#SeparatedbutUnited - hope of a better future
As the world starts to look towards the social and economic recovery following the global coronavirus pandemic, the lives, rights and wellbeing of a whole generation of young people depends on what comes next. This series of short blog posts on how we build a better future are all written by the Board Members of the European Youth Forum.
Tackling global crises - together!
Written by Tina Hočevar
If you were to capture “global cooperation” in one polaroid photo, what would it be? In the past, this photo for me would be grey, with older men in suits. Now, I see this picture as being more colourful, diverse and lively, with governments, civil society, academia. I see young people and youth organisations being part of the photo, working together to fight global inequalities and acting in global solidarity. Multilateralism is no longer reserved for governments only but is sailing towards what the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, calls ‘inclusive multilateralism’.
This year is the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the only global intergovernmental organisation. While so much has been achieved, it is becoming increasingly challenging for the UN to ensure peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet. From the climate emergency and growing socio-economic inequalities to troubling pushback against human rights. Global challenges are mounting and becoming increasingly interconnected. Fighting the climate emergency contributes to advancing peace and social cohesion. Therefore, the question is also no longer which issue to tackle first but how to tackle them in a holistic, systemic change approach?
The COVID-19 is a stark reminder of how important it is to work together, to stay united when separated, and to do so in global solidarity with the most vulnerable. This crisis is also a preview of the global catastrophe we’re heading towards if we do not start “building back better” together and a big test for inclusive multilateralism. If I return to the polaroid photo challenge again in 2025, will the photo of global cooperation remain colourful and diverse or will it fade back to grey?
The truth is these global crises that we all face are affecting young people’s lives disproportionately, and we must not be left behind.
We, young people, remain dedicated to an inclusive global cooperation. We invite governments to commit to a decade of youth empowerment and start building back together with youth and youth organisations.
And we firmly believe that the time to rebuild is now.
As Vice-President of the European Youth Forum, she leads the organisation’s work on global youth cooperation, particularly through the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). Tina's work in this field has been shaped by her prior experiences with initiatives in the framework of the Europe-Africa, Europe-LATAM and Europe-MENA youth cooperation. These include youth empowerment through the Network on Youth and Global Citizenship, advising the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on inclusion of young people in public life and decision-making, and the drafting of the EU-AU Youth Declaration. Tina also coordinates the Sustainable Development, Youth Rights, and Youth, Peace and Security portfolios at the Youth Forum, and has extensive experience with engaging with the European Union institutions and the United Nations on these topics. Moreover, she also contributed to the Council of Europe’s Joint Council on Youth’s work on access to rights, quality non-formal education, and tackling inequalities.