UNIC Jakarta is collaborating with other UN agencies, such as @UNESCO_AsiaPac,@UNFPAIndonesia and @UNVolunteers, to empower the growing youth population in Indonesia to practice tolerance and engage meaningfully with issues of concern and interest to them. @UNICJakarta actively supports activities such as the Model UN in schools and universities across Indonesia and through youth participation in UN events and meetings (such as PrepCom 3 for HABITAT III) and observances (Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July, and International Youth Day, 12 August) to provide avenues for participation, contribution to global policy discussions and engagement on issues of the day. An important part of youth empowerment is aimed at preventing violent extremism through peace education and engagement with community initiatives for social justice and tolerance. At a recent meeting of the UN General Assembly to review the Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized, “Violent extremists and terrorists are posing a direct assault on the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and undermining efforts to maintain peace and security, foster sustainable development, promote respect for human rights and deliver vital humanitarian aid.” “The only responsible answer to provocation and incitement is shared resolve to uphold universal values.”
UNIC Jakarta is supporting teachers’ organizations, faith-based organizations and civil society groups working with schools to bring peace education and conflict-resolution skills to children. Another important element of youth empowerment is promoting volunteerism and community service for social good.
Jakarta, 14 August -- The spirit of volunteerism was celebrated in a colorful and fun-filled morning in Jakarta with young performers from all over the country gathered to celebrate International Youth Day. They demonstrated through their performances, poetry, song, dance and art how passionate they were about volunteering for the environment, for gender equality, for the protection of wildlife, for truth and justice.
Volunteering is an expression of the individual’s involvement in their community. Participation, trust, solidarity and reciprocity, grounded in a shared understanding and a sense of common obligations, are mutually reinforcing values at the heart of governance and good citizenship. Volunteering is not a nostalgic relic of the past. It is our first line of defence against social atomisation in a globalising world. Today, maybe more than ever before, caring and sharing are a necessity, not a charitable act. Volunteerism is one of the most basic of expressions of human behaviour and arises out of long-established ancient traditions of sharing and reciprocal exchanges. At its core are relationships and their potential to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities. Social cohesion and trust, for example, thrive where volunteerism is prevalent. Volunteerism is not only the backbone of civil society organizations and social and political movements, but also of many healths, education, housing and environmental programmes and a range of other civil society, public and private sector programmes worldwide. It is an integral part of every society.
In many countries, volunteerism is deeply rooted in traditional beliefs and community practices. In Indonesia, for instance, the term gotong- royong describes collective voluntary work: a traditional scheme of cooperation within a social group such as family, neighbourhood, community, geographical area, professional sector or nation. An example is cleaning the gutter, cleaning a mosque and public areas. Gotong-royong is about contributing time or money. It is also about creating a sense of community and building relationships between neighbours and community members.