First International Symposium on Youth Participation in Peace Processes

Dear friends and fellow young people, I am excited to announce that I will be attending the 1st ever International Symposium on Youth Participation in Peace Processes in Helsinki, Finland this March! Young people under the age of 30 accounts for over half of the world’s population. It is estimated that 600 million youth

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#ActOn2250: First Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2250

On 9 December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, recognizing the contribution young people can make to preventing conflict and sustaining peace. In the Resolution, the Security Council members called for examples on how youth contributes to peace all over the world and sought recommendations on how

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Youth Envoy Welcomes Colombia Landmark Agreement, Praises Key Role Played by Young People

Statement attributable to the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi It is with great admiration that I welcome today’s signing in Havana of the landmark bilateral ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP. This historic agreement is an important step forward for Colombia and its people. I would like to convey my

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Summer full of Youth!

Serving as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for over two years now I’ve had the honor to meet thousands of young people from around the world and visit countless cities and youth projects with the aim of connecting young people closer with the UN’s goals and objectives, and driving more support for youth development.

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Envoy on Youth at International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition

Hiroshima, Japan, August 30, 2015- Youth activists and survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings gathered in Hiroshima for the International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the tragic use of atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagaski. Meeting with survivors, and youth activists engaged in advocacy to eliminate nuclear weapons, the UN

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The PEACEapp competition: games and apps which prevent violence

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have collaborated with Build Up to launch PEACEapp, a global competition organized to promote digital games and apps which foster dialogue that prevents violence. Individuals and teams at all levels of experience are invited to create new digital games or use

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A message from the Secretary-General on the International Day of Peace

Today is the International Day of Peace. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Too many are suffering today at the brutal

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UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace

The President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. John W. Ashe, convened the UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace on 9 September 2014. The Forum provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and information around building and maintaining a global culture of peace—it included panels on global citizenship and

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