I declare health as my human right!

EleanorRooseveltHumanRightsThe Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by United Nati
ons on 10th of December 1948. This document was a resolution, which according to UN law had more of advisory character, rather than mandatory. In a modern world a declaration became a part of international law. From the very creation of Declaration a lot of things have changed in world. Articles meanwhile became legal standards that were a foundation of national legislation of many countries. They as well became basis for international agreements. Universal Declaration of Human Rights has influenced a lot of countries and their legal systems.
Today I would like to underline 25th article of Declaration that states:

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”

I think it will be an adequate to ask ourselves, no matter where you are from, do I have this right fulfilled? Is government supporting my basic human rights? Having a good healthcare, for example like in France or Switzerland should not be a privilege, it is necessity for maintaining our lives.

health_economicsTo show you a bit of global perspective:

  • 303 000 women died of maternal causes only in 2015
  • 1 in 7 children in 2015 were estimated to be underweight in less developed regions.
  • 9 million children under age five died in 2015, nearly 16 000 every day
  • 7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2015
  • 23% of all estimated global deaths are linked to the environment
  • 9% of the gross domestic product was spent on health in 2015

This is just some bite of reality, and trust me, there is much more to be changed and developed.

Good health is essential to sustained economic and social development and poverty reduction. Access to needed health services is crucial for maintaining and improving health. At the same time, people need to be protected from being pushed into poverty because of the cost of health care.

Universal health coverage is defined as ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.

health_servicesHealth services are the most visible functions of any health system, both to users and the general public. Service provision refers to the way inputs such as money, staff, equipment and drugs are combined to allow the delivery of health interventions.

Improving access, coverage and quality of services depends on these key resources being available; on the ways services are organized and managed, and on incentives influencing providers and users.




Re-thinking education and skills at the World Bank Youth Summit

During the 4th version of the World Bank Youth Summit, Ana Saldarriaga former president of AIESEC International delivered the workshop “Skills in the New Economy”.

The activity explained the importance of developing leadership skills to catch up with the world trends and how internships can help.

The event was held at Preston Auditorium, Washington D.C. In case you missed a live-stream version, we invite you to watch the complete presentation here.

Ana presented the six drivers of change in the next year, we want to share with you some key messages:

  • Skills are important in order to become young global leaders future needs.
  • Start converting your dreams into real ideas.
  • Ideas happen only by sharing your opinion.
  • We need to make the skills transferable, not only from people to people but from places to places.

This week: Orange the World.

Today marks the international day for the elimination of violence against women. How sad, that we have a special date set to mark a fact that atrocities against women and girls still happen, frequently.

More than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting in 30 countries.

To have girls grow up in a world where their safety in all its forms is not guaranteed, is terrifying.

“The statistics almost defy belief. What is even harder to understand is why: why men prey on women and girls; why societies shame the victims, why governments fail to punish deadly crimes, why the world denies itself the fruits of women’s full participation,” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

a-a-orangeEfforts have not ceased to combat such violence and claim women’s rights as they are; human rights. United Nations Women have released a global ’16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign starting today to the 10th of December in an attempt to Orange the World to raise money to end violence against women and girls.

They’ve called for individuals to share pictures, videos, and messages under the #16Days and #orangetheworld hashtags and in turn released an official document of Call to Action.

The protection of women and girls is a responsibility and an obligation for everyone to secure a safer and more peaceful world. Committing to Sustainable Development Goal #5, Gender Equality, isn’t just grabbing a sign and taking a picture. It’s a commitment that demands a big fight. This orange, pink, purple revolution goes beyond painting our social media walls, its a about surviving the daily battles where women and girls are beaten, trafficked, harassed, violated, and killed.

If sympathy and the will to protect only comes by putting the label of a mother, daughter, sister, or friend, then we’re not really protecting. Because all women and girls deserve the right to be treated with basic human dignity.

AIESEC and UNIDO partner for inclusive and sustainable development

Today, during Youth4GlobalGoals Summit at the United Nations HQ in Vienna, young leaders from AIESEC in Europe have participated in the signing of the joint declaration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to ensure a bright future for the inclusive and sustainable development. 

AIESEC, being an organization which develops leadership and mobilizes youth to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, is uniting its power with UNIDO to promote youth entrepreneurship and engagement. The event took place during the 50th Anniversary of UNIDO.

