UN PROCLAIMS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF YOUTH IN 2010

December 22, 2009

New York Dec 18 2009 

Youth create their own visuals of what is negative and what is positive

Youth create their own visuals of what is negative and what is positive

 

 

 

In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development, the United Nations today proclaimed an International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010.

 

“The International Year is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society,UN Focal Point on <”http://www.un.org/youth”>Youth Nicola Shepherd said. We encourage all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society.

 

In its resolution proclaiming the Year, the General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the event.

 

Under the theme ‘Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,’ the Year aims to encourage dialogue and understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity.

 

It also encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (<”http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/”>MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills, ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.

 

Several international events are already scheduled throughout the year, including the Fifth World Youth Congress from 31 July to 13 August in Istanbul, and the World Conference for Youth in Mexico City from 24 to 27 August. Both gatherings will focus on youth and sustainable development in the context of the MDGs.

 

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore from 14 to 26 August will seek to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

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For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

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www.unicef.org/lac

 

 

 

Tereza’s story: I want to be a pilot

August 25, 2009

JUBA, Southern Sudan, 21 August 2009 – When Tereza Kitale looks up at the sky over the town of Juba, Southern Sudan, she sees her future.

“I want to become a pilot,” she says.  “But here in Southern Sudan it’s very difficult to find a female who has become a pilot.”

The 17-year-old student at Juba Day School hopes to change that.

Juba radio workshop

In June, Tereza was one of the participants in a week-long radio production workshop for 10 young people from Juba. UNICEF Radio – in partnership with UNICEF’s ‘Back on Track’ programme on Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition, the UNICEF Southern Sudan Area Programme and Southern Sudan Radio – conducted the workshop with five boys and five girls chosen from local schools.

The young people learned how to record, edit, write and produce a radio report of their own.

Interview with a female pilot

For her story, Tereza interviewed Justine Takoki, a Kenyan female pilot based in Juba for the World Food Programme.

Ms. Takoki said that a major obstacle for women pilots is that the profession is dominated by men. “For a woman to come in and start flying, it was very difficult,” she said.

“My advice to Sudanese girls is to follow their passion – and if they really want to become a pilot they should follow their passion and dreams and realize them and work very hard at it,” she told Tereza.

Ms. Takoki said that Tereza reminded her of when she was in high school and she met a female pilot – the only female captain in Kenya – who became an inspiration to her.  “And I went and talked to her – just like you’re doing – and she encouraged me and showed me exactly what I needed to do.”

“I wish to do the same thing as Ms. Takoki,” Tereza said. “And I wish to fly with her one day.”

Tereza’s report was produced to commemorate the Day of the African Child on 16 June.

Youth perspectives

UNICEF Radio and the Back on Track programme will conduct a series of similar workshops in other countries in the coming months. Their aim: to bring young people’s perspectives into the debate around education in emergencies and post-crisis situations and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the CRC.

Meanwhile, UNICEF’s Southern Sudan Area Programme is working with Southern Sudan Radio to involve the new youth journalists in its programmes, empowering young people by giving them the chance to broadcast their voices throughout the region.

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 Marlene, una comunicadora adolescente del Centro de mujeres Aymara en Bolivia, nos escribió y nos cuenta que – junto a sus amigas y otras mujeres producen programas de radio para niños y jóvenes en los estudios de la radio comunitaria apachita. 

“Las jóvenes del Centro de Mujeres Aymaras Candelaria, levantamos nuestra voz a través de las radios comunitarias de la Red Apachita. Las radios comunitarias de nuestra región están conformadas en red de Comunicaciones Apachita que nos brinda espacios para compartir mensajes, música y contar historias de nuestras comunidades y animar a nuestros padres para desarrollar actividades de producción agropecuaria. igualmente animamos a nuestros compañeros para continuar con los estudios en escuelas y colegios”, dice Marlene.

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