UNYA Finland – Campaign on the situation of the youth in South Sudan

UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.

UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, Helsinki 25-26 May 2013. Photo: Anniina Huttunen.

UNYA Finland was present at the World Village Festival in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2013 with the theme of the situation of the youth in South Sudan. Promoting a UN Security Council resolution on Youth, Peace and Security is one of the main goals of UNYA Finland, and the theme was thus presented also at the festival that brought together hundreds of civil society organizations, different performances and 85,000 visitors.

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UNYA Finland – UNA Finland’s initiative for a UNSC resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

UN Photo / Paolo Filguieras

UN Photo / Paolo Filguieras

UN Association of Finland together with its partners proposes a resolution on Youth, Peace and Security to be adopted by the UN Security Council. The aim of the initiative and the possible resolution would be to increase the involvement of the youth in all decision-making and social change worldwide. To have your say and sign the petition, visit the Youth, Peace and Security initiative website.

Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon: “Unleashing the Power of Young People”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonThe Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, was holding the keynote address on 3 April 2011 at the Global Colloquium at Columbia University, New York. In the face of the largest youth population ever know, the topic this years colloquium is “Global Effects of the Youth Population Surge”.

Speaking about the “Power of Young People”, he emphasized the advantage of youth of having the internet when fighting against injustice and for its ideals. Furthermore, he informed the participants that, after he announced the appointment of a Special Advisor on Youth, he got statements of youth associations representing over 100 Million people altogether. As youth does not cover in front of authority, they are talking about topics which other people are silent like “the terrible violence and discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender”. Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted that he was holding a speech in March about this topic at a UN formal debate, urging the audience to take action against violence, decriminalize same- sex relationships.

The full speech of Secretary- General Mr Ban Ki-moon can be found below.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Youth is our future

“We must help young people to build the future they want. This should be in our hearts and on top of every agenda” said the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on his visit in Vienna on Thursday, February 16th,  during a lecture on “Empowering People in a Changing World”. He pointed out the importance of young people and their role in society today: “The priorities of young people should be just as prominent in our halls as they are on the streets and squares. They should be just as present in our meeting space as they are in cyberspace.”

He continued that 50 percent of todays world population is under the age of 25. The challenges that come along with that fact are: education (67 million children without primary education), employment (due to growth of world population, 600 million new jobs are needed within the next ten years) and rights (freedom and democracy, especially pointing out the role of youth in the Arab Spring). The Secretary-General also said that he is not satisfied with the current work regarding youth and for that reason he will appoint a new UN-Special Advisor on Youth.

Let us support the UN Secretary General on that issue to raise awareness for the role of youth in society.

The remarks of the event can be found here: UNIS/SGSM/319