From where I stand: Tebogo Mashego

From UN Women "Most mining companies, government and big businesses do not procure from local women-owned businesses. Yet, I resigned from a well-paying job to create a private business in steel and metal manufacturing. I’ve hired four women in my company so far and I want to create more jobs for rural youth and women.

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“Girls in ICT Day” highlights need to promote technology careers for women

From UN News Centre On Girls in ICT Day– marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April – the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in the world’s fastest growing sector. ITU estimates a skills shortfall of over two million jobs in

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In Baku, at UN forum, Arab entrepreneur touts potential of virtual games to make real-world impact

From UN News Centre  27 April 2016 – “In a virtual world, everyone can be a world-saving hero,” an Arab entrepreneur from Israel told the UN News Centre in Baku, underscoring the potential of online games to bridge the divide between young adults in conflict zones and foster inclusive society. Hans Shakur, a co-founder of

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Alhendawi at UNAOC Global Forum in Baku: Young people want to craft new “narrative” for society

From UN Radio The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab takes its name from the Arabic word for "youth," but young people there have been urged to reclaim the word by a UN official who also happens to be one of their peers. UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi says this is just one way young people can

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Baku: Violent extremism “affront” to UN principles, Global Forum told in opening session

From UN News Centre The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a body mandated to promote harmony among nations, today emphasized the need to counter narratives of hatred and mistrust in order to prevent violent extremism. “The Alliance is the soft power tool established to contribute to a more peaceful world by

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In Baku, youth stress vision of inclusive society at UN forum

From UN News Centre Gathering from around the world for a United Nations conference in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, young people of all walks of life, from an Internet technology intern to a dentist, are working to define future narratives to counter potentially compelling discourse of those who seek to divide society. “People are

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Join 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference: “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea 30 May - 01 June, 2016 Learn more: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference/ The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference will be held in the City of Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from 30 May to 1 June 2016. The Conference title is “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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SDG Fund Launches New Programs in Pacific Islands to Support Youth

By: Paloma Durán, Director, Sustainable Development Goals Fund  19 April 2016  The UN General Assembly's recent announcement of a new framework to establish the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership signals the beginning of a very timely collaboration. As part of this new agreement, the plan outlines the need to monitor and ensure the full

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Work permit boost gives hope to Khaled, 22, and other Syrian refugees in Jordan

From UNHCR In the four years since they fled from Hama to Jordan, 22-year-old Syrian refugee Khaled has been the sole wage earner for his family of eight. With no valid work permit for his farm-laboring job, Khaled has lived with the ever-present fear that he would be caught and his family's financial lifeline severed.

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UNAIDS Interview: Snapchat becomes hotline for abusive relationships

From UNAIDS Asia-Pacific  We hear a lot about cyber stalking and cyber violence and the dangers of social media for young people in relationships. However an entrepreneurial young group from India is exploiting the power of Snapchat, a popular smartphone app among teenagers, to provide counselling to young women and men in abusive relationships on

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