Building peace through training of youth leaders in Sri Lanka

In 2017, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV in Sri Lanka developed together a joint UN project on the ‘Participation of Youth and Women in the Peacebuilding process’, to empower women and youth with a greater understanding of peacebuilding issues and to catalyze their participation and engagement in governance and decision-making processes and responses related to …

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Third International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads

When, local time: Sunday, 31 March 2019 – 8:00am to Saturday, 6 April 2019 – 6:00pm Where: China, Changsha and Nanjing Type of Event: Meeting by Member States or InstitutionsContact: Min Yang, apyd@unesco.org The Third International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads will be held in Changsha and Nanjing, from 31 March to 6 April 2019, focusing on the theme …

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Harnessing the power of youth through volunteering

UNV promotes youth participation through volunteering, offering opportunities for young people to engage in local and global action, and providing spaces for them to contribute to peace and development as volunteers, while building their skills and professional experience. Young people are a driving force for peace and development. Their energy and creativity are key in …

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On the Road to Equality

A young girl campaigns for women’s rights Farzana is a 23-year old graphic design student at Kabul University. She is also an activist campaigning for women’s rights. As part of a young team in Kabul, she organizes cultural activities all over Afghanistan, trying to change the way people think. Recently, the team organized a women’s …

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UNDP Pakistan and Kashf Foundation partner to train and mentor 8,000 youth on entrepreneurship

9 January 2019, Lahore — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan and Kashf Foundation have partnered to train and mentor 8,000 young men and women in entrepreneurship skills in targeted areas of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The aim of the partnership is to support entrepreneurship and self-employment for the youth, ensuring that they are …

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UNDP and YouTube to Celebrate Positive Online Voices at the Creators for Change Summit

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Asia and the Pacific is excited to join YouTube in celebrating the achievements of dynamic, young video creators who have successfully completed the Creators for Change Academy Program at the regional summit, held in Bangkok. At the summit, the video projects of the 15 creators from Asia Pacific …

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Digital Bangladesh needs digitally educated younger generation – Mayor, Chattogram at Digital Khichuri Challenge

Digital literacy among young people is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to make Bangladesh progressive and tolerant, said Abu Jahed Mohammed Nasir Uddin, Mayor Chattogram City Corporation at the “Digital Khichuri Challenge” held in Chattogram on 06 December. Partnering with Facebook and Bangladesh ICT Division, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated “Digital …

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“Why me?” – Stigma, lack of information leave Myanmar youth in the dark on HIV

Condoms at a UNFPA-supported mobile clinic. Sithu, 21, did not know how to protect himself from HIV. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming YANGON, Myanmar – “If I had known about safe sex in my teens, my life would never have turned out this way,” 21-year-old Sithu* told UNFPA. He contracted HIV two years ago. Sithu had always dreamed …

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Inclusive and Participatory Youth Policy in Southeast Asia

UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021) (OSY) aims to ensure that young women and men are engaged in policies and programs that affect them. The strategy recognizes youth as agents of change, social transformation, peace, and sustainable development. The three complementary and transversal axes that underpin the strategy are 1) Policy formulation and review; 2) …

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