Sunday, August 21, 2005

Meeting the Secretary General of the U.N.

I met Secretary General Kofi Annan in April 1997 at the United Nations HQ in New York during the 5 years review process of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Many youth delegates from across the globe gathered in New York to reaffirm their commitment to Agenda 21. Together as young concerned global citizens, we observed that planet earth took off 5 years before from Rio and now it has landed in New York to be serviced. So we the youth were going to check what has been recorded in its Black Box.

To our disappointment the promises that were made by our governments have not be kept. So as the heads of state and government gathered in the chamber of UN General Assembly for the Earth Summit+5 we made black boxes for each of them with our own demands inside. Of course we had a big black box for Kofi Annan and we all went up to his office on the 37th floor of the UN Secretariat to deliver our demands to him after our press conference with the global media. That was the time when I created an electronic group now call the WSSD Youth Caucus list which has been active since 1997 to connect the young people around the world working in line with the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. To join the group go to ok.

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