• December 19, 2023

World News in Brief: Wave of ‘fear and dread’ in Ukraine, UN expert slams Navalny disappearance, youth leaders for nuclear disarmament meet

That’s according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director Regina De Dominicis who said in a statement on Monday that bombardment was “particularly unrelenting” in the east and south of the country. The UNICEF official said the past week provided a concerning trend with an increase in ballistic missiles and mass drone attacks, including widespread…

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New York City youth give a shout out to human rights worldwide

The event, organized by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the New York City Mayor’s Office, was a call to action to youth. “Positive change is possible when we unite in action. By being here, you’re responding to the call for action,” Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told more than 500…

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First Person: How youth and forests tackle Honduras’ water crisis

Montserrat Xilotl, a Regional Technical Advisor in Climate Change Adaptation for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), explains why. Montserrat Xilotl, Regional Technical Advisor in Climate Change Adaptation for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “Forests are nature’s water filters and storage systems. When rain falls, the trees, and vegetation capture and absorb it, allowing it to…

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‘We know the solutions’: Youth offer UN tips for better world

And a busy stage it was. The big week of UNGA’s 78th session was triple focused on health, climate change, and turbocharging the race midway to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While world leaders’ report cards on this global stage have traditionally headlined past UNGA sessions, recent years have seen a growing number of…

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International Youth Day: Battling the stigmatization of teen pregnancy in Thailand

A young mother sits on a low wooden stool above burning embers from a piece of bark placed in a small earthenware pot. A bright purple and white cloth covers her legs and keeps the smoke from escaping. This is part of a lower-body treatment process for mothers who have given birth as teenagers. She…

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Indigenous Day celebrates youth shaping a sustainable tomorrow

As many young Indigenous People are engaging in climate action, human rights and cultural conservation, the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres resonates loudly – this year, it’s all about the youth. “We celebrate young Indigenous Peoples, and their role in creating change and shaping the future,” he said in his message for the Day.…

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SDG ‘warriors’ open Youth Forum with advice for building better world

Their call was answered by top UN officials. “Our world needs you more than ever,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, in a video message for the event. Organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the three day forum and its dozens of side events will elaborate on the 2023 theme of…

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Youth Forum: How change-makers are shaping more sustainable world

From 25 to 27 April, thousands of youth leaders from around the world are poised to gather at the 2023 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum. In person and online, they are bringing their solutions, recommendations, and initiatives, sharing their ideas for ensuring a sustainable future is possible for all. The three-day event centres…

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‘Meaningful’ youth involvement in decision-making critical to sustainable future: Guterres

The report calls for expanding and strengthening youth participation in public policy making and decision-making at all levels, to realize the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  A ‘driving force’ for change  The UN chief emphasized that youth are key to identifying new solutions for the breakthroughs that the world urgently needs.  “Young…

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Close gaps to drive progress for next generations, youth delegates tell LDC5

Today, the world counts 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24: the largest such generation in history. Close to 90 per cent of those in this age range live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population.  However, from the ever-increasing effects of climate change to…

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