YEMENI YOUTH: VOICING OUT THEIR HOPES FOR THEIR COUNTRY

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Together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness of our activities and save lives around the world. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be underestimated

-Jeremy Gilley

An end to the war in Yemen is the dream of every Yemeni youth and everyone else. All they want is to live a peaceful life and to be educated. Such simple dream and yet is out of reach. The question now is whether we can help them turn their dream into a reality?

In recent months, Yemen has descended into conflicts between several different groups, cornering the country "to the edge of civil war", according to the UN's special adviser. In fact one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world is currently unfolding in Yemen, since March 2015, thousands of civilians have been killed by conflict, eighty percent of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance and two thirds of the population do not have access to clean water and sanitation.

Inclusion of all Yemeni youth voices must be a fundamental feature of all stages of the transition process in Yemen, not just an end goal. This is a key recommendation emerging from safer world discussions with Yemeni youth to capture their views on long-term peace building in the country.

Yemeni activists’ young people inclusive, are keen to increase youth participation in the current circumstances and are working on ways to improve youth awareness and skill levels in their country. Support from both Yemeni and international policy-makers is seen as an essential to these ambitions, especially through directing international funding to a wider number of local NGOs and CSOs and more training programmes to give young people the right tools to engage themselves effectively.

According to UNICEF, more than 3600 schools have been forced to close. Many students have fled with their families to safer areas of the country without completing the end of their term exams. At least 248 schools have been directly damaged and 270 others are hosting Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

Yemenis are dying from deprivation, lack of medical care, clean water, or even proper sources of food. Furthermore, many children have lost their parents and relatives due to the ongoing war in Yemen. They are in urgent need to psychological, social and medical care. Many lost their relatives who were supporting them financially, forcing the children to enter labour force instead of studying. Moreover, many of the children and youth are physically affected, losing limbs and be permanently disabled.

Nearly fifty-four percent of all Yemenis, who number about 25 million, remain below the poverty line. Unemployment rates have risen to forty percent in general, and stand at over 60% amongst the youth. During 2013, the economic and security decline continued in Yemen, and suffering grew with attacks on oil and gas transport pipelines, electricity lines and internet and telephone cables.

The Youth in Yemen have used their newfound sense of dignity to create change that previous generations only dreamed about. Hence the so-called current situation progresses, the youth voice often get buried under individual interests and posturing action. Recognising this crisis, Yemeni youth that are residing in Malaysia and around the world desire a peaceful future of the nation by ceasing the war that is currently taking place.

In order to avoid these scenarios from taking deeper roots and to prevent the imminent devastation of Yemeni society, the international community should accelerate efforts to bring the conflicts to the negotiating table. This could be done through peaceful dialogues, where both parties can be heard, understood and come up with a solution together.

With so much apprehension on the current situation in Yemen, WAY firmly believes that taking every action necessary to increase youth connectivity and securing their right to peaceful and inclusive society is the key to achieving a sustainable development and stimulate social and economic benefits for the millions of young people in Yemen. We urge young people globally to voice out their pressing issues that affect their wellbeing and stand together in defending peace and justice.

Lets us all stand and extend our helping hands to the youth of Yemen to fight the current issues happening in their country.

Together we stand, divided we fall.

WAY 66TH ANNIVERSARY

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Today, 24th August 2015, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), celebrate the 66th year anniversary of our founding as well as appreciation of the 66 years of determined journey and dedication in serving youth worldwide.

History has it, founded in 1949, WAY has been well known as international coordinating body of national youth councils and youth organisations, working devotedly for the promotion of young people and youth organisations in different programme areas such as youth employment, environment, human rights, democracy, population, health, drugs, community development and leadership training. WAY has a general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and work together with several agencies of United Nations including UNEP, UNICEF and UNAIDS.

More than six decades of its existence, WAY currently has 140 members from all continents of the world. Having such large network, it is now even more promising for WAY to realise its aim of unlocking youth potential and tackling youth issues with cooperation and support from all of its vigorous members.

In line with that, we have highlighted several relevant aims in assisting the collection of information on the needs and problems of youth from all around the world; promoting the interchange of ideas amongst them; supporting in the development of youth activities; and encouraging full and inclusive participation of young people in their countries’ developmental process. Sixty-six years in continuously carrying out such purposes, we, at WAY, promise to always bestow our fullest efforts for the betterment of young people worldwide.

As our way forward approach, we have been coming out with strategies which are and shall be implemented to be in line with our fourth Millennium Plan of Actions that were specially designed to provide constructive progression towards sustainable development of young people and the societies.

As we celebrate our sixty-six birthday, we wish for the endless support from our members, volunteers, stakeholders, young people and the global community at large. Let us work together, joining our hands, side-by-side, in providing young people with the opportunities and platforms which not only fully develop their potential but also flourish their characters and inspirations.

E-consultation with Children and Youth has started! - Zero Draft Open Declaration on SDGs

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Dear colleagues,

Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) headquarters!

IT IS OUT! - Zero Draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been released publicly. We invite children and young people to comment on the Declaration to help make it inspiring to you and your peers! What if you were the lead writer of it - what would it say?

We need your views and ideas to make the SDGs Declaration better, understandable, child-friendly and inspiring! At the United Nations, governments have consulted with people all over the world to come up with a set of 17 goals to achieve over the next 15 years on issues such as improving health, providing children with a good education and fighting the damaging effects of climate change. If these "sustainable development goals" are a success, you and other children and young people across the world will live in a world that is fairer, safer, more prosperous for all people and where our natural environment is healthy and well-protected.

To introduce the goals, government negotiators have worked on a "Declaration." Think of it like an essay that introduces the goals to world and explains why they exist and why they are so important.

A number of UN Ambassadors they have requested for children and young people to proofread the Declaration and provide inputs, recognizing how important it is for children and young people to understand this declaration and the goals. Your inputs will be summarized and presented to the governments towards the end of June. The governments have called for your help - let's together make sure that they know what the most important issues are for children.

Read the SDGs Declaration here <https://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/493811> and participate in this E-consultation from 3 to 17 June, 2015 on https://www.worldwewant2015.org/children

Spread the word - to individuals, organizations, children and youth networks - every child and young person should have an opportunity to be part of this consultation!

We look forward to your ideas, views and suggestions!

Declaration - Zero Draft (PDF)

REPORT - 16TH WAY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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Dear colleagues,

Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) headquarters in Melaka, Malaysia!

We are delighted to inform you that 16th WAY General Assembly “Youth Leadership Succession: Past and Future” was held from 7th - 11th December 2014 at Tirana International Hotel in Tirana, Albania. This Assembly was organised by WAY in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Albania; the Melaka State Government; and Albanian Youth Council.

We are pleased to circulate herewith the Report of 16th WAY General Assembly for your perusal and action. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Albanian Government, local and foreign dignitaries, partners, delegates, observers, and volunteers, all of who made this auspicious event a great success.

Happy reading and for further comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

XVI General Assembly - Report.pdf