Filipino youth groups are invited to get involved in the 8th ECOSOC Youth Forum—the largest annual gathering of young people at the United Nations—which will take place from 8 to 9 April 2019 at UN Headquarters in New York.
The Forum serves as a platform for youth leaders, government officials and civil society representatives to address the challenges that today’s generation of young people is facing.
Locally, there are three ways in which youth groups could participate, as follows:
1. Identifying Local Influencers – (Deadline: 25 March)
- Suggest any relevant local influencers with good social media reach who could join the conversation online, by promoting the Forum and issues affecting young people.
- The DGC will produce an Instagram story with several influencers and would also like to include your local influencer.
- The DGC would be happy to discuss and provide more suggestions on the influencers’ engagement, including proposed social media messages, as we move forward.
2. Photo/text on inspiring young people – (Deadline: 29 March)
- The DGC is looking for ways to profile a series of inspiring young people on social media in the run up to the Forum.
- If you have in mind a young person involved in an SDG-related project, please share with us a good photo and a compelling paragraph (200 words max) on their work.
- Ideally, the photo would be of them at work with the community paired with an inspiring short narrative with the paragraph you can provide.
3. Joining the conversation – (Deadline for confirmation: 29 March)
- Tune in and join the conversation online. We will provide the link to the live forum.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March, on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. This year, the theme of the International Day is “Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.” It is observed that racist extremist movements based on ideologies that seek to promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent. In its recent resolution on eliminating racism (A/RES/73/262), the General Assembly reiterated that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies. The resolution also emphasized that any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous and must be rejected, together with theories that attempt to determine the existence of separate human races.
2019 Theme: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies
Learn more about this Day:
For more information, see: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday
Why we need to celebrate World Humanitarian Day
On World Humanitarian Day, we call for a more humane world and seek to inspire action from people all over the world to bring this about.
In today’s volatile world, more than 100 million people in countries across the world need urgent life-saving humanitarian aid as they face the impact of natural disasters, conflict, displacement, hunger or disease.
We recognize that each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others; and each one of us has the power to inspire our fellow human beings to take action to create a more humane world.
World Humanitarian Day “ShareHumanity” campaign toolkit
To mark the seventh World Humanitarian Day the United Nations and its partners are launching #ShareHumanity a global campaign to use the power of the newsfeed to amplify the real stories behind today’s humanitarian crises. In the lead up to the 19th August social media feeds will tell humanitarian stories of survival, resilience and hope. Inspiring the world to take action and donate their own feeds for the cause.
Be Part of World Humanitarian Day 2015
Starting August 12th share an inspiring humanitarian story via your social media networks and help us reach millions.
Here’s what you can do:
- Donate your feed: Choose a story you’d like to share with your networks and donate your social feed for 12hrs for World Humanitarian Day. Tell your fans and followers they can join #ShareHumanity too by donating their social feed.
- Create your own video: In addition to donating your feed, create a video asking your followers to join the #ShareHumanity campaign. Get as creative as you like and don’t be afraid to nominate others!
- Support #ShareHumanity: Can’t donate your feed? Don’t worry — we’d still love your support by way of a shout out to your networks to support the day. Share the video and hashtag encouraging people to visit www.worldhumanitarianday.org and donate their feeds. We will provide you with a range of tweets, Facebook status updates and Instagram pics you can use to help tell your networks about the importance of sharing these inspiring stories. Together let’s inspire the world’s humanity.
Want to join this campaign? Download the WHD2015 #ShareHumanity Campaign Toolkit below.
Watch this cool video to celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2015