Youth get the opportunity for their voices to be heard
UN taps into young minds for answers
Within days of news announcing 9,929 young Canadians have applied to sit on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Advisory Council, the United Nations (UN) announced the formation of an expert group on ‘youth, peace and security’ with nearly half of the 21 members among the younger population.
“Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries,” said Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, upon announcing the new initiative.
The UN’s new advisory group will implement a study on youth contributions to peace processes and conflict resolution to recommend effective responses.
Meanwhile, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, along with the ChildFund Alliance, consulted nearly 6,000 children in 44 countries to learn what they need to feel safe. To find out more, see p. 4 of the spring/summer issue of ChildVoice, our donor publication.
Generation next: Youth in Christian Children’s Fund of Canada program areas in India and elsewhere are encouraged to use their voice to effect change