21 May, 2014

Successful initiatives to curb youth unemployment in Africa

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(UNESCO) 19 May 2014 — Four videos showcase successful initiatives of technical and vocational training project that give youth a better chance to find decent work. The videos focus on innovative projects in Benin, Nigeria and Senegal, which have proven effective in providing youth with skills and competences in demand. In recent years, the alarming […]

31 Jan, 2014

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge Addressed by New UN Report

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According to a new World Bank report, Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, the rising earning potential among Africa’s growing youth population is a major priority that requires strong action on multiple fronts. Youth now make up the largest share of the population in most African countries and as such, it is more important than ever […]

25 Nov, 2013

Entrepreneurship, job creation, can reduce poverty, boost sustained growth in Africa, says UN chief

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Accelerating industrialization in Africa requires a focus on job creation and entrepreneurship, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that these are key aspects to fully capture the potential of Africa’s dynamic work force and bosting inclusive sustainable development continent wide. “Africa’s economic dynamism, young population and potential for innovation form the foundation for stronger and […]

19 Oct, 2013

Envoy on Youth signs joint statement on cooperation on youth issues with the African Union

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Concluding a two-day official visit to Ethiopia, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi yesterday signed a joint statement on strengthening the cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU) on youth issues. The visit took place following an official invitation from and was organised in close cooperation with UN-Habitat. The statement, […]

15 Oct, 2013

Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth begins official visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, meets with senior UN officials

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The Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi is on a week-long official mission to Africa, where he will visit Kenya and Ethiopia, to conduct a series of meetings with UN and African Union (AU) officials, as well as with local youth groups. On Monday morning, Alhendawi met with the Director of the UN Office in Nairobi […]

3 Oct, 2013

UN Country Team in South Africa to establish youth advisory board

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From 2 to 5 October, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, is on an official mission to South Africa, where he is attending the One Young World Summit, and conducting a series of meetings with various UN entities and governments institutions. In a meeting today with the South African UN Country Team, […]

2 Oct, 2013

Livestream: One Young World Summit — Johannesburg, South Africa, starting today

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From 2 to 5 October, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi will attend the One Young World Summit, which is taking place in Africa for the first time. This annual event gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change. Learn more about the programme […]

4 Sep, 2013

Young People to Lead a New Wave of Community Mobilization and Political Advocacy against AIDS – CrowdOutAids Strategy

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Young people in South Africa are facing the challenge of creating a movement to overcome the impact that the AIDS epidemic is having on their lives. Recently, UNAIDS brought to Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 24th of May 2013 young people from around the country to discuss ways to effectively empower youth to take the […]

3 Sep, 2013

UNDP Supports Young Ethiopians to Move From Unemployment to Entrepreneurship

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“Light is coming out of my city,” says 20-year old Abonesh Dejene, referring to the success of a UNDP training and business development initiative in southern Ethiopia. Dejene, of Wolyta Sodo town, is the sole female in a group of young people who were once unemployed after dropping out of school, but have now completed […]