Abrar Charity Association in cooperation with UNYANET organized a seminar on 13 August in Gaza, Palestine to celebrate International Youth Day, with the primary objective to empower youth civic participation. Two main issues were discussed:
Helping youth realize their potential
Empower youth initiatives and activate volunteer work
Ms. Ann-Christine Niepelt, former Youth Advisor of UNA Germany and former Head of UNYA Germany, was the international guest on the occasion. Via skype she represented the first topic with focus on establishment of United Nations Youth Association (UNYA) and how to send a youth delegate to the United Nations. Also she highlighted the importance of youth in making the change.
Mr. Mahmoud Alghefari, training and development specialist, gave a detailed presentation from his experience on empower youth initiatives and activate volunteer work. Discussing the way to form a youth initiative which is practically applied at the seminar.
Thirty participants, students and graduates, attended the seminar to get an idea about youth initiatives and how they help to improve the community.
The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) believes that in order to achieve long-lasting stability in a country and boost development, youth have to be included in policy and planning processes. As part of our approach to understanding how this can best be achieved, the IIEP Plan With Youth Team has collected information about various initiatives targeting youth in three specific areas: peacebuilding, civic engagement and transition from school to work. It now comprises more than 200 projects in more than 50 countries. We hope that this mapping will be translated into an online tool that will allow others to be better informed about what is being done for youth and with youth worldwide and what tools are already available. Continue reading →
This September volunteers of UNA Slovenia Youth Section participated at the 12th LUPA bazaar (bazaar of Slovenian NGOs), which has taken place at Prešeren square in Ljubljana. LUPA 2013 festival was promoting the role and importance of more than 150 Slovenian NGOs. Continue reading →
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.
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.
The 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.
“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.