Day 5: The first step toward creating a #SocietyForAll
The 2017 summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations has just started with the presence of high representatives at the U.N. as well as more than 1,000 delegates from around the world.
The 20th session of the event was kicked off with the UNRocks Music Group’s “Strong UN, Better World” that gave a panoramic views of the impact of the Youth Assembly by showing videos from previous assemblies.
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s executive director, ED Biana Kovic, welcomed the delegates who are coming from over 100 countries around the world. And she said: “Set your course. Be committed to see it through. Unify, empower and include all. ACT toward a greater IMPACT!”
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, president of the 71st United Nations General Assembly also addressed the delegates in his speech and said: “We should all recognize the intergenerational impact of biodiversity loss and see it through the same lens of inequality. We all have to play our part in creating a sustainable world,” he added.
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, U.N. secretary general’s envoy on youth, is an aspiring model for the delegates who were present. She spoke at the assembly stressing that all portions of society must be heard, including youth. Even the most marginalized should have the opportunity to engage. She also added: “No matter what age, gender, region, nationality or background we are from, we are all in this together.”
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Kenya to the U.N., then addressed youth leaders and said: “This generation is the first generation best equipped to make a change in this world,” adding: “The sustainable development goals, SDGs, are asking you to rise to the challenge and seize those goals.”
As for H.E. Ms. Cristina Pucarinho, ambassador and deputy permanent representative of Portugal to the U.N., explained to the delegates that “Leaving no one behind” means that inequalities must be very seriously tackled.
Pucarinho added: “You are being active actors in shaping a better future for yourselves, your communities and your countries.”
At the end, H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perrera, ambassador and permanent representative of Sri Lanka to the U.N. also explained to the delegates that inclusion and equity are key factors in building a strong #SocietyForAll.