UN Youth Envoy

Peacebuilding not possible, without involving young people: UN Youth Envoy

With some 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24 around the globe, young people have a “key role” to play in forging lasting peace agreements, according to UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake.

They’re important to maintaining peace and security in communities, and to “building social cohesion”, she explained in an interview with UN News. She began by explaining to Liz Scaffidi how the youth, peace and security agenda has evolved.

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World’s 1.8 billion youth must ‘have a say in the future of the planet’

It is “crucial” that the world’s 1.8 billion young people have a say in the fight against climate change and ultimately “the future of the planet” according to the UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake.

UN Youth envoy launches coding competition to help solve climate crisis and ‘Reboot the Earth’

Can young coders help solve the climate crisis? The UN’s Youth Envoy launched a global competition earlier this month, “Reboot The Earth”, with support from the UN Office of Information & Communications Technology, Deloitte and SAP, to try and answer that question, fostering collaboration between the United Nations, academia, civil society, and young people to address the climate emergency.

It’s time we took a seat ‘at your table’: Guterres calls on world youth to keep leading climate emergency response

Older generations have “failed to respond properly” to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are “stepping up to the challenge” and taking the lead to slow the destructive pace of global warming. 

“Youth can make a change” says new UN Youth Envoy

Young people can really make a change today more than any time in history, the new UN Youth Envoy said ahead of International Youth Day observed every 12 August.

Jayathma Wickramanayake arrived in Iraq on Friday to mark the day with young peace-builders in the war-torn country.

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Skills and needs “mismatch” fuels youth unemployment

The “mismatch” between required skills and qualifications in the labour market is the biggest contributor to youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Young people want to craft new “narrative” for society

The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab takes its name from the Arabic word for “youth,” but young people there have been urged to reclaim the word by a UN official who also happens to be one of their peers.

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Decent jobs plan to be unveiled at UN Youth Forum

Young people will be making their voices heard in the global push to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (

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Young people urged to channel "amazing energy" to fight poverty

Young people around the world are being encouraged to channel what's been called their "amazing energy" into UN efforts to eradicate poverty and create a sustainable future for all.

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