Happy August! One year from today, Subud members from around the world will be on planes, trains, cars, buses, bikes, and foot, making their way to Puebla, Mexico for the start of the 14th World Congress, beginning 2 August, 2014. (Have you registered yet? Do so NOW!) Until then, however, there are lots of opportunities to put your latihan into practice and make a difference. (And if you need more latihan, don’t forget there’s a world latihan this coming weekend!)
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), for example, offers opportunities to learn about and get involved in global dialogues dealing with development, capacity building, and trends and analyses. This month’s newsletter discusses issues that range from the confluence of food, energy, and cities to measures of sustainability. Check out the newsletter here.
Now, this is where you really get involved. Every year, International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August . This year, the theme of the day is Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward. Check out the video below to learn more – it’s an interview with Daniela Bas, the Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development. What can you do in your community, school, Subud group, etc. to discuss or show what contributions youth make? (Maybe, you know, you could, like, make it into a fundraiser for the International Youth Travel Fund…)
Also, as a part of this year’s celebrations, youth from around the world are invited to participate in an event with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (see program below). I will be attending; if you are between the ages of 15 and 29 and would like to accompany me, let me know immediately so we can get you registered. Email me at: alex.woodward[AT]subudyouth.net.