Archive for August 13th, 2016

13/08/2016

‘Youth Have Tremendous Potential in Helping to Create a Fair Future for All’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women* 

12 August 2016 (UN Women) – Increasing prosperity, reducing exploitation, and encouraging new ideas and habits that support sustainability is the message behind the theme for this year’s International Youth Day: “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.”

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With more than half the world’s population currently under 30, and a projected rise to 75 per cent over the next decade, young people have tremendous potential in helping to create a sustainable, prosperous and fair future for all.

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13/08/2016

‘Youth Directly Affected by the Tragic Contradictions Prevailing Today’

Human Wrongs Watch

12 August 2016 – The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said youth, with their creativity and idealism are the key to delivering the goals of the new UN sustainability agenda.

Students at a UN-backed development project site that supports vulnerable populations in Antananarivo, Madagascar. UN Photo/Mark Garten

“Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries,” said Ban in his message on International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August.

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13/08/2016

What Works for Youth Employment

12 August 2016 ((ILO) “What works?” is one of the most recurrent questions we receive from those looking for efficient solutions to address the youth employment challenge. Turning this demand into evidence-based action is at the centre of our efforts.
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Azita Berar Awad

We must reckon with the fact that answers to this question are context and time specific.

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Today, over 70 million youth are looking for jobs while nearly 160 million are working, yet living in poverty. These figures embody a massive waste of potential and a threat to social cohesion.

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Impacting the present and future
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Youth unemployment and decent work deficits depreciate human capital and have a significant negative influence on health, happiness, anti-social behaviour, and socio-political stability. They impact the present and future well-being of our societies.
13/08/2016

How Algeria (Yes, Algeria!) Could Hold Key to Syrian Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hafsa Kara-Mustapha*

7 August 2016 (RT) – In April of this year, reports emerged in the Algerian media that intense diplomatic efforts were being deployed by Algiers to diffuse ongoing tensions between Syria and Turkey.
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While at the time a thawing of relations seemed unthinkable, events in recent weeks indicate that those efforts have yielded results and Ankara’s uncompromising position, in relation to Assad remaining in power, has somewhat softened.

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13/08/2016

97% of Young People Believe Bullying Is a Pervasive Problem – UNICEF Poll

Human Wrongs Watch

12 August 2016 – About 97 per cent of young people believe that bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have been bullied, a new survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and their partners finds.

Two girls from Minas Gerais, Brazil, who endured cyberbullying. Photo: UNICEF/Ueslei Marcelino

The poll was conducted on 5 April this year through U-Report, a rapidly growing youth engagement tool that provides a platform for young people from more than 20 countries.

‘U-Reporters’ with an estimated age of 13 to 30 were asked, via SMS, Facebook and Twitter, a series of questions relating to the impact of bullying in their community, their own personal experiences of bullying and what they think can be done to end this type of violence.

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