On July 12 — less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight — Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by delivering the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Tell your friends and family that you stand with Malala, the young Pakistani champion for universal education and girls’ rights. We want to see your photos, vines and Instagram videos. Tag them #MalalaDay and we’ll feature them on our social media platforms next week.
Ten Reasons Why You Should Apply for the UN’s Young Professionals Program
Ever wanted to work at the United Nations? The UN is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant for their Young Professionals Program (YPP). Here’s why you should submit your application:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as they both attend the 50th anniversary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs and the United Nations Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “The Next Level of Diplomacy: Youth and Global Engagement.” The event will feature Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State; Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation; and Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State. The panelists will discuss the importance of engaging youth in global affairs to promote peace, social justice, and democracy.
You are invited to participate by submitting questions,… more »
Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, and Syria Deeply discuss aid to Syria during a Google+ Hangout on March 19, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon address reporters after their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., February 14, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Breaking Down the Numbers of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
About the Author: Caroline Raclin is a Special Assistant in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) at the U.S. Department of State. She traveled with a joint State Department-USAID delegation to Turkey, Jordan, and Kuwait January 22-31, 2013.
It was near midnight. We were driving in the desert with no headlights, and Syria was 20 feet to my left. To the right was a mass of shapes — it took me a minute to realize I was looking at 850 Syrians who had just crossed safely into Jordan. One man was carrying designer luggage normally seen in airplane cabins; one girl had no shoes. I walked amongst these scared, war-numbed people, and it hit me that this was only a tiny portion of those leaving Syria.
Roughly 763,000 people have fled Syria — 240,000 to Jordan — and an estimated 2.5 million are displaced internally. Before that night, those numbers seemed horrific, but had little real meaning to me. They are round statistics, indicators of an escalating war. But after hearing a woman recall her husband’s death and a family describe their village being leveled by barrels of explosives, I better understood the scale… more »