Google+ Hangout w/ Amb. Rice!
On 27 May 2012, individuals from around the world were given the chance to hang out with Susan E. Rice, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as Nicholas Kristof, legendary reporter and columnist for the New York Times. With a little help from Google, the Google+ Hangout featured a live online discussion between people from all walks of life, including a physicist from Montreal and a solider in Afghanistan addressing questions about the American role in international issues for the Ambassador. The subjects ranged from US relations with Cuba and China, sanctions on Iran, good governance in mineral rich countries, peacekeeping missions in Syria and the upcoming NATO summit in relation to the future of the mission in Afghanistan. Most importantly, Ambassador Rice outlined ways for youth to get involved with the United Nations.
Were you there? Did you participate? What did you think?
If you would like to ask Ambassador Rice some of your own questions, you can follow her on Twitter @AmbassadorRice.
Watch the Google+ Hangout:
Creating a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth with Better Job Opportunities
WFUNA Youth Seminar: Focus on the MDGs
What should be indicators for youth?
What should be indicators for the World Programme of Action on Youth?
The Division for Social Policy and Development (UN-DESA) organized a side event at the Population Commission on Youth Indicators on 23 April, 2012, where it focused on the World Programme of Action for Youth and reflected on the importance of youth contribution to social and political changes. Currently, the international community identified ten priority areas including education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure-time activities, girls and young women, full and effective participation of youth in life of society and in decision-making, globalization, information and communications technology, HIV/AIDS, armed conflict and intergenerational issues.
Why do you need to be trained in human rights?
Åse Karen Westad Fjeld, The UN-students of Oslo (FNSF). If you are interested in human rights youth training, send us an email.
When did you first become interested in human rights?
Working at the Oslo Women’s Shelter and studying women’s law made me realize how all this is connected. Reading about the complaints the CEDAW committee has made about Norway every time we have been evaluated has been an eye opener, and made me interested in women’s rights both in the Norwegian and the global context.
How did you hear about the Human Rights Training for Youth?
I heard about the training from our national UN association FN-sambandet, through the UN-students of Oslo, where I held the position as the information officer. I am still very happy that I decided to apply, and grateful that I got accepted. I had no idea how useful the training would be for me. With the training as an addition to my sociology studies, I now feel I have a tool to work within the field of human rights.
#UN4Youth - April Newsletter Youth Flash
There a number of different opportunities to get involved with the UN and youth. Check out their youth flash here.
Twitter #undpchat - Road to Rio: How Can We Achieve a Sustainable Future We Want?
- Have you ever done a Twitter chat? Helen Clark from UNDP held one this week live from Cambridge University in London on 17 April 2012 on the "Road to Rio - How Can We Achieve a Sustainable Future We Want?"
- @UNYouthVic: @HelenClarkUNDP What are some ways that young people from outside civil society can contribute to #rioplus20? #dev21 #undpchat
- @HelenClarkUNDP: @unyouthvic Help raise awareness through social media. #youth are very engaged on #sustainabledevelopment. #undpchat #rioplus20 #dev21
- @YouthonClimate: @UNICEF @HelenClarkUNDP @undp #undpchat we want to know how young people can be involved in decision making beyond tokenistic consultation??
- @HelenClarkUNDP: @YouthOnClimate @UNICEF #Rioplus20 needs to hear the voices of #youth. Get involved in national consultations & use social media @undpchat
- @Yaznaia: #undpchat Do you think that youth is important for the acomplishment of #2015GOALS ?
- @HelenClarkUNDP: @Yaznaia World has largest ever #youth generation. Their involvement is critical 4 #sustainabledevelopment. #undpchat #dev21
- Check out Storify.com/undp and #undpchat for more tweets on the conversation!