Category: Education

At high-level forum, UN stresses importance of education in building ‘culture of peace’

Young people at the launch of the International Year of Youth, celebrated annually on 12 August. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Education can promote ideals of non-violence, equality and mutual respect, United Nations officials said today at a high-level event on how to achieve a culture of peace amid current global challenges and threats to stability, prosperity and the planet. “We have to teach our children the values of peace, tolerance, equality and respect. They should be […]

Conflict, widespread poverty stall progress on education rates over past decade – UNICEF

This 11-year-old girl lost her left leg in a suicide attack in an internal displaced persons (IDP) site in the Lake Chad Region. After three months in a hospital, she is trying to start over. UNICEF/Bahaji

Pervasive levels of poverty, protracted conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies have led to stagnation in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade, prompting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to call for more investments. With 11.5 per cent of school-age children – or 123 million missing school today, compared to 12.8 per cent […]

In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are ‘most valuable force we have to shape a better future’

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, at a special International Youth Day event in Baghdad, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Iraq. Photo: UNAMI/Ivan Djordjevic

As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard. “Today, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very […]

Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns

Health workers supported by UNICEF and the Directorate of Health visit a newborn and her mother in their shelter in Debaga displacement camp in Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq’s healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies. “Although progress has been made to lower maternal mortality rates, there has been slow headway in reducing the mortality rates for children […]

Solidarity across generations is vital for sustainable development, UN special event hears

Young people contributing to a workshop on climate change in Iguiwaz, Morocco. Photo: UNDP/CBA Baptiste de Ville d’Avray

The wisdom, experience, energy and ideals of the old and the young are vital to realizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, stressing that they together can help break the cycles of poverty that have lasted for generations. “The youth and the older persons in this room have wisdom, experience, […]