Youth Envoy wraps first international mission to Iraq underlining the importance of youth empowerment

On her first international trip, the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, saw first-hand in Iraq the devastating effects of conflict on youth but also witnessed hope in them, and encouraged the young women and men to be leaders in their communities. Underlining the importance of engaging and empowering youth, Ms. Wickramanayake commemorated this year's

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UNAOC launches call for Young Peacebuilders in MENA

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to launch the call for applications for the Young Peacebuilders in Middle East and North Africa programme. The call is open to participants between 18 to 25 years old, from the region, with a strong interest in growing their ability to act as agents of peace

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In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages. It’s Saturday morning in Asylbash village, located in the northernmost Chui region of

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Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflict

Lebanese singer Sandy Chamoun performs with her band at an arts festival in the Shatila refguee camp. Photo: UNDP Lebanon. “Even though she is in pain, she’s still dancing!” Ma’ammar El Jasem says, standing proudly next to his creation: a ballerina wrapped in metal wires. At such a young age, the 13-year-old Syrian sculptor may

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Be part of the Youth, Peace and Security European Regional Consultation!

We are seeking 40 young people[1] between the age of 15 and 29 who are active, enthusiastic and invested in promoting peace and security across the European Union, the countries of the European Free Trade Association[2] and the Western Balkans[3] to help discuss and orient the role of youth in sustaining peace in their communities and countries. As

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2016 in Review: Youth Highlights at the United Nations

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

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Youth of UNESCO: Hidita Scovia Paves the Way for Peacebuilding in South Sudan

As we reach the end of a tumultuous 2016, UNESCO caught up with Hidita Scovia, a young peacebuilder from South Sudan, to find out more about how young women and men are paving the way for the creation of peaceful societies in post-conflict countries. Hidita Scovia is a member of the Youth Peacemaker Network, a

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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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Global Survey on Youth, Peace and Security

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders and Search for Common Ground, on behalf of the inter-agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding, are looking for your help! We want to map youth organisations and initiatives building peace and preventing violence, to identify what they are doing, what impact they have made and their needs and

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Poster Contest for Youth, Peace and Security Consultation and Dialogue

With the strong focus on youth, we are looking for submissions to be used at the Youth, Peace and Security in the Arab States Region Consultation and Dialogue in Amman, Jordan. The posters must highlight the work of youth peacebuilders working in the Arab States in a creative and visual way. The posters will be

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