COVID-19 has changed the face of the entire world in the past couple of months. It has gravely affected the lives of thousands and livelihoods of millions of people from all sections of society. But the most affected, by far, are the people from the underprivileged sections. I reflected on the conundrum, whether there is any disease worse than hunger. The situation of the underprivileged section is heart-wrenching. Fueled by the urge that something had to be done to assist daily wage workers who struggle to acquire essential commodities, including food items, in these trying times, I embarked on the journey of raising funds for them.
Launched today at the “Unlock the Future” high-level virtual event at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Global Youth Mobilization and other youth-focused international organisations are proud to launch an exciting new declaration. The ‘Unlock Declaration’ launches a new coalition which will focus on the needs of next and future generations within the international system and highlights the need to prioritize the inputs and perspectives of young people, in order to determine their own futures.
At a time when young people face a series of emergencies they did not cause, how can the world come together to listen to their voices, respond to their demands, and work with them as designers of their futures? In the week that global leaders gather for the opening of the UN General Assembly, this high-level virtual event marks the beginning of the coalition for young people and future generations.
The Global Youth Mobilization and its Big 6 youth development partners welcome the publication of an important report on the future of our planet. Our Common Agenda looks ahead to the next 25 years and represents the Secretary-General’s vision on the future of global cooperation and reinvigorating inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.