It’s Youth Time! Five Young Albanians Awarded on UN Day

It’s Youth Time! Five Young Albanians Awarded on UN Day

TIRANA, October 30

Five young people were awarded special recognition during a commemorative event dedicated to youth on Monday in Tirana held on the occasion of the United Nations Day, a day observed on 24 October.
The five young people who received awards have become role models through their initiative, commitment and actions.
“From an entrepreneur who has successfully established and operates a business, to a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and gender equality, from a person with disability who has turned into a role model for the society, to a Roma who has overcome stigma and a young person working to bring youth voices in the development discourse- all the nominated young people represent a driving force for change,” the United Nations Albania pointed out in a press release.
“The United Nations at the General Assembly in September launch Youth2030, a global strategy to make sure that the world’s 1.8 billion youth are empowered to achieve their potential, engaged in public decision-making, and supported to find and enact solutions to development challenges,” United Nations Resident Coordinator Brian James Williams was quoted as saying.
Further on the UN and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) launched a joint project that will be implemented across the Western Balkans for a period of eighteen months with the financial support of UN Peace Building Fund.
RYCO’s Secretary General Duro Blanusa said that a regional approach to dialogue and reconciliation is now needed more than ever in the Western Balkans.
“Peaceful cooperation between our societies, especially between our youth, is of a key importance if we want to create a better and prosperous region that is part of the EU and the world,” Blanusa highlighted.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda placed youth engagement at heart of discussion and actions. Young people were “the loudest voice” in the My World survey, in which almost 10 million people across the world and around 5000 in Albania alone, made their voices heard during the UN consultations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Their voices are well reflected in the 17 SDGs and 2030 Agenda.

News Source/Photo Credit: UN Albania

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