Plan youth present at UN International Year of Youth Launch
On August 12, Plan is taking part in day and evening activities at the UN headquarters, simultaneously kicking off a month-long display of youth photography and the United Nations' International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.
The daytime-launch activities at the UN headquarters in New York include welcoming words from Secretary General Ban Ki Moon; speeches from Tunisia’s Minister of Youth, Sport and Physical Education and other high-level UN officials; as well as remarks from the Ambassador of Benin.
Youth from Plan’s Youth United for Global Action (YUGA) group and Plan UK’s youth advisory panel will speak about the importance of youth participation, and introduce a selection of winning photos from the annual Shoot Experience youth photography competition.
According to Elizabeth Murphy, Plan’s YUGA Manager, "In our work, we see how motivated youth become when they dialogue with each other about how to solve the world’s toughest problems. These voices are critical to making the world a better place, and we are proud that they are being heard at the United Nations."
The resolution for the Year of "Dialogue and Mutual Understanding" was adopted by the UN with the intention of encouraging governments, civil society organizations, communities, and individuals alike to design activities that celebrate youth participation, promote intercultural dialogue and encourage understanding among young people.
The Year also encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to devote their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the promotion of inter-generational and cultural understanding.
For the photography exhibit, Visual Voices: Youth Perspectives on Global Issues, Plan collaborated with UK-based photography company Shoot Experience and the UN Programme on Youth. 39 photos were chosen from a selection of over 2,500 from 108 countries, representing three themes: climate change, governance and gender.
The photographs will be on view from August 2 to September 10, 2010 in the visitor’s lobby of the United Nations. The exhibit will also feature participatory elements such as a video booth, cut-out photo opportunity to send a personal message to the Secretary General of the UN, and a scavenger hunt activity. View the photographs that were selected for the exhibit.
Plan USA’s YUGA program actively links youth from around the world to promote understanding through personal dialogue, “which is why the Visual Voices exhibit is so meaningful to us and the goals of our organization,” says Audrey Bracey Deegan, Plan’s Interim President/CEO. “YUGA activities inspire young people to take much-needed action in the face of such difficult issues as poverty, HIV/AIDS, climate change, genocide, and child trafficking/exploitation.”
Learn more about Plan USA's YUGA program and the UN International Year of Youth.