On October 19, 2014, Vinicius Tsugue, President of AIESEC International, and Corinne Woods, Director of UN Millennium Campaign sat down and signed a Letter of Intent for Collaboration.
As a completely student-run organization, it means a lot to be recognized by a force as large as the United Nations. This is, undoubtedly, a huge step for AIESEC.
Like the United Nations, AIESEC strives to promote peace between countries. AIESEC specifically does so by promoting clear communication. Most issues exist due to misunderstandings. Think about what would happen if we all took a moment to try and truly understand each other.
It’s something that leads to deeper, stronger relationships.
Now, in order to achieve this goal, AIESEC must tackle social issues. Women and men should have equal rights in every single country around the world. The income gap between the rich and the poor should be reduced. Children everywhere should be given a good education.
Change must happen before the world can move towards peace.
While world peace may seem like an almost unattainable feat, it is most definitely possible. The key to this lies in working together.
As individuals, we cannot make a large impact on the way the world works. However, as a group, we can create a paradigm shift. We can perpetuate change.
AIESEC has recently released YouthSpeak, a global youth insight survey. It aims to determine the issues youth are passionate about. The survey was extremely successful last year, bringing to light perspectives on education, youth aspirations, leadership, and technology. The data collected is used to improve education and employment for young people. If you would like to participate, please visit http://youthspeak.aiesec.org.
This particular partnership will encourage AIESEC members to create sustainable solutions that help lower the number of people living in poverty, in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the help of the United Nations, the voices and actions of AIESEC members will be strengthened and create a larger impact on the world.
The same day this contract was signed, AIESEC Laurier hosted a mini-conference at Wilfrid Laurier University. The first event of the day was a discussion about social issues. In small groups, members explained why they were passionate about specific issues, such as the income gap and lack of education for children in third world countries. Then, they discussed potential solutions and action plans that they, as students, could execute.
By encouraging social awareness and proactivity, AIESEC Laurier is shaping their members into global-minded leaders. They are challenging them to identify a global problem and find a local solution, to be creative and innovative.
Moving forward, these solutions may be backed by the United Nations. This partnership is an opportunity for youth to create change—and it’s an opportunity that all AIESEC members won’t give up.