Blog posts

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

31 Aug, 2020

The Mulokot Water Protectors and COVID-19

By: Jupta Itoewaki1, Casey Orozco-Poore1, Michelle Sunjoo Lee1, Gabriella Herrera1, Victor A. Lopez-Carmen2, Brendan Eappen2 The Wayana Peoples of the Amazon, Indigenous to Brazil, Suriname and French Guiana for 4,000 years, understand that water is essential to both life and spirit. As the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic rapidly spreads from North America down the Western hemisphere,

3 Aug, 2020

The United Nations’ Envoy on Youth and Twitter Launch a Global Collaboration to Create the First-ever Universal Youth Emoji

PRESS RELEASE   New York, 1 June 2020 — Ahead of the International Youth Day celebration, celebrated globally August 12, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, in collaboration with Twitter will be launching a global collaboration to co-create the first-ever youth emoji that represents all young people. The official youth emoji

2 Jul, 2020

Meet 10 leaders who can inspire you to change the world (11th Edition)

These days, I find myself feeling more and more relived to see how in many places, COVID-19 infection and mortality rates are dropping. Many of us seem to be adjusting to this new normal and taking necessary precautions. Social gatherings are resuming slowly, and it feels like a cautious, but optimistic sigh of fresh air

30 Jun, 2020

Meet 10 leaders who can inspire you to change the world (10th Edition)

Although we may not be out of the woods yet, the world is, slowly but surely, beginning to open up again. With summer upon us, people have flocked to parks, open spaces and public places in droves, trying to make up for lost time and erase thoughts of this pandemic. Although the weather and crowds

30 Jun, 2020

Meet 10 leaders who can inspire you to change the world (9th Edition, #WRD Special)

For many of us, these months of quarantine have been very difficult. The stress and uncertainty of these unprecedented times has been building, affecting our well-being, relationships, employment, finances, and nearly all other aspects of life. Even as the world begins to reopen, fears of a second wave loom over, casting further doubt on our

30 Jun, 2020

Meet 10 leaders who can inspire you to change the world (8th Edition)

2020 has been a year that will go down in history. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines in societies around the world: health care and other key services have had trouble dealing with the virus, and disadvantaged communities have been disproportionately affected. Also, recently, we have seen a wave of protests

16 Jun, 2020

The Future We Want, The UN We Need – ESSAY COMPETITION

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary and Devex, are excited to announce the launch of an Essay Competition for the best essay by a young person on the topic ‘The Future We Want, The UN We Need’.