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2 Years as the UN Youth Envoy: Jay’s Journal

Ever since I took up this exciting yet challenging job as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth 2 years ago, I’ve been on a continuous learning process on what it means to be a part of the largest generation in the world, and what it takes to bring to the spotlight

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High-Level Political Forum 2019 – What are the youth-focused events?

    If you are in New York between the 9th and the 18th of July, are taking part to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, or are interested in seeing what's going on this week for young people, you might want to take a look at this! This is a

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UN Youth Envoy at Global Platform for Disasters Risk Reduction & Council of EU Development Meeting

In a world where more disasters are caused by climate change and more people are affected, too many communities remain fragile and unprepared. Disasters Risk Reduction (DRR) helping countries be more resilient and more prepared for unavoidable disasters. According to  the Sendai Framework, the global agreement for DRR, young people are recognized as agents of

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UN Youth Envoy Visit to Belgrade, Pristina and Addis Ababa

Three cities in one week! I just came back from my mission to Belgrade, Pristina and Addis Ababa with some exciting discussions. At my first stop in Belgrade, I had the honor of meeting with the United Nations Country Team, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. I’m so proud of the

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2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum

On 8-9 April 2019, the 8th Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum took place in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Over 1000 young people from all over the world gathered together and shared their valuable insights with Governments, Civil Society Organisations and Youth Networks. The ECOSOC Youth Forum is the largest

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019, on the theme “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” On this important

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Young people are shaping peace processes worldwide

                      First International Symposium for Youth Participation in Peace Processes takes place in Helsinki Helsinki, Finland | March 6th, 2019 -  The First International Symposium on Youth Participation in Peace Processes took place today in Helsinki, Finland from 5-6 March 2019. The event was

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UN Secretary-General‘s Envoy on Youth at United Nations 73rd General Assembly

On 18 September 2018, United Nations’ (UN) Member States, Civil Society, Private Sector, and other stakeholders, got together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) – the highest level and largest International gathering where all 193 Member States convene to discuss global issues.

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Visit of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to Bangladesh – Celebrating International Youth Day 2018

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, recently undertook an official mission to Bangladesh on the occasion of the International Youth Day. The mission was graciously supported by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA). Below you can read about the highlights. DHAKA The UN Secretary

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2018 ECOSOC Humanitarian – Affairs Segment

This year’s ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) took place from 19 – 21 June in New York, with the theme of “Restoring humanity, respecting human dignity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk, and vulnerability.” Below you can read about some of the highlights: MONDAY - Youth Pre-Event On

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