International Youth Day is 20 years old. This year, Youth Day highlights the theme of Transforming Education to make it more inclusive, accessible and relevant to today’s world.
Shafqat Amant Ali Khan’s SDGs song beautifully portrays role of Pakistani Youth as agent of change, who can play an active role in accelerating progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, be it poverty eradication, good health, gender equality, decent work and growth, reduced inequalities, action on climate or peaceful societies.
“Aurat mardon se kam tar naheen hy”- Gender equality is a fundamental human right. Providing women and girls with equal rights for decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes benefits economies and societies at large.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. Let’s watch how our youth is playing a role in eradicating poverty and hunger by providing educational opportunities to the underprivileged and out of school children.
Pakistan currently has the largest population of young people ever recorded in its history. Watch how our youth is Transforming education and translating their dreams of development and empowerment into reality.
Happy International Youth Day and Happy Independence Day 2019.
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Melissa Fleming of the United States as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.
She succeeds Alison Smale of the United Kingdom to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.
Ms. Fleming brings to the position over 25 years of strategic vision, innovative management and communications expertise in multilateral organizations spanning the fields of human rights, humanitarian action, conflict prevention, peace-building, free media and nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security. Since 2009 she has held the post of Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
While at UNHCR, Ms. Fleming led global media outreach campaigns, social media engagement and a multimedia news service serving audiences ranging from media, public, donors, governments and refugees themselves.
Ms. Fleming joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of the Media and Outreach. Prior to IAEA, she headed the Press and Public Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Earlier still, she served as Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, having started her career as a journalist. From 2016 to 2017, she also served as Senior Advisor and Spokesperson on the incoming United Nations Secretary General’s Transition Team.
Ms. Fleming holds a Master of Science in Journalism from the College of Communication, Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Oberlin College.