In the past few years, the world has faced a massive displacement of population due to violence, climate change, fear of persecution and political instability. The number of people that have left familiar lands in search of new places, is staggering, with more than two-thirds coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan.
One year into the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh grapples with the largest refugee crisis of Asia, with two hundred thousand refugees in the Cox’s Bazaar area of south-east Bangladesh. Men, women and children, facing horrors of mass-shootings, and ethnic-cleansing as Myanmar army fleed for their lives.
There are many more cases of mass exodus of a population of a place, such as Palestinians dealing with the Israel-Palestine conflict. At a time like this, the decision by the USA to cut financial aid to UNRWA(UN agency for Palestinians), comes as a severe blow to the hopes and dreams of 7.2 million refugees worldwide.
The international community must find their humanity and come together in order to help millions of innocents, stranded between borders, with no place to call home. True to the principles of the UN Human Rights Charter and the fundamentals of basic humanity, it becomes the world’s humanitarian duty to contribute towards this cause, and not merely use humanitarian aid as a tool to achieve personal political agendas.
– Ilina Tripathi
“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.”
United Nations (UN) Organization, founded in 1945 after the Second World War, is an intergovernmental organization currently consisting of 193 member states. It’s primary aim is to foster peace among the world citizens. This organization focuses on the prevalent issues worldwide, related to environment, security, refugees, women, humanitarian assistance and many more. For resolving such issues, it has 6 major organs and other agencies, each emphasizing on a particular problem. The UN has made tremendous stride towards promoting cooperation among its member states and it’s efforts over several years has led to an improvement in education, formation of many international treaties, protection of children, improving global life and promoting world stability. It has come a long way from playing a part in social and economic development, instilling in us to behave as responsible world citizens.
“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”
Kofi Annan, former Secretary general of the UN, passed away today. He served as the seventh Secretary general from January 1997 to December 2006. He was the recipient of the Nobel prize for Peace. He had dedicated his life tirelessly working for the development of the world, with dignity, and was an advocate of world Peace.
TUMUN mourns his passing with sorrow. He will always be remembered for his selfless service to humanity.
“The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance — all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.”
– António Guterres, UN Secretary General
August 12th is observed as the UN international Youth day globally. It was initiated by the UN as an attempt to discuss youth centric ideas and also find solutions for problems faced by them. The youth population today is the largest that has ever existed with almost one sixth of the population between the ages of 10-24. In a world grappling with the problems of extremism, violence, hunger and poverty, educating the future generations is probably our best hope towards restoring peace. To do so, we must ensure “safe spaces for youth”, which is the theme for this year’s international youth day.
Safe spaces like public spaces to play and learn, digital spaces to discuss issues and express ideas, ensure that the youth is an actively participating in bringing about positive change, without feeling uncomfortable or scared. Probably the worst affected youth is the kind that lives in conflict zones and is denied of basic rights on a daily basis. Saving the youth and their future should be our priority and governments should ensure that children aren’t just pawns in their political gimmicks.
The betterment of the youth, for the future, is what will make the world a safer place and ensure better quality of life.