During the day, both parties had the opportunity to learn about each other’s past, discuss the present and together create the future by declaring the intention to collaborate on:

• the promotion of the critical role of youth as leaders for sustainable social and economic development;

• the creation and the implementation of projects targeted at youth development in areas such as youth employment and entrepreneurship; 

• the improvement of the youth engagement in the social and economic development.

The declaration was signed by Mr. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and Niels Caszo, Global President of AIESEC.

At the end of the event, Niels Caszo shared his thoughts about this collaboration with the audience: ‘The partnership prospect of AIESEC and the UNIDO gives me hope that young people will be an integral part of the industry and infrastructure that will be built in the next 15 years.’

To learn more about what AIESEC does for the Sustainable Development Goals, visit youth4globalgoals.org

About UNIDO:

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

A year of Youth Achievements

Every year in AIESEC, we review the projects and initiatives implemented, as well as the results of our work developing the leadership potential of young people. 

We are proud to present our Annual Report 2015-2016 highlighting great results of the collaboration of the AIESEC network located all around the world and our partner organizations that enable AIESEC to the largest youth-led organization and the umbrella that brings together youth, governments and the private sector.

Report Highlights:

  • AIESEC Declaration on the SDGs. We presented the final document aiming to mobilize AIESEC network to enhance SDG achievement in December 2015 in the UN Headquarters. In the last 5 years, 102.501 young people volunteered abroad to tackle social issues and now AIESEC is transforming its projects to contribute to the SDGs.

  • Youth for Global Goals (Youth4GG) Initiative. We have engaged more than 250 million people with the different campaigns.  The part of the initiative is the YouthSpeak Survey, which gathered 160.292 answers from young people in more than 120 countries.

  • 4 people went abroad per hour. We mobilized 30.766 people through our Global Volunteer program and 4466 through Global Talent. This equals 4.6 million volunteer hours and impact on 709 companies and 461 start-up.

To learn more about our impact, read the full Annual Report here.

The future of banking in eyes of Millennials

On 28th October at 44th Efma Congress, AIESEC presented the youth insights about the world, technology, and banking in 2030. 

The President of AIESEC International, through the results of the YouthSpeak Survey- a global survey powered by AIESEC collecting the youth voices – shared with the audience what drives youth the most, their working preferences and the role of technology in that. 35% of the correspondents found themselves connected with the phrase “I live on my smartphone and I find it convenient”. 

According to this statement, the role of banking needs to be shifted from the procedural and bureaucratical manner to convenience and the connection with the customer. Youth envisions banking services to be integrated into their personal devices and being easily manageable from everywhere. As for the values which Millennials would like to see in their banks, those are transparency, integrity, sustainability and social responsibility. 

In order to attract youth, banks need to hold and demonstrate a strong value-based system, provide them with financial literacy and foster partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals and community needs. 

Read the whole report of the YouthSpeak Survey, containing opinions of 160,000 young people about the world in 2030 and voice your opinion here.

This week in ‘Reduced Inequalities': A beacon of Tolerance.

There is a minister for Tolerance in the United Arab Emirate. There is also a minister for happiness, and one for youth.

Interesting, right? And it makes you wonder why.

Well, according to UAE’s prime minister, there’s a message to spread; that governments must empower not hold power, that their role is to create an environment in which people can achieve their dreams and ambitions. Sounds relevant and needed in light of what happening a continent away with racism and intolerance of others have increased.

This past Wednesday marked the International Day for Tolerance, UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance took this as an opportunity to announce a National Programme initiative for Tolerance that tackles issues of strengthening the government’s role in incubating tolerance, consolidating the role of family in the nation, promoting tolerance and preventing extremism, investing in cultural and scientific content for tolerance and contributing to the matter on an international level.

The targets of sustainable development goal #10, reduced inequalities, mention the promotion and empowerment of political and economic inclusion of everyone in the world, regardless of age, disability, race, sex, religion, economic, ethnicity, or origin or any other status.


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On that note, hundreds of UAE residence of diverse backgrounds, religions, and nationalities participated in the nation’s first Tolerance March parade in celebration of the International Day of Tolerance and held white flags in representation.

