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Obama in Spain – Thanking the Military

On the 10th of July 2016, President Obama travelled to Rota – a naval military base in the south of Spain – in order to speak to military personnel serving there.

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The naval base, named NAVSTA Rota, is commanded by a Spanish Rear Admiral and fully funded by the US. Since 1953, the relations between Spain and the US were fortified by several mutual aid agreements which allowed the establishment of this naval base, and as a consequence, the improvement of local economies. Shortly after this, Spain and the US recognized the high strategic and maritime importance of the area.

Many missions were carried out in that region and Rota functioned as a gateway to Europe, to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as to the African continent. Today, Rota is a crucial missile defense station of the NATO, which intends to promote security and stability in the region.

At the naval base, President Obama stated how the United States could not ask for a better ally than Spain. He already mentioned in the past how strategically important Spain is for Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, and he could finally return to this amazing country – Spain –, and greet some colleagues and Spanish Government officials before the end of his mandate.

Obama_Speech_RotaThe President, returned to Washington on the same day, one day earlier as planned, cancelling his visits to Seville and Madrid, where he would have met with several young leaders from all over Spain and Europe.

Those young people were looking forward to seeing the President and to learn from his guidance. Nevertheless, they will continue their way, passionately working towards their goals, waiting for the President to return someday.

The Youth at the United Nations

During the last couple of months, a handful of young people passionately worked on the creation of the Youth Delegate to the United Nations Programme for Spain‬.

Several entities, such as UNSA Spain, with the support of those young individuals, is working on the promotion of the program, continuously contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid.

The basic premise behind this programme is to have one or more young persons as delegates that form part of the  Spanish mission in New York to attend a number of international conferences on behalf of the Spanish government and the young people of Spain.

Spanish Youth Delegate to the UN

The youth – officially defined by the UN as people aged 15-24 – makes up over 1.8 billion people of the world population and two-sixth of the Spanish population. Yet this group is hugely under-represented in national and international decision-making, despite the fact that this issue that affects several minorities in the world also affects the youth, often even to a greater extent due to their social and economic status within society.

The Youth Delegate programme is an opportunity to create civic role models for young people by encouraging participation of the Spanish youth in the international arena, and thereby inspiring them to contribute more deeply at home, in the political life of their own society, and hence counteracting the immense social costs of youth exclusion.

The inclusion of youth in the Spanish delegations to the UN meetings can help them gain a better understanding of the intricacies of negotiations, the challenges of achieving consensus and the patience required to win diplomatic progress.

By encouraging young voices to be heard at international forums and intergovernmental processes, our Spanish youth can effectively participate in the global community, and bring to the table a fresh perspective to the discussions at the UN General Assembly and other Committee sessions, contributing greatly to the resolutions of problems and challenges faced by the youth in Spain and around the world.

The Benefits for Spain

Young people in all countries are both a major human resource for development and key agents for social change, economic development and technological innovation. By enabling more effective participation of young people, we can benefit from their energy, idealism, unique perspectives, and innovative and creative ideas. Young people are the experts on the issues that affect them and as such, are integral to achieving effective and enduring solutions.

By empowering the youth to participate more fully in society and decision-making processes, they become engaged as partners in shaping the world they will inherit and pass on to future generations.

Let us Change the World

It is hoped that the passion, creativity and energy of the young people are highlighted by giving them an opportunity to increase their impact on social policy and dialogue in the local and global sphere so as to face challenges and strengthen opportunities for international youth development policy and dialogue.

W.I.R. wants to show its gratitude to those young individuals, especially to one of W.I.R.’s founders David J. K. Tofan, for their great contribution and for making this initiative soon become reality. We are all looking forward to the successful implementation of the Youth Delegate program in Spain.

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Please share this great news with the rest of the world, especially with the Spanish youth!

It’s time for the inclusion of the Youth, it’s time to have a Voice!