Young people have shown that they are able to reshape social issues, and thus engaging them is critical for the development community and governments, said Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. "These are the populations that will change the world, but young people are still being left out," she said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is adamant that a political solution won't end civil war. "There is confusion in the world between a political solution and terrorism," Assad said. Meanwhile, Syrian government troops and rebels are battling to control the city of Qusair.
Cote d'Ivoire is successfully rebuilding infrastructure but continues to be roiled by human rights violations, political retributions and violence, writes Tamasin Ford. Marcelo Giugale of the World Bank says, "The reconstruction is relatively easy compared to reconciliation."
United Nations aid agencies are asking the Security Council to pass a humanitarian resolution on cross-border access to Syria, but such a vote likely will wait until after a peace conference scheduled for June, diplomats said. Meanwhile, UN aid workers are appealing to the Syrian government to be allowed to make deliveries in the rebel-held portions of the country.