Dear future generations

Dear future generations,

Let me challenge your imagination. As you know earth is 4.5 billion years old and mankind is around 140000 years old. If we convert the age of earth into 24 hours then human race has lived on it only for 3 seconds.

We call ourselves Homo sapiens meaning wise man, but are we that wise?

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We could drive earth to the edge within 3 seconds of our existence. We are used to the fact that Earth is a perfect place to live in. It has all necessary conditions to exist for billions of years. We have liquid water on surface, not very thin and not very thick layer of atmosphere, proper pressure and temperature.

But why it happens so that we cannot use what we have in a smart way and the Mother Earth is being destroyed by her own children? Is the only reason our will to have a comfortable life?

We should never forget that every action has an equal reaction! Do we really want to have book full of pictures of trees but our kids will never even know what is it? Do we want to be sorry to future generations for burning and cutting the trees that “just” provides us with AIR?  Do we want to destroy the trees for money that has so many leafs printed on it? 

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We should be sorrow that most of us do not care about tomorrow.

For past several years it became really popular to film movies about superman, batman, Iron man and many other. We as human beings are waiting for a knight in shining armours to show up and save us all, but we forget that it is responsibility of each one of us to be the man that will take the action to not to save the world but to recreate it.

We must do something about the pollution otherwise pollution is going to something about us.

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We need to put the power of change back into the hands of the people. If millions of us will support the effort of protecting the Mother Nature we can really do something about climate change and environmental destruction. Only through the collective actions of us all will we have a future full of trees that are full of life, and life full of harmony. Only like this we can actually make it to the 4th second.

Best regards,

Your present self.

AIESEC and the United Nations: Partnerships for Peace.


“National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world.  But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea. Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity.”

–  Secretary-General  of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon


 

For the 71st anniversary of the United Nations, AIESEC celebrates Sustainable Development Goal #17: Partnerships for the goals. AIESEC and the United Nations have a rich relationship of mutual belief and passion towards achieving peace in the world.

AIESEC  firmly believes that young people need to be at the center of the global development process. And so AIESEC and the United Nations have been working together to ensure that the world that we create tomorrow is aligned with the needs of youth today.

 

Here are 5 partnerships with the UN that matter.

        1. Consultative status with ECOSOC

AIESEC has a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This means that we formally represent the  youth within the UN system and thus can attend various meetings and discussions related to our organization’s competence.

        2. UNDP and UNV Common Projects

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AIESEC have common projects with UNDP in Asia Pacific, and UN Volunteers in West and East Africa to advance youth contribution to SDGs. In the latter, AIESEC and the United Nations Volunteer Programme have fostered the development of youth across Africa to develop a youth-friendly framework on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals at National and Regional levels. A workshop was organized early September in Senegal that gave a practical interpretation to the underlying principle of the United Nations’ ‘Leave No One Behind’ SDG Campaign.

Video: UNV and AIESEC harness Africa’s youth potential

  3. UN Industrial Development Organizations

The UN specialized agency that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, together with AIESEC, work on the launching of competitions and the creation of a common Summit for the Presidents of AIESEC in Europe that will be happening during UNIDO’s 50th anniversary in Vienna next month.

        4. Sustainable Development Goals Declaration

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The AIESEC Youth Action Summit was held last December in the UN headquarters in New York where more than 120 AIESEC country directors and volunteers attended to ensure the support of the organization towards the Sustainable Development goals.

Speakers included the UN Deputy-Secretary General Jan Eliasson and Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi who highlighted the central role of young people to the achievement of the SDGs.

AIESEC launched its commitment and contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals, a commitment for young people to make the global goals happen.

The declaration can be found here.


 

“Youth leadership and ownership is critical for the successful delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals…United Nations had long recognized the efforts of AIESEC in promoting peace and development through professional and cultural exchange.”

– Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, during International Congress 2015


 

        5. Memorandum with UN Habitat 

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This month (October), world leaders and representatives of member states gathered in Quito, Ecuador to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a brand new road map to deal with urban issues and a guide to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals particularly in the urban context.
The UN Habitat were one of the founding partners of Youth4GlobalGoals together with the Asian Development Bank and Pvblic Foundation.
As young people are recognized for the first time as stakeholders, a partnership between the UN Habitat (Human Settlements Programme), AIESEC, and YoutHab marks the beginning of youth “Urban Action”, a global campaign to encourage young people all over the world to take actions in their cities to advance the SDGs and support the New Urban Agenda. The UrbanAction campaign was launched with aforementioned partnerships this month.

Here’s to the fervent youth of an ambitious future for peace. 

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Partnership for Zero

As a result of several hours spent in online space I found a very attractive couple of words. Vision Zero. It immediately caught my attention and made me dig deeper into it. As it turned out this is a whole vision that shifts whole focus on developing products and technologies that “Innovate to Zero”, meaning that all the emissions, accidents on roads, fatalities and etc. will be brought to Zero.

This vision is not connected to only one SDG, but it is the thread that goes through all of them.

We can speak about each sustainable goal for a very long time and also we can create as many projects as possible. But there is no chance of achieving any results without uniting the efforts and having partnerships for reaching the results so much needed for a lot of countries. In other words – Partnering for Zero.

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  “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”
There are certain spheres of developing the partnerships among different parties. For example finances, information and communications development, capacity building, trade, data monitoring and accountability. But for a lot of people this goal seems a bit distant and less important. We usually tend to underestimate the power of unity and think that until you are good at what you do, you can do it alone.

Having allies’ means that all the efforts that we put in daily work in achieving 17 SDGs’ are not lost and we are rising awareness together with the engagement.

