Youth

YOUNG STARS BIG IDEAS

This new initiative by the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and various partners across the world aims to encourage the engagement of children and youth from across the world. We are keen to make the voice of all our children and youth heard and consequently enabling the decision makers to consider those views and ideas in their big decisions.

The World Commission on Environment and Development famous report “Our Common Future” published in 1987 defined sustainable development (SD) as the development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, since the Rio summit in 1992 SD is increasingly becoming a concern for both developed and developing countries (DCs). Yet, translating the principles of SD into effective economic and environmental policies seems to be a major challenge for all countries. The entire concept of SD is about the future and the future is all about the children and youth! Youth population is growing rapidly in all regions of the world and we are very keen to understand the children and youth perspectives and expectations for their future to help them be ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. We strongly believe our children and youth should be the cornerstone of any strategy by all governments and policy makers. We must listen to our children and youth and more importantly how we can help our youth with their future employment plans and aspirations.

We are inviting children and youth from all-over the world to send us their messages in a short video (no more than 2 minutes) on any topic or theme, without any restriction, that they feel is an important issue facing the world today and is greatly impacting the quality of their lives. This could be one element or a combination of things, for example it could include humour, the people, language, special place, sports, food, art, landscape or anything else that our children and youth would like to our attention. WASD will feature your video messages that are written and presented by the children and youth themselves and will be uploaded on our YouTube Channel. WASD will also proactively look for sponsors that would be willing to provide prizes to all participating children and youth.

We are hoping to officially launch the initiative during  WASD 16th International Annual Conference co-organized with, and hosted by the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system (JIU) in the Palais des Nations – Geneva, Switzerland in the period 10-12 April 2018.

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