Young people set the agenda at unprecedented Security Council meeting

From tackling terrorism and climate change to ending poverty and conflict, young people from around the world made their voices heard on the most vital challenges facing their generation during a unique event held today with the 15 members of the Security Council at United Nations Headquarters.

Unemployed African youth to benefit from UN-backed finance programme

Some 200,000 low-income youth in sub-Saharan Africa will benefit from a United Nations-backed initiative announced today to increase access for them to financial services in a region where youth unemployment rates are two to three times that of adults.

Actress Monique Coleman named first UN ‘Youth Champion’

United States actress Monique Coleman, best known for playing Taylor McKessie in the “High School Musical” movies, was today appointed the first ever ‘Youth Champion’ by the United Nations to raise awareness about the challenges facing young people.

Top UN official issues call for stepped-up investment in young people

With half of all of the world’s nearly 2 billion young people living on less than $2 a day, now is the time to invest in “the leaders of today and the makers of tomorrow,” according to the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Top UN official urges young people to use their voices to promote understanding

The second annual Global Model United Nations conference, bringing together hundreds of students from more than 60 countries, wrapped up in the Malaysian capital today with a call by a senior official from the world body for greater dialogue and understanding.

Ban urges young people to use their voices to build tolerance, understanding

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants at a United Nations student forum to use their voices for the common good, and to build a culture of tolerance and understanding in a world that is more connected than ever before.

Launching International Year of Youth, UN urges dialogue, respect across generations

The International Year of Youth kicked off today with calls from United Nations officials to harness the talents and energy of the world’s young people to promote better understanding and dialogue between different generations, cultures and religions.

Youth empowerment projects from over 30 countries awarded UN grants

A Sierra Leonean group providing vocational training for disabled youth and a Palestinian forum setting up youth councils to influence the local government are among the 51 projects awarded grants from the United Nations for their efforts to empower young people.

UN agencies look to world’s youth to find solutions to global problems

United Nations agencies, peacekeeping missions and officials around the world marked the start today of the International Year of Youth with concerts and public forums and a call to celebrate the potential of the next generation to solve the problems of today.

African youth get once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch World Cup final – UN

Twenty young Africans will get the chance of a lifetime to watch the final match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa today, thanks to a United Nations-backed scheme seeking to raise awareness of how young people can help to combat urban poverty.