7 Oct, 2017

UN announces worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

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Bogota, 7 October –The United Nations announced today that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals--exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.  Led by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Young Leaders

27 Sep, 2017

More than 100 young leaders gather at UN for opening of General Assembly

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New York - As world leaders prepared for the opening of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate on September 19, more than 100 young leaders met with world leaders to discuss the role of youth engagement and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The event, co-hosted by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on

30 Dec, 2016

2016 in Review: Youth Highlights at the United Nations

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Rise of Youth Rights at the UN Human Rights Council 2016 has been a critical year in making the shift from youth issues to youth rights with the adoption the first Human Rights Council Resolution on Youth and Human Rights and the convening of the first forum on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of

22 Sep, 2016

During UNGA Week, Young Leaders Meet World Leaders, Work Together to Achieve the Global Goals

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New York - On September 20, young leaders and world leaders gathered for a special event on the sidelines of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly to assess progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discuss ways for engaging young people. The event, co-hosted by the Office of the

25 Aug, 2016

WFUNA Young Leader of the Year

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From WFUNA WFUNA supports and encourages youth engagement and participation in the United Nations Associations and United Nations Youth Associations around the world through the WFUNA Youth Network. With this initiative, we want to highlight the contributions of thousands of young people to our organization and share their achievements with a wider audience. In commemoration

24 Aug, 2016

Joint UN Programme Aims to Empower Over 1 Million Girls in Mozambique

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From UNFPA NAMPULA Mozambique – “Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and some were even pregnant,” 16-year-old Amelia Abadala Salimo told UNFPA. “I felt afraid

2 Aug, 2016

Over 18,000 Nominations Received in Young Leaders Campaign

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Following a month-long call for nominations for the first Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, more than 18,000 submissions from 186 countries were received by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. The  Young Leaders is a flagship initiative of the Envoy, intended to recognize and engage exceptional young people who are