Jun 202008
 

Vol. 5, No. 5, May/June 2008

WELCOME to the UN Youth Flash, a service of the United Nations Programme
on Youth to keep you informed about the work of the UN on youth issues. UN
Youth Flash can also be read on-line at:
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/flash.htm.
In this issue:
– Feature: Furthering the youth agenda through International Youth Day
– Highlights from UN Headquarters
– Highlights from UN agencies around the world
– Calendar of Youth Events
– On the Internet

FEATURE: Furthering the youth agenda through International Youth Day

International Youth Day (IYD) is now less than two months away! What are
your IYD plans for 12 August this year? What are Governments, UN agencies,
NGOs, youth organizations and young people doing to use the day to further
the youth agenda? Is this just another day of the year? Can one day make a
difference? Yes IYD can make a difference!

From small grassroots projects to large national commemorations involving
Governments, UN offices and major institutions, every effort can make a
difference. Seminars, workshops, public rallies, street fairs and sports
tournaments have been organized in local communities to draw attention to
prevalent youth issues.

12 August was declared as International Youth Day by the United Nations
General Assembly in 1998. Since then, around the world, 12 August has
been commemorated as International Youth Day. At all levels,
international, regional, national and local levels, people around the
world have been celebrating young people and the importance of their role
in society. The United Nations promotes the importance of this Day around
the world to showcase the difference young people make in the lives of
their communities and also to highlight issues of concern to them. Each
year, special themes have been selected to draw attention to key issues
and to bring the energy and dynamism of young people to the forefront.
Prior themes for the Day have included sustainable development,
unemployment, intergenerational issues and tackling poverty together.

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is „Youth and Climate
Change: Time for Action“. Climate change caused by human activity hampers
poverty eradication efforts and makes the MDGs more difficult to achieve.
Hard-earned progress towards poverty reduction is threatened or reversed
by the negative effects of climate change. Further, climate change poses a
threat to peace and security, and adds to the possibility of rising number
of conflicts and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It is therefore at
the top of the list of major global concerns.

The Day presents a great opportunity to rally support and get key actors,
such as Governments, non-governmental organizations, academic
institutions, businesses, and young people to act on climate change. It
brings young people together to participate in ongoing global discussions
and to take action on an issue that has important implications for their
future and that of the planet.

Last year, an international initiative – the Shoot Nations International
Photography Competition, drew global attention to IYD. This year, the
theme of the competition is „Young people in a changing climate“
(http://www.shootnations.org). The competition will give youth from around
the world the chance to express their views on how the climate is changing
and what they can do about it. Last year’s winning photographs from the
competition were presented and displayed at United Nations Headquarters in
New York and at several other key exhibits around the world. They were
also used in the recent World Youth Report 2007.

This year, the Fourth World Youth Congress will bring 600 of the world’s
most dynamic young activists in the field of sustainable development to
Québec from 120 different countries (http://www.wyc2008.qc.ca). Delegates
will join Canadian youth and use IYD to celebrate young people’s
contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals with the World Youth
Walk through the city of Quebec. The Day’s celebrations will culminate in
an event with statements by representatives of Government, UN system,
non-governmental organizations and young people, followed by an open air
concert.

For information on how previous IYDs were commemorated, please visit
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/iyouthday.htm. Email us (youth@un.org)
your plans so that we can showcase innovative and creative ideas on how
partnering with Governments, organizations and communities on IYD can lead
to change.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM UN HEADQUARTERS

>> Consultations on goals and targets on youth priority areas
An Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Goals and Targets for the World Programme
of Action for Youth: „Youth in Civil Society“ and „Youth and their
Well-being“ was held in New York from 19-21 May 2008. The EGM worked to
develop a set of goals and targets for the World Programme of Action for
Youth (WPAY) priority areas: Environment, Leisure-time activities,
Participation in decision-making, Intergenerational issues, Information
and Communication Technology, Health, HIV/AIDS, Drug abuse, Juvenile
Delinquency, Girls and Young Women, and Armed Conflict. The set goals and
targets, along with those identified at a similar meeting last year on
„Youth in a Global Economy“ (
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/egm_unhq_may07.htm) will help monitor
progress towards the implementation of the WPAY. Participants included
experts in the eleven priority areas, as well as representatives of Member
States, UN system offices, youth and youth organizations. The
recommendations of the meeting will be included in a Report of the
Secretary-General to be presented at the 47th next session of the
Commission for Social Development and at the 64th session of the General
Assembly in 2009. For more information, please see
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/egm_unhq_may08.htm.

