YouthLinkExpress Newsletter
vol 8.7
:: Spotlight
GYCA organizes Mexico Youth Pre-Conference
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), as part of the Mexico YouthForce, has been highly involved in planning the Mexico Youth Pre-Conference, which took place from July 31 to August 2. The conference consisted of informative and skills-building workshops around HIV/AIDS issues, ranging from scientific knowledge to effective political advocacy. Participants also and had the opportunity to meet other youth delegates. Click here to find out more.

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Mike Alves, Bridget Kearney, Akhila Kolisetty, Janine Padilla, and Arianna Farinola Ugarte.
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:: Introduction

Dear friends,

It's July in New York City, and while the summer heat is slowing down the pace on the streets, the last weeks has seen a constant buzz of activity in our office as the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) has prepared for the International AIDS Conference 2008 in Mexico City. As one of the main youth partners of the event, a lot has been accomplished: advocacy materials have been designed, flights booked, and a reception planned to welcome all the youth delegates.

The International AIDS Conference isn't the only event that young people are preparing for this summer. Already in June, more than 200 youth delegates participated in the CIVICUS Youth Assembly in Glasgow, the 4th Global Youth Employment Summit is set to take place in Baku in September and as Quebec City marks its 400th anniversary, youth activists will be arriving to celebrate Youth-Led Development at the 4th World Youth Congress in August.

All of these large international events are once-in-a-life-time opportunities for the young people attending. They will have unique hands-on learning experiences, interaction with different stakeholders, meet youth from around the world, make or reconfirm commitments to help create social change, and ultimately change their lives, as well as making a positive impact on their communities.

Still, not every young person will have this opportunity to participate. Costs of travel and visa restrictions are still preventing a large majority to take part in these events and have their voices heard. For those unable to travel, virtual platforms, like the one set up for the World Youth Congress, present a fantastic opportunity to participate from anywhere in the world and engage in a dialogue with those present at the event in person. We hope you'll take a look yourself!

In friendship,

Franziska Seel
Executive Director

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Students Warn Political Leaders on Corruption
7/9/08, Daily Trust - Nigeria
The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) says it is prepared to mobilize against political office holders who were found wanting in the discharge of their official responsibilities. More here.

Canadian youth meet to tackle tar sands and promote green jobs
7/10/08, CAW TCA - Canada
Over 150 young environmental, labour and social justice activists from across Canada attended the third Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) summit in Edmonton, Alberta on July 4-6. More here.

GYAN helps organize Rediscover Your Heart Award Ceremony
GYAN, along with Chat the Planet, partnered with The Fred Foundation in distributing twelve Rediscover Your Heart awards of $2,500 to individuals and groups in New York City with creative projects that focused on empowering people and improving their communities. The awards were distributed at a book launch on July 17, and were offered by The Fred Foundation in collaboration with GYAN and Chat the Planet. GYAN helped to select the award winners, and assisted in the planning of the award ceremony. Click here to read more about the awardees.

Check out our UN Reports blog!
The United Nations Headquarters in New York is a place of continuous activity and debate. Although much of the focus is on the annual commissions and high-profile meetings, there are briefings, debates and events every day that contribute to the development debate. The staff and interns at GYAN are regularly attending these events to keep up to date on current issues and to encourage more youth participation. They have recently blogged about many meetings at the UN, regarding pressing issues such as sustainable development, food security, and children's rights. Please leave your comments, questions, and suggestions on the blog, and we will try to address them and bring up your points at future meetings! Click here to read the blog!

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Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2008 Young Voices Award
The award's theme is Urban Air Pollution and Climate Change. Full or part-time students, under the age of 25, currently enrolled in an academic degree program relevant to urban air pollution and climate change are eligible to apply. The awards will be handed out at the BAQ 2008 Workshop, held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 12-14 2008. Application deadline is August 15. Click here for more details.

Call for Submission for the Earth Charter Oneness Book 2008
The Earth Charter is a widely recognized, global consensus statement on ethics and values for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful future. Send personal stories and/or photos about any moments when you have suddenly felt a deep sense of connection or oneness in your life. Selected submissions will be published in the Earth Charter Oneness Book 2008, to be released internationally in 2009. The deadline is August 15. Click here for more details.

