16 Oct, 2017

World Leaders Bring Youth to the Global Stage at the 72nd UN General Assembly

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World leaders took the podium in September at the opening of the General Debate of the 72nd UN General Assembly, where 77 member states mentioned young people in their national statements. This represents a remarkable increase from last year’s General Debate, where 59 world leaders discussed the role of youth. The remarks delivered this year emphasized

3 Oct, 2016

How World Leaders Brought Youth to the 71st UN General Assembly

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During the High-Level Segment of the 71st UN General Assembly, an unprecedented number of world leaders emphasized in their national statements the role of youth in shaping a better future. Specifically, 59 Member States highlighted the importance of youth development and participation, recognizing young people’s contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to international

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

4 Oct, 2013

“Four cheers for the UN” — Jeff Sachs’s blog post on recent successes of the United Nations

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It is worth taking a moment to cheer the United Nations for its outstanding successes this past week. The UN is the global home of diplomacy, the art of maintaining peace and co-operation in a world all too ready to head to war. Sometimes it succeeds; often it is brushed aside, by great and small powers alike. […]

25 Sep, 2013

World Leaders Agree on 2015 Summit Ambition, UN Secretary-General Emphasizes Women and Young People

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World leaders today agreed to scale up action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease and called for a 2015 Summit to adopt the next set of targets after the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the outcome document adopted at a Special Event on the MDGs and hosted by the President of the UN […]

24 Sep, 2013

Busy times in New York: the 68th General Assembly has started

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The 68th General Assembly (“the GA”) of the United Nations just started — and is going on until mid-October. The GA is the main representative and policy-making organ of the United Nations. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, budgetary matters, and admission of new members, call for a two-thirds majority […]

23 Sep, 2013

UN Envoy on Youth Concludes High-level Event on Education Cannot Wait

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On the first day of what promises to be the busiest week of the year at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) held a high-level meeting to call for global action on education in crisis-affected areas around the world. A number of prominent figures discussed various aspects of […]