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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

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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

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Young entrepreneurs in Tanzania: Where are they now?

Via ILO The ILO Kazi Nje Nje BDS apprenticeship programme for young people created 51,489 new businesses and 28,834 jobs in sectors including retail, services, manufacturing and agriculture. PEMBA, Tanzania (ILO News) – Twenty-four-year-old tailor, Nuru Nassor, struggled to make ends meet. She was one of many underemployed young Tanzanians who wanted to work more

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Exploring opportunities to build youth capacity

Via UN Volunteers   Mr Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, will visit Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 17 to 23 April. Damascus, Syria. / Mr Kurbanov will meet with United Nations entity partners to discuss the United Nations humanitarian and development response to the crisis in Syria and its

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‘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

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From where I stand: “We barely had a meal in three days”

From UN Women Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe

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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

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‘International Youth Forum: Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road’ – UNESCO

Via UNESCO   From 17-22 April 2017, UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO are co-organizing an International Youth Forum in collaboration with the Municipalities of Changsha and Quanzhou, which will bring together young women and men from 65 countries along the Silk Roads. The objectives of the Forum are to promote youth advocacy

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Statistical Commission adds last piece for full implementation of SDGs

From UN DESA Two years after the Commission created the Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), the global statistical community has come together to fulfill the promise of delivering a global indicator framework for the 2030 Agenda as requested by the UN General Assembly. By adopting the SDGs indicator framework today, the international community

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UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education provides a platform for innovative teaching

From UNESCO The Third UNESCO Forum on GCED, which opened on 8 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, brought together leading experts, practitioners and policymakers from around the world to examine pedagogical approaches and teaching practices, and to ensure that practical change is brought into classrooms. “Teachers are on the frontlines of bringing GCED into learning

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