United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago, UNATT, on Friday 10th August, celebrated United Nations International Youth Day 2018, by hosting a Youth Forum and Interactive Session at The University of The West Indies Faculty of Law, Noor Hassanali Auditorium, St Augustine.
The United Nations Theme for 2018 is "Safe spaces for Youth".
The UNATT Forum, allowed young people the opportunity to interact and share their views on a variety of issues, with the aim to create a platform for effective dialogue, action and positive change.
This year's United Nations International Youth Day Theme, "Safe spaces For Youth" was addressed by discussions led by four Panelists, which included Attorney at Law Ms. Kimberleigh Peterson, Physiotherapist Mr. Satori Hassanali, Human Resource Practitioner Ms. Nelicia Adams, and Manager New Business National Energy, Mr. Nigel Woodsley.
At the Forum, the Panelists focused on key topics related to the United Nations 2018 International Youth Day Theme, "Safe Spaces for Youth". The selected topics included "Social Media", "Technology", "Bullying in Schools", "Domestic Violence", "Physical Spaces and Security", "The Environment", and " Overcoming Traumatic Experiences".
The varied topics discussed, were also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDG's. At the event, Ms. Claudia Coenjearts, United Nations Resident Coordinator (Ag), delivered the United Nations International Youth Day 2018 Message, from the United Nations Secretary General.
The Opening Remarks at the event, was delivered by Mr. Ray M.S. Brathwaite, President, United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago, UNATT. Mr. Makesi Rennie Peters, Former UWI Guild President, in his Keynote Address, zoned in on creating "Safe Spaces for The Youth of Trinidad and Tobago"
The Feature Speaker for the evening, was Mrs. Joy C. Brathwaite, Executive Member of United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago (UNATT), and former United Nations Sector Specialist. The UNATT Forum also included live entertainment from Panist Ms. Mahalia Thomas, UTT Graduate Student, and well accomplished member of the Betaudier's Pan Academy.
Also providing entertainment and trilling the lively audience with a specially composed Calypso entitled "Safe Spaces For Youth" which is the current United Nations International Youth Day Theme, was four times former National Calypso Queen of Trinidad and Tobago, Shirlane Hendrickson, accompanied by her sister, Diane Hendrickson "Lady Wonder", who is also a former National Calypso Queen of Trinidad and Tobago. The both Artistes, are Members of the United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago, UNATT.
United Nations International Youth Day is celebrated around the world, on August 12th.