2019 THEME: EQUALITY

 

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
— United Nations, Charter, 1945
“I have a dream that one day this country will rise up, live out the true meaning of it’s creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

 

We the People. 

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These first words of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America, and also of the Charter of the United Nations, are perhaps the most powerful in either document.  These words do not separate People based on race, gender, religion, education or background. Rather they bind us all together, as people, as humans. 

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for people around the world today. Even within the USA we struggle to understand and interpret the words written by our Founding Fathers in 1776 and those who led the way toward peace in the formation of the United Nations in 1945. Times change, and a healthy nation must adapt and change as well in order to support its People. Around the world nations, cities, towns and villages struggle to find the right balance, and even that is open to interpretation. What is right? What is wrong? Is there a correct answer? 

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Now, together with the United Nations Association of Denver, the World Affairs Challenge is asking YOU, the People of your team, to focus on an issue of equality that you feel passionate about. Where in the world is this specific issue a problem? How can you connect with those suffering from this inequality and hear their perspective? Most importantly, what is your team’s idea for how you can help? What can be done that is new, out-of-the-box, and creative to solve this specific issue? Can work be done in your own community to help build a creative solution to this particular inequality? How can you reach out into the world and make a difference? 

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These questions lie at the heart of the 2019 World Affairs Challenge. You, the Youth of our Nation, are powerful in your creativity, empathy and positive energy. Join us in Denver on March 2nd, 2019 to present your ideas and solutions, and let us help you take action to make a difference. 

 

 

YOUR TASK:

 

1. Using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a guide, decide on an issue of Equality that your team wants to try to solve. Consult the WAC Research Guide to the SDGs as a place to start learning more.

 

2. Select an area of the world where your team wants to work to solve this issue.

3. Connect with people in the community you selected to better understand their perspective on the issue. Use the WAC Community Partners as resources.

4. Make a plan for your team’s new and creative solution to the issue you selected, and outline how you hope to take your solution to action with the help of the World Affairs Challenge.

5. Create and perform your Formal Presentation outlining your issue and your plan for solving it at the WAC event on March 2, 2019.