To instill a sense of participation and responsibility for bright young minds, the UNO Baku – Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Representative met with keen high school students from Mingachevir on 27 May, imparting knowledge on them regarding the history and structure of the United Nations.
The session was a follow-up to the UN4U campaign launched by the DPI Representative in the city of Ganja, aimed at establishing a dialogue with students, connecting them to the UN, and actively engaging and inspiring them to take an interest in global issues.
“Youth, with their capacity for increased knowledge, represents the country’s most precious asset: they are the ones who will propel Azerbaijan’s global leadership toward peace, development, human rights, and the rule of law,” said Ms. Envera Selimovic, the UNDPI Representative, in starting the session. “This is why the focus on students and academics is so important,” she added.
The UN4U campaign showcases the need for multilateralism to address key global challenges, which requires the full involvement of youth, academic institutions and universities. It is also an effort to give space to younger generations, such that they might understand and accept their societal roles and responsibilities.
”The positive spirit with which Azerbaijani youth want to engage in global issues is inspiring,” said Ms. Selimovic, after hearing students share their knowledge on world issues and the activities of the UN around the world.
“An ever-growing number of young people across Azerbaijan are seeking knowledge on global issues and international standards, as well as ways to voice their opinions about the future they want,” said Mr. Fizuli Asadov, the host of the session, at the Mingachevir youth and vocational centre. “We are thankful to the DPI team for always coming back to encourage the youth of our region to persevere, in assisting their effort to build a better life,” added Asadov.
The second movie, entitled Life Betrayed, cast a limelight on the UN’s efforts in the realm of women’s empowerment, girls’ education, gender equality, and overall human rights issues.
“I have met many young girls and women from all walks of life. The youth, especially among girls, should recognize one fact – that knowledge is the beginning, and it represents power,” said Ms. Selimovic.
“The UN means so much more than what we can learn in a textbook or in class. Meeting such energetic and open-minded UN officials today was an eye-opening experience for me,” said Gunay Gozalova, a 19 year old student from Mingachevir.