Monthly Archives: November 2016

Working with Youth and Communities to Combat Gender-Based Violence

It is Wednesday morning in the Haifa School Collective Centre, an UNRWA shelter located in Damascus which currently houses 212 displaced Palestine refugee families, comprising 325 individuals (as of October 2016).  A group of young Palestine refugee boys and girls gather in a corner of the schoolyard. Mohammad, a 32-year-old UNRWA volunteer, greets everyone who

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Around the World, Activists Call for an End to Violence Against Women

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. But a global chorus of voices is calling for change.  Today is the start of an international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, which mobilizes leaders, communities and individuals around the world to end the

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First Human Rights Forum Focuses on Role of Youth in Public Decision-Making

Hundreds of youth activists, representatives from youth organizations, UN and government officials gathered at the United Nations Office in Geneva on November 21-22 to attend the first-ever Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. It is often said that the younger generation is disengaged from politics. We disagree. https://t.co/ziACERhFDy #youthdecide #ForumHRDem pic.twitter.com/Irdlhz9s25

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Global Survey on Youth, Peace and Security

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders and Search for Common Ground, on behalf of the inter-agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding, are looking for your help! We want to map youth organisations and initiatives building peace and preventing violence, to identify what they are doing, what impact they have made and their needs and

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Launching Global Campaign Promoting Right of Young People To Run for Public Office

Today the  global campaign Not Too Young To Run was launched at the first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law taking place at United Nations Geneva.  The campaign, launched by a partnership consisting of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the

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ILO Highlights Measures to Reduce Job Discrimination and Poverty among Roma Youth

GENEVA (ILO News) – A new ILO Resource Guide on Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Roma Youth in Central and Eastern Europe  brings together good practices aimed at combating widespread institutional and labour market discrimination, as well as poverty amongst Roma.  According to a 2011 EU survey, only one in three Roma is in paid employment, 9

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Call to Civil Society Organizations to Apply for Funding

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 18 November 2016 and 18 December 2016 at www.un.org/democracyfund. You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants here.  UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and

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Alhendawi Announces Departure From His Position, Set to Join the World Organization of the Scout Movement as Secretary-General

The Secretary-General''s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, announced today that he will be leaving the United Nations in mid-February 2017. He will have completed four years as the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Mr. Alhendawi will be joining the World Organization of the Scout Movement as its Secretary-General and will take up his position on

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Poster Contest for Youth, Peace and Security Consultation and Dialogue

With the strong focus on youth, we are looking for submissions to be used at the Youth, Peace and Security in the Arab States Region Consultation and Dialogue in Amman, Jordan. The posters must highlight the work of youth peacebuilders working in the Arab States in a creative and visual way. The posters will be

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Alhendawi at COP22 in Marrakech to Highlight Role of Youth Taking Climate Action

Young people and activists from across the world have gathered at the UN Climate Change Conference COP22 in Marrakech to highlight youth’s important contributions to climate action. Beginning November 9, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, joined the various events emphasizing the role of young people in taking climate action and achieving sustainable development.

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