Towards Global Citizenship
Read our Newsletter Towards Global Citizenship from the 66th United Nations DPO/NGO Conference held in Gyeongju, South Korea from May 30 to 1 June 2016. Fifteen members of the Mary Ward extended Family were present. We share some points on the content and what we did. What big ideas emerged for us? How do we, adults develop global citizenship in our own lives? You will find lots of interesting ideas in it. And do read the complete Action Plan which is a powerful tool and inspiration for us as we strive to create a peaceful and just world for all its citizens. Youth played a significant role in the Conference. The Action Plan reminds us of the need to include youth in decisions about their lives and the Youth Declaration is a tribute to all young people’s aspirations.
“We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today,” said Aya Chebbi a young Tunisian peace activist and blogger at this year´s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders during the intergenerational dialogue held to engage the new generation of gender equality activists with the Beijing generation of civil society leaders, grassroots activists, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders.
On 8 March 2016, young people who campaign in their schools, communities and countries for action to deliver a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination marched in cities throughout the world. In New York it constituted the lead up to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which this year celebrated the 20th. Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.
Most of you were not born then. However, the Beijing Conference was a significant moment for women and girls around the world. Twenty years later, at CSW today´s young women continue the work begun in Beijing. Read the CSW 59 INFO for Girls, Boys and Young Adults prepared for you by Georgina Kelly.
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Do you know about the amazing program in preparation at the United Nations? The Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is almost ready to be adopted by your county among the 193 member states of the United Nations. It will be the sustainable Development for the next 15 years, an important time in your life. The Post 2015 Agenda will build on the MDGs and incorporate the massive changes in our world since 2000. Hopefully we will “Leave no one behind”, no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – is denied universal human rights and basic economic opportunities. Learn about what’s coming and be on tip toes to begin working with the new Sustainable Development goals on 1 January 2016. Watch this presentation. It’s just for YOU!
The 20th anniversary of The World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, will be celebrated this year. This policy framework and the practical guidelines for national action and international support are focused on improving the situation of young people around the world. Mr. Ban Ki-moon recently addressed a youth gathering reminding them that “2015 is not just another year – it is a chance to change the course of history. Ours is the first generation with the potential to end poverty – and the last to act to avoid worst effects of climate change. “
- “To complete the Millennium Development Goals;
- To agree on transformative and universal actions for sustainable development;
- And to achieve a new, meaningful, universal climate agreement.
“Today I make three calls to action to the world’s youth, he said:
First: Help us drive sustainable development that is people-centred and planet-sensitive.
Second: Fight injustice and inequality with solidarity so no one is left behind.
Third: Be an active global citizen.”