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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

20 Jun, 2019

UN Youth Envoy visit to Jordan

I recently returned from my mission to Jordan. On the first day of my visit, I went to The Citadel, one of the UNESCO World Heritage. The preservation of cultural sites is important because it allows future generations to learn about their heritage & history.  I also met with the UN Country

10 May, 2019

Speak Up to Save Lives – The 5th UN Global Road Safety Week

According to WHO, nearly 1.3 million people die in road traffic crash - which averages as more than 3000 deaths everyday. Of these, nearly 400,000 young people under the age of 25 are killed. Millions more are injured or disabled. Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among young people globally. Requested by

1 Nov, 2018

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.

12 Oct, 2018

Global South-South Development (GSSD) EXPO 2018

The 2018 GSSD Expo is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 28 to 30 November 2018. The GSSD Expo is an annual event organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in its capacity as the UN General-Assembly mandated UN system-wide and global coordinator for South-South and triangular

31 Aug, 2018

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

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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

16 Aug, 2018

High-Level Political Forum 2018: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”

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UN Photo/ Loey Felipe This year the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) was held in New York from 9th - 18th of July days as part of the follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLPF has the participation of Member States, UN agencies, civil

7 Aug, 2018

International Youth Day Observance

Remarks by Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Bangladesh, 06 August 2018 Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow young people, I would like to begin by thanking the Government of Bangladesh for inviting me to mark the International Youth Day 2018 with all of you here in Dhaka. Today, the world is home to 1.8

12 Jul, 2018

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