Monthly Archives: April 2016

UN Youth Envoy welcomes DFID’s announcement to prioritize youth development

19 April 2016 - The UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, welcomed in a statement the new Youth Agenda of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), which aims at putting young people at the heart of its operations. Launched on 11 April, 2016, the Youth Agenda outlines a new commitment from DFID to placing

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At the end of unprecedented visit, UN and China to Elevate the Collaboration on Youth Development

16 April 2016 - After a full programme that included stops in Beijing, Shandong Province and Shanghai, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi and a delegation of UN youth experts, concluded a successful five-day visit to China. The delegation’s unprecedented visit marks a new era for the UN collaboration with China to advance youth

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In Beijing, the UN System delegation on youth highlights the centrality of youth development

13 April 2016 - The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, together with a delegation of youth experts from several different agencies, began a visit to China, the first visit of its kind that brings a joint UN delegation with a focus on youth development in a country. The visit commenced with a

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Why are rural youth leaving farming?

From IFAD Rural youth recently reported that access to information, lack of credit and negative perceptions around farming are the leading reasons why African young people are leaving small farming at such alarming rates. The comments came during the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI 2016), held in Dakar, Senegal from

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Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education: Ministers back education for democracy

From UNESCO Education ministers and officials from 50 countries attended the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, in Brussels from 11-12 April, 2016, to discuss the theme "Securing democracy through education: The development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture". Speaking at the event, which focuses on the democratic mission

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Syrian refugees welcome new secondary school in Basirma Camp, Iraq

From UNESCO Syrian students are celebrating the opening of a new secondary school built by UNESCO in Basirma refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Roj Awa Secondary School will be open to multiple shifts, allowing more than 500 students to access secondary schooling. The ceremony, attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education

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YouthMobile training-of-trainers initiative launched in Namibia

From UNESCO The UNESCO Windhoek Office launched a ten-day training-of-trainers (ToT) in mobile application development, in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service (MSYNS) and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) through its division, the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII). The training is organised within the framework of the UNESCO YouthMobile

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African Universities See Wealth in Waste

From UNEP By 2050, a whopping 1.33 billion people will inhabit African cities - almost 900 million more than today. Africa's pace of urbanization is the fastest in the world, which means that, in 20 years, half of the continent's population will be city dwellers. And with great numbers of people comes an enormous amount

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World Health Day: Raising awareness of health issues in Viet Nam

From UN Volunteers World Health Day is the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO) and a day that is close to Emmanuel Eraly’s heart, as he has been involved in many campaigns to raise awareness of health issues in Viet Nam, where he worked for almost four years as a UNV intern and later

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Learning values through sport

From UNESCO Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2016, on 6 April, UNESCO has initiated a campaign promoting the role of sport in delivering values education. A motion design animation, a photo book, and a dedicated webpage have been launched to this effect. UNESCO is actively engaged in the promotion of