Inspired by the PAST | Acknowledging the PRESENT | Creating the FUTURE
This global Finalé to our online Festival started with Journey of a Dream, created by New York-based theatre company Visual Echo, involving children from every continent.
We then moved to San Francisco, where the UN was born, to pay tribute to the heroes and peace-makers who have shaped the UN’s Past 75 years; each tribute linked by songs performed in different languages and styles by artists from around the world.
The UN’s Present was illustrated by key ideas from our Festival’s week of workshops.
The UN of the Future was then explored in an intergenerational dialogue between youth and elders, drawing on ideas and initiatives raised in the UN’s own Global Conversation, Peace Child International’s conferences and musicals, and UNA-UK’s Stepping Stones Report on how to achieve the Future we want and the UN we need.
MEET THE TEAM
Composer and Lyricist
David and Rosey Woollcombe
Founders, Peace Child International
International Activist on Youth, UN, Cultural and Inter-faith issues
PANELLIST: Ella Faye
Ella Faye is an Actor and climate activist with Extinction Rebellion. She is a performance artist and advocates for the use of protest with political theatre and art to create the shift we need for the survival of our planet.
PANELLIST: Lauren Banham
Lauren is currently studying for A levels in Economics, Drama, Government and Politics at St George’s School, Harpenden where she is also an experienced public speaker and prize-winning drama student. She has volunteered for charitable work in the UK and at the “Jenga” project in Uganda. Lauren leads this Youth Panel because she leads on the idea of a Digital Citizen’s UN within Peace Child Intl. She raised it first with Richard Jolly at the Harpenden UNA’s UN75 meeting in January then fleshed it out at the Annual Meeting of the Academic Council of the United Nations in June and will present her latest thoughts on the idea at this Intergenerational Dialogue.
PANELLIST: Sebastian Dodt
Sebastian is a student in International Relations at SOAS University of London and London School of Economics. In his studies he aims to understand the present and future challenges posed through big data and artificial intelligence from a political science as well as a data science perspective. Moreover, in taking this interdisciplinary approach, Sebastian is trying to identify regulatory and practical ways through which data analysis and AI can be employed to benefit people across the world while simultaneously safeguarding their privacy and freedom. Addressing these issues related to Digital Security, Sebastian has worked at the United Nations in New York as well as the EU parliament.
PANELLIST: Anahita Parsa
Anahita is currently an MA candidate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, at SOAS University of London. Having worked on issues of gender and militarism throughout her undergraduate, her research now focuses on the mainstreaming of minority voices and applying intersectional approaches to international security. She seeks to highlight the constructive impact of doing so on peacebuilding and policymaking. An active disarmament campaigner, she has collaborated with numerous NGOs to promote the cause. She has been involved with the #UN75 campaign, speaking as a panellist on Peacebuilding and Intercultural Dialogue at the UN75 Conference in Estonia.
PANELLIST: Toma Moran
Toma is a bi-lingual French-Irish citizen mother who has spent time in the Middle East learning basic Arabic. A postgraduate student at the SOAS Centre for International Studies, he is writing his master’s thesis on the necessity for a new Universal Declaration of Human Rights UDHR 2.0). adapted to today’s digital challenges. Toma worked with several educational organisations in the Middle East, most recently the Academic Union in Haifa. He also worked with Doctors Without Borders in Lebanon, Skillz Beirut and others promoting youth empowerment and education. Toma has come to pay particular attention to digital rights as some governments continue to act with impunity regarding mass surveillance and imprisonment of youth activists without fair trial. Therefore the need for a UDHR 2.0 is essential: UN member states must be reminded of the importance of respecting Human Rights, online as well as offline.
PANELLIST: Noeleen Heyzer
Noeleen Heyzer is currently a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. She was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2015) and the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. Prior to that she was the first Executive Director outside of North America to lead the United Nations Development Fund for Women (1994-2007). She was widely recognized for playing a critical role in the Security Council’s adoption and implementation of the landmark Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security. Dr. Heyzer was also the UN SG’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development.
Dr. Heyzer has served on numerous boards and advisory committees of international organizations, including the UNDP Human Development Report, Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore (NUS), Governing Board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy(NUS), the Kofi Annan Global Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. She was also on the High-level Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding chaired by Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen.