GAAMAC meets Youth Group to raise awareness on the link between SDGs and Atrocity Prevention

2 May 2024
On 22 April 2024, GAAMAC organized a briefing  as part of the “Act for Tomorrow” initiative led by AIESEC, a youth-run NGO providing a platform for a community of young people. During this event, the work and mission of GAAMAC and how these promote the SDGs were presented to 11 students based in Geneva.  

AIESEC is a youth-run NGO with the objective to encourage young people to take initiative and have a positive impact on their environment.  Their “Act for Tomorrow” initiative aims at giving students the opportunity to engage with organizations in Geneva and learn about their work. The initiative is based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

On 22 April 2024, GAAMAC has participated for the first time in the “Act for Tomorrow” event series and was invited to present its work and how it relates to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). The event was opened by Steering Group member Ambassador Shara Duncan, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. During Ambassador Duncan’s presentation, students gained a deep insight in how and why GAAMAC was created, which mission our network pursues and how our state-led initiative is structured.  

Students then learned more about GAAMAC’s Regional Initiatives and especially the work of the Africa Working Group (AWG). Bakari Diaby, Vice-Chair of the AWG and General Coordinator of the African Coordination of Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA), explained that the objective of the AWG is to support the promotion of national architectures and policies for the prevention of atrocities in Africa and provided examples of how the AWG works in the implementation of both SDG 5 and SDG 16. CADHA is the implementing partner for AWG activities in Ivory Coast and has organized numerous awareness-raising events with the support of GAAMAC, including the First Regional Forum of the AWG. 

The event was concluded by an engaging exchange with the present students and participants shared their eagerness to contribute to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies individually and as a community of young people. 


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