This February, the international community will intensify its efforts preparing for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact, expected to be adopted in December this year, will cover all aspects of international migration in the spirit of human solidarity to ensure that no one is left behind. There are many ways to get involved and have a say to ensure that people on the move around the world are protected.
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All eyes were on the ECOSOC Youth Forum this January, as the worlds young activists, leaders and innovators met with representatives of governments at UN Headquarters in New York. As the Forum wrapped up, UN DESA Voice talked to the UN Secretary-Generals Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, on how historys largest youth generation is already building a better future.
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Faced with increasing pressures on their lands, indigenous peoples insist that their rights to their lands, territories and resources are respected. During a recent meeting at UN Headquarters, global experts on indigenous issues emphasized the need to address growing threats to indigenous peoples lands from natural resource exploitation, establishment of conservation areas, large-scale infrastructure projects and large-scale agriculture.