INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)

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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein

Today’s societies need to create new opportunities for discussion to co-develop solutions to address development challenges. As we have reached 2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are firming up, the United Nations and its partner organisations are actively engaging to shape the involvement of young people in global effort to create the world we desire.

Youth involvement on sustainable development goals is very crucial. Young people are the leaders of today and pivotal players in tackling global development issues and playing a key role in the decision making processes, at all levels of society.

WORLD HEALTH DAY

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The World Health Day 2015 is on the 7th of April. It is celebrated every year, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 1948, the World Health Organisation held the First World Health Assembly which decided to celebrate 7th April every year with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day.

This day is to mark WHO's founding and is seen as a platform by the organisation to draw worldwide attention to all relevant subjects of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organises international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme selected.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

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In every society, sport is a field of ideas and a force for tremendous positive change. Sport, is a tool for training, progress and peace and it supports unity, patience, understanding, and health, both mental and physical, at all levels of society. The power of sport is to enhance life skills of children and youth for a better world and to advance gender equality.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is an annual celebration that highlights and promotes the power of sport as a catalyst for social change in all aspects of the world. It is observed on the 6th of April to promote healthy lifestyles and contributes to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding. It is a day when some of the world’s leading sportspeople work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly those of young people.

YOUTH RUN FOR PEACE AND SUSTANABILITY

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The World Assembly of Youth (WAY), for the past years, tackled youth issues with a guided objective which was governed by our Millennium Plan of Action. In our world today, there are endless possibilities to what an individual or a nation can achieve, as sustainability is a great issue in many areas for development. WAY recognises this fact and themed the Fourth Millennium Plan of Action as “The Role of Youth on Sustainable Development”. This is with the realisation that until sustainable actions are taken, real development would be far from reach.

Besides focusing on ‘Sustainable Development’ in our fourth MPAC, we also emphasises on the youth who play a very key role in our societies. They are the future of the community and the hope of a better tomorrow. There would be no other mind to exert the knowledge and purpose of sustainability except that of the youth. Two of the best ways to achieve sustainability is by getting the youth involved in the solutions and craving for their opinions.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity for women and men, along with the whole United Nations System, to renew their commitment to build a world of justice, equality and dignity, where racial discrimination has no place.

Racial discrimination violates the inherent rights and dignity of women and men. It holds back entire societies from lasting peace, and it sets obstacles before inclusive, sustainable development. Racism impoverishes the world, seeking to divide humanity and undermine the inexhaustible strength that lies in our diversity.