Monthly Archives: June 2017

UN Human Rights Council calls for “full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for youth.”

During its 35th Session the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted, on 22 June 2017, a resolution on youth and human rights, signaling a step forward for the global youth rights agenda. The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth welcomes this resolution and its request of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human

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Announcing the new Envoy on Youth – Jayathma Wickramanayake

New York, 20 June 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth. She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in addressing the needs and rights of young people, bringing the work of the United

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In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador

Via UNICEF NEW YORK, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for

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Remembering Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Chief – a Staunch Advocate for Young People at the UN and Beyond

Today, people across the world have expressed their sadness at the sudden passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  He was 68 years old. (UNFPA) With his passing, we pause to remember the countless contributions of Dr. Osotimehin to the empowerment of young people, in particular by standing

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Government officials and youth promote evidence-based principles for youth development in Asia

From UNESCO Government officials, youth development practitioners and youth leaders representing 17 Asian countries are sharing experience about evidence-based approaches of their youth development policies and programming. These discussions are taking place at a technical workshop in Bangkok, Thailand this week, where more than 80 officials from government, civil society, youth representatives and international partners

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