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

22 Jun, 2017

UN Human Rights Council calls for “full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for youth.”

During its 35th Session the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted, on 22 June 2017, a resolution on youth and human rights, signaling a step forward for the global youth rights agenda. The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth welcomes this resolution and its request of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human

28 Apr, 2017

UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah helps give a voice to young people affected by the conflict in Syria

Via UNICEF   AMMAN, 27 April 2017 – Ishmael Beah, author, former child soldier and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War, wrapped up a three-day visit to Jordan today to help amplify the voices of vulnerable young people affected by the conflict in Syria. Beah, who is internationally renowned for his books, A Long

18 Apr, 2017

UN cultural agency promotes power of youth to preserve cultural heritage

From UN News Young people from around the world today joined United Nations staff and international dignitaries in Changsha, China, to show support for protecting and preserving the cultural heritage along the Silk Route. The future of our remaining heritage will depend largely on the decisions and actions of the present generation of young people

5 Apr, 2017

‘Traditional leaders stand up to protect youth from HIV, unintended pregnancy’ – UNFPA

Via UNFPA SHISELWENI, Swaziland – “We have high youth unemployment and high teenage pregnancy,” Mr. Obed, a traditional leader in Shiselweni, Swaziland, told UNFPA. Yet many conservative, rural communities have resisted publicly discussing topics that would improve the health and rights of young people – including adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections like

23 Mar, 2017

Young women call for increased women’s leadership, and change in the world of work

From UN Women Young women attending the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women met UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street on 17 March. The statue, placed by Boston-based company State Street Global Advisors on Bowling Green, in the