UNFICYP marks UN day with youth champions for environment and peace
To mark the United Nations 75th anniversary on 24 October, the top United Nations official in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, hosted an online meeting with UNFICYP Youth Champions for Environment and Peace and key environmental actors on the island to encourage awareness of and their participation in caring for the environment.
The online meeting was also a graduation ceremony for the Youth Champions, following their months of training and joint activities with UNFICYP staff. They also had an opportunity to showcase their work and were e-awarded with certificates.
The UNFICYP Youth Champions for Environment and Peace initiative was possible with the funds from UN75 and its goal has been not only to promote environmental peacebuilding and dialogue among the youth of Cyprus, but also to strengthen the youth’s connection to the UN system and our Mission.
During 2020, UNFICYP and the Good Offices promoted the UN75 campaign since it was launched locally with key diplomatic, political and civil society actors on the occasion of UN Day in October 2019. Activities have included social media campaigns, online meetings and events aimed at engaging with various civil society groups from across the divide.
The Youth Champions initiative was also implemented with the support from the Stelios Foundation.