30 September 2015, Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan – UN General Assembly grounds, New York:
Coinciding with the week when global leaders officially adopted the Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2030 at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, UNICEF and the UN Millennium campaign have established a digital portal that is enabling children and youth in Za’atari camp to speak directly with UNGA delegates in New York.
Set up inside a gold coloured container at a youth centre managed by Mercy Corps with support from UNICEF and Shared Studios, the digital portal has a direct skype link with the UN Digital hub located at the UN grounds outside the UN General Assembly Hall in New York.
“I don’t want to be a refugee my whole life. Help us with higher education, help us make Syria safe to go back home,” said 14 year old Omaymah from Za’atari, as she spoke to Dan Thomas, the director of communication and the spokesperson of the President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 26 September.
Majority of the children, youth and Syrian volunteers spoke about continued and increased support to their education and higher learning opportunities, in addition to appealing for assistance to their migrant brothers and sisters in Europe.
As part of the No Lost Generation Initiative, UNICEF and partners continue to invest on providing education opportunities for Syrian refugee children and youth in refugee camps and host communities in Jordan.
Several high level delegates from the UN General Assembly are expected to participate in the portal, including the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, before it closes on 3rd October 2015.
The UN General Assembly digital portal is an initiative of Shared Studios in partnership with ‘We the Peoples’ Hub, UNICEF and the UN Millennium Campaign.
For more information, please contact:
- Miraj Pradhan, UNICEF: Tel: +962 (0) 790 214 191, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samir Badran, UNICEF: Tel: +962 (0) 796 926 180, email@example.com