News on Youth leadership & participation

30 September 2015
News
Young people must be prioritized, African Union leaders declared at a high-level meeting yesterday. Youth like Luwiza Lewis, in Malawi, demonstrate how opportunities can translate into lasting progress. © UNFPA Malawi
AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE HALL, New York/LILONGWE, Malawi – At 15 years old, Luwiza Lewis, in Malawi, became pregnant and dropped out of school. Stories like hers are tragically common in much of Africa. Young people too... Read more
28 September 2015
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Panel moderator Asha Curran, director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd St Y, with UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and Ashley Judd, an actress and human rights activist, at the Social Good Summit in New York. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
NEW YORK, United States – Young people are an engine for progress, but their potential future will go unfulfilled if they are not empowered, said UNFPA Executive Dr. Director Babatunde Osotimehin and actress and... Read more
26 September 2015
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The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency threatens to undermine development throughout the region. Girls in northern Nigeria. © UNFPA Nigeria/Ololade Daniel
UNITED NATIONS, New York/DAKAR, Senegal – Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, the result of a relentless and ongoing campaign of violence by Boko Haram insurgents.... Read more
21 September 2015
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Joel Barrera began a support group for youth living with HIV, which has transformed into a network for youth to advocate for better care and an end to discrimination. © UNFPA/Walter Sotomayor
The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York. This meeting of the world's leaders will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals –... Read more
15 September 2015
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Monique (top row, fourth from left), 18, and her teammates are challenging expectations in their conservative community. © UNFPA
Today marks the start of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – that aim to transform the world over the... Read more
9 September 2015
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UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon meet with 15 girls from Nigeria's Kaduna State, who presented a drama about the challenges they face in their community. © UNFPA Nigeria/Adeola Olunloyo
ABUJA, Nigeria – “I am proud to be a girl.” These were the bold closing words of a drama performed by 15 girls for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in... Read more
3 September 2015
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Nurse Blessings Sonkhanani has received training on how to provide information and care to young people. “Now we know what young people need,” she said. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick
LILONGWE, Malawi – “I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls,” said Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse at Namwera Health Center in Malawi’s Mangochi District. “We were not friendly to young people. We... Read more
26 August 2015
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Shelled Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir al Balah Gaza Strip © ALRESALA Newspaper
GAZA – Khalet* has just celebrated his first birthday. He was born during the recent hostilities in Gaza, which ended in August 2014. During the conflict, his pregnant mother, Samah, moved from shelter to shelter to... Read more
26 August 2015
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Paralysed and uneducated, Barira spent 16 years believing she had no value. Still, she had a fierce desire to learn. With a little help, she has rebuilt her life, making many friends, and becoming an active part of her community. © UNFPA
NIAMEY, Niger – Barira Harouna, 16, is unlike any of other girl in her village, Bargaja, in Niger’s Maradi Region. At only 2 years old, she was paralyzed by polio. Two years later, her father died. Her mother soon... Read more
18 August 2015
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Ko Win Tin Aung, a youth volunteer, delivers assistance to flood survivors in Ohn Pin Su Village, Ayeyawady Region. © UNFPA Myanmar/Benny Manser
AYEYAWADY, Myanmar – Over a million people have been critically affected by floods and landslides sweeping Myanmar. More than a hundred people have been killed, and downed bridges and washed-out roads have left some... Read more

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