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.
Many youth organizations around the world work tirelessly for youth civic engagement in their countries. Every day. With a lot of passion, but often limited budget. International Youth Day, commemorated on 12 August, marks a great occasion to thank all those who dedicate their time to empower youth. And to reflect on the major obstacles for youth civic engagement.
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A year after the meeting in Lisbon of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared August, 12th, the International Youth Day. Since then this date is special and it’s a source of inspiration for all the youth of the world.
We can shape the world! We need to make sure that the voice of youth is heard by decision-makers and within the international organizations. We would like ensure that the youth has a voice in the issues of human rights, sustainable development, education, health,… you name it! There are so many topics that concern our generation… Today in the world there are a total of 1.1 billion of youth. We will have to find solutions to the mistakes made by the current generation of world leaders. We feel we have a great responsibility to speak up and we cannot compromise the future of next generations, especially regarding peace and sustainable development. That’s why our voices need to be heard in the decision making process more than ever. Therefore, united we are stronger.
This year 2014, during the International Youth Day, we are united to speak up especially to raise awareness about the topic of this year which is “Youth and Mental Health”. We encourage all youth to speak up against discrimination which could lead to any sort of exclusion. We encourage YOU to write an article about a situation that highlights the experiences of brave, youngsters that have chosen to speak up “about these issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame, and openly seek the services and support they need”. Remember that every positive change in the world starts with YOU!
Thank you for your attention and we wish you all to celebrate with us the International Youth Day.
United Nations Association of Slovenia celebrates the International Youth Day (12 August) by issuing a publication “Youth and the United Nations”. The publication provides an overview of the UN activities in the field of youth and opportunities for youth to engage in activities from the UN agenda – the institutes UN Youth Delegate and UNESCO messenger, as well as the results of a survey in which UNA Slovenia researched the opinion of Slovenian youth on the UN. The publication was prepared in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Slovenia. In the preface, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi shared his thoughts. Introductory words were prepared by the president of UNA Slovenia Youth Section Adriana Aralica and the president of the National Youth Council of Slovenia Tea Jarc. Authors of the publication are Urška Učakar, Adriana Aralica, Miha Pongrac and Mateja Robnik.
The UN recognized the importance of addressing youth issues; youth is one of the priorities of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This publication is a result of UNA Slovenia’s efforts to bring the UN closer to young people in Slovenia and abroad. Aim of the publication “Youth and the United Nations” is to provide the information on the UN and to encourage youth to get engaged in UN issues.