Suhayl Omar, a community organizer, journalist and student, founded Mutual Aid Kenya, together with Wevyn Muganda, to provide aid to vulnerable people, who are not properly assisted by government systems. © UN Youth Envoy

#CopingWithCOVID Webinar Series

A webinar series on young people and mental health

This series is hosted by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with WHO and UNICEF - to help young people coping with COVID-19 take care of their mental health.

Watch the recorded videos of previous sessions »

9th Session of #CopingWithCOVID

  July 15 (9 am EDT)

The Envoy will be joined by the United Nations’ Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and six young people from around the world.

Taking care of mental health while living in the new normal will be broadcast live via the Webex Platform on the Envoy on Youth’s YouTube Channel. The session will focus on young people’s experiences and feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, sadness and grief due to the impacts of COVID-19. It will also offer young people the chance to share their experiences and solutions, and reimagine what the future of mental health could look like for themselves and their peers.

Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action – new guidance on working with and for young-people during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action launched a new Operational Guidance note titled “COVID-19: with and for young people”.

This guidance note is meant to assist humanitarian actors, youth-led organizations, and young people themselves across sectors, working at local, country, regional, and global levels in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. It proposes a series of actions that practitioners and young people can take to ensure that COVID-19 preparedness, response plans and actions, are youth-inclusive and youth-focused – with and for young people. Recommendations are structured around the five key actions of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action: services, participation, capacity, resources, and data.

The guidance note can be accessed on:

Further material and information can be found on the dedicated Trello board:

Virtual event hosted by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Special Advisor on UN75 and Digital Cooperation and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth

This event aims at convening a discussion with digital natives on the topic, and promote the need to be constructive and hopeful during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to channel young people’s spirit, creativity and innovation towards a solution-oriented conversation. In particular, we want to convene a dynamic and interactive program to address the role young people must play in advancing digital cooperation for the Sustainable Development Agenda, especially in times of crisis and uncertainty.

Watch the recorded video of this webinar »

UN IANYD Statement on COVID-19 and Youth

23 April 2020

The unprecedented global health crisis we are facing is affecting all parts of society and changing lives and livelihoods. In all types of crises and times of need, from climate change to armed conflict or political unrest, young people and youth-led organizations have been quick to take action and respond to the needs of others. The same is happening now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While attention is currently focused on those most immediately affected by the virus, there are many indications that the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-lasting social, cultural, economic, political and multidimensional impacts on the whole of societies, including young people, as highlighted by the Secretary General’s Report “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity” (March 2020).

Call to Action

The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (UN IANYD) is committed to the goals enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World Programme of Action for Youth and the UN Youth Strategy. Respect for all human rights – including economic, social and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights – is fundamental to the success of public health responses and recovery from the pandemic.

This is why members of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (UNIANYD) are calling for:

1) Partnering, safely and effectively, with young people during and after the COVID-19 crisis;
2) Recognizing young people’s own actions and their potential to advance the fight against the pandemic; and,
3) Understanding the specific impacts the pandemic has and will have on young people, while ensuring that COVID-19 related responses uphold young people’s human rights and are inclusive of young people’s specific needs.

In increasing numbers, young people are proactively combating the spread of the virus and working to mitigate and address the pandemic’s impacts.

Read the full UN IANYD Statement on COVID-19 and Youth »



Learn about #COVID19


Joint Instagram Live with Neil Walsh, Head of UNODC’s global cybercrime programme to discuss the heightened risks of falling victim of cybercrime during the application of social distancing measures.

Joint Instagram Live

The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action published a hub for youth-friendly information on COVID-19 and resources that may help practitioners in the field best consider young people and adolescents in their responses to this pandemic.

This was created by 60+ partners committed to place young people front and center of the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic - as rightsholders and equal partners at the frontline.

Read guidance notes and the latest updates »

Youth-friendly resources

Launch of the Youth Envoy’s first video message on Weibo, tailored to COVID-19

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