Since I love researching I decided to go into unlimited space of internet and use the power of Google. The question that I had was: “yes, I know that partnerships are important, but is there a space to allow all those parties come together and find allies?” And again as a result I found a very interesting information about Youth Philanthropy Forum.

As it turns out it “aims to build greater capacity and create a better environment for youth philanthropic organizations to support the implementation of the United Nations sustainable development goals. It will connect youth philanthropy to the United Nations’ SDGs to see how youth are making change towards these big goals. It will create an opportunity for the youth to learn and make connections with international leaders by building strong partnerships between youth philanthropic organizations, the United Nations, governments, civil society, and businesses”

 

 

The main purpose of this post is not only to give you information, but also inspire action to search for different ways and supporters for our goal, because in the end our power lies in uniting the differences and together for a bigger goal.

 

This week in ‘No Poverty’: Reducing poverty in Bangladesh

 The Global Goals website displays a quote by Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary, that states that Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity it’s an act of justice. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was marked earlier this week, bringing forth news and initiatives on the 1st Sustainable Development Goal. Where between the year 2012 and 2013 alone, an approximate of 100 million people moved out of extreme poverty. A remarkable progress noting how poverty intertwines with various other social and economic issues on the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. This week, we talk about Bangladesh.

 


 This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.


 

Week of 17.10.2016

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The president of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, gave a speech in Bangladsh earlier this week on how we can learn from Bangladesh’s journey and progress towards ending poverty. One crucial lesson to learn is that Bangladesh recognized the importance of empowering women to end extreme poverty, and reaching a full economic potential is through the full participation of the people. In addition, the World Bank Group stated its support to help Bangladesh promote investment in the private sector.

 

Bangladesh wore the cape of innovation as key to unlock solutions for poverty in the country. The nation taught one more lesson in reducing poverty, which is having multiple partners; large non-governmental organizations, the World Bank Group, etc…

 

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The World Bank Group had concluded their trip to Bangladesh through pledging to $2 billion to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change. Climate change is a major threat to various issues ranging from being a threat to food security or driving extreme poverty further on.

Bangladesh is only one example of how we can drive the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, stressed on fulfilling the promise of the 2030 Agenda; leaving no one behind.

“We must address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty.”

 

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 The World Bank sees three clear ways to drive this achievement:

  1. Promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth through investment in infrastructure
  2. Invest in human capital
  3. Foster resilience to global shocks; as forced displacement and climate change.

Yet, how can we integrate the role of youth in the eradication of poverty through the aforementioned?

 

Share your thoughts.

What can we do about The Hungry Generation?

One in nine people around the world suffer from chronic undernourishment; hunger. That is around 795 million people including a vast amount of children bringing forth the birth of a hungry generation; the world’s greatest shame.

Hunger is the want or scarcity of food in a country, this causes both the malnutrition and under-nutrition. Such poor nutrition causes nearly 45% of deaths in children under five. That is 3.1 million children each year. What is being done about this?

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As part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Agenda for the year 2030, goal #2: Zero Hunger targets ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainability in agriculture. If you think about, solving the issue of World Hunger should be easy, because there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. So what’s the problem? Well, according to the World Food Program: Knowledge, tools and policies, combined with political will, can solve the problem.

 

In 2014, Latin America’s biggest country was removed from the United Nation’s World Hunger Map. Brazil managed to strategically invest in policies and programs to improve food production and access to health services. There’s a lot to learn from Brazil’s strategies, one in particular is Fome Zero (Zero Hunger), which was introduced by the Brazilian government under President Lula da Silva’s administration in 2003 with the goal to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty in Brazil. And indeed it was successful, despite the criticism on the management of the project, it managed cut stunting (slow development or growth) in Brazilian children in half.  The Zero Hunger Project proposal was a result of the work and research of NGOs, research institutes, grassroots organizations, social movements and more in order to analyze the status of hunger and poverty in the country in order to develop policies.

The aforementioned group found that in order to ensure food security, changes are required in Brazil’s economic development, as factors like unemployment, lack-of-income generating policies, high interest rates and lack of agricultural policies pile into why hunger is increasing in the nation-state. Therefore the Zero Hunger project took action steps as providing food stamps, free meals served in schools, policies towards cheaper food products, supported family farming etc..

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There is enough food in the world to feed and sustain the hungry generation, the question is, how?

It’s not about the challenges that overcome us but rather how we face them. With World Food Day coming up by the end of this week, the questions posed is how can youth contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger? How can youth contribute to the development of similar or much enhanced policies as presented in Fome Zero in Brazil?

 

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Should I?

How do you make sure that when it comes to wildly important things as a representative of human race you contribute to something bigger than yourself?

Of course you make sure that your efforts are contributing to one single goal in our case it can perfectly be eradication of poverty.

Let’s think about some statistics: wealth of richest 1% equals to other 99%. To put it simply we are living in a state that has 1% of people that own the same as rest of the world combined.

Eradication of poverty does not mean that as a human race we have all the wealth simply divided for everyone in the world, but to make sure we create conditions to people that lead to equality in all senses there might be. That only can be achieved by developing every single SDG out of 17. They complement and support each other. Even one cannot exist and be improved by us not cooperating.

PEACE… Perfect condition that can be imagined.

It does not necessarily mean only avoiding a war. Peace can symbolize a world that does not have conflicts that arise from cultural, religious, or other aspects of differences in humanity. It can also symbolize being in harmony with yourself.

Should I?

What can be better than creating an ambition for ENTIRE WORLD that will unite us and convert ideas into actions? Sustainable development goals are created and planned to be achieved. And for that you need to involve in a plan the biggest youth run organization.

As youth…As millennials it is our main responsibility to take control over the wheel and lead the change.

We all think that is hard to start an action, but the only requirement that there exists is to take a first step.

Dare to believe and dare to achieve!