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Free Personality Project to offer BPO Jobs to Muslim Youth
7/8/08, The Economic Times - India
...aimed at uplifting Muslim youth and providing them with employment opportunities... More here.

YAI to launch Anti-poverty projects
7/16/08, - Liberia
The Youth Action International (YAI) is expected to shortly launch new anti-poverty and youth empowerment projects across Liberia. More here.

More Youth Learning English in Mideast
7/10/08, Gulf Times - Qatar
There is a huge and increasing interest in learning English among people of the Middle East, language experts said yesterday. More here.

Rebuilding Babel: Turkish youths gather for communication
7/16/08, Today's Zaman - Turkey
Young members of the Turkey Youth Union Association are aiming to improve English education in Turkey through a newly developed project dubbed "We are rebuilding Babel." More here.

Oahu Anti-Tobacco Youth Activist Summit Draws Youth from Across Islands
7/8/08, Honolulu Advertiser - USA
This year's three-day summit was held at the University of Hawaii - Manoa campus and trained more than 60 youth to become anti-tobacco activists. More here.

Youth in HIV Partnership
7/15/08, New Vision - Uganda
Teens Uganda, a student association, has teamed up with the Aids Information Centre to carry out HIV tests at the Makerere University exhibition in the ongoing All Africa University Games. More here.

Once a dropout, Delhi student sensitises youth on social issues
7/10/08, Thaindian News - India
Once a Class 7 dropout, a 20-year-old college student is now sensitising a group of Delhi youth to create awareness among them about social issues and their rights. More here.

Programme gives rural youth a fighting chance
7/16/08, Viet Nam News - Vietnam
Although they face many challenges and obstacles, rural youth don't have the right to say ‘No' to studying because education can help us build up our village," said Nguyen Be Hoa... More here.

Sri Lanka to motivate youth in policy reform
6/29/08, Lanka Business Online - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is planning to recognize youth involved community development, in a bid to encourage young people to come forward and contribute to policy reform... More here.


4th World Youth Congress
TakingITGlobal and Peace Child International are leading the efforts to organize the 4th World Youth Congress in August 2008, which will bring 600 of the world's most dynamic young activists in the field of sustainable development to Québec, Canada from 120 different countries. The congress offers a unique opportunity to meet and work alongside young people who are really doing things and going places. For more information, click here.

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ASAP Inaugural Conference
Date: September 19-20, 2008
Location: Washington DC, USA
ASAP is a global campaign to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide by mobilizing the idealism and talents of today's students. The inaugural conference is planned before the UN General Assembly to send a message to our world leaders that today's students and youth are committed to eradicating extreme poverty. For more information, click here.

Unite For Sight 6th Annual Global Health & Development Conference
Date: April 18-19, 2009
Location: Connecticut, USA
Unite For Sight's conference convenes a committed vanguard of thousands from more than 60 countries. The conference challenges students, educators, doctors, lawyers, nonprofits, and others to develop innovative solutions to achieve global goals. It provides tools to identify global problems, engage in social entrepreneurship, and create change and real solutions.First abstract deadline is August 15. For more information, click here.

Seventh Annual Conference on Peace Education
Date: November 21-23, 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
The theme is "What Can I do for Peace? Engaged Citizenship for the Sustainable Future." The conference provides opportunities for anyone and everyone to collaborate, exchange knowledges, and develop critical skills for nonviolent social change. The conference also aims to demonstrate to the public that anyone can be engaged in peace education, and that peace education is invaluable to a sustainable future. For more information, click here or send an email.

Conference on intercultural dialogue in EDC and HRE
Date: November 14-16, 2008
Location: Vienna, Austria
This conference on intercultural dialogue in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education will be organized by the DARE Network (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe). The conference aims to improve the sufficient resources for relevant NGOs, offers networking opportunities, and focuses on hands-on training and an exchange of best practices. Registration deadline is August 31. For more information, click here.

Many scams invite people to register for a youth conference, and intend only to collect registration fees. Please beware and only pay fees when you are certain it is a legitimate event. Common schemes include events taking place both in the USA and other countries.

