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Dedicated to creating a New Future for Haiti, New Future Foundation expands its Chapter in Haiti. We ask all young people and supporters of young people in the Caribbean and Latin American region to join us as we create “the Future We Want.” Igeoma Simon and a growing delegation of Haitian Youth at the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation 2013 Winter Youth Assembly.]]>
The United Nations International Expert Group Meeting on the Theme of Indigenous Youth: Indentity, Challenges and Hope : Articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was held from January 29-31 2013 at the United Nation Head Quarters in New York. At this very important session Grand Chief Edward John Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened by Quoting the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon when he said ” We must help young people to build the future they want. This should be in our hearts and on top of every agenda. The Priorities of young people should be just as prominent in our halls as they are in the streets and squares.” The Secretariat of the permanent forum brought together regional experts for an intergenerational dialoge as they prepare for the 11th Session of the Permanent Forum this coming May 2013 http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Twelfth.aspx and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014 http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/WorldConference.aspx]]>
International Peace Day
The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982. By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.
Members of the IDP NGO Committee announced the UN theme for the 2012 International Day of Peace: “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.”
“Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.” -Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
The sounding of the Peace Bell started a beautiful day for the world. The Secretary General and the United Nations Messengers of Peace meet with young people from all over the world via social media and web conferencing to discuss partnerships, good practices and the importance of standing for peace.
“The youth of today deserve a radically different education — one that does not glorify war but educates for peace,” “The youth of today deserve a radically different education — one that does not glorify war but educates for peace,” some of the very strong remarks from General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on his last days as President along side the Secretary General he advocates Member States, Civil society for assistance in reshaping of the United Nations democratic multilateral system. Having Pece at the center of our goals not only connect us to our divine purpose in life. He also called for the creation of a “security council” on the environment, and another, dealing with economic issues. The Culture of PEACE will bring forth a renewed spirit to the UNited Nations as we finish the renovations on the Secretariat Building and the 2015 Millennium Development Goals target date.
“On this International Day, I pledge the full support of the UN system to cooperate with indigenous peoples, including their media, to promote the full implementation of the Declaration.” -Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).
In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2015, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.” The focus of this year’s International Day was “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”.
The theme is aimed to highlight the importance of Indigenous media in challenging the stereotypes, forging indigenous peoples’ story, communicating with the outside world, and influencing the social and political plan.
The Friendship Ambassador Foundation Youth Assembly is an Annual event open to the public which brings together young people from all over the world to discuss best practices, hear stories from and build friendships to help connect their communities. Twice a year the North-Lawn Building of the United Nations is filled with its future leaders and dreams become reality. Workshops, think tanks and keynote speakers make this a time for reflection and developing partnerships. As the young people meet their peers who have achieved the impossible.
It always starts with the first step. Meet Talia Leman founder of OneRandomKid.org proof that it takes One Random Kid to change the world. Talia raised 10 Million in 2005 for relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina and became one of the worlds youngest humanitarians. She is preparing for college now and a new book and decided to stop by and inspire her peers with her triumphant story of how she and her brother created a global youth movement to take action. Her speech sparked a flame in us all and that flame will light the world.
As we usher in the Culture of PEACE we take the time out to recognize our elder Nelson Mandela on his earth day. The world is still suffering from crimes against human rights. The Culture of PEACE give us the ability to heal the world by planting this seed in our future generations now.
South Africa is focusing on its Youth with new innovative legislation like the Child Justice Act and the Children’s Act to provide the necessary tools for achieving their dreams. Let peace prevail in world and let us be the roots of the tree of life.
H.E. President Jacob Zuma this year launched the Integrated School Health Package that gives students and communities access to Health Services and Education in schools.
“How much better it would have been if we were meeting to celebrate here a victory in hand a dream fulfilled the triumph of justice over a tyrannical path.”