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How young people want to live

In the German project WorldWeWant.de, young people formulated their visions of the future and presented them for discussion in New York at the United Nations.

Of the approximately seven billion people in the world, 44 per cent are under 25 years of age. It is the largest youth generation ever: 3.1 billion young people. Two of them are Christoph and Kira from Germany. They are travelling to the United Nations in New York to present their part of the WorldWeWant.de project and discuss it with other young people from around the world. More than 500 young people have participated so far in the project of UNICEF Germany and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Their ideas and wishes for the world of tomorrow are intended to have some influence when the UN General Assembly discusses the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September 2013. Under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations wants to include young people more strongly in international issues. Among other things, International Youth Day and the action agenda With and For Young People, in force since 2012, will be used to this purpose.

And in what sort of world does the young generation want to live? The WorldWeWant participants are committed to the goal that all children in the world should be able to go to school and that teachers should be better trained. The basis for this should be equal opportunity: “regardless of social background”. On environmental issues they call for, among other measures, the development of renewable energies and a ban on water privatization. They can also envisage the fight against corruption becoming a separate development goal. And young people also espouse the idea that the new development goals should apply to all countries, including developed nations. For they know that “With our consumer behaviour, we contribute to facilitating or blocking the achievement of the development goals”.

International Youth Day, 12 August



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