>> Growing Together: Youth and the Work of the United Nations
„Growing Together: Youth and the Work of the United Nations“ is a
forthcoming publication that shows how the United Nations system as a
whole, supports youth development with a diverse range of programmes and
activities. The publication is intended as a source of information and
shows how the work of the various parts of the United Nations system on
youth issues covers all 15 priority areas of the World Programme of Action
for Youth. Launch date for the publication is 12 August 2008.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM UN AGENCIES AROUND THE WORLD

>> IPJJ provides technical tools on juvenile justice
The Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice (IPJJ) is a group mandated by
the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to coordinate technical advice
and assistance in juvenile justice in accordance with the Convention on
the Rights of the Child and other relevant international norms and
standards. The Panel is currently composed of thirteen United Nations
bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in juvenile
justice, including OHCHR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNDP and DPKO. To increase the
availability of technical resources on juvenile justice, the Panel
developed a website in English, French and Spanish
www.juvenilejusticepanel.org and a monthly electronic newsletter –
www.juvenilejusticepanel.org/en/newsletter. The latest edition of the
newsletter focuses on a Panel follow-up event to the Committee on the
Rights of the Child’s General Comment No. 10 (2007) on „Children’s Rights
in Juvenile Justice“. The newsletter also provides information on new
tools available on the website, new reports, links and forthcoming events.
For more information on the Panel, please contact: Davinia Ovett,
Secretariat Coordinator (dovett@juvenilejusticepanel.org).

>> UNAIDS – New publication highlights partnerships with the private
sector
AIDS is an enormous challenge that requires the unique strengths and
resources of every sector of society, from Governments to non-governmental
organizations and the private sector. „AIDS is Everybody’s Business:
Partnerships with the Private Sector: A Collection of Case Studies from
UNAIDS“ is a collection of stories highlighting just a few of the ways in
which UNAIDS and its ten co-sponsors work to bring private sector
leadership to the foreground in the global response to HIV. To download a
copy of the publication, please visit
http://data.unaids.org/pub/Report/2007/unaids_private_sector_case_studies_en.pdf

>> UNESCO – A space for the BNP Paribas Youth Cup – 1 to 12 July
From 1 to 12 July, the BNP Paribas Youth Cup will bring around 150 young
men and women together in Paris, France, for a tennis tournament. This
tournament for young players from ages 12 to 14 will be organized in
partnership with UNESCO for the sixth consecutive year. Various
interactive activities will be made available to the young people
participating through the UNESCO Educational Space. The UNESCO space will
allow young players to learn about global issues and discover UNESCO’s
thematic priorities, such as Intercultural Dialogue, World Heritage, Human
Rights, Anti-doping or Sustainable Development. Each young visitor will
receive a UNESCO „passport“ that will guide his/her visit and
participation in the different activities. The Passport will be stamped
with a visa at the end of each step, declaring that the passport holder
has new knowledge on important issues. For more information on UNESCO and
youth issues, please visit http://www.unesco.org/youth.

>> UNESCO – Youth campaign supports World Heritage sites in Indonesia
The Culture Unit of the UNESCO Office in Jakarta, in close collaboration
with the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism, Borobudur Heritage
Conservation Institute, PT. Taman Wisata and Indonesian World Heritage
Youth Network (INDOWYN) recently participated in the youth campaign for
the safeguarding of the Borobudur World Heritage site. INDOWYN initiated
its first youth campaign by collecting over 14,125 handprints on 140
banners in support of the site. The youth campaign was conducted at the
site, as well as in five major cities in Indonesia. It also included the
production and dissemination of an awareness raising brochure entitled
„I’ve been to Borobudur“ printed in English and Indonesian. Major print
and television media covered the press conference that was attended by
Government, UN and other officials. The event also included a religious
ceremony to honour the site. It also served to promote the 1972 World
Heritage Convention and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the
Intangible Cultural Heritage. For more information, please visit
http://www.unesco.or.id or
http://www.unesco.or.id/activities/culture/programme/416.php.

