INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY

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 I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia. - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo

For many years, climate change seems like a distant problem, but the reality is that it has already been affecting people, animals and environment around the world. Being the only planet where life is possible till today, it is very pivotal to maintain the natural assets of the earth so that the existence of us and other living creatures could endure. In fact, a change needs to be made everywhere collectively.

International Earth Day is celebrated every year as an annual event by over a billion people across the world on 22nd of April in order to increase the awareness among people about the environment safety as well as to demonstrate the environmental protection measures. First time, the world earth day was celebrated in the year 1970 and then continued to be celebrated annually on global basis by almost all countries.

International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009, by the General Assembly under a Resolution which recognizes that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.” The term Mother Earth is used because it “reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit”.

As our population grows, we have to recognize that our consumption of the planet's resources is unsustainable. We need a global transformation of attitude and practice. It is especially urgent to address how we generate the energy that drives our progress. Burning fossil fuels is the principal cause of climate change, which increasingly threatens prosperity and stability in all regions. That is why world leaders have pledged to reach a global legal climate agreement in 2015.

Action on climate change presents multiple opportunities to reset our relationship with Mother Earth and improve human well-being, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. Sustainable energy for all can increase health, wealth and opportunity for billions of people, as can climate-smart agriculture; more efficient cities and better managed and protected forests.

This year's theme, ‘It’s our turn to lead’, appropriately demonstrates the need for us to take matters in our own hands and lead in the efforts to save our dear planet Earth from further environmental deterioration.

We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), are observing the selected theme "it’s our turn to lead". On this year’s Earth Day, we encourage everyone especially the young people to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It is your turn, as young leaders, to lead, so that others can follow by example. Together, let’s redefine what progress looks like; especially for the youth, it is your turn to lead the societies in saving the Mother Earth!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY!

YOUTH RUN FOR PEACE AND SUSTAINABILITY

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THE day marked a remarkable occasion for the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), in collaboration with Melaka State Government, Melaka State Youth Council and several local NGOs as over 300 highly passionate participants gathered for the Youth Run, which took place in River Square Melaka, Malaysia.

The theme of the event, “Youth Run for Peace and Sustainability” was intended to promote peaceful and inclusive society in the minds of young people and other generations; to bring about a unified commitment towards the eradication of dissonance; to create an emancipated atmosphere for armistice declaration, and sustainability and to share time and resources with other peers.

The categories were as follows two (2) categories for the runners: 5 kilometres (Run for Fun), and 3 kilometres (United Run). The venue for start and finish was in Melaka River Square (Dataran Sungai Melaka).

The Secretary General of the World Assembly of Youth, Ms. Ediola Pashollari, during her welcoming remarks introduced the theme of the event, ‘Youth Run for Peace and Sustainability. She welcomed the participants to the event and thanked all the sponsors and everyone who contributed their time and made themselves available for the event.

It was an honour to have the remarks by Hon. Datuk Norpipah Binti Abdol, Deputy State EXCO for Youth Development and Heritage, Melaka shared on the importance of youth and the reason why the event was good for young people and people in Melaka. She went on to talk about the event as a tool to promote peaceful and general society in the minds of young people.

The day began with the collection of race kits, warm up exercise, 5km flag off time, 3km flag off time, exhibition, collection of certificates and the welcome addresses by Ms Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General of WAY. This was followed by the remarks from the Hon. Datuk Norpipah Binti Abdol, Deputy State EXCO for youth Development and Heritage, who also officiated the opening ceremony representing the Rt. Hon. Datuk Seri. Idris Bin Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka cum President of WAY.

It was then concluded with the presentation of the the 1st lucky draw, 5km awards, 3km awards, 2nd lucky draw and the VIPs Gifts Presentation. Photos were also taken with all the participants, VIPs, partners, sponsors, volunteers, and WAY staff. After that, the day was continued with lunch and then the closing of the event. It was indeed a day to remember.

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.