By Kenneth Guico Mendoza
L-R: Oriel Icaro from Institute of Accounts Business and Finance, Keneth Ofrecio an FEU Alumnus, and Daewoo Adam Almiron from Institute of Nursing,
“The mantra by which I live is to say yes to life. Because when you say yes, you move a story forward. The minute you start saying no, it’s a habituated mechanism that stems from fear. So don’t live with limits” – Ahser Jay, Creative Conservationist of National Geographic Explorer.
Two student leaders and an alumnus from Far Eastern University went to the United Nations Headquarters, New York City, U.S.A. as part of the Philippine Delegation team for the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly last February 1-3, 2017 namely Daewoo Adam Almiron from the Institute of Nursing, Oriel Icaro from the Institute of Accounts Business and Finance and Keneth Ofrecio, BSBA Business Management alumnus.
Launched in 2004, the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations is a unique platform aimed to foster dialogue and generate partnerships between exceptional youth, private sectors, civil society, and the U.N. community. It enables the youth to become active participants for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its vision is to create substantive opportunities for increased youth involvement in U. N. activities, personal career development in civil society, and by extending the promotion of democratic values, international partnership, and a renew of commitment to the United Nations as an avenue for peace, diplomacy and human security.
Over the past twelve years, this initiative has grown into a premier youth event at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. Each session brings hundreds of young people from around the world together to seek practical ways to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, global networking and social entrepreneurship skills, as well as meeting and contributing to the civil society formally affiliated with the United Nations.
"Upon attending the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly in a foreign land, I have learned that we are not just the hope of the future, for we are already driving the present. We need to take chances, take risks and never let fear stop you. Our ambitious actions can really bring this world on top of progress. There has been no generation that has had the power and opportunity to change the world like we do. We need to unite, not to divide. And yes, diversity will be our strength. Let us work together to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Nelson Mandela once said “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other, not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."
Now ask yourself, what will be your legacy in leaving a sustainable and prosperous world? Hoping that you will also do your part in making this planet a better place for all." - Daewoo Adam Almiron
"These past few days have been one of the most eye opening moments of my youth. Being a part of the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations showed me a perspective of what is really happening not just in our country, but from different places in the world. Hearing the stories of each delegate about the current issues that their country are facing and how they are determined to find a solution triggered a sense of nationalism inside of me that made me want to help our country more than ever. The 17 SDG's are goals that ensure the sustainable development of ones country, but sadly only a handful of our citizens have knowledge on these and some are even apathetic to just not care.
There was a quote that one of the UN officers said that really struck me."The Earth's natural resources are enough for everybody's needs but not for everybody's greed".
As citizens of our country, we are the only ones capable of knowing what our country needs. We are the only ones that can understand our people and no one is capable of loving and caring for our country more than we are. And if we really love our country, we should not let greed take over. Rather, we should work together in achieving the SDG's. Taking the first step is always the hardest but think of it this way, if you won't do it, who will?" - Oriel D. Icaro