>> UNFPA – Young Men and HIV Prevention: A Toolkit for Action
This toolkit will help address the multiple health and development needs
of young men. It provides conceptual and practical information on how to
design, implement, and evaluate HIV/AIDS prevention activities. The
toolkit was developed by Promundo and the United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) with input by several leading organizations working in the field
of gender, sexuality and HIV prevention. It is designed for programme
planners, health providers, peer educators, advocates and others who work
with and/or for young people on issues related to gender-equity, health
and HIV and AIDS.
http://www.promundo.org.br/materiais%20de%20apoio/Toolkit-ENG.pdf

>> UNHABITAT – e-consulation on Forum on harmonious Urbanization
From June 15 – July 11, 2008 the Partners and Youth Section of UN-HABITAT
will undertake an e-consultation at http://groups.takingitglobal.org/WUYF4
on the theme of the Fourth World Urban Forum (WUF) which will take place
in Nanging, China from 3-7 November 2008. The World Urban Youth Forum
(WUYF) will take place, before the WUF, from the 1-2 November. The aim of
the e-consultation is to gather information for the development of a
background paper for the WUYF. The theme of both forums is Harmonious
Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development. The
process presents an opportunity for young people to articulate their
thoughts and experiences on what is harmonious or inharmonious in their
lives, towns and cities. To find out more and join in the e-consultation,
please visit http://groups.takingitglobal.org/WUYF4.

>> UNHCR – Handbook for the Protection of Women and Girls
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) works to promote gender
equality by using a rights- and community-based approach, by mainstreaming
age, gender and diversity, and through targeted actions to empower women
and girls in civil, political and economic areas. The aim of the
guidelines in this publication is to ensure the protection of the rights
of all women and girls, facing discrimination on account of disability,
ethnicity, class, sexuality or other factors. To download the publication,
please visit
http://www.unhcr.org/protect/PROTECTION/47cfae612.html

>> UNICEF – Report on actions and progress on children and AIDS
In 2005, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) addressed a Call to
Action to all those working to protect children from the consequences of
the HIV/AIDS epidemic urging the international community to Unite for
Children, Unite against AIDS to ensure that the next generation of
children is AIDS-free. The Call to Action set forth goals for 2010 in four
programme areas, known as the ‘Four Ps’ (1) preventing mother-to-child
transmission of HIV, (2) providing pediatric treatment, (3) preventing
infection among adolescents and young people, and (4) protecting and
supporting children affected by HIV and AIDS. A second stocktaking report
since the Call to Action finds important gains in the areas of the ‘Four
Ps’. The report also focuses on three major themes: strengthening
communities and families, strong health, education and social welfare
systems, and the challenge of measurement. To download the complete
report, please visit
http://www.unicef.org/aids/files/ChildrenAIDS_SecondStocktakingReport.pdf.

>> UNICEF Commemorates the Day of the African Child
The Day of the African Child is commemorated on 16 June. „Right to
Participate: Let Children Be Seen and Heard“ was the theme of this year’s
Day. The Day was commemorated in countries across the continent with
events including songs, dances and drama presentations. UNICEF marked the
Day by drawing attention to the importance of the active involvement of
children in schools, community action, media and governance. Every year,
the Day of the African Child reminds adults of the importance to include
children in planning and decision making processes. It also calls for
greater efforts to listen to the voices of children and to protect them
from harm. The Day was also commemorated in Sudan where an estimated 20
million Sudanese are children under the age of 18 and comprise half of the
total population. The commemoration in Sudan included events drawing
attention to the ongoing problem of the recruitment of child soldiers.
UNICEF estimates that there are still some 8,000 children associated with
armed forces and groups across the country, the majority in the
strife-torn Darfur region. The Day of the African Child has been
celebrated on 16 June every year since 1991, when it was first initiated
by the Organization of African Unity, now called the African Union. Find
out more at http://www.unicef.org/media/media_44456.html.

>> UNIDO – Boosting the IT skills of Africa’s young people
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and
Hewlett-Packard (HP) joined forces to help unemployed young people across
Africa build their entrepreneurial and information technology (IT) skills.
The Graduate Entrepreneurship Training Through IT (GET-IT) initiative will
initially be launched in six nations – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South
Africa, Tunisia and Uganda – and eventually be expanded further to span
the African continent. The scheme seeks to train youth and graduates, who
are between the ages of 16 and 25 and do not have jobs, to acquire IT
skills and run their own businesses. GET-IT courses will focus on
teaching practical solutions for businesses in finance, management,
marketing and technology management. By providing IT technology, curricula
and training for entrepreneurs, the project aims to foster jobs and
opportunities for young people in Africa. For more information, please see
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26601&Cr=communication&Cr1=.

