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A Youthful Week: Week of 7/25 News Roundup

A lot of focus was on the global leaders of our future throughout this week as the week started with the UN high-level meeting dedicated to the development of youth. The theme of the meeting was “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, just in time as the International Year of Youth is coming to an end this summer.

Along with the topic of youth, came a new report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at a side event of the UN high-level meeting, the report titled “Securing the Future Today“. This report and discussion focused on the youth’s actions to fight against the disease of AIDS. This will be a step in the right direction for our future, and the future goals in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals as goal #6 focuses on the global fight against the disease, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases including malaria.

Disease was also a big topic this week, as millions of children received the measles vaccination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The UN World Health Organization helped in coordinating this great achievement, as there has been a measles epidemic that many people have lost their lives to and the funding was needed to make this event a great success. In efforts to globally fight against more diseases, the UN marked July 27th World Hepatitis Day as a day to recognize the fight and prevention of the disease. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the soccer team FC Barcelona have joined this week in the fight against disease to create a campaign against polio, called “More than a Goal. End Polio”. With a said 1 percent left in the fight against the disease and its eradication, the organizations are determined to put an end to it.

Along with disease, comes the support of resources and nutrition throughout the world so that people can survive with access to basic needs and children can develop and prosper. The crisis in the Horn of Africa continued this week as the drought is causing a lack of water and therefore threat of nutrition to people throughout the continent’s nations. More support is needed, as there are also many children suffering from this crisis, causing malnutrition and this threatening their survival in the crisis for all, with a said $1.4 billion in funding appealed by the UN to support the cause.

Efforts continue to assist globally in the fights against disease, malnutrition, resources and overall the availability of safe living conditions around the world. Support and funding is needed to continue to allow for these wonderful projects to develop and you can get involved in the action! In time for August 2nd, you can contact Congress representatives to share your voice towards the budget cuts that will unfortunately help support programs like these, specifically programs that help support women and girls throughout the world have availability to resources.

Join in the support and action to help the people of today in any way you can and the global leaders of tomorrow in our youth today!

-Cara

International Year of Youth (IYY)

On December 18, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Year of Youth under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding” to begin on August 12, 2010 and to conclude on August 12, 2011. This year coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first International Year of Youth.

Representing 18% of the global population, youth between the ages of 15 to 24 are a vital part of today’s society and therefore “…we must do even more to reach out, to listen and to learn from young people” (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon). This year, IYY provides youth with the opportunity to advocate for youth issues and to encourage dialogue among youth and across generations to promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity.

There are many celebratory events planned for the IYY across the world. The UN Conference on Youth will be a highlight for the year. Other events include an IYY Mega Summit in Nigeria and the 5th World Youth Congress in Turkey. Through such events in celebration of the International Year of Youth, the United Nations will focus on increasing commitment and investment in youth, increasing youth political participation and partnerships as well as boosting inter-cultural understanding among youth.

To learn more about the International Year of the Youth visit http://social.un.org/youthyear/

-Christina