E-Consultation on SDGs with Youth from UNECE Region: Road to the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
Do you want your voice to be heard, to express your needs as a young person from Europe, Central Asia, Canada or the US? Do you want to have an impact and a say about what is happening with the Sustainable Development Goals and the challenges young people face globally?
Fill in the online consultation form by the 18th of March! It will serve as a way to gather perspectives, stories, contributions, and actions from a broad base of young people across the UNECE Region* on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a subset of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly. These include SDG 4 (education), 8 (jobs), 10 (reducing inequalities), 13 (climate change), 16 (peace & institutions), and 17 (partnerships / means of implementation).
The outcomes of the e-consultation will serve as an input into to the discussion of the youth pre-meeting and the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development which will take place next week in Geneva, Switzerland, and will gather high-level governmental representatives, representatives of UN agencies and other organizations and institutions, youth activists and leaders from the UNECE Region. Your answers will be highly valuable!
*United Nations Economic Commission for Europe members include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, and Uzbekistan.
The Report from the UNFPA Regional Youth Hacathon – “Leave No One Behind – Innovating to Go Beyond Inclusion” which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, in December 2018, is ready and we have the pleasure to share it with all of you here!
At the Regional Youth Hackathon that took place in ATOLYE from 10th to 12th of December 2018, participants reflected on the complexities of building an inclusive and just world, and strategies for overcoming stigma and discrimination to provide equal opportunities for all youth.
The three-day sharing and learning experience gathered activists and young people representing regional youth networks and NGOs. The event included networks of key populations and vulnerable groups from 16 countries, as well as representatives from UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, UNFPA Country Offices in Armenia, Moldova, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, and representatives from Y-PEER and PETRI-Sofia.
The participants exchanged know-how across cultures and organizations during structured workshops, and provided support and feedback to their peers in more casual, intimate conversations. Participants all came together to shape a transdisciplinary innovation platform, and built a common framework for encouraging meaningful youth engagement and participation.
What were the highlights? Participants identified human connection and personal stories as a powerful tool for building empathy among diverse groups of people and overcoming discrimination. At the policy level, youth stressed the need for more resources in education and skill-building activities, and new intersectoral and political partnerships to promote employment and representation.
Youth participants emphasized the need for mobility and empowerment trainings which are created and provided by peers so that youth claims their decision making capacity from an early age. While conventional ways of engaging with fellow youth, such as international networks and UN processes were mentioned, participants also recognized the potential of the internet and new technologies to break down societal barriers and broaden the youth engagement base.
Check out the video from the Hackathon here as well!
This year, we at PETRI-Sofia celebrated St. Valentines day with our fun, educational and
interactive workshop that we called “The PsychoPath of Love”. In a pleasant environment
filled with candle light, soothing music, wine and snacks, we invited young people to explore
their intimate worlds by taking two guided psychological instruments on the topics of love
styles and sexual fantasies, and then participate in group discussions.
Both of the sessions were facilitated by two young and aspiring psychologists who were open
to provide feedback and answer any questions. Before handing out the tests, they briefly
presented valuable information on how the tests were designed and the meaning behind them
”The Colors of Love” workshop was guided by our lovely volunteer Viktorija Bondikjova and was designed to give participants an idea of the type of love they look for in a relationship. Following the ancient Greeks who came up with the theory of having several different styles of love, sociologist John Alan Lee devised a special test that can identify
which one of the six broad styles of love is yours. The styles are named with Greek words and are as follows:
Agape-Altruistic Love; Ludus-Infatuated, Playful Love; Storge-Companion Love, Eros- Romantic Love, Mania-Obsessive Love, Pragma-Practical Love. For more information on 6
types of love – click here .
After that, the participants took the test anonymously and got their love styles as results.
Whoever wished to share it with the group, was free to do so and engage in discussion.
Viktorija was also opened for any questions. She noted an important fact – while those are
considered primary love styles of our personality, we do not necessarily relate only to one of
them – it is often a mixture of two or more. It is also possible that our love style changes
throughout our lifetime based on our experiences and intimate interactions.
The second part of the workshop was guided by Aleksander Tushevski – young psychologist
from Macedonia interested in the topics of psychology of sexuality. He delivered a very
interesting and informative presentation on the topic of sexual fantasies – how, why and what
do we fantasize about. He also discussed the usual problems and social stigma that people encounter regarding their fantasies. After that, the participants took the test that was designed to give them an idea of how experienced (and how much they let themselves be experienced) they are when it comes to sexual fantasies. A discussion on the risks and benefits of sexual fantasies and daydreaming followed.
Many thanks to our partners at Association Professional Forum for Education which were so
kind to provide us with their cozy office for the event. And the event was a great success! More than 20 young people showed up and filled up the space with good vibes. They took the tests, listened to the lectures with attention and had
many questions afterwards. The event ended with a group discussion that included important topics such as sexual orientation stereotypes and discrimination, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and other social taboo topics.
Participants were invited to take our brochures with valuable information on prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and all received small presents – a small box with condoms, because it’s always good to be on the safe and be protected! 🙂