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13 Aug, 2021

United Nations Hosts First-ever #YouthLead Innovation Festival to Highlight Revolutionary Youth-led Solutions for the Global Goals

More than 6,000 young people from around the world join virtual gathering to celebrate International Youth Day 2021 13 August 2021 (UN Headquarters, NY) – To mark International Youth Day, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth convened the first-ever, all virtual #YouthLead Innovation Festival, welcoming thousands of young people from all across

9 Aug, 2021

Meet 13 Indigenous Young Indigenous Rights Activists

On World Indigenous Day 2021, the world is coming together to shine a light on Indigenous peoples worldwide, calling for a new social contract that leaves no one behind. Young Indigenous peoples are at the forefront of that advocacy. Despite being some of the most impacted groups by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and systems

9 Dec, 2020

Young Human Rights Defenders Adapting to COVID-19

Celebrating Youth Resilience & Creativity on International Human Rights Day By: The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth & Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective  Youth-led human rights activism has never been an easy task. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of people everywhere, many young human rights defenders faced multiple challenges to their

4 Dec, 2020

On International Volunteers Day, Meet Our First Class of Fellows 

5 December 2020   Earlier this year, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth said goodbye to unpaid internships, introducing a new fellowship programme — in collaboration with UN Volunteers (UNV) — designed specifically to provide more meaningful, paid employment opportunities for young people at the United Nations.  Through the programme, we received thousands of applications from qualified, passionate candidates around the world, all eager to contribute

25 Nov, 2020

Breaking gender barriers for young women parliamentarians

Twenty-five years after the Beijing Declaration to advance women’s rights, young women are still one of the most under-represented groups in political leadership positions. IPU figures show that only 2.2 per cent of MPs worldwide are under 30, of which women only make up a small proportion. On 18 November 2020, the IPU and the

30 Oct, 2020

Joint Statement on Recent Violent Escalations During Youth-led Protests Around the World

      30 October 2020 In the past few months, the world has witnessed an upsurge in protests against systemic inequality as well as racial and gender-based violence. Widespread violations of human rights, including limited freedoms and systematic exclusion in political decision-making processes have fuelled feelings of frustration and mistrust among young people who

23 Oct, 2020

The Future We Want, The UN We Need

By: Pablo Emiliano Reyes Galindo  I am a different person than three months ago when the pandemic started. I guess no one though a tiny virus could change all the socio-economic structures of society, and yet, here we are, presented with a “new normal”. In my country, Mexico, the effects were belated, but now we

23 Oct, 2020

#LeadTheNewNormal Essay

By: Jennifer Griggs The last few months have seen devastation on an unprecedented scale due to the COVID-19 crisis: over 500,000 lives have been lost, and even more livelihoods crippled. But perversely, that which takes away also gives. On a practical level, the need for unprecedented economic stimulus gives us the chance to throw away

23 Sep, 2020

Reflecting on two years of Youth2030 — the first-ever UN Youth Strategy

Adapted from the statements delivered by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake and Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed during the briefing to UN Member States, co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Slovakia and Sri Lanka, on 16 September 2020 to mark the occasion of the second anniversary of the launch of the

31 Aug, 2020

The Experiences and Challenges of Tripura Indigenous youth in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, during COVID-19

By: Gabriel Tripura1, Anish Shrestha1, Ziwei Chen1, Caroline Lee1, Jennie Kim1,  Julie Kim1, Victor A. Lopez-Carmen2, Brendan Eappen2 The Chittagong Hill Tracts Community The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is located in Southeastern Bangladesh, a region that is very remote and inaccessible as it is surrounded by hilly and mountainous geography. The CHT region is composed