message on International Day of Democracy 2014

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15 September 2014 – As we observe this year’s International Day of Democracy, the world seems more turbulent than ever. In many regions and in many ways, the values of the United Nations, including some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter, are being tested and challenged. Recent outbreaks of

12 Sep, 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on 10 September 2014. During his segment, the Secretary-General emphasized the use of technology and social media and said that "young people have the power and voice" to unite in defense of peace and join in creating a prosperous future where

12 Sep, 2014

Young Innovator’s Competition Focuses on Smart Cities and Climate Change

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with the ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition to invite young people to develop their ideas to provide solutions to create smart cities that will slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change. Using information and communication technologies (ICTs), social entrepreneurs who are 18-30 years old from […]

10 Sep, 2014

No ‘back to school’ for millions of children affected by conflict, crisis – UN

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(UN News Centre) 8 September 2014 – Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund said today. “For children living through emergencies, education is a life

9 Sep, 2014

UN partners with Rugby World Cup to tackle hunger, provide meals to school children

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(UN News Centre) 5 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) today launched an ambitious push to raise funds and awareness as part of their Tackle Hunger partnership at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. According to a WFP statement, the focus of the drive in

9 Sep, 2014

Promoting Career Prospects for young people in the Sciences to ensure sustainable island living

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On 2 September 2014, the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Seychelles, the Government of the Dominican Republic and UNESCO organized a side event that provided a platform for four young scientists to advocate for improved science education and the promotion of careers in the sciences for young people in SIDS. The meeting was chaired […]

6 Sep, 2014

SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

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(UN News Centre) 3 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa. “Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they

4 Sep, 2014

“Unity in diversity” youth event kicks off UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum

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On the theme of “Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared Values,” the 6th Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations took place in Bali, Indonesia, last week. The Forum opened on 28 August with a youth event focusing on “The Role of Youth in Promoting “Unity in Diversity” through Education, Media,

3 Sep, 2014

New Report: Low quality of jobs available major concern for young women and men in Asia and the Pacific

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A new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) states that nearly half of youth workers aged 15-29 in Asia and the Pacific are self-employed, and two out of three youth are in paid work without a written contract. The study, titled Labour market transitions of young women and men in Asia and the Pacific, […]