>> UNOSDP – Using sports to help achieve the MDGs
The UN Office for Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and FIFA, the
Fédération Internationale de Football Association, have agreed to further
their collaboration to enhance the role of sports in furthering peace and
development. The 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in Durban in South Africa
provides an opportunity to promote FIFA’s initiative „Football for Hope“
which seeks to further the achievement of the MDGs by 2015. In recent
years, football and other sports have played an important role in areas of
health, children’s rights, education and the fight against racism. For
more details, please visit
http://www.unog.ch/80256EDD006B9C2E/(httpNewsByYear_en)/1CA28A53DA6AE432C12574440054640D?OpenDocument
.

>> WHO/CAH – Conference on maternal and child survival
The second conference of the Countdown to 2015: Tracking Progress on
Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival was held in Cape Town, South Africa
from 17-19 April 2008. The Countdown to 2015 tracks progress towards the
achievement of MDGs 4 & 5 by measuring coverage of key interventions for
maternal, newborn and child survival across 68 countries which together
account for 97% of global mortality. The World Health Organization (WHO)
is a key partner in the Countdown initiative. Nearly 400 delegates from 61
of the 68 Countdown countries attended the conference that was held in
conjunction with the 182nd Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The
2008 Countdown report emphasized that progress has been made in some
countries, but more can and must be done. Delegates at the conference
issued a statement which reaffirmed their commitment to promoting
concerted and coordinated action to ensure that the lives of millions more
mothers, newborns and children are saved by the year 2015. Emphasis was
made on „how first-time adolescent mothers – particularly poor,
marginalized, disadvantaged girls – bear the highest risks of maternal
morbidity and mortality, and that special attention needs to be given to
meeting the needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups, including the
poor, rural populations and adolescent girls“. For further information,
please see http://www.countdown2015mnch.org.

>> WHO/CAH – Five years of distance education on adolescent health in the
Americas
The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) of the World Health
Organization (WHO) hosted a meeting in Washington DC from 16-18 April 2008
to review the first five years of implementation of distance education
courses on adolescent health and development. The courses were used to
build capacity in Central American countries and supported around 70
programme managers and clinicians to take the 300 hour Diploma course
organized by the University of Chile. Given the low enrolment fees of
US$500 for the Diploma, the training of professionals through distance
education has proven extremely cost-effective compared to traditional
capacity-building that incur other costs, such as travel. Valuable lessons
on reaching people in remote areas with low connectivity, mixing online
and hardcopy materials, the effect of selection and scholarships on
drop-out rates will enable other regions to establish a quality distance
education programme. For more information on WHO’s work in the area of
adolescent health and development, please see
http://ww.who.int/child_adolescent_health/topics/prevention_care/adolescent
.

CALENDAR OF YOUTH EVENTS

>> 27-29 June: International Youth Dialogue in Malaysia
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in collaboration with the Malaysian
Youth Council, Melaka State Government and the Ministry of Youth and
Sports (Malaysia), the Asian Youth Council and the Committee for ASEAN
Youth Cooperation, will organize the International Youth Dialogue in
Malaka, Malayasia. The theme selected for this year’s Dialogue is „Towards
a Drug-Free Generation“. This theme has been selected in realization of
the need to educate and increase awareness to prevent or reduce the rates
of drug abuse among youth. Participants are invited from National Youth
Councils. For more information, please visit
http://www.way.org.my/index1.html.

>> 2-9 July: J8 – Junior Summit
The Junior 8 Summit, or „J8“, is a parallel young people’s event to the
annual Group of 8
(G8) Summit, where leaders from eight major industrialized democracies
(Canada, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States)
meet to discuss key global issues. Young people also discuss global
issues and share their solutions with G8 leaders and the world community.
Find out more at http://www.j8summit.com.

>> 5-8 July: Training Workshop on Disaster Risk & Environmental Management
The World Youth Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and
Sports Malaysia and the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s
Department Malaysia will be hosting an interactive International Training
Workshop on Disaster Risk & Environmental Management in Melaka, Malaysia.
For more information, please see http://www.wyf.org.my.

>> 15-21 July: European International Model United Nations
The general theme of this year’s conference that will take place in The
Hague, is „Striving for Sustainable Globalization“. Over 220 students from
all over the world will participate in one of six councils, debate on key
topics and tackle global issues. For more information, please see
http://www.teimun.org.

