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Young leaders unite to make a change
Two members ISF Athlete and Youth Committee, Qatar’s Rashid Al Mansoori and Chile’s Tamara Leiva traveled to New York last week to represent ISF at the 25th session of Youth Assembly in NYC, one of the biggest platforms for young leaders advocating for global impact changes, supported by the United Nations.
It is held twice a year for change makers of age 16-32 years old from more than 100 countries. The three-day agenda includes discussions, workshops, networking events and talks by prominent speakers. This year Youth Forum agenda focused on issues like climate crisis responsibility, sustaining peace through Youth Engagement, fighting gender inequalities for an equitable world and tackling refugee crisis.
Speakers for this year Assembly included officials from United Nations (including UN Assistant Secretary-General Satya Tripathi), World Bank, International Rescue Committee, International Peace Institute and members from the world of academia.
Chile’s Tamara Leiva said,
“It was an incredible opportunity to be a delegate and represent ISF and Chile in New York, where we shared different experiences, values, religions, cultures, belief and opinions from around the world.”
Guatemala’s Jimena Leiva Roesch, the only Latino speaker in the Assembly, inspired Tamara.
“As a female speaker she raised her voice in a way that everyone could feel identify with all what she was talking about, her knowledge, kindness and passion it was easy to feel in the room. One of her best phrases that she mentioned was "The youth is not the future is the present, that's why we should look for the engagement of them so we can build a better future for the next generations"”
For Rashid, a speech by Hawa Diallo, the Head of UN Global Communications, was the highlight of the Assembly.
“She is an example of how effort, hard work, good intentions and commitment can take you to reach higher levels. What impressed me the most is how she got through all the circumstances and difficulties and gaining this wonderful experience she has 30 years working with the UN, fighting for the human rights and willing always to motivate and encourage people to live a happy, motivated,meaningful life and always fight for what we love.”
For both Tamara and Rashid the Assembly presented a unique opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds, who are not related with sports and to get inspired to reach UN Sustainable Goals together with like-minded people.
“We talked with the other participants about how we are currently members of ISF Athlete and Youth committee of ISF, we discussed our journey with the ISF team and specially shared our experience in the Gymnasiade 2018 in Morocco. The event gave us a chance promote the healthy sport lifestyle for the non-athletes youth and how it’s important for their lives to encourage them by starting to eat healthy and practicing easy sports that do not require a lot of techniques.”
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