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27 September 2018

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Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) with youth participants at the launch of the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership. UN Photo / Mark Garten 2018

United Nations Launches Youth2030 Strategy

New York (IOM) – There are an estimated 1.8 billion people aged 10–24 around the world; nearly 90 per cent of these young people live in developing countries. This is the largest generation of young people in history, and in recognition of its significance, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made youth a priority from the onset of his mandate.

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Rohingya refugees in Chakmarkul camp in Bangladesh. Photo: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Jared Ferrie

'Flying News': Humanitarian Media Counter Rohingya Refugee Rumours

Phnom Penh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As aid workers rushed to vaccinate Rohingya refugees against measles earlier this year, rumours swirled through the overcrowded camps in Bangladesh – the injections would make women sterile and convert children into Christians.

The anecdote, included in an August report from the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, illustrates how the refugees, who have fled Myanmar, are vulnerable to misinformation, "with little or no access to television, radio, or other media".

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Bombino: "People no longer look at me and where I am coming from, they simply listen to the music and enjoy it."

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  • Balkan Insight reported that as winter looms, IOM has urged Bosnia to resolve the housing issues of some 300 migrants and refugees camping out in the open or in tents.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on a project which teaches Nepalis in earthquake-hit areas how to build disaster-resilient houses. A third of the trainees have been women.
  • DW reported that France, Germany, Portugal and Spain have agreed to accept migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship under a deal described as a ‘European solution’ by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

  • IRIN reported that Welcome to Refugee Purgatory on the Hungary Border, its 2017 film by Jaime Alekos, has won first place in the Migration Media Awards’ video category.
  • AFP reported on a group of young asylum-seekers that took up residence at a centre in a rural French town. After hosting the group for two years, the centre is going to be closed.