Blog posts

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 Office

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

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