Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 in Review: Youth Highlights at the United Nations

Rise of Youth Rights at the UN Human Rights Council 2016 has been a critical year in making the shift from youth issues to youth rights with the adoption the first Human Rights Council Resolution on Youth and Human Rights and the convening of the first forum on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of

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Youth of UNESCO: Hidita Scovia Paves the Way for Peacebuilding in South Sudan

As we reach the end of a tumultuous 2016, UNESCO caught up with Hidita Scovia, a young peacebuilder from South Sudan, to find out more about how young women and men are paving the way for the creation of peaceful societies in post-conflict countries. Hidita Scovia is a member of the Youth Peacemaker Network, a

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UN Women Releases CEDAW for Youth

On 19 December, UN Women and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality celebrated the launch of CEDAW for Youth, the youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), as well as recognized the 37th anniversary of CEDAW’s adoption with

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10 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Change the World

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the UN Refugee Agency announced in June. And progress seems painfully slow. More than 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related causes,

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Youth Champions Initiative

THE YOUTH CHAMPIONS INITIATIVE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute have partnered to launch a second cohort of the Youth Champions Initiative – an exciting initiative to advance innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI)

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#ActOn2250: First Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2250

On 9 December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, recognizing the contribution young people can make to preventing conflict and sustaining peace. In the Resolution, the Security Council members called for examples on how youth contributes to peace all over the world and sought recommendations on how

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Namibian Hackathon takes on Scourge of Gender Violence –

WINDHOEK, Namibia – In many ways, Lelanie Basson is the picture of an empowered woman. But the best-selling Namibian author and entrepreneur remembers darker times: an abusive relationship that turned her life upside down. “He would threaten my life and that of my son. He strangled and punched me more times than I can remember,” she

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EU-UNICEF #EmergencyLessons Campaign Supports Crisis-Affected Youth with Schooling

6 December 2016 – Braving the consequences of war, natural disaster and other emergencies, nearly two million children in 20 countries around the world have been able to continue their schooling over the past four years as a result of a partnership between the European Commission's department for humanitarian aid and civil protection and the

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Message on World AIDS Day 2016: Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi

Today, as we commemorate World AIDS Day, I would like to draw attention to the importance of addressing young people’s specific needs in the fight to end AIDS by 2030. While the HIV response has made considerable progress in reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, serious gaps remain, and young people still carry a

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