13 Mar, 2015

At International Student Event, Secretary-General Assigns ‘Lifelong’ Homework: Be Passionate Global Citizens, Ensuring a Better World for All

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the thirty-ninth annual United Nations International School (UNIS) International Student Conference: “Sustainability: Balancing People, Planet and Profit”, in New York: Welcome to the United Nations!  It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to the United Nations.  In fact, this morning looking out the window

11 Mar, 2015

Office of UN Youth Envoy joins the March for Gender Equality

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The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth was proud to participate in the March for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015, in New York City. The walk, organized by UN Women was an historic moment in uniting people of all backgrounds to advocate for a 50-50 Planet by

28 Jan, 2015

UN Women launches next phase in ‘HeForShe’ campaign at Davos Forum

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23 January 2015 – At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, unveiled a new initiative to galvanize the support of global leaders to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls around the world. At

9 Jan, 2015

UN Secretary-General noted youth for UN Priorities in 2015.

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In his remarks at the General Assembly on the United Nations priorities for the year ahead, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted youth saying: "I welcome the President of the General Assembly’s decision to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth. My Envoy on Youth continues his efforts to bring

18 Dec, 2014

Migration and Youth: International Migrants Day 2014

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December 18, 2014 marks International Migrants Day.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon highlighted, “We live in the ‘age of mobility.’ International migration is a major global trend an estimated 232 million people live outside their countries of birth.” Young people aged 15-24 represent about one-eighth (28.2 million) of global migrant population, and they are

4 Dec, 2014

United Nations Secretary-General says Young People are Key to Success Post-2015 Agenda

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Today the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, informally presented an advance unedited version of his synthesis report on the Post-2015 Agenda. The report provides a rallying call to governments to aim high with the new global development goals. It makes it clear that business as usual is not an option, and puts emphasis on the

29 Oct, 2014

Leaders of tomorrow must be heard today, Ban tells Global Forum on Youth Policies

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(UN News Centre) 28 October 2014 – Young people around the world must “raise your voices” so they are heard loud and clear, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a packed audience of youth Ministers, experts, activists and volunteers this morning, kicking off the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, in Azerbaijan, itself a nation with

24 Oct, 2014

A message from the Secretary-General on United Nations Day

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The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven

10 Oct, 2014

A Message from the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl Child

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The 2014 theme of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. On this occasion, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has published a statement outlining his support for the empowerment of young women to prevent violence: "All over the world, an alarming number of

29 Sep, 2014

In Review: UN Youth Envoy’s journal of beginning of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Last week marked the start of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. As heads of state, governments and global leaders gather in New York City, the post-2015 development agenda is top the official agenda this year. We have been off to a busy and fully engaged start. Here are some highlights of