Youth Movement for Democracy - Conference organized by the Global Youth Action Network, taking place from August 1-5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Global Welfare on Child Development of Canada - Taking place in Canada from September 20-30, 2008.

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Can the MDGs be achieved?
These extracts from 40 OneWorld Country Guides offer a unique snapshot of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, now more than midway to the target date of 2015. With some exceptions, the picture is not encouraging. Recurring problems include the failure of conventional economic growth to relieve poverty, extreme regional disparities, inadequate spending on health and education, and insufficient aid. For more information, click here.

The DATA Report 2008
The DATA Report tracks G8 countries on their progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The third annual DATA Report is intended to help policy-makers take stock and correct the course of action. It is an annual snapshot of progress and a record of the extent to which the 2005 commitments have thus far been delivered. For more information, click here.

Climate Change and Human Rights report
Policies on climate change have so far ignored its likely human rights impacts, according to this new report. The report argues that human rights principles can guide climate change policy by focusing on individual suffering and exposure to risk. Climate change will create new health risks, threaten food and water supplies, destroy land and livelihoods, and lead to forced migration and conflict. For more information, click here.

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Ship for World Youth
The Ship for World Youth (SWY) is a unique international cultural exchange program organised by the Government of Japan. SWY brings together over 250 youth from around the world to engage in activities supporting international cooperation and understanding. Deadline for Participating Youth: August 28. Deadline for National Leader: August 7 For more information, click here.

Young Leaders Visitors Program 2008
In the fall of 2008 the Swedish Institute is launching an intercultural leadership program with focus on social media as a tool for positive change. The program invites young media professionals and opinion makers from selected countries, who are actively working for social development, democracy, and human rights. Apply if you are between the ages of 20 and 35 and have a good working knowledge of English. The program will take place from October 24 to November 16 in Sweden. Application deadline is August 29. For more information, click here.


Social Change Video Contest
What would you do to change the world? Send a video clip of your inspiring idea or project for a chance to win $500 to support the cause or organization of your choice. Create a short video of your own footage explaining an idea you've dreamed up or a real-life project you've taken on, which truly changes the world for the better. The deadline is Sept 30, 2008. For more information, click here.

2009 Volvo Adventure Competition
Enter if you have an environmental project in your local community, with a team of young people between the ages of 13 and 16, working in groups of two to five people. You have the opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the final in Sweden and the chance of a financial reward - between $4000 and $10,000 - that could make it possible to run, improve or enhance your project. The deadline is January 31, 2009. For more information, click here.

2008 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition
This year's theme is Natural Resource Management and Development. The competition awards cash prizes and a round-trip airfare with all boarding and lodging expenses, to travel to Kuwait in January 2009 where the finalists will showcase their proposals/papers/projects before a jury for the final round. The deadline is September 5, 2008. For more information, click here.


Farsi volunteer translator
TakingITGlobal is an international organization, led by youth and enabled by technology. TakingITGlobal seeks a motivated and dedicated young person for the virtual volunteer position of Farsi Translator. If you are a native Farsi-speaking youth who is interested in translation work in an online environment, as well as working in a high-energy community, this could be your ideal placement. Application deadline is August 31. For more information, click here.



Stop Global Warming
This is a movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global community. Join the supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. We are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution. For more information, click here.

World leaders: Do not recognize Mugabe
After a terror campaign and a sham 'election,' Robert Mugabe has declared himself President of Zimbabwe. The country is in crisis and its fate depends on talks between Mugabe and the winner of the first round election -- Morgan Tsvangirai. If governments from around the world do not recognize Mugabe, his position will be weakened, and he could be pressured into a deal with Tsvangirai that reflects the will of the Zimbabwean people. Send a message to your leader to stop recognizing Mugabe. For more information, click here.

Investigate Killing of Displaced Women's Leader in Colombia
On June 29, 2008, Martha Obando was shot dead in the main street of her suburb in the outskirts of Buenaventura, Colombia. Obando, was an active community and women's rights leader. Take action now to urge the Colombian government to: immediately investigate the killing and prosecute those responsible, publicly condemn the killing, and ensure that other women leaders in the region are adequately protected. For more information, click here.







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