“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great.
You can be that great generation.
Let your greatness blossom.”
He’s right. The choices previous generations made have put us in a very serious situation with extreme poverty, climate change and food shortage. Yes, choices. These things are not a force of nature. It’s a [...]
If you were one of the lead organizers of this massive event, what would you say at the closing?
Well, here are the closing words from Joao Felipe Scarpelini, Project Manager for Peace Child International at the 5th World Youth Congress 2010 in Istanbul, 12 August.
Video by Jonas Eriksson
This beautiful video was one of the products of the dynamic Young Journalists team at the World Youth Congress in Istanbul, made on our journey up the great Bosphorous, the divide between Europe and Asia.
The Istanbul Action Plan is one tangible outcome of the world youth congress 2010. It contains thoughts and suggestions concerning the “Millennium Development Goals” which where set up by the United Nations in the year 2000. In order to mobilize “material and institutional support” for “youth-led development” projects, it highlights several key focus areas of [...]
Our Year, Our Voice
Posted by Jonas Eriksson in Great Generation on August 11, 2011
I have been waiting for a long time and now it’s time for the UN Year of Youth to begin. Under the tagline “Our Year, Our Voice” young people from around the world will speak up for more participation, [...]
by Kartik Das
Trenchcoats and fancy leather shoes are the first things you see as you step into the Hayir Carsisi in the Pendik Municipality. What might otherwise be mistaken for a storage facility for fashion apparel is actually a “Donation Bazaar”, one of 60 such centres that exist in the many provinces [...]
The category of Young Journalists at the 5th World Youth Congress in Istanbul is an active and courageous group of 100+ budding young reporters who are contributing a huge amount to the sustainability of this conference by creating a flow of content that will continue to serve the congress aims long after we have all [...]
The beauty of Chaos
Curro Martino contemplating chaos in front of Ataturk “Father of the Turks” visage ©ndhct
The beauty of chaos
Neologismism is the suggestion to not only use new words (neologisms) but to dive into what they express. After one week of Istanbulism I think that I am allowed to report ohm mani [...]
So many young people think getting involved with the UN is the way to change the world. In this clip by Li-Lian Ahlskog Hou, UN officials give an overview of what it takes to get a job at the UN, and how this engagement could take you a long way as a young changemaker.
How to [...]
Once up on a time there was a young woman sitting in white. -
In her hand she had a beautiful clear round crystal.
She was observing it in deep contemplation;
There was nothing, just her and the beautiful, transparent crystal.
The door was shut. Yes, there was a door.
As her eyes touched its wooden surface
far away memories of [...]
Last night I stumbled upon an informal meeting with many of the African delegates. They were planning for a joint cultural activity and were dancing and singing outside the accommodation.
“It´s time for Africa, and we are going to show it on the cultural evening.”
Africa have for a long time been the ”poor step child” [...]
3000 plastic cups are used every day at the 5th World Youth Congress, only in the restaurant – a shocking number for a summit that is supposed to promote sustainability. Once again it is up to youth to make this congress eco-friendly.
Plastic comes in many forms. There are water bottles everywhere, the cups are made [...]
Representing Youth is working as a support platform for the media initative of Young Journalists at WYC 2010. We have picked this great review and pertinent observations of one of the first workshop sessions, which was published in the official WYC daily newpaper “The Congress Times”. To follow the congress online, please visit virtualwyc.net
Lobbying 101: [...]
Our latest addition to the RE:PRESENT team, Jonas Eriksson, reflects on his fresh experiences at the World Youth Congress…
The only way to survive the 5th World Youth Congress is to create some creative zones. Sanctuaries in the chaos where you can get your head together and rebuild your body and mind. I [...]
Interview with me and Myself
Me: Hey Myself! I just got this new thought while I was typing in the headline.
Do you want to hear it?
Myself: Sure! Go for it!
Me: Well, initially I thought I would come to this event and write about it. You know, the “World Youth Congress”.
But now I’m realizing that it is actually the other way round…
Today begins the 5th World Youth Congress in Istanbul, a 2-week exploration of international youth-led development, a culmination of young change-makers from around the world. 1300 delegates from 140 countries (selected by application in the following categories: activists, entrepreneurs, educators, artists & journalists), as well as 350 UN staff & representatives of state, including heads of state from various regions, are coming together to engage in process change on a new level. Turkish government has stepped forward to get inolved in a significant way, to support youth leadership on critical global issues.