CHILDREN TALK WITH UN ABOUT THEIR FUTURE
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Children’s General Assembly is this year being held in the Danish town Billund with 80 young children from 43 different countries and all continents, aswell inkl. former President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, Foreign Minister from Holland and more, aswell as ambassadors.
One year of preparations has been taking place getting unified about important topics like climate change and education in all countries, before talking with the UN General Assembly about their future.
11 year old spokesperson Michele Trapani from Italy says: “We must be listened to because inorder to have a complete drawing, a complete sketch of what the problems are, you must listen to all possible points of view. Otherwise you will never understand it fully.”
Former President of The UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, Denmark agrees, there is a lot to listen to for the older generation.”These are so strong, forceful young people, so knowledgeable about the real challenges of mankind”.
Sessions are being held between children and UN responsible, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors from countries all over the world. “They’re asking to be heard as well” says Australian Ambassador Kerin Ayyalaraju: “They’re looking for concrete mechanisms to be established so that they can be heard by institutions.”
A Manifesto made by The Children´s General Assembly was read to the UN and all: “We live in a time where we, the children of the world, learn that truth is up for debate. Where facts can be alternative. And news can be fake”.
In their manifesto, the young delegates call for global safe space education – free from censorship, misinformation, discrimination, and violence. The manifesto declares that education will help solve many of the world’s issues, including climate change.
“This manifesto is about education, which is a key issue to understand issues”, explains 11 year old Michele Trapani, and adds about climate change, that “it is the most immediate. That will affect us. That is already affecting us. This threatens to erase the ground on which we stand”.
In the debate between Children´s General Assembly in Denmark and United Nations in New York, said Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake to all: “We need innovation, we need creativity, we need new ways of problem solving”.
The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development depends on empowering young people as rights-holders, agents of change and torchbearers. To create the UN Agenda “young people have already been active architects in its development and continue to be engaged in the frameworks and processes that support its implementation, follow-up and review; including youth organizations”, declares the UN Department of Economic and Social affairs, Youth on the website.
An idea catalog developed by the delegates will be forwarded to the UN General Assembly.
“I think what we are doing here is giving them the support and inspiration,” says Mogens Lykketoft, former President of the UN General Assembly – and the children agree!
Africa was represented by several countries including Botswana’s Aumake Aaron 14 and Unalude Isaac on 15, that says: “This event is actually growing me to want to actually be involved in something like this, so that in the future we can change things for the better.”
11 year old Michele Trapani, Italy, quotes Greta Thunberg: “People say they love their children more than anything in this world. But what they’re leaving to them is a ruined world. And you cannot say you love your children, and then you make their future unbearable.”
During the year, the 80 delegates collaborated and spent more than 100 hours in digital workshops in 16 time-zones to address topics such as quality education, civic engagement, and climate change.
The UN General Assembly in New York ends September 27.
Facts about Children’s General Assembly
- 299 children have applied for a seat at Children’s General Assembly.
- 80 children between the ages of 10 and 17 were selected to participate
- Participants spend more than 100 hours participating in the Children’s General Assembly
- There are 50 girls and 30 boys
- Their average age is 14
- They represent 43 countries of resident
- They represent 60 different nationalities
- The children participate from 16 different time zones
- Children from all continents participate – except Antarctica (since Antarctica has no permanent residents)
Who is behind the Children’s General Assembly
The Children’s General Assembly is developed by the Capital of Children Partnership.
- DRONE LEGO House
- PEOPLE GATHERED IN HALL FOR PRESENTATION
- UN´s NEW YORK (archive free by vnr.TV)
- SOUNDBITE MICHELE TRAPANI, ITALY, 11
“So we must be listened to because inorder to have a complete drawing, a complete sketch of what the problems are, you must listen to all possible points of view. Otherwise you will never understand it fully.”
- ON STAGE MOGENS LYKKETOFT, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CHILDREN FROM 3 CONTINENTS ARE INTRODUCED.
