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World needs generation of self-empowered ‘superheroes’, UN youth forum told

The United Nations needs to spend more time talking directly to young people across the world, beyond simply talking about their concerns, said the President of the General Assembly on Wednesday, opening a major Youth Dialogue event at UN Headquarters in New York.

“They still feel they are excluded, from the decisions that are affecting their lives,” said Miroslav Lajčák,  adding that “we want this to be an event when we take a step back, and we listen to young people, talking to each other.”

Quite often, he said,  “they have a feeling that when they speak, no one is listening”.

He added that the themes he was keen to hear their views on were education, jobs, and the complex issue of how young people could be dissuaded from taking a path towards violent extremism. “We talk about it, but we still don’t really get it – don’t really grasp it,” he said.

Other speakers included an athelete from the Pacific island nation of Tonga, who won world reknown, when he marched shirtless into the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, carrying his country’s flag.

“The world does not need violence, does not need bombs, the world needs today’s youth to become superheroes,” said Pita Taufatofua.

At the UN, wearing a shirt, he said his brother advised him to “keep your shirt on and leave the oil at home”.

The second piece of advice from his brother was, “tell your truth, leave the youth with something they can take into the future,” Mr. Taufatofua said.

 

 

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MUN 2018 - Port of Spain addresses Human Trafficking

Model United Nations 2018 was hosted by the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain, Trinidad.  110 students from 50 schools in Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago participated in six weeks of training activities that led up to the simulation of the General Assembly Plenary on 17 and 18 March 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain Trinidad. The Topic that was addressed was the situation of refugees related to armed conflict. The is year the UN also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. The  President of the General Assembly of the MUN rang home the importance of the UDHR and its connection to refugee rights in his message to the Assembly. 

 This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was born out of and endorsed by the United Nations. It is unanimously accepted and was fashioned to guarantee fundamental human rights for every single person, regardless. 

 During this assembly’s deliberations, I urge you to talk about what comes next, to agree that every human life has to matter, regardless of borders, religious or political standing. Let us come to consensus, let us demonstrate to our people that we the peoples of this United Nations are determined to leave this abhorrent trade in human beings in the past forever!

 

Because of armed confilict in multiple regions across the world, particularly the Middle East and East Africa, there have been increases in the flow of people seeking asylum. The impact of armed conflict on women and girls is particularly grave and includes sexual exploitation and violence. The social and economic challenges of providing assistance to victims of human trafficking and refugees are complex and often the UN is looked on to take the lead in coordinating relief and negoiating the process for an international response. The Rotary Club and its sponsors felt compelled to involve the young people in this global dialogue which raises many questions and issues like racism, xenophobia and gender equality; more importantly there is hope that the dialogue will encourage youth to become more interested in standing up for human rights for peopole everywhere.

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MUN T&T delegates 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain

 

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 Delegates peforming at the night of culture - MUN 2018 Trinidad

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Youth in the Caribbean and Denmark talk about gender based violence

Students from Trinidad, Jamaica and Denmark connected online on Friday 8 December to eneage in dialogue about gender based violence. They exchanges ideas about the causes of violence and explored how culture and legislation or lack of, impacted on attempts to bring an end to violence particularly  violence against women. The event was hosted by the UINIC and the UNESCO ASPnet brought the schools together. Some interesting issues the young people highlighed were how the thought music impacted on how women are seen by males, the problems associated with rigid male ideas of Caribbean masculinity and how it could be a factor in violence against women in the region. The Danes explained that human rights is part of their eduction and culture, that vilolence was not as extreme as it is in the Caribbean , but lamented that their country still does rank at the top in their region when it comes to gender based violence.

This activity was one of a number of events during the 16 Days of Activism which starts on 25 November and culminates on 10 December - Human Rights Day. During this period the UN and its partners highlight the global issues of gender equality and gender based violence.

Get Involved:

There is so much that you can do to ensure that everyone enjoys equal rights with dignity, everywhere. Some things you can do from your mobile phone or in your classroom. 

#Standup4HumanRights 

Promote | Engage | Reflect 

Join the UN in celebrating 70 year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

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Youth in the Caribbean and Denmark talk about gender based violence

Students from Trinidad, Jamaica and Denmark connected online on Friday 8 December to eneage in dialogue about gender based violence. They exchanges ideas about the causes of violence and explored how culture and legislation or lack of, impacted on attempts to bring an end to violence particularly  violence against women. The event was hosted by the UINIC and the UNESCO ASPnet brought the schools together. Some interesting issues the young people highlighed were how the thought music impacted on how women are seen by males, the problems associated with rigid male ideas of Caribbean masculinity and how it could be a factor in violence against women in the region. The Danes explained that human rights is part of their eduction and culture, that vilolence was not as extreme as it is in the Caribbean , but lamented that their country still does rank at the top in their region when it comes to gender based violence.

This activity was one of a number of events during the 16 Days of Activism which starts on 25 November and culminates on 10 December - Human Rights Day. During this period the UN and its partners highlight the global issues of gender equality and gender based violence.

Get Involved:

There is so much that you can do to ensure that everyone enjoys equal rights with dignity, everywhere. Some things you can do from your mobile phone or in your classroom. 

