Youth as a Supportive Team

“Cope with the Impacts of War in Gaza 2014: Youth as a Supportive Team”

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This seminar was held in Gaza on 16 July 2015, hosted by Abrar Charity Association and organized by a group of young people. The seminar was dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing youth in Gaza: How to respond effectively to the effects of the 2014 war.

The seminar brought together 10 participants representing a variety of fields (civil engineering, environmental engineering, business administration, accounting and geographic information system) to find answers and to give recommendations to the most pressing questions of youth’s role in coping with the war.

Seminar participants discussed the effects of 2014 Gaza war on three important sectors:

  • Environmental sector
  • Social sector
  • Economic sector

Background

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas around the world, inhabited by approximately 2 million people with youth representing 35% of the total population. Gaza sustained immeasurable damage in the 2014 war. Its effects pervade all aspects of Gaza life: economic, political, social and environmental. This war resulted in more than 2131 fatalities and 11000 casualties, more than 65% of which were youth.

grafik 2The seminar discussed the most important sectors influenced by the 2014 war on Palestinian society. The team identified the main effects of the war and a plan was developed to deal with these effects through several events and activities such as dissemination of ideas to the largest possible number of educated youth groups to utilize their potential in serving Palestinian community.

The first topic up for discussion was environmental effects of the war and how young people can help mitigate these effects. Second, the team discussed the social impacts and some recommendations were given. Finally the group debated the effects of the war on the economic sector.

The outcome of each of these discussion sessions are presented in this Seminar Report.

Note: UNYANET supports all efforts to engage and empower youth, through means of discussion and peaceful activities, to find sustainable conflict solutions and promote lasting peace. This article has been written by the affected youth and does not reflect any political position of UNYANET.

“Without social justice or human rights, there can be no happiness”

Source: anue.org

Source: anue.org

Clear, direct and unapologetic, Sister Lucía Caram talks about the right to happiness in the second edition of “Human Rights, Afternoons of Debate” conferences, organized by the United Nations Association of Spain-Youth.

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UNYA Finland – Youth, Peace and Security

UNYA Finland

UNYA Finland

The UN Youth and Students’ Days, organized by UNA Finland and UNYA Finland, took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 9-10 November 2012. On the second day, the participants worked on different topics in small groups, and the ”Youth, Peace and Security” working group was lead by UNYA Finland. The questions discussed in this group included the role of youth as peace creators, and the problematique behind the dichotomy of youth as a target group vs. youth as actors.

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International Day of Peace: 21 September 2012

Today is the International Day of Peace. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence, at noon local time, to honour the victims – those who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain.”

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.

In 2001, the General Assembly established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. More information can be found on the official page of the United Nations.