5 Feb, 2016

Urban Youth Take Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda

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From UN Habitat Hundreds of young people gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the 5th Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on February 1-2. The goal of this year’s Forum was to empower the youth to take action in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Government representatives and civil

25 Aug, 2015

Envoy on Youth visit to India, 25-28 August 2015

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Media Advisory The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, will lead a mission to India, the country with the world’s largest number of young people. This is the first mission of the UN Envoy on Youth to India. Beginning his mission in India, on Tuesday, 25 August, the Envoy will address the AIESEC

24 Aug, 2015

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security

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On 21 August, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, participated in the opening session of the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, moderated by Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General Envoy on Youth. The Director-General highlighted

12 Aug, 2015

Secretary-General’s remarks to Commemoration of International Youth Day

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Happy International Youth Day! We are meeting together at a very promising time.  Governments have just agreed on a bold new sustainable development vision to transform our world by 2030. Today’s young people can help realize the sustainable development goals. Youth face many challenges, including poverty, conflicts and unemployment. But young people are not simply

21 Jun, 2015

In Paris, the Youth Envoy calls for effective partnership with youth to counter violent extremism

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On 16 June, 2015, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, spoke at the International Conference on "Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism," held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. In his remarks, the UN Youth Envoy stressed that “today’s young people live with the growing threat of violence and armed conflict,”

1 Jun, 2015

Young people worldwide face “daunting” challenges

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  Despite the progress that has been made over the past 20 years to improve the situation of young people around the world, they still face daunting challenges. That's what the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi said on Friday at a meeting of the UN General Assembly to mark the 20th

20 Apr, 2015

Involving young people in international policies at the 48th Commission on Population and Development

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“My government allows me to participate in this discussion. Not despite my age, but because of my age.” Lotte Dijkstra, Youth Ambassador SRHR. On April 16, delegates, civil society organisations, ministers, UN representatives and many young people gathered at the side event “Young people in Post-2015 – making 1.8 billion voices heard in the new

23 Mar, 2015

Pharrell brings “Happy” message on climate change to the United Nations

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About 1,200 middle school children trudged through the latest snow storm to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday evening to hear hip hop singer and producer Pharrell Williams talk about climate change. The United Nations sponsored the event, along the United Nations Foundation and MixRadio, to celebrate International Day of Happiness, established by the

17 Mar, 2015

On disaster resilience, ‘we must listen to those who know their communities’ says UNICEF Director General Anthony Lake

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Children and youth are a major part of community-level responses to disasters and must play an important role in risk reduction, United Nations officials said today in Sendai, Japan, with the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) challenging a gathering of youth representatives to demand that they be involved in processes that impact them.