UN launches youth initiative to raise awareness on global goals

02Jun 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
UN launches youth initiative to raise awareness on global goals

THE United Nations in Tanzania is set to reach over 20,000 youth across different regions with an awareness raising campaign on the Global Goals message with a new initiative seeking to make use of the youth champions.

United Nations Resident Coordinator Alvaro Rodriguez (C, foreground) with UN Youth champions shortly after the closure of the Tanzania International Model UN meeting held in Arusha yesterday.

The initiative which was launched on May 27, 2016 by the UN Resident Coordinator, Alvaro Rodriguez, will be implemented through the Tanzania Youth of United Nations Association (YUNA).

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Tanzania International Model United Nations (TIMUN) at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Rodriguez said the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda required the involvement of everyone. He pointed out the importance of youth’s participation in development issues in Tanzania where they comprise 60 per cent of the population.

A total of 50 youth who were attending TIMUN from May 23-27 (last week) and received an awareness-building training will be expected to disseminate the Global Goals to other youth in their respective schools and universities.

The Youth Champions, who were selected on the basis of regional representation, gender and field of study, were awarded post-training certificates by the UN resident coordinator.

“You have a very important role and responsibility towards your fellow youth as the Youth Champions. It is up to you to reach out to others when you get back to your schools and universities and tell everyone about the Global Goals.

The UN will support you through YUNA to ensure that together we tell everyone about the Global Goals to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality,” said Rodriguez, when addressing youth at the event.

Speaking about the TIMUN resolutions, the chairperson of YUNA, Mussa Hajj, said: “Youth have deliberated and decided to stress to key stakeholders, in both governments and international organizations, that young people need to be involved and participate in all processes and stages of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their respective nations and the world at large.”

In September 2015, 193 world leaders adopted the Global Goals. The new universal transformative agenda is to be implemented over the next 15 years and brings together social, economic and environmental sustainable objectives.

While in Arusha, the UN resident coordinator also visited the Kiranyi Youth Development Group where he saw and heard about the different initiatives and activities conducted by the group and the challenges the youth currently encounter at this juncture of Tanzania’s development.

Youth of the United Nations Association (YUNA) is a youth-led non-profit and non-governmental organization that works to promote the work of the UN and further its objectives among youth in Tanzania.

YUNA holds the Tanzania International Model United Nations (TIMUN) every year. This year’s TIMUN theme is Youth’s Role in Implementation of the Global Goals.