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Peace Day 2020 global youth assembly: Our delegate Eemeli

“It’s like the vision of the future that we, the youth, want to see happen. We made ten commitments: Youth engagement, transparency and trust, local empowerment, inclusivity, cooperation to solve the world’s issues, global health, labor, education, investment into innovation, and disincentivize monopolies – like breaking monopolies and giving more power to the smaller businesses.”

“I would say youth engagement and education are the two most critical parts. That’s my personal opinion. Youth engagement is very important, for us youth to have more voice. We make up about 30 percent of the population. It’s important what we think about and what we want for the future. Even though they are young and they don’t realize it, but they are going to be the ones who are in power someday. If one generation can cease all hostility, all hostility will cease to exist. That’s a quote. I am not sure who said it, but it stuck in my head: If one generation just stops all hostility, we’ll be reduced so much in war, so much I conflict. We’d have so many resources that can be used for humanity thriving, for helping others.”

“Education is the way we can teach young people to understand these issues and to make them more curious about these issues and problems. If we teach young people to recycle and all these things, in the future, they will pass it to the next generations. We could help the world grow and education is part of that. The more people know about the problems, the less problems we’ll have, because people know about them, and they’ll try to come up with solutions, and we can implement those solutions.”

10th grader Eemeli is one of the young leaders from 100 cities who took part in this year’s Youth Assembly. The conclusions from the Youth Assembly were presented personally to the Director of UNDP’s Nordic representation office in Copenhagen on Peace Day.