In Tunisia, UN Secretary-General stresses importance of youth employment in sustainable development

Speaking at a national conference on employment in Tunisia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to help the North African country create new businesses and fund active labour market programmes for young people. He emphasized that when young men and women are excluded from decent work, they could become susceptible

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Remembering Raquelina Langa, young Mozambican who was SG for a day

We are saddened by the passing of Raquelina Fernando Langa, who passed away on Friday, 25 March, 2016. Raquelina was a young Mozambican woman who, during a 2013 visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to her school in Mozambique, asked him if "a girl like her could one day become Secretary-General of the UN". On 12

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Secretary-General’s remarks at opening dialogue with youth in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, 27 March 2016 Dear students, Asalam Aleykum. Thank you for your warm welcome. I’m very pleased to be here today at the University of Jordan; the oldest school of higher education in the country. This university has played its part in making Jordan into the country it is today. It has educated many of your top

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UN chief visits Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan

27 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his trip to the Middle East with a visit to Jordan alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, where they met with refugees from the Zaatari camp, as well as with senior government officials from Palestine, Turkey and Jordan, including King Abdullah II. “I was

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UN-Habitat partner with Africa’s youth on New Urban Agenda

From UN-Habitat Starting in Nairobi, Kenya and ending in Abuja, Nigeria, UN-Habitat and its partners the Major Group for Children and Youth sprinted across Africa to raise awareness and recognize the value of youth in the new urban agenda – Habitat III. In three events which engaged over 500 youth representing youth-led agencies from 20

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In Lebanon, UN chief and World Bank President show commitment to leaving ‘no one behind’

25 March 2016 – While in Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim underlined the UN system's commitment to the country, calling for additional funds for a refugee camp, inaugurating a new social development centre, and announcing a new financing plan for Lebanese schools. During a visit to

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UNDP cash-for-work: Revival of People’s Livelihood in Yemen

From UNDP in Yemen A 22 years old, Mohammed Hamood Alshouthmi, is the breadwinner of four siblings and his parents. Like tens of thousands of Yemenis, the ongoing conflict has deprived him of his job, becoming unable to pay for rent and support his family. “Life has been dark for us since the beginning of

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L’Oréal and UNESCO celebrate the work of women in science

From UNESCO UNESCO showcased the exceptional contribution to science of the five laureates of the 18th edition of the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Awards and the 15 recipients of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Rising Talents Grants at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 March. One day before the ceremony, at the Mutualité Hall in Paris, in which

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UNESCO brings inspiring young girls and boys to drive technological innovation at FOSSASIA 2016

From UNESCO At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), encouraging young people to innovate and create knowledge is vital in effectively addressing those challenges. UNESCO’s Youth Mobile Initiative builds on the experience of many programmes worldwide to introduce young people

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Alhendawi meets with Zambian youth leaders, entrepreneurs and activists

On 18 March 2016, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, joined over 60 young leaders from Zambia at a national youth dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals convened by the United Nations Country Team in Zambia. In his interaction with a diverse group of young people, which included youth activists, entrepreneurs, refugees, and

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