Investment in Youth and Women Critical to Africa’s Development, Says UN Development Chief

From UNDP “Africa’s large youth population presents an enormous opportunity for development", said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  “Harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth by investing in education, skills development, and other social initiatives can reap enormous dividends and spur the continent’s development.” Helen Clark made her remarks during the

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Empowering the Youth Through Sport in Timor-Leste: Launching the Second Phase of the “Sport for Life” Initiative

From UNESCO Office in Jakarta The energy of youth is on display this week in Dili, Timor-Leste, where the “Sport for Life Youth Leadership Camp” is bringing together youth facilitators from all 13 municipalities of the country.  From July 4th to 16th, they are trained to become facilitators themselves, to replicate the Sport for Life

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On the move: A new mobile clinic reaches refugee women in the Balkans

From UNFPA  On a bleak, cold day in late February, hundreds of refugees, bundled in winter coats and carrying bulging bags and baskets, stream into the Tebanovce transit centre, stationed on the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. Most have been travelling for months, and will likely only rest here for

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1st Social Innovation Hub in Egypt focused on women entrepreneurs opens its doors

Social Innovation Hub launch in presence of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and UNDP Country Director From left to right: Mr. Satya Nadella; Microsoft CEO and Ignacio Artaza; UNDP Country Director at the launch of the first Social Innovation Hub located at the National Council for Women. UNDP/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin Aiming to empower young talented women

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As Ebola ebbs, justice gets a boost in Sierra Leone

Moyamba, Sierra Leone - For over two years, 17-year old Sorbah lived in fear and uncertainty. Falsely charged with burglary in early 2013, his life was put on hold. “I was worried about my future. I was thinking, will I be able to go back to school?” he says. Yet amidst thunderous applause, in a

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Do you want to contribute innovative solutions that promote the social wellbeing of youth and women? Join the challenge

Join the challenge and create an app with Scratch, Qualcomm® Vuforia ™ platform, a product of Qualcomm connected experiences Inc or AllJoyn ™ technology. If developing apps is your passion, here is your opportunity. This contest, with the patronage of UNESCO and the YouthMobile Initiative, has two special categories, one dedicated to apps intended for

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Bringing men into the equation: Men work to end violence against women

UNFPA- “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my wife if she was not cooking meat for me, even though I did not

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Colombian women’s network receives annual UN refugee award

(UN News Centre) 12 September 2014 – A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The volunteers of the group, Red Mariposas de

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SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

(UN News Centre) 3 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa. “Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they