About the Author: Patrick Ventrell serves as Deputy Spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Yesterday, the United States assumed the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of December. As part of our Presidency, Ambassador Rice has spearheaded an exciting new initiative to involve youth -- from all around the world -- in the work of the Council. Young people, representing nearly 50 percent of the world's population, have a major stake in the key decisions on global peace and security made every day at the Security Council. And so we believe it is time for their voices to be heard directly.
So here is their chance. On December 21, the United States will chair a Security Council Event entitled "Your World, Your Future: Voices of a New Generation." The event will bring the 15 members of the Council together to debate three ideas submitted by young people. From now until December 14, we will be accepting answers to this question: "What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation?"
Anyone who is age 21 or younger from anywhere in the world can submit their answers to the question in a one-minute video, or in written form in 250 words or less. Tell the UN Security Council about something you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.
A full description of how to participate can be found at www.usun.state.gov/youth. The three most compelling submissions will become the topics of debate among all UN Security Council members at an event that will be broadcast live directly from the Security Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York. You will be able to watch the event online at www.un.org/webcast.
In the meantime, we hope to hear from you!