Monthly Archives: November 2017

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United Nations Youth as Peacebuilder’s Forum

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On November 14th and 15th members of the United Nations Association in Canada as well as a delegation of students from Prince George (students from both the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia) attended the “Youth as Peacebuilder’s Forum” that took place in Vancouver. This two-day event was a portion of the larger “3rd UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial” and had student and youth representatives from across British Columbia to discuss improvements to the United Nations peacekeeping operations. As outlined in the official event:

“The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will elevate Canadian youth perspective on peace building as well as review and validate the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peace building. The Progress Study is mandated through UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security, the first resolution to recognize youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. The resolution highlights five pillars for action: Participation, Protection, Prevention, Partnership and Disengagement and Reintegration. The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will explore these pillars and will culminate in a final report to be submitted to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and UN Secretariat.”

UNAC Prince George was represented in the youth forum by Karista Olson, who led her group throughout the event and even was asked to speak on their chosen subject. British Columbia representative and UNAC Prince George member Kyle Cameron was also present at the forum as an official observer.

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Sport-in-a-Box: Dominican Republic

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This year the Prince George branch of the United Nations Association in Canada completed their second Sport-in-a-Box project. The equipment and letters collected by the children of the Prince George school district that participated in our project were sent to children of La Higuera, El Seybo in Dominican Republic. The representatives of the community that received these items reported:

“Batey La Higuera of El Seibo, cradle of good athletes. The municipal district of Santa Lucia, is a community belonging to the municipality of Santa Cruz de El Seibo, head of the province of El Seibo, in the Dominican Republic. It is composed of La Higuera section, which is the city head. The Santa Lucía Municipal District is integrated by the sections: La Higuera and El Pintado and their respective places. Its economy is based on, agriculture, particularly coffee, sugar cane, cocoa, citrus, livestock and mango. The community of La Higuera, is where most of the athletes that represent the Seibo Province come from in both national and international sporting events. Some of the professional athletes that come from La Higuera:

Wilfredo Juan (Carlitín), one of the most outstanding athletes champion in relay of 4X100X400
Freisa Iris Núñez Esther, she is a young champion athlete in javelin throw
Natanael Semei (Natan), is an athlete in long jump with pole vault”

Thank you for all the volunteers, teachers, and children that participated in this event. Special thanks to SBOX Project Coordinator Carmen for running the SBOX project at the school district as well as transporting the equipment to the Dominican Republic.