#WithRefugees

What They Took With Them

Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.

The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.

One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.

Released exclusively on Facebook, the film urges people to sign the #WithRefugees petition to help ensure refugees have the basics to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live and the opportunity to work.

To see the full version of the film and to sign the petition go to www.withrefugees.org

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#Youth at the #Habitat3

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Today, Martin Ulvestad Østerdal, from the Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU) delivered a statement on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth to the plenary meeting of the Habitat III PrepCom1 at the UN Headquarters in NY.

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Martin reminded the delegates attending the PrepCom1 about the importance of engaging and listening to youth, children and future generations since they are the ones who will inherit this new habitat agenda being discussed, and will be directly affected by decisions taken today.

He also reminded us that in order to tackle the challenges we face today, we really will need a tailored and ambition new development agenda. The way we plan our existing cities and address the issue of new cities will determine what SDGs are fulfilled and who is left behind.

The agenda needs to go beyond its focus on just Urban, and focus on an agenda for human settlements everywhere, and it needs to be inclusive of everyone, specially women and young people.

Finally, Martin called attention of all the government delegations attending the PrepCom1 that Youth Participation must not be a one off event. That we can no longer accept hand picked youth participation discussing topics defined by others as youth issues. Youth participation needs to be representative, independent and with emphasis on the whole political process.

The new urban agenda needs to maximise our holistic human development and minimise our ecological footprint. And the only way to achieve that is through dialog, participation and partnerships with the people living in the city/ these places, including youth and children. Nothing about us without us.

Read the full statement delivered today here!

 

Vamos mudar as regras do jogo? #EuVotoSim!

Se você está cansado de reclamar da política e das cartas marcadas, chegou a nossa oportunidade para mudar as regras do jogo!!!

Mais de 400 movimentos sociais de todo o Brasil se mobilizaram para pedir ao governo uma reforma no sistema político!

Para garantir a legitimidade da luta, foi convocado um plebiscito popular questionando a população sobre a realização de uma nova constituente, ou seja, uma assembleia de parlamentares eleitos para construir novas leis e emendas na constituição para o Brasil ter novas regras no jogo político.

Essa reforma é o início de uma série de mudanças! Todos nós queremos um Brasil mais democrático e justo com sua sociedade, só que para mudar pra valer, precisamos realmente renovar nosso sistema político!

A partir de hoje 1º de setembro, até dia 7 de setembro todos podem votar pela internet ou em postos autorizados em todo o Brasil!!!

Para saber os pontos de votação mais perto de você, vale conferir http://www.plebiscitoconstituinte.org.br/

E também a cartilha escrita a muitas mãos, que explica quem são as organizações puxando esta iniciativa, o que está na pauta, e como tudo isso funciona de forma bem clara e didática no site da ABONG: http://www.abong.org.br/final/download/CartilhaPlebiscitoReformaPol%C3%ADtica.pdf 

Ou você pode votar diretamente pela internet, através do link: http://bitbitbit.com.br/plebiscito/ (precisa ter seu CPF em mãos para seu voto valer!)

Chegou a hora de fazer valer a nossa voz, e mudar as regras desse jogo!!!

#EUVOTOSIM!!! E você?!

E se quiser entender porque eu voto sim, vale conferir: http://mudarojogo.org/