Hello there! Our hopes for this organization is to promote constructive discussions on global issues, create a space for people to express passions and be successful.
Did you know that more than 60% of the world's population is younger than 35? Youth engagement in global affairs is constantly on the rise and I can't help but think we truly can live inspired and to inspire others.
At the start of this month we officially became a registered student organization at Michigan State University. Within the last several months we've slowly been forming a solid Executive Council and network of supporters across campus, the state, and the country. We've talked to Deans of various colleges, leaders of several student organizations, in hopes to create a platform of collaboration and discussion of worldly topics that involves us all.
With other members of our Executive Council studying abroad in places such as, Jordan, Sri Lanka, and Ireland, the rest of us had a tremendous honor of representing Michigan State University at the 2015 UNA USA Annual Meeting for the first time.
We spent the first day attending breakout sessions on numerous topics from UN 101, GenUN: Building a Campus Movement, Forming Partners and Building Coalitions, US Funding, Advocacy, and Why it Matters, etc. We also had the privilege of listening to well-revered speakers on UN topics. The following video is from the UN 101: History, Structure, and Functions breakout session if you want to get a glimpse of what we learned. This talk was interesting because it reminded me of what people normally think of when you mention the UN and what it actually is.
It is easy to be doubtful and critical of the United Nations, but remember it is the ONLY universal, international organization. Sure, not every state is represented, but it is the only international organization that is making efforts for a better future for our world. With that, I want to remind you that the UN is not an organization made up of governments, nor is it a global governing body, its purpose is to be a platform to discuss global issues in order to find the best solution. Without the UN there would be no international collaboration and most of if not all the global problems cannot be fixed by one state alone.
Something that stuck with me during the Annual Meeting was hearing that the budget for peacekeeping operations is comparable to that of the New York State Police Force. Currently, there are 16 peacekeeping missions active across the globe which is cost-efficient yet they face constant threats to decrease the budget. The United States is not even a major contributor to the UN; many states surpass the US in funding its operations.
Anyway, as we plan for the coming year we hope you will consider joining the uprising youth movement in global affairs.
Do what makes you happy. And we hope to hear from you in the near future!