Celebrating Human Rights Day: Youth standing up for human rights

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This meeting of the Celebrating Human Rights Day: Youth standing up for human rights was convened to discuss about human rights. The youth representatives gathered to discuss about the human rights.

First, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave remarks about the role of young people in protecting human rights. He said that human rights are the goal of the UN. Then, the whole audiences played a mobile game together through Kahoot and the game tested audiences’ knowledge of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights in general.

Then, a spokesperson said behalf of Feliciana Herrera Ceto who could not attend, that youth have the right to decide the future. Also, Alexus Lawrence, who is an advocate for homelessness, claimed that many people are suffering from gentrification. She said that homelessness touches all parts of life and activism makes adults uncomfortable. These days, youth activists are active than other generation. Not only that, Fatou said wearing suits and seating at the table do not confront the problem. She challenged us to be uncomfortable. She said not only survivors, but everyone should be safe. Alexus said to the government official that they should be listening and understanding, since we are talking about people’s real lives. She encouraged the youth that we know how to make a better place. We should step out of the comfort zone and we can make a better world. More importantly, we should speak up and start now.

Meeting Title: Celebrating Human Rights Day: Youth standing up for human rights

Date/Location: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019; 11:30-13:00; Conference Room 2; United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY


Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General;

Fatou “Toufah” Jallow from The Gambia, activist against sexual violence;

Alexus Lawrence from New York, CUNY (City University New York) freshman engaged in activism for youth and children;

Carl Smith from the indigenous Yupiaq tribe in Alaska, USA;

Feliciana Herrera Ceto from Ixil Region in Guatemala, a youth indigenous leader (unable to attend)

Written by: WIT Representative, Won Ah Oh

High-level Event: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights to Achieve Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

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The UNPD, UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of Argentina, and the Permanent Mission of Austria co-organized such an event on the eve of High-Level Political Forums (HLPF) to set the tones for further discussion on SDG 16 and concerning issues. Ms. Ana Maria Menendez considered the HLPF to be the timing for taking stocks of all efforts reviewing the progress done so far. The forum should also investigate the linkages between SDGs, in particular, goal 5, 10, and 16 concerning the topic of today. On gender equality, society should strive to establish norms and mechanisms to address the problems women and girls face in accessing justice and human rights protection. Goal 10 establishes the principle of non-discrimination in all institutions while goal 16 similarily calls for access to justice for all.

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Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Mali

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The last Security Council meeting in June convened today to discuss the exacerbated situation in Mali and rally support from the member states on the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), set to expire on June 30th, for another 12 months. The chair began with the Secretary-General’s report on the status of Mali and the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in the concerned region, which identified unresolved dangers to peace and proved the cruciality of MINUSMA’s work. By passing resolution 2480 without any objections, the mission was given a modified framework with clearer benchmarks on the definition of success and more specific and centralized work in the most dangerous area of Mali.

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“The Holocaust, Homosexuals and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Today”

The United Nations DPI/NGO Relations organized and led an expert panel to discuss the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that the United Nations honored on January 27th. In particular, this meeting was created to talk about the treatment of homosexuals and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender during this period of time. The Chief of NGO Relations, Mr. Brez stated that we can achieve the United Nation’s goal and mission of leaving no person behind in 2015. 220px-Pink_triangle_up.svgThus, learning from the plights of subcultures within society will help us engender a more positive, accepting outlook on the rest of humankind. The next speaker, Mr. Jensen, talked about the history of the treatment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany: “Carl Vaernet conducted experiments on those convicted of homosexuality at Buchenwald.” He emphasized the idea that understanding history is crucial in understanding the atrocity of the crimes committed against human kind. The next speaker, Mr. Bustamante stressed how learning about the history of the Rights of Discriminated people aligns with the UN’s goal of advocacy and education. He stated, “equality is for all, and no one should be discriminated against.” Mr. Radcliffe spoke of the human right abuses in Nazi Germany and the progress humanity has made to have a more inclusive society, accepting of same-sex relationships as well as other definitions of “family.” However, he qualified those statements by reminding the audience that some countries today are still behind the curve, and there are still people and groups of people that are discriminated against. In closing, Mr. Radcliffe suggested that there remains work to be done to make sure groups are not marginalized, and one important step would be advocating policy and legislative change by working with civil societies, victims, and human rights monitors.

Meeting: The Holocaust, Homosexuals and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Today

Thursday, January 29, 2015; 11:00-12:30; Conference Room 2

Speakers: Jeffrey Brez, Chief of NGO Relations and Advocacy at UN Department of Public Information; Erik Jensen, Associate Professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Charles Radcliffe, Chief of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Rafael de Bustamante, Counselor – Human Rights and Social Affairs – EU Delegation to the UN

Written By: Daniel Cho

Edited By: Modou Cham

Panel Discussion on Migration in the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda

1213-migration-graphic-1Dr. Siegel began by stating that all parties must assume and understand that the ability to migrate is good. Much of the anti-migrant sentiment today, said Dr. Swing, is based on irrational fears, and the international community has to work to create an enabling environment for migration.

Dr. Siegel asserted that integration policies in destination countries are very important, and studies have shown that migrants that are more integrated into the fabric of their destination country are also the most engaged in aiding their country of origin. She further stated the need for a whole-of-government approach to incorporate migration into mainstream national agendas. Dr. Siegel believes that policymakers need to focus less on forced return of migrants and more on temporary return for qualified workers and other initiatives that can feed development. Migration-related development benefits should not be thrown out because of poor policy.

Ms. Porras discussed the importance of remittances, explaining that they allow families in origin countries to save, have more disposable income, and invest in their national economies. There needs to be an alleviation of remittance transaction costs as well as reform regarding the taxation of remittances.

Mr. Faal emphasized the need to focus on creating partnerships to factor migration into sustainable development goals. He thinks policymakers need to address the possibility of transforming remittances into serious macroeconomic factors. Further, he believes that mechanisms should be created for transnational social and commercial investment, allowing migrant communities to invest in development in their origin countries.

Meeting: Panel Discussion on Migration in the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda.
Date: 17 December 2014
Location: Conference Room 8, UN Headquarters, New York
Speakers: H.E. Heiko Thoms, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN; H.E. Juan Carlos Mendoza-García; Mr. Gibril Faal, Senior Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Center, Chairman of the Africa Foundation for Development, Director of GK Partners; Dr. Melissa Siegel, Associate Professor/Senior Researcher at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Head of Migration Studies Training & Research Projects; Ms. Laura Porras Alfaro, Associate of Migration, Remittances and Development, Inter-American Dialogue; Ambassador William Swing, Director-General, International Organization for Migration; Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Ms. Jane Stewart, Special Representative to the UN and Director of the International Labor Organization Office for the UN.
Written by WIT Representative: Philip Bracey