Application for UN Young Professionals Programme 2013 open

UN CareersThe United Nations announced that the application for their YPP program has been opened. The United Nations “is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination.” Continue reading

Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon: “Unleashing the Power of Young People”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonThe Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, was holding the keynote address on 3 April 2011 at the Global Colloquium at Columbia University, New York. In the face of the largest youth population ever know, the topic this years colloquium is “Global Effects of the Youth Population Surge”.

Speaking about the “Power of Young People”, he emphasized the advantage of youth of having the internet when fighting against injustice and for its ideals. Furthermore, he informed the participants that, after he announced the appointment of a Special Advisor on Youth, he got statements of youth associations representing over 100 Million people altogether. As youth does not cover in front of authority, they are talking about topics which other people are silent like “the¬†terrible violence and discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender”. Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted that he was holding a speech in March about this topic at a UN formal debate, urging the audience to take action against violence, decriminalize same- sex relationships.

The full speech of Secretary- General Mr Ban Ki-moon can be found below.

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UN E-discussion on Youth Employment

The UN Programme on Youth is putting together an interactive World Youth Report on the theme of employment, and would like to learn first hand about the experiences of young people worldwide. The UN invites all youth to participate in an online discussion from 11 October to 7 November to share your views on youth employment. Input gathered from young people during the online discussion will form the core of the 2011 World Youth Report. The e-discussion is intended to serve as a forum for young people and youth-led organizations to share their own views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering, and remaining active in the workforce. Throughout each week, a broad theme will be explored in depth from a social lens through diverse views and perspectives.

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