The country’s Prime Minister speaks for the people of his nation when he says that they believe that they have learned from hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees that sectarian, ideological, cultural and religious bigotry only fuel the fires of rage. 

Last year we talked about solidarity and diversity amongst nations, and the stance remains that today, we suffer from a disconnect between continents, between nations, within countries, within communities. One of AIESEC’s core values is the value of Living Diversity, we believe that everyone has something valuable to offer. The UAE is one example, what’s yours?


Harmony in difference, a short letter.



respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.   – UNESCO’s Declaration of Principles on Tolerance


Dearest human family,


I sat for hours trying to simplify arguments to explain to you why tolerance is important, and I realized that if I have to convince you to own values of respect, acceptance and mutual integrity, then something must have gone wrong along this journey of life.

But it does not surprise me, that racism, bigotry, and intolerance are still a common norm for various societies across the globe. And this only spurs one assumption; ignorance and fear of the other.

The question is, how can you fear your own human brother, to the extent of discrimination?

Academics in the United Arab Emirates are saying that with the rise of globalization, tolerance had become a key to growth; we are intermingling more and more together. If we’re going to keep doing that, we’re going to have to accept each other.

And tolerance isn’t limited to just accepting the other. But also reducing inequalities that have taken plague amongst different people and countries.

The children on this earth come in all shapes and colors, they come loud and quiet, they come in belief and disbelief, they come so diverse it’s almost impossible to keep up, but they come in harmony.

There is a harmony in their difference, and for us to be able to accept each other’s essence and tune into this harmony without disruption, we ought to foster mutual understanding amongst our different cultures and people.

In order for us to embrace harmony in difference, we ought to make a very important choice; a choice to be human. So today, I choose to be human.

Harmonically yours,




Global Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities isn’t just a goal for sustainable development, it’s a commitment to our core human identity. As Cesar Chavez says,  “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”


On this day, we choose to be human and so should you.

Take a picture of you holding a sign with the hashtag #IChooseToBeHuman and share it on social media for a better world living harmony in difference, and striving for peace.

On the International Day of Tolerance









For a louder youth movement.

Speak up louder.

Make sure every single statesman and government representative has heard you. Make sure the sweat that has trickled on your forehead as you work long hours, the bags that formed under your eyes up late at night studying for your expensive degree, or the stress of searching and re-searching for innovative ways to tackle social issues in your community are worth it. Make sure that the time and effort spent arguing to have options for your own future count.

We are the largest youth generation in history, a generation powered by purpose. The power we have as one is indestructible because we are a generation that knows what they want, and how to achieve it. But there’s one small problem, easily projected in the youth voter-turnover in this year’s U.S. Presidential elections. Youth continue to hold the lowest percentage of voter-turnover in the United States, despite being the most educated generation in American history, and the most diverse demographic. We are a generation that isn’t moved by money but by a connection to what matters.

youthImageSome of the voters believe that might have found an alternative to the systematic structure of political rule in their nation, others followed a faith they had for a candidate or another. Regardless of the result, the revolutionary road towards freedom and peace might have just gotten bumpier, but the journey is not over. Because whether we like it or not, we can make a difference.

68% of over 160,000 young individuals (and counting), who filled the YouthSpeak Survey powered by AIESEC since last year, believe that the world is going to be better by 2030, with their biggest fear haunted by the lack of humanity, wars, corruption, global warming, and lack of resources.

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Despite a majority believing that influence is strongest when exercised by the government, 21% according to the YouthSpeak survey, believe that youth-led organizations have a dominant potential as well. You can’t just hope to will change, you must act to soar.

Imagine this, more than 1.8 billion young millennials are loud enough to break through the walls of bigotry and hatred. We bath in the shimmer of diversity, we are proactive and innovative to find solutions to support sustainable development, our eyes are drenched with the kohl of a resilient ambition for a better future. We understand what it’s like to feel stripped of choice because we don’t have enough experience, are not qualified, what do we know; equating our youth with naivety.  

Dr. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank said it best:

“…it is a pivotal moment in history which requires young women and men to be actively engaged in entrepreneurship, policy making and civil society movements.”

Youth will stop at nothing, and be stopped by nothing.

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We aim to reach 1 million YouthSpeak responses by the end of 2016. Speak up louder, because you can.

Fill the Youthspeak survey today: http://aiesec.org/youthspeak/