“It is vital to ensure that youth are a part of the conversation to identify the next development priorities, both globally and locally,” HRH Princess Basma bin Talal said during the UN Day celebrations on 24 October, adding that “here in Jordan, youth were a vibrant part of the national consultations”.
Proud of the recent award as the “Best Outreach Partner of the Arab States Region”, the “Mark A Difference” volunteers were the protagonists of the UN Day event held in Amman, attended by over 500 people to commemorate the foundation of the United Nations. Their achievements, enthusiasm and dedication were recognized by HRH Princess Basma bin Talal, the guest of honor.
Her Royal Highness stressed that a pivotal feature of the preparation for the post-2015 development agenda is the worldwide engagement of youth in the discussions. “For ultimately, it is the young people of today who feel the impact of the new post-2015 development framework, or on the other hand will be involved in fulfilling its objectives,” HRH Princess Basma highlighted.
With over 27,000 votes collected by the end of October throughout Jordan, volunteers organized events and social gatherings in several governorates to disseminate the MY World survey, and spared no efforts to involve as many citizens as possible in this initiative.
The UN Day celebrations also recognized all the 40 national organizations participating in the campaign. In particular, the outstanding efforts of Irbid Youth Volunteers as the single partner organization that has gathered the highest number of votes in Jordan, was acknowledged.
In addition, during the event three young Jordanians were awarded winners of the Canon sponsored Instagram photo competition promoted by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, asking people to send pictures representing “The Future We Want”. The best 20 pictures were exhibited during the UN Day event under the creative display of photographer Mr. Fakhri Al Alami.
To watch the event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzr-TgGWMXo