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No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions. - Patrick J. Kennedy

Drug abuse poses significant health challenges to the whole world. They are globally prevented due to its serious effects on health, social, economic and security matters. This problem is no longer limited to one type of drug or to a particular country or a specific class of the community.

In 1987 the United Nation (UN) decided to give focus to the phenomenon of drug abuse and drug trafficking and called for a concerted global effort to fight the rise of drugs which has become a global trade. The poignant question we need to ask ourselves as responsible citizens of our countries is: What have we done to raise awareness and report drugs related crimes that happen in our countries?

Today, 26th June 2014, is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day which was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations to raise awareness of the negative impacts of drug abuse and trafficking and as a determination to strengthen action as well as cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society, free of drug abuse. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

World Refugee Day

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In the midst of migrants in search of a better life there are people in need of protection: refugees and asylum-seekers, women and children victims of trafficking. Many move simply to avoid dying of hunger. When leaving is not an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty.  -Antonio Guterres

Imagine being the parent of a sick and hungry child and having to decide between risking your life staying in a conflict or leaving behind everything in search of safety.

For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own events similar to World Refugee Day. One of the most widespread events is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on June 20 in many countries. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to express its solidarity with Africa. The resolution noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly therefore decided that June 20 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards. This day was designated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring attention to the plight of approximately 14 million refugees around the world.

World Refugee Day is an era for us to reflect on the refugees and displaced people around the world who bear these terrible burdens through no fault of their own. It is a day for governments around the world to augment their work to support refugees, to recommit themselves to the resolution of conflicts, and to make greater efforts to prevent them.


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The stars shone in the night sky, The moon was sitting bright and high, The sun shone in the morning sky, The birds were flying, The rubbish sways in the cool breeze, So take your litter home please, We keep the forest neat and clean, So there is no pollution to be seen, The tall grass is spiky and green, When the wind blows it is clearly seen, Upon the mountain the trees sway, The leaves blow way   -Amelia Bester

The celebration of the World Environment Day began in 1972 and has developed to become one of the main platforms through when the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment. Through the World Environment Day, it enables everyone to realize the task to care for the Earth and reminds all individuals about their power to become agents of change. Remember that every action of an individual counts, and when it is multiplied by a global chorus, it becomes exponential in its impact.

The World Environment Day is a big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events such as clean-up campaigns, art exhibits or even tree-planting events on the ground in over 70 countries. It is celebrated on 5th day of June 2014 and marked as a day that braces awareness of the environment and enhances both public attention and action. The agenda for this day includes advocating partnership which will grant all nations and people a safer and more prosperous future environment, promoting an understanding about the pivotal role of communities towards environmental preservation and empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development of environment.


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Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.” Also “Intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. - Robert Alan

Our cultural diversity is a motivation of creativity which invests in the inspiration that can change societies. It is our duty to develop education and intercultural skills in young people to maintain the diversity of our world and to learn to live together in the melange of our languages, cultures and religions, to bring about change.

Cultural diversity is a dynamic force of development, which brings a value to economic growth and also serves as a means of leading a satisfying intellectual and ethical life. It is an asset that is vital for scarcity reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony. The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together as one family with the presence of mutual appreciative.


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And the more broadband we can get globally, the better. It's better for the world... - Eric Schmidt

Broadband, a product of digital growth, is a transformative device that allows fast transfer of information which indirectly supports a sustainable development of a country. For realizing its full potential, it is vital to roll out the high speed networks while making the broadband affordable and available for all layers of societies.

The annual observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated each year on 17th May and marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convection in 1865 which led to the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. The purpose of this observance is to help raising awareness of all potentials that internet and other information and communication technologies could bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

The theme for WTISD-14, "Broadband for Sustainable Development", will mainly focus on multi-stakeholder commitment to achieve universal access to broadband connectivity. They are objectives to be achieved like; identify key gaps in broadband research and development, infrastructure, and packaged development of applications and services; define policy priorities for action in the areas of allocating radio frequency spectrum for broadband, particularly in the extension of broadband access into rural areas, least developed countries and small island developing states.

In line with this year theme, we, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), value broadband and its infrastructure development as two of the important aspects in achieving one nation’s sustainable socio-economic growth. Broadband is also world-widely appreciated due to its role as a delivery vehicle for major matters in societies including health, education, trade and commerce.

Besides, we also call upon young people and youth leaders to promote the adoption of policies and strategies that will assist in the development of access to broadband connectivity towards sustainability of a digital divide. Our focus is to develop priorities on programmes, projects and initiatives particularly those that have a common aim of meeting the goals of sustainable development. We collectively believe that today generation should be the most approachable fraction of societies especially in the case of changes caused by the existence of newly established or innovated technology.

Thus, we reiterate our encouragement towards youth to be involved in all sections of society to create awareness and consensus on the issues underlying this year’s theme of ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development’.

Happy World Telecommunication and Information Society Day!