World is celebrating International Youth Day todayย 

Today, the world is celebrating International Youth Day under the inspiring theme "๐†๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐’๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก: ๐“๐จ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐š ๐’๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐."

World is celebrating International Youth Day todayย 
World is celebrating International Youth Day todayย 

Today, the world is celebrating International Youth Day under the inspiring theme “๐†๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐’๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก: ๐“๐จ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐š ๐’๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐.” The young generation’s potential is remarkable, especially in sustainable tourism.

As they embrace this vision of a sustainable world, we encourage our youth to take the lead in the following areas:

  • Environmental Stewardship: Embrace environmental conservation principles and sustainable resource management.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Embrace the rich tapestry of cultures our world offers.
  • Innovation and Technology: Leverage your digital insight to drive innovation in the tourism industry.
  • Advocacy and Community Engagement: Be ambassadors of change within your circles and communities.

This youth day, UN Caribbean asked young leaders from the Global Shapers Community Port of Spain Hub to share their vision with us for creating a better world.ย 

The group’s curator, Sofia Rajkumarsingh, said she is working towards a future where collaboration knows no limits across sectors SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals.

“๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜†๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ.”

The Global Shapers community provides a platform for building these connections as it is made up of 456 city hubs around the world โ€” each represented by a team of young people under 30 who are working together to address local, regional, and global challenges.

ย In Trinidad and Tobago this year, with Sofia as curator, the Global Shapers team has worked on developing mentorship programmes for youths, public health programmes to support migrants, mental health programmes for the incarcerated, and much more.

Celebrating International Youth Day with an inspiring young leader working to create a healthy planet and taking his impact regional Caribbean.ย 

Through his non-profit, ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฐ, Kaveer Phillip has planted and distributed 425 trees in his home country Trinidad and Tobago and has even expanded this programme to Antigua, St. Lucia, and Kenya, going global.

By providing free seedlings to the public, he’s not just encouraging tree planting but also spreading awareness about climate change mitigation through nature-based solutions.

His dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed โ€”โ€”> Kaveer was honoured this June with a Youth Volunteerism Award from the Environmental Management Authority at the Green Leaf Awards in June for his outstanding efforts.ย 

Kaveer’s influence extends professionally too.ย 

He worked on an electric mobility project in Antigua and Barbuda and later returned to Trinidad to develop several country profiles for the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, highlighting their respective renewable energy projects and climate change targets.

As he continues his journey, Kaveer is actively seeking new opportunities to contribute to Trinidad and Tobago’s energy sector. Let’s applaud this young leader who’s shaping a greener, brighter tomorrow.ย 

“Young people remind us that there is still time to get the world back on track to achieve the SDGs,” says UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake in her Youth Day message where she refers to the UN’s plan to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

She hails the next generation for their unwavering optimism, innovative solutions and demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity