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.
South Sudan declared its independence a couple of years ago, and its citizens have had to cope in the middle of several conflicts. State building is ongoing, but to get the state vibrant, also the young people are needed. In South Sudan, the role of the youth is particularly important as some 70% of the population are under the age of 30. The young should be integrated into the state and peace building processes, and they should be taken into consideration as a special group in political decisions.
At the stand of UNYA Finland at the World Village Festival, each visitor could pull their imaginary fate in South Sudan out of a glass bowl. Some ended up as child soldiers or got kidnapped, others were more fortunate to become entrepreneurs or students. The main point was to get everyone to think about the situation of the youth in South Sudan and what a great significance their voice in political processes could make.