News on Demographic dividend

9 December 2015
News
Palestinian youth and Y-Peer trainers from Syria and Jordan stand in front of a mural they have created at a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency in Zarqa, Jordan. © Y-Peer/Abdelbari Hamad
UNITED NATIONS, New York/AMMAN, Jordan – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on countries to engage young people in building peace and countering violent extremism. “Youth account for... Read more
30 September 2015
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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
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
8 June 2015
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Sophie stands in front of the Namwera Health Centre, where she attends Safeguard Young People programmes and activities. © UNFPA Malawi/ Hope Ngwira
Mangochi, Malawi – In 2010, when Sophie was just 13 years old, her elder sister suddenly and tragically died. Sophie’s world was shattered: She was forced to drop out of school and return home to care for her six... Read more
1 June 2015
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Much of the world is poised to reap a demographic dividend. But to do this, countries must invest in young people. Students in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA Benin/Ollivier Girard
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Young people are increasingly recognized as critical actors in matters of global importance. "I place great hope in their power to shape our future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-... Read more
29 May 2015
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Students in Daoukro, Côte d’Ivoire. Young people are poised to transform the country's future. But to do so, they must be empowered, educated and employed. © UNFPA Cote d'Ivoire
DAKAR, Senegal – "I knew I was pregnant, but I talked to my classmate, not my parents or my teachers,” said Amina, 18, a student in Daoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.  “My parents were very upset and not kind. They rejected me."... Read more
13 April 2015
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These 10 facts about the world show signs of enormous progress – yet still not enough. © UNFPA/Anna Adhikari
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, leaders from around the world opened the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development, where they will take stock of the world's development and the welfare of its... Read more
26 January 2015
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Viviana with other leaders from the Youth Roundtable, which promotes youth participation, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the prevention of adolescent pregnancies. © PANDI/ UNFPA Colombia
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia – “I was 14 years old when my family fled,” said Viviana, now 26. “We arrived in a new town where we thought we would be able to live in peace, but there were armed groups there, too.” Viviana... Read more
18 November 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Never before have there been so many young people – never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director,... Read more
22 September 2014
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Investing in adolescents and youth will be key to taking advantage of a demographic dividend in the Sahel region of Africa, leaders said today at the United Nations. Girls in Niger. Photo credit: OCHA/David Ohana
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “With significant investments in the education of young girls, sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents, as well as women’s empowerment in our counties, we will change the... Read more

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