Amr Mohamed on the current situation in Egypt and his participation in a live Dialogue with Kofi Annan and One Young World Ambassadors.
On Mandela Day, I had the chance to get into a discussion with a great African. I was one of several young people from around the globe who had the privilege to participate in the third episode of Kofi Annan Dialogues, titled “Democracy and Elections”. During the discussion, Mr. Annan said: “In Egypt, we need to build a pluralistic society that has room for everyone, every group, and every faith.”
UK Ambassador Alex Safavi on the collaboration between Barclays Ambassadors and School for Startups to support social entrepreneurs.
Since the Summer of 2012, Barclays One Young World Ambassadors have been working to design a programme to find and support the country’s most talented and promising social entrepreneurs.
South African Ambassador, Jon Ratcliffe on his inspiration to do something on Mandela Day.
In October last year I was fortunate enough to attend the One Young World Summit in Pittsburgh. This is an epic event with participants including some of the most inspiring leaders in the world. Over the course of three days, I heard incredible speeches from world luminaries like Bill Clinton, Jamie Oliver and Kofi Annan. We also had the opportunity to hear from some incredibly motivating young people; globally based youth leaders who are all doing the most remarkable things with their lives like feeding the starving, sheltering the homeless and healing the weak. This bunch certainly made (and continues to make) a real difference in the world.
South African Ambassador, Tribute Jabulile Mboweni on Mandela Day and what she will be doing to commemorate the 67 years he spent making the world a better place.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it” These are the words of a man who has become a father not only to South Africa, but to the world. A man who represents an era where young people stood and fought for what they believed in despite the dangers they faced. These, are the words of a man who chose forgiveness at a time when resentment would have been the easier choice. A man who is, perhaps the most widely recognised symbol and beacon of forgiveness in our lifetime.
Brazilian Ambassador, Gabriel Klintowitz on the meaning of the protests in Brazil.
From time to time, every generation faces a great time of rebellion and protest. So it was with my father, who took to the streets in 1968 demanding the end of military dictatorship in Brazil. So it was with my teachers, who painted their faces black in 1992 asking for the impeachment of president Fernando Collor. And so it is with my friends and me, who have finally got off Facebook to protest against the lack of competence of the Brazilian government.
Brazilian Ambassador, Thais Guedes Alcoforado De Moraes on the reasoning behind the protests and the current situation in Brazil.
Currently, Brazil is experiencing the most widespread social unrest in the last two decades. Last week over one million people took to the streets in about 70 cities across the country. In my city, Recife, 100,000 people, mostly young people, marched along the city’s main avenues holding up posters with various political and social demands and catch phrases. One of them synthetizes quite well what is happening right now: “There are so many complaints that they didn’t fit in this poster.”
Confirmed delegate from Canada, Alicia Raimundo on tackling mental health issues with the power of hope.
I know depression. I know it makes getting up in the morning so hard that some days you don’t even bother. I know when you’re depressed you’re followed around by a black cloud of misery. I don’t understand why, but I know if you try to ignore it, the cloud gets heavier, harder and deeper. I know this because I was depressed, and that one night I decided to take my own life. And I wasn’t the only one. According to the World Health Organisation, about half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. We lose someone to suicide every 40 seconds and a lot more attempt it.
Ambassadors: Nina Benedicte Kouassi (Ivory Coast) & Toimimou Ibrahim (Comoros) on the importance of HIV testing.
In 1994, when 25 year old Amy went to hospital for an voluntary HIV test, she was certain that she would be diagnosed HIV negative. When she received the news that she was HIV positive, she thought that her life was over.
South African Ambassador, Lesley Masibi on what it means for him to have taken part in the first episode of the Kofi Annan Dialogues: LIVE.
I was lost for words when I received my invitation to participate in the Kofi Annan Dialogues. Forget about the long term implications of my participation, what I immediately thought of was how fortunate I was, to be provided with the opportunity of a lifetime.