- SOUNDBITE MOGENS LYKKETOFT, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
“These are so strong, forceful young people, so knowledgeable about the real challenges of mankind, that there is a lot to listen to for the older generation.”
- GROUP TALK AND 14 YEAR OLD LYISH CAMIRE SEEN READING A QUESTION:
Lyish Camire, US, 14 read:
“What do you think democracy would look like if we include children’s perspective”
- SOUNDBITE LYISH CAMIRE, US, 14,
“Your point of view and our point of view can both merge together to create great ideas that can be super helpful for everyone.”
- GROUP TALK WITH YOUNG AND OLD PEOPLE INCLUDING MOGENS LYKKETOFT AND AMBASSADORS.
Young from India is heard saying:
“How can we work together as ambassadors and children outside The Children’s General Assembly”
A older person is heard saying:
“Well you suddenly need some kind of platform that we can communicate together on”.
- SOUNDBITE KERIN AYYALARAJU, AMBASSADOR AUSTRALIA:
“They’re asking to be heard as well. They’re looking for concrete mechanisms to be established so that they can be heard by institutions.”
- COUNTDOWN CLOCK
- PEOPLE CLAPPING
- MANIFESTO READ BT GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE BEHIND:
ROBERTO VIEIRA, FRANCE, 17:
“We live in a time where we, the children of the world, learn that truth is up for debate. Where facts can be alternative. And news can be fake”.
- SOUNDBITE ITALIAN BOYS MICHELE TRAPANI, ITALY, 11
“This manifesto is about education, which is a key issue, I think. But there’s one another one which I deem most important, which is climate change, because I think this is the issue, which is most difficult. The most difficult, yes. Most difficult to solve. Most immediate. That will affect us. That is already affecting us, you might say yes other generations also. This threatens to erase the ground on which we stand.”
- PEOPLE CLAPPING AT PRESENTATION
- SOUNDBITE MS. JAYATHMA WICKRAMANAYAKE, UN’S SECRETARY-GENERAL’S ENVOY
“So we need innovation, we need creativity, we need new ways of problem solving. And this is why I always push for more younger people in politics, more women in politics, because the more diverse our decision making bodies are, the more diverse our solutions will be. the more creative will our solutions be.”
- YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PHOTO. SIGN IN THE BACK “Inspired by young people”.
- TOTAL OF PRESENTATION STAND
- SOUNDBITE MICHELE TRAPANI, ITALY, 11:
“I’ve seen these imperfections in the world and I wanted to create a change. And now actually being able to do that is just amazing.”
- SOUNDBITE MOGENS LYKKETOFT, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONT.:
“And I think what we are doing here is giving them the support and inspiration to use all that challenge and to more forceful presence in every table where decisions are made.”
- SOUNDBITE – Aumake Aaron, Botswana, 14:
“This is a very good experience and I’m happy that I’m actually here because now I’m able to be the voice and be the microphone for these children because their issues need to be heard.”
- SOUNDBITE – Unalude Isaac, Botswana, 15:
“It makes me feel like I’m the leader. Like a representative. Like what I’m saying. It reflects where we come from and who we’re standing for. So this event is actually growing me to want to actually be involved in such manners like this so that in the future we can change things for the better.”
- PEOPLE PLAYING WITH LEGO
- MOGENS LYKKETOFT SEEN SPEAKING TO CHILDREN
- SOUNDBITE MICHELE TRAPANI, ITALY, 11:
“As once, Greta Thunberg said. People say they love their children. They love their grandparents, most of anything in this world. But what they’re leaving to them is a ruined world. And you cannot say you love your children, your grandparents, and then you make their future unbearable.”
- GROUP PLAYING DURING WORKSHOP, STANDING ON CHAIRS
- CHILDREN PLAYING WITH LEGO
- DRONE LEGO HOUSE
MANIFESTO BY CHILDREN GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
Envoy on Youth: Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General”s Envoy on Youth
All children and young people between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply to participate in the summit, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, or disability: https://capitalofchildren.com/assembly/apply/