UNNGO PeaceeverTV Reporter Qiuling Liu Edit Reprinted report from UN News: At the Young Activists Summit in Geneva  18 Nov, six young people with inspirational plans for our world came to the United Nations to share their hopes and dreams, and to show other young people what could be achieved when a vision of making the world a better place becomes reality.

 
 
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 Titouan Bernicot came all the way from French Polynesia, to tell the summit about his work in restoring coral reefs.

He said, “I’m so glad today because I can do what I love, working with corals, fighting for climate change, and coral ecosystems. And I want to tell other people with big dreams that it’s not about the academic background you have, the places you come from. If you love something and you work hard, you can connect with the right people and achieve your dreams.”
 
 
The summit, the third of its kind, also provided the young activists with a chance to discuss their work with experienced UN professionals. This was especially helpful for Louise Mabulo, who created a sustainable agriculture project in her native Philippines.

Mabulo said, “The Young Activists Summit has been extremely supportive in organising bilateral meetings and workshops as well that help train us on how to further develop our project in a way that’s more meaningful. And I know that all of the things that I’ve learned here I can take back, including networks and opportunities, that will benefit hundreds of farmers in my hometown.”
 
 
  For Lual Mayen, a refugee from South Sudan who has created a video game which raises awareness of what it is like to flee violence and persecution, the summit was a great chance to connect with the home of the UN Refugee Agency.

Mayen said, “My message is that, you know, refugees can be able to contribute to the economy of the world. People do not have to look at them in a way that they are part of the burden. We can become who we are. We can become entrepreneurs. We can become developers. We can make the world a better place.”

Having a global platform to show off her work is also very important to Stacy Dina Adhiambo, who has created an innovative way to support women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation.

Adhimabo said, “Us being at the Young Activists Summit is such a reaffirmation, not only for us, i-cut creators, but for every other end female genital mutilation campaigner out there, that our work is important and that the world is listening to our cries.”
 
 
 
 
 For Lual Mayen, a refugee from South Sudan who has created a video game which raises awareness of what it is like to flee violence and persecution, the summit was a great chance to connect with the home of the UN Refugee Agency.

Mayen said, “My message is that, you know, refugees can be able to contribute to the economy of the world. People do not have to look at them in a way that they are part of the burden. We can become who we are. We can become entrepreneurs. We can become developers. We can make the world a better place.”

Having a global platform to show off her work is also very important to Stacy Dina Adhiambo, who has created an innovative way to support women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation.

Adhimabo said, “Us being at the Young Activists Summit is such a reaffirmation, not only for us, i-cut creators, but for every other end female genital mutilation campaigner out there, that our work is important and that the world is listening to our cries.”
 
  
 The activists even got a special message straight from Hollywood, when Angelina Jolie appeared with her own words of encouragement for them.

Jolie said, “This is where your strength lies, find each other, grow together, hold on to what you know to be true and right, and insist on solutions. And then, I believe your generation may really be able to pull our world back from the brink and set us on a better path. We’re listening, so speak up, and speak loudly.”

Jose Quisocala was delighted to hear Angelina Jolie’s words. For him, the big win from the summit is the chance to spread the message about recycling, and how the environment benefits from projects like his green bank.
 
 
 The young activist said, “The best thing about the summit is that it shows that what I am doing is important, that means a lot. And it means more people in the world get a chance to learn about what I do.”

Fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao called on young people with ideas to improve the planet not to hesitate. She said, “The worst answer you’re going to get is no, the worst thing that’s going to happen is that you fail, and at the end of the day the reward is always more than the risk. So don’t be afraid to dream big.” 
 

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