>> 15-22 July: Asia-Europe International Youth Forum
The 19th International Youth Forum 2008: Youth Challenges in the ASEM
Context will take place from the 15-22 July, in Seoul and Goesan, Republic
of Korea. The project is co-organised by the National Council of Youth
Organizations in Korea, the Korean Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family
Affairs and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). The project will bring
together 130 representatives from youth organizations in the regions’
countries. For more information, please Email: bogdan.imre@asef.org or
visit http://www.asef.org.

>> 16-19 July: Conference on Global Action: Taking Community Service
Abroad
An annual conference held each year in July, this training conference
provides participants with tools to create community service projects in
conjunction with the Sister City Programme. In the programme, students
learn to fund-raise and design their projects in a way that allows other
youth delegates and their sister city friends to decide together what each
city needs. Students will gather new ideas to improve tolerance and
understanding in their communities and also be encouraged to implement
some part of their project on Youth Service Day in April 2009. For more
information or to register, please visit
http://www.sister-cities.org/conference.

>> 17-19 July: Youth Leadership Summit
United Nations Foundation, People Speak, National Forensic League, and
IDEA are organizing the first annual Youth Leadership Summit. The Summit
will feature opportunities for high school students and educators to
participate in skill-building workshops and other activities. Participants
will also learn specific skills that they can bring back to their
classrooms and communities to build effective campaigns about climate
change challenges and solutions. For more information, please see
http://www.thepeoplespeak.org/activities/youth-leadership-summit.html

>> 3-8 August: XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008)
The AIDS 2008 Conference will be held in Mexico City and will be the first
International AIDS Conference ever held in Latin America. For more
information, please visit http://www.aids2008.org. The Global Youth
Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is one of the main coordinators of the Mexico
City YouthForce for AIDS2008. Visit their website to find out more:
http://www.youthaidscoalition.org.

>> 12 August: International Youth Day
For more information, please see above.

>> 10-21 August: 4th World Youth Congress
Regéneration 2008 – Quebec City, the 4th World Youth Congress, designed to
promote and celebrate youth-led development, will bring together 600 young
people from over 120 countries to Quebec City in August 2008. Find out
more and be a part of this worldwide Youth Action Event! For more
information, please see http://www.wyc2008.qc.ca.

>> 19-22 August: 3rd International Young Professionals Summit (IYPS)
The International Young Professionals Foundation will organize the summit
in Manchester, UK. The aim of the Summit is to bring together young
professionals for networking, capacity building and information sharing
around the core theme of how young professionals can help to achieve the
UN Millennium Development Goals. For more information, please see
http://www.iyps.org/iyps08/index.htm.

>> 1-3 September: Social Forum of the Human Rights Council
The Social Forum is a unique space for interactive dialogue between the
United Nations human rights machinery and various stakeholders, including
grass-roots organizations. It underlines the importance of coordinated
efforts at national, regional and international levels for the promotion
of social cohesion based on the principles of social justice, equity and
solidarity. For more information, please see
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/poverty/sforum.htm.

>> 3-5 September: 61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference
For the past 60 years, the DPI/NGO Conference has been held at the UN
Headquarters in New York, welcoming over 2000 participants. The 61st
Annual DPI/NGO Conference will be held in Paris, France, and will
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Find out more about the Conference from the Information Bulletin
at http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/index.asp.

>> 4-5 September: UN Forum on Minority Issues
Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007, a
forum on minority issues has been established that will provide a platform
for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or
ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. The forum will provide
thematic contributions and expertise to the work of the independent expert
on minority issues. It works to identify and analyze best practices,
challenges, opportunities and initiatives for the further implementation
of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or
Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. For more information, please
visit http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/minority/forum.htm.

>> 14-21 September: European-Latin American Youth Forum
The Forum Eurolatinoamericano de Juventud (FEULAT 2008) will be held in
Mollina, Spain. The FEULAT is an event organized by the European Youth
Forum (YFJ) and the Latin American Youth Forum (FLAJ), in cooperation with
the Youth Council of Spain (CJE), and with the support of the Youth
Institute of Spain (INJUVE) and the Ibero-American Youth Organization
(OIJ). For more information, please email info@flaj.org.

>> 15-16 September: Global Youth Enterprise Conference 2008
Designed as a participatory learning event, this conference, organized by
Making Cents International, will be held in Washington, DC. The conference
aims to support youth enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and
policies to achieve greater effectiveness around the world. Participants
include practitioners, funding organizations, the private sector,
academics and youth leaders from around the world who will share best
practices, unique approaches, and groundbreaking ideas that help youth
develop the necessary skills and opportunities to start their own
businesses or seek quality employment. For more information, please visit
www.youthenterpriseconference.org.

