Young filmmakers honoured at UN-backed festival

Young filmmakers from around the world will be recognized for their efforts to highlight migration, identity and diversity issues at a United Nations-backed ceremony in New York today.

UN proclaims International Year of Youth in 2010

In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development, the United Nations today proclaimed an International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010.

Ban calls for protection of young against recession, climate change

Young men and women around the world are hit excessively hard by the impact of the global economic meltdown and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today in a message marking International Youth Day.

Urban youth groups receive boost from new UN scheme

With nearly three quarters of the world’s one billion slum-dwellers under the age of 30, a new United Nations programme seeks to empower urban-based, youth-led community initiatives.

UNESCO awards recognize young scientists’ contributions to biodiversity

Young scientists from around the world working on projects ranging from working to conserve mangrove forests in Iran to conserving orchids in Cuba have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for their work on biodiversity.

Top UN sports envoy attends Special Olympics

The United Nations envoy tasked with promoting sport for development attended the Special Olympic World Winter Games, holding talks with United States Vice-President Joseph Biden on the role of sport in promoting peace.

UN teams up with Olympic Committee in race to end poverty, help urban youth

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aimed at giving hope to disadvantaged and vulnerable youth through sport.