#Standup4HumanRights 

Promote | Engage | Reflect 

Join the UN in celebrating 70 year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

70 Years UDHR LOGO E 01

Youth in the Caribbean and Denmark talk about gender based violence

Students from Trinidad, Jamaica and Denmark connected online on Friday 8 December to eneage in dialogue about gender based violence. They exchanges ideas about the causes of violence and explored how culture and legislation or lack of, impacted on attempts to bring an end to violence particularly  violence against women. The event was hosted by the UINIC and the UNESCO ASPnet brought the schools together. Some interesting issues the young people highlighed were how the thought music impacted on how women are seen by males, the problems associated with rigid male ideas of Caribbean masculinity and how it could be a factor in violence against women in the region. The Danes explained that human rights is part of their eduction and culture, that vilolence was not as extreme as it is in the Caribbean , but lamented that their country still does rank at the top in their region when it comes to gender based violence.

This activity was one of a number of events during the 16 Days of Activism which starts on 25 November and culminates on 10 December - Human Rights Day. During this period the UN and its partners highlight the global issues of gender equality and gender based violence.

Get Involved:

There is so much that you can do to ensure that everyone enjoys equal rights with dignity, everywhere. Some things you can do from your mobile phone or in your classroom. 

#Standup4HumanRights 

Promote | Engage | Reflect 

Join the UN in celebrating 70 year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

70 Years UDHR LOGO E 01

UN Announces worldwide search for young leaders

The UN Youth Envoy has just announced the call for applications for the next class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals!

The world is currently home to the largest generation of young people in history. With 50% of the world’s population being under the age of 30, the ideas and talents of young people will drive the success of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

That’s why the United Nations is on a mission to unearth 17 of world’s greatest young changemakers, innovators, and ground-breakers!

 Launching the Class of 2016 was a huge success-- after a year of advocacy, they’ve spoken on hundreds of platforms and reached millions of people spreading the message of the Goals. Selected from over 18,000 nominations, the first class of Young Leaders for the SDGs are 17 global citizens who come from many different backgrounds, represent every region in the world and are recognized for their outstanding leadership in their efforts to achieve the Goals.

Until November 3rd, we’re on a mission to unearth 17 of the world’s greatest young leaders working across all sectors and from every corner of the world to make up the next Class of Young Leaders for the SDGs.

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Youth around the world speak up for a world free of nuclear weapons

Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Youth are among the 1,000 participants at this week’s Science and Technology 2017 Conference, held in Vienna, Austria, which provides a forum for scientists around the world to exchange knowledge and share advances in monitoring and verification technologies of relevance to the CTBT, which prohibits nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.
The young people listened to presentations from scientists around the world specializing in technologies for detecting nuclear events and committed to using social media and blogs to encourage others to push for the Treaty's entry into force.

For the CTBT, adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996, to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex II countries. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the US have yet to ratify.

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    Caribbean region becomes free of highly enriched uranium

 October 2015 – The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that Jamaica completed the conversion of its research reactor to low enriched uranium this month, decreasing proliferation risks and making the   Caribbean region completely free of highly enriched uranium. 

 

 

 

Youth around the world speak up for a world free of nuclear weapons

Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Youth are among the 1,000 participants at this week’s Science and Technology 2017 Conference, held in Vienna, Austria, which provides a forum for scientists around the world to exchange knowledge and share advances in monitoring and verification technologies of relevance to the CTBT, which prohibits nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.
The young people listened to presentations from scientists around the world specializing in technologies for detecting nuclear events and committed to using social media and blogs to encourage others to push for the Treaty's entry into force.

For the CTBT, adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996, to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex II countries. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the US have yet to ratify.

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    Caribbean region becomes free of highly enriched uranium

 October 2015 – The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that Jamaica completed the conversion of its research reactor to low enriched uranium this month, decreasing proliferation risks and making the   Caribbean region completely free of highly enriched uranium. 

 

 

 

Better sexual reproductive health could save adolescent lives

From UNESCO - More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO and partners.
In 2015, nearly two thirds of adolescents, approximately 85,000, died in low- and middle-income countries of the African and South-East Asia regions. With road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections and suicide as the biggest causes of death among adolescents, unsafe sex and early and unintended pregnancy are also taking lives.

We can prevent a vast majority of adolescent deaths

Most of these deaths can be prevented with good quality health services, education and social support. However, in many cases, adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders, substance use or poor nutrition cannot obtain critical prevention and care services – either because the services do not exist, or because they do not know about them.

In addition, many behaviours that impact health later in life, such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and risky sexual health behaviours, begin in adolescence.

Data in the report, Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to Support Country Implementation, reveal stark differences in causes of death when separating the adolescent group by age and by sex. The report also includes the range of interventions—from seat-belt laws to introducing comprehensive sexuality education to school curricula—that countries can take to improve their health and well-being and dramatically cut unnecessary deaths.
 

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Contact

Email: unic.portofspain@unic.org 

Telephone: 1(868) 623 8438 or 623 4813

Fax: 1 (868) 623 4332 

Address: 

2nd Floor Bretton Hall, 16 Victoria Avenue, 

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

 

Feature photos

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  • UNFPA staff Ella presents a gift to a visitor at the UN booth on International Women's Day 2018
  • Students from the ASPnet programme connected who participated in gender based violence dialogue
  • UNIC UN Cares Trainer gets his certificate
  • Culture night at MUN 2018 in Port of Spain