>> 24-27 September: YES Azerbaijan 2008
The 4th global Youth Employment Summit will be hosted by the Republic of
Azerbaijan through the Ministry of Youth and Sport in partnership with the
Youth Employment Summit (YES) Campaign Inc. For more information, please
visit http://www.yesweb.org/yes2008/index.htm.

>> 3-7 November: World Urban Youth Forum
The Fourth session of the World Urban Forum will be held in China, Nanjing
from 3-7 November 2008. The World Urban Youth Forum (WUYF) will be held
prior to the main World Urban Forum to be held from 31 October to 2
November 2008. For more information, as well as supporting documentation
and programme of events, contact the WUYF Coordinator, Ms. Mutinta Munyati
at mutinta.munyati@unhabitat.org and visit
http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?typeid=19&catid=535&cid=5581.

>> 19-22 November: 8th IANYS Global Conference on National Youth Service
The conference will be held at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris,
France. Conference registration is now available online at
http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=160766 and is open to
practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and young people working in the
field of national youth service and youth development. Please visit
http://www.icicp.org/ianys for additional information, including a
preliminary conference agenda.

>> 20 February – 1 March 2009: ISFiT 2009
ISFit, the 10th International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, will
be a festival filled with meetings, debates, concerts, ceremonies and a
wide cultural programme. About 450 students from all around the world will
get together to discuss issues around the theme of Peacebuilding. To
support students in the struggle for peace, democracy and human rights,
send in nominations for The Student Peace Prize! For more information,
please visit http://www.isfit.org.

ON THE INTERNET

>> Nicole Kidman leads call for millions to „Say NO to Violence“
One in 3 women and girls is beaten, coerced into sex or abused in her
lifetime. Your signature is needed to help break this silent pandemic.
Please join the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and
people from around the world who „Say NO to violence against women“. Log
on to the internet campaign at http://www.saynotoviolence.org and join
over 200,000 Government officials, NGOs, activists and celebrities such as
Nicole Kidman in signing the campaign and demanding that ending violence
against women be a top priority for Governments everywhere. For more
information go to http://www.unifem.org/campaigns/vaw/toolkit.php or
contact UNIFEM at saynotoviolence@unifem.org.

>> UNICEF- VOY Join in the discussions and be in the know
How good is media coverage of young people? Are the images of young people
realistic and fair? Are they positive or negative? What needs to change?
If you are a young person, talk about what you think in the discussion
forums at VOY. Increased participation in the media by children and young
people brings about increased media literacy. UNICEF Voices of Youth (VOY)
provides thousands of young people from over 180 countries with an
opportunity to self-inform and engage in lively debate, and partner-with
their peers and decision makers-to create a world fit for children. Join
in the discussions at
http://www.unicef.org/voy/explore/media/explore_3024.html.

>> Teachers Without Borders
Teachers Without Borders is devoted to closing the education divide
through teacher professional development and community education in order
to build self-reliance, health, and capacity of „teacher leaders“. Find out more about volunteering to promote the MDGs, please send an email to
raphael@teacherswithoutborders.org or visit
http://www.teacherswithoutborders.org.

>> GlobalVote
TheGlobalVote is an innovative internet-based democratic voting system on
global issues for people all over the world who wish to bring about
positive change. GV is currently looking for parliament members for each
country, board members, and like-minded partner organizations. Become a
member of this growing online initiative. Find out more at
http://www.theglobalvote.org.

>> One World Youth Project
The Project is a unique sister-school program for middle- and high-school
students that link groups in the US/Canada with groups from around the
world. It brings schools together in learning partnerships for the purpose
of community service toward the achievement of the United Nations
Millennium Development Goals. One World Youth Project is entirely run and
operated by a volunteer staff of young people called Project Ambassadors.
The new list of Project Ambassadors has just been announced. For more
information, please see http://www.oneworldyouthproject.org.

>> Nothing but Nets Campaign
Young people are helping other young people to buy bed nets and protect
against malaria in Africa. Giving to charity and saving lives can be
„cool.“ By not spending money on themselves and collecting loose change,
young people are helping to make a difference in the battle against
malaria. Find out more at http://www.nothingbutnets.net.

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