The first day of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations(UN) was such an amazing and blessing day with Young Leaders from around the world. The first day is always a great time to start networking and also be introduced to the agenda of the Assembly. The day was packed with inspiring and amazing speakers throughout day and they shared the awesome work they are doing to contribution to societies. We heard from the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi who spoke about the importance of youth involvement with the UN and their respective countries. He touched on one point which I stayed with me ever since and the point was something regarding youth to be job creators and not job seekers. This really speaks volume to youth taking initiatives with the issues that are close to their hearts, which of course, are all human issues. The Youth Envoy is such an amazing and inspiring young man from Jordan who represents the youth and make sure our voices are being heard at world stage.
Another session which I really enjoyed was about moving from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which was lead by a great panellist. The panel was made up by Karen Newman, Senior Communications Consultant, Corrine Woods, Director of UN Millennium Campaign at the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Communications and External Relations Officer, International Labor Organization. All these great people took their time to come and educate us, the youth, of the work that they are doing in regard to the SDGs and encouraging young people to participate and lead the way for change. This 2015 is the year that the UN, more than ever, is calling youth to action and the latest launched of #YouthNow Campaign is a testament to the calling which took place on February 2nd and 3rd 2015 at the United Nations.
Other highlights of the day were; fantastic lunch, amazing tour of the UN, some people got to visit some of the UN Missions and the halls were just so lively with great young leaders of today and tomorrow. The more I travel on Youth Missions, the more I am inspired and encouraged to continue community work and mobilize fellow youth to work together for the better world that we want to see and leave for our children and theirs. The company of fellow young people is one which I love and enjoy. It is time for young people to take the lead and elders be as mentors for a better world.
I am excited and looking forward to tomorrow (Feb 12th) for another exciting and educating session. I would like to take this time and say thank you to all those who continues to show their love and support throughout everything I do. It is great to be in New York City on this Youth Assembly and I am having the best time of my life. I am living the dream and promise to share with others for the benefits of those in the community and all humanity.
Love, Peace & Unity
One Seed At Time
Gerard Mutabazi Amani