In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. Since then, World Youth Skills Day events have provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policymakers and development partners.

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will take place in a challenging context, with the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the widespread disruption of the TVET sector. While vaccination rollouts offer some hope, TVET still has a long road to recovery, especially in those countries which continue to be overwhelmed by the spread of the disease. Youth skills development will face a range of unfamiliar problems emerging from a crisis where training has been disrupted in an unprecedented manner on a virtually universal scale.

Young people aged 15-24 are particularly exposed to the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. School and workplace closures are leading to learning and training losses. Major life-cycle transitions are made difficult if not impossible, including graduation from general education or TVET at secondary or tertiary level, residential autonomy, and labour market insertion.

TVET has a key role to play in fostering the resilience of young people. It is crucial for all stakeholders to ensure the continuity of skills development and to introduce training programmes to bridge skills gaps. Solutions need to be reimagined in a way that considers not only the realities of the present, but also the full range of possibilities for the future.

On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) August 19, the world commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and we honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

This year World Humanitarian Day comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic over recent months. Aid workers are overcoming unprecedented access hurdles to assist people in humanitarian crises in 54 countries, as well as in a further nine countries which have been catapulted into humanitarian need by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day.

2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare.

In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.

The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.

And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

Background

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

UNPKFC organized the Virtual Global Conference commemorating the International Day of UN Peace Keepers on Zoom Media, on 29 May 2021 from 20:00 to 23:00 Thailand Local Time.

This Virtual Conference was participated by a total of 30 world renowned Keynote and Plenary Speakers from the field of Peace Keeping, Governmental Agencies, Heads of Non Governmental Organization, Scientist, scholars, Humanitarian  and Peace Activist. The Theme for this year’s commemoration was “The Road to Lasting Peace; Leveraging the Power of Youth in Peace and Security “.

Datu Dr. Aphinita Chaichana as Head and Founder of UNPKFC gave the Presidential Address and welcome all Speakers, dignitaries, participants and paid tribute to all the fallen Peace Keepers that gave their lives protecting the world.

H. E. Dr. Sultan Azam Temuri, the acting Commissioner of UN Police (UNPOL) at the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), gave the Opening Address, while H.E. Mr. Sonthornchai Jayangkula, the Secretariat to the Cabinet, Prime Minister Office of Thailand gave the Keynote Speech. 

H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations expressed express his deep gratitude to the 85,000 civilian, police and military personnel currently deployed in some of the world’s most challenging hotspots to protect the vulnerable and help to build peace. Despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, as well as the risk of infection, these men and women have pursued their mission while also supporting local authorities in the fight against COVID-19. He further offered his sincere condolences to the families of peacekeepers who have fallen victim to this terrible disease.

During the Conference, video clips of the wreath-laying ceremony which took place at the National Memorial, Bangkok Thailand to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers was shown, as well as Video clips produced by the school students depicting the youths engagement in Peace as part of the Video clips competition.

UNPKFC Arts & Video Clips competition attracted a total of 156 entries from schools in Asia and Europe. The 5 Winners are Ms. Mariam Ksovreli from Georgia, Ms. Maitreyee Bhurle from India, Mr. Mukta Vaibhav from India, Ms. Kaewtip Kaewtanong from Thailand and Ms. Jasleen Kaur from India.

The Best Video Clips was won by Ms. Ani Kurdadze from AIA-GESS Georgia while Mr. Nicholai Aliakseyev Boonnon from Russia took the second place.

UNPKFC is indeed fortunate to have the service of Mr. Woong Tae Ryu, a Radio Broadcaster at GFN, Gwangju, South Korea as Moderator who did a fabulous and wonderful job keeping the virtual event lively.

The United Nations Peace Keeping Forces Council (UNPKFC) based in Thailand organized the virtual Model United Nations (UNPKFC MUN2021) on 27th April with theme the Theme “Spirit of Sustainable Development Goals“.Model United Nation is an academic simulation of the United Nations, where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to provide diplomatic solutions to real world problems. In this session, student delegates will be empowered to investigate the issues, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, learn diplomacy and apply it in the real world situations. The UNPKFC team believes in the power of young individuals and their ability to lead our world to a path of prosperity keeping in mind the peace of all. Our youths today strongly believe in keeping the idea of sustainability at the core of anything they do therefore, we are really excited to see youths from all around the world coming together with this MUN to address the most pressing issues of the world.
This Mega Virtual Conference was well received with a total 511 young delegates from all over the world taking part in it. This UNPKFC MUN was well collaborated by senior members from UN Agencies such as UNHCR (the Refugees Agency), OHCHR (Human Rights Agency) and was honored to have the support from the Royal Thai Family & Royal Thai Government. On hand to deliver his Opening Address was HRH Mom RajaWong Major General Waiyawat Jakraphan, Honorary Chairman of UNPKFC.

Theme: Shaping Peace Together

The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.” UNPKFC celebrated the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.

At UNPKFC we strongly believe that inter-religion and interfaith collaboration holds the key to the community peaceful coexistence. It is in these believes that we are constantly at the forefront engaging Society in interfaith, inter religious dialogue and activities that creates tolerance, peace and harmony among global citizens of different faith.

Distribution of provisions and personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic by UNPKFC

Distribution of provisions and personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic by UNPKFC

UNPKFC in collaboration with it’s partners organization are actively involved in the distribution of food supplies and essential products to those poor and vulnerable communities impacted by the Global COVID-19 pandemic.