“In the difficult times we are living, we need to strengthen two of our main assets: cooperation, to tackle today’s challenges, and empowering youth, to build a better tomorrow.
In this spirit, we have launched a global campaign on the International Youth Day, that will run until the 77th UN General Assembly in September. We will gather young people from all over the globe to speak up their mind and share their priorities and their vision.
Our aim is not only empowering the young generations, but also motivating the young generations to take their share of responsibility and empower themselves, to turn down age-related barriers, in solidarity among generations. Youth are not only the future: they are the present. They are the bricklayers of a more sustainable, just and peaceful world.”
Speak up for change
This September, nations of the world will gather as every year in New York at the United Nations General Assembly (#UNGA77) to discuss the challenges facing humanity today and to set the global agenda for the year ahead. History is in the making at UNGA 77, but not only... We all have a say. And must speak up for change.
Through #OurVoiceOurFuture campaign we invite youth from across the world to share your vision, ideals and wishes for a more prosperous and sustainable world. This is as a key moment to have your voice heard and send a powerful message to the world. Each and every one of your stories can have a transformative power.
Joining forces can trigger change. As the Diplomatic Service of the European Union, we work together with partners across the world for peace, human rights, development and the rule of law. We believe that only by working together we can achieve a better future for all. And we believe that youth should be the driving force for change. So join the social media campaign #OurVoiceOurFuture!
Our Voice, Our Stories
Our Voice, Our Stories
"My name is Anton. I am Ukrainian. Currently, I live in Pavlohrad, Dnipro region. It's less than 200 kilometres away from the frontline.
For me, like millions of Ukrainian men and women, it is important to achieve peace in my country and in the whole world. I call on everyone who can – help Ukraine stop the aggressor and achieve peace in the largest country in Europe."
"I choose to celebrate my youth and spotlight the many trajectories we take as young people of the 21st century. The journeys that shape who we are, the moments that define our causes and the inspiring actions we take to uplift our communities.
As an advocate for positive change I am choosing to spotlight some of the key issues that affect young people including Equality, Access to Education, Poverty Eradication and Mental Health."
"Success has no age, has no limit, has no race. You can be who you want to be as long as you are determined to be."
United Kingdom / Romania
"To create a better future for all of us, we need rights and representation. From fighting the climate crisis to standing up for the rights of our communities, we can only achieve long-lasting and meaningful social change by working together."
"In our society, and it is very sad to see still in 2022, many people, under the pretext of your age, refuse you opportunities or are opposed to the fact that others give you responsibility for projects or important tasks. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of giving a voice to young people and the need to entrust them with positions of responsibility."
"Raising our voices during the key diplomatic moment of the year, and having them heard through the support of the European External Action Service, has the potential to bring change and shape our future."
"My name is Andja Stanojković, and I'm a 19-year-old student from Serbia. As a Young European Ambassador and activist, I think that we as young people are the initiators of positive changes in this world. We are the change-makers and we must allow our voices to be heard by adults, politicians and policy makers. Because we are the future!"
Francisco Vera Manzanares
"Esta sociedad adultocentrista nos ha dicho que podemos opinar cuando seamos mayores de edad, que transformar nuestra realidad no es posible, que vayamos a jugar mientras los mayores definen nuestro presente y futuro. Hoy reiteramos que los niños, niñas y jóvenes somos los potentes ciudadanos del ahora y que nuestra voz - la que siempre hemos tenido y han querido muchas veces acallar - debe ser escuchada. Hoy reivindicamos el poder que tiene nuestra voz para hacerle frente a los grandes retos de nuestro tiempo, con decisión, con #ecoesperanza, con el poder de la alegría que nos permite transformar nuestro entorno desde múltiples orillas."
Our young champion Jessica Mshama took over the EEAS Instagram account in New York for two days. While attending the United Nations General Assembly, Jessica shared several stories of the backstages of the event. She also managed to collect key messages of support from special guests.
Take a look at all Instagram stories published during the High-Level week of the UN General Assembly, the Instagram takeover by our young champion Ricardo Pineda Guzman and much more!
Participate in the campaign
You challenge, inspire, innovate! You make it happen!
Take part and speak up!
#OurVoiceOurFuture campaign has started and will continue until 27th September, the closing day of the United Nations High Level Week in New York.
How to contribute
- Create/post your content to tell your story about the topic of the campaign
- Invite/challenge others to join
- Simply use the hashtags #OurVoiceOurFuture #UNGA77 in any relevant social media posts you publish during the campaign period
- Tag our accounts* and interact with the campaign content we will be sharing on our social media accounts. Highly engaging content will be cross-posted on our accounts.
*Disclaimer: By tagging our accounts and including the campaign hashtags, you agree with the publication of your content on the EEAS website and social media channels
- Post a video of you telling your story alone or with a group of friends
- Post a video of yourself performing a musical piece, a song or a poem
- Post an interview you have made with someone that reflects the importance of working together towards a better future
- Post your artwork reflecting on the challenges humanity faces today
Make sure you use the official hashtags: #OurVoiceOurFuture #UNGA77
Would like to be featured on our channels?
We will be releasing a series of outstanding testimonies on our central accounts in the run up to, and during, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) in September.
If you would like to feature on our channels, send us a short video (less than 1 minute) where you address the question ‘What can we do to create a better future, and how we must work together to achieve it?’
Send it to us via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your content. Your story. No limits to creativity!
- Choose your topic: Climate change, ending poverty, fight for equal rights and representation of minorities, education, peace, food security, innovation, digital divide, health, gender equality, and many more issues can be tackled.
- If you choose a particular topic to cover in your story, you can follow a structured approach: What is it/Why it matters/What is the future I want? or
- You may want to go for an original concept.
Your content. Your story. No limits to creativity!