INNOVATION DAY ON YOUTH PARTICIPATION

Pretoria, 12 May 2017- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will launch its first Innovation Day on Youth Participation in South Africa on 16 May 2017 in Pretoria. In 2016, UNFPA South Africa completed a scoping report that aimed to review the current UNFPA engagement in responding to young people’s health and development and map out gaps that, within its mandate, could be considered priority areas for future interventions. The report noted that “it remains a challenge to demonstrate concrete sustainable results [in terms of youth participation]: to move beyond doing things for rather than with young people, to engage with existing civil society and youth networks, and to ensure that there is a space for adolescents to participate, not just older young people”. It was precisely for this reason that UNFPA sought to find new innovative ways to work with adolescents and young people and strengthen its network with youth organisations in South Africa.

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UNHCR/WFP News Release -OVER US$1.4 BILLION NEEDED FOR SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES IN 2017

GENEVA – The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.

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Secretary-General’s opening remarks at the London Somalia Conference

London, 11 May 2017

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are here to support Somalia at a moment which is both tragic and hopeful. And I do believe that Somalia can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need in the international community and in our troubled world.

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF VESAK 10 May 2017

I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating the Day of Vesak in honour of the birth of Lord Buddha. Everyone can draw inspiration from his journey. Born a sheltered prince, Shakyamuni went out into the world to confront and overcome human suffering. As one sutra states, “Because all living beings are subject to illness, I am ill as well.”

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The 2017 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship

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Call for Applications: 2017 RAF Journalism Fellowship

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