UN Security Council Gives Voice to Youth

Posted by Patrick Ventrell
December 2, 2010

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!



District Of Columbia, USA
December 4, 2010

Anna in Washington, D.C. writes:

Ambassador Rice, I'm really impressed that you've launched this program. I'm looking forward to seeing what topics our youth decide to present to the UN. I'll tune in December 21!

December 4, 2010

Kathy in China writes:

Very democracy in the United States.

"Young people, representing nearly 50 percent of the world's population" so the voice of young people are very important.

December 4, 2010

Darcy in Australia writes:

I'm interested to see the reaction to the US Political and public unconstitutional reaction to Wikileaks.

December 5, 2010

Krishnan in India writes:

I am very happy about the steps taken by the UN security council atlast someone is here to hear your problems ....

December 5, 2010

Hector in Mexico writes:

Discuss another way to confront the wikileaks cable's, censorship, intimidation, false accusations are not the right way to show trust in the US and senate.

Please, always exist better ways to do everything.

Sylvia D.
December 5, 2010

Sylvia D. in Colombia writes:

Might be interesting also, to get the retired senior generation to have their say from the peak of life experience.

Dan M.
Michigan, USA
December 13, 2010

Dan M. in Michigan writes:

I want the UN to tackle global warming and reduce the number of nukes stockpiled around the world.

Sgt. E.
United States
December 13, 2010

S.E. in the U.S.A. writes:

I don't believe the UN should even exist any more, so my biggest issue is sovereignty as a nation without UN interference.

December 13, 2010

Dimitar in Canada writes:

Reunification of the Koreas is a task that needed to be resolved 20 years ago

better late than never

mohammed A.
United States
December 14, 2010

Mohammed A. in the U.S.A. writes:

Ladies and gentlemen,


The secret of human Existence on the ground, reconstruction is Not to destroy it.

This is the secret to a life and Existence

Has been absent from the human value of life

Struggling Human Beings and civilizations wrestled to the ground or home - for resources - for science and technology - for the money - events for the History and Heritage .....

They believe the Goals to Guarantee Their life or the future.

They forgot God Had That mock the ground and nature of the whole Mankind in order to live under the banner of love and peace no matter how Different ethnic groups, races and religions and colors, languages and places, and times Soon, an insurgency rights to this FACT, bloodshed and killing of innocent people and stole and Extremism ..

Was raised by human .. nature on The Most Powerful Weapons of people.

Do You Know What is the fury of nature?

Arise boiled nature of our planet in the form:

Floods - water scarcity - forest fires - paro - global warming - Desertification - the disease - Famine - the extinction of animals and Neighborhoods ....

But, in FACT, not a revolution, nature is innocent of That nature has created us in peace and love Will Not Be hostile to man kind .. Explain But it (that won the hands of the people, Including a taste of Some of the order That They May Return)
.. And you the option to choose how to live ...... Either name immortal Remain over time (to be a symbol of peace in science - in literature - in politics - in the economy or to pass .....) leaves or wind ...

All the love and peace, I say .....

It is time to free ourselves from Our Problems and Ideas that Separate Geographical boundaries

That it is time we change and accept change and Each Other and Understand Each Other and create a space for dialogue and Understanding and to Propose The Most Appropriate solutions to the Problems of the World Experience by Mankind in

Our Time

From here and never again to unite with you and talk in one language the language of love and peace to save Mankind and to save the planet and realize the dream of love, peace and raise the white flag of peace on a planet of Earth (By Rabab


They say that all the forces of Cosmos move to the flow of love and that without it, we could not exist.

Someday we will not worry about the future destruction of mankind, but unfortunately today we are experiencing a social violence self-destructive tendency that is accentuated in the world every time more, We aspire to be a world united under the international law of the United Nations.

Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation
Mohammed A.
Iraqi nationality, I live in the U.S.
General Coordinator of the founding team
(Peace of Messengers Environmentalists around the world) PMEW.

mohammed A.
December 21, 2010

Mohammed A.A. writes:

Gentlemen, Distinguished Ladies

Congratulations on the occasion of the introduction of the role of opinion and consultation for young people in the United Nations
I'd like to participate and cooperate with your
Young people today are very glad

I am applying for participation in its website on the consultative meeting for youth in the Security Council UN

I represent the youth of Iraq

I would like to contact you

I demand to activate the message of peace between the world

Now I'm here in the U.S.

I am waiting for your reply
Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation

DipNote Bloggers reply: Mohammed, the original instructions on how to participate were here: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/un_security_council_youth_event. However, the event is now over. We'll continue to post these kinds of events to the blog, so keep reading.


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