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UN salutes ‘dedication and bravery’ of peacekeepers; recognizes contributions of youth toward peace  

With a focus for this year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers on youth, peace and security, the UN chief told a commemorative ceremony on Thursday that “peace cannot be achieved without the active participation of young people”. 

Young people key to transforming world’s food systems

Young people are taking a leading role in shaping fair and equitable food systems around the world, senior UN officials affirmed on Tuesday during a global youth dialogue on the theme of “Good Food for All”.

First Person: ‘Youth won’t stay silent’ says Madagascar climate activist

Young people around the world “won’t stay silent” about the global climate crisis according to a youth activist from Madagascar. 

Youth Forum: UN chief calls for ‘tangible improvements’ in the face of injustice, poor governance

Leaders across the world need to “move beyond platitudes” about young people, and deliver a better future for them all, Secretary-General António Guterres told the 10th Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on Wednesday. 

World losing billions annually to age-based prejudice and discrimination: UN report

Negative stereotypes, prejudice and perceptions towards people based on their age, not only leads to poorer health and social isolation, it is also costing economies billions of dollars, UN agencies said on Thursday, calling for urgent action to combat ageism. 

New guidelines put youth at the forefront of humanitarian response

New guidelines published on Tuesday by the UN and partners aim to put young people at the forefront of humanitarian action. 

‘Lost generation’ of workers should seek future in green economy - UN labour agency  

The equivalent of 255 million full-time jobs were lost in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery next year is likely to be slow – but it’s not all bad news, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, ILO’s Dorothea Schmidt-Klau maintains there is hope that the crisis will lead to new opportunities in the green economy, which is where young jobseekers in particular, should seek work. 

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‘Generation disrupted’ lays out plan to take on coronavirus through major youth mobilization

A new ground-breaking global youth initiative was launched on Monday to invest in and scale up youth-led solutions and engagement, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Persons living with disabilities ‘have very special abilities’, UN deputy chief tells young Ghanaians  

During her visit to Ghana on Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with young people living with HIV and disabilities in the capital, Accra.   

‘Don’t forget’ to let activists know their work counts, urges youth climate adviser 

With high level meetings on-going to address the climate and biodiversity crisis centre stage at UN Headquarters, one of the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group members is urging world leaders to make sure their decisions get back to the people that help shape policy on the ground. 

Ernest Gibson is co-coordinator for 350 Fiji, a regional youth-led climate change network in the Pacific, driven by young climate leaders, and he told Julia Dean of our UN Country Team in Australia, it was important to let groups like his, know that they’ve made a difference. 

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