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8 Canadian Youth to Travel to New York for UN Summit
September 22, 2015, Vancouver, BC –Eight young leaders from across Canada will be travelling to New York City this week to attend the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development.
These Canadian youth join the Pope, President Obama and 191 other world leaders as they gather in New York at the United Nations and commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve three remarkable things over the next 15 years: End extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
The UN has officially requested youth delegations from member countries. Diverse members of Canadian civil society repeatedly petitioned the Canadian government to fulfill this call, but were denied. To meet the UN’s request, multiple Canadian civil society networks came together to form The Inter-Council Network Youth Delegation to the UN Summit.
The Inter-Council Network Youth Delegation to the UN Summit is made up of young representatives of Canadian civil society who are all under the age of 29. From Whitehorse, Fredericton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Regina, and Edmonton, these youth are passionate about representing Canadian civil society on the world stage.
“Considering that these are universal goals applying equally to all countries over the next 15 years, it is paramount that Canadian youth voices be present at this meeting,” says Kareen Wong, “we will be the generation tackling these challenges moving forward.” Wong is the Communications Officer at the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and the BC representative on the youth delegation travelling to New York.
To learn more about this national project, or to connect with the youth representative from your area, please contact below:
Kareen Wong, Communications Officer
BC Council for International Cooperation
T: 604-899-4475 C: 604-341-2895
W : bccic.ca