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Solferino Youth Declaration (IFRC) - English

Solferino Youth Declaration (IFRC) - English

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The declaration made by participants of Youth on the move on behalf of the youth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The declaration made by participants of Youth on the move on behalf of the youth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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10/19/2012

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YtDeclaat
Red Cross Red Crescent Youth on the Move: Doing more, doing better, reaching further 
We, the youth o the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, united onthe battleelds o Solerino, rearm the vision o 31-year-old Henry Dunant. His visiono humanity has changed the world and united us under common emblems o hope.150 years later, his feeting idea has evolved into a global humanitarian movement o 100 million Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers.We, the youth o 150 countries, representing the 50 million youth volunteers o theMovement, have gathered to dene our vision o humanity and to address the Soleri-nos o today. Poverty, confict, violence, migration, disease, discrimination and climatechange are some o the challenges that still cause suering or hundreds o millions o people across the world.Our generation aces unprecedented change. As Henry Dunant mobilized the peopleo Solerino to alleviate suering and then appealed to world to provide humanitarianaccess, we have mobilized ourselves and now appeal to the leaders o the world to:
 Recognize youth as agents o change
 Encourage the unique abilities and skills that young people alone can bring to thetable, such as intercultural communication and innovative use o technology
 Include youth in decision-making and planning processes at all levels
 Push or youth to have a stronger role in programme development and implementa-tion to empower their communities
 Increase ocus on ormal and non-ormal peer education as a primary method o prevention.We speak with one voice and call on the international community to work with us to domore, do better, and reach urther.
In a world full of challenges we, the youth of the InternationalRed Cross and Red Crescent Movement, commit ourselves to:
1. Inner change and the development o skills to promote harmony and positiveattitudes within communities2. Live our seven Fundamental Principles as agents o behavioural change in ourcommunities3. Renounce violence, promote non-discrimination and respect or diversity, anda culture o peace in the world4. Stand up or non-discrimination in our personal lives5. Live up to our roots in international humanitarian law by acting and standing up toreduce suering in armed confict, and actively disseminating inormation about therules o armed confict, even in times o peace.
Live our principles,celebrate our diversity,change our community.Solferino 2009 
 
We call on our National Societies to:
1. Enable youth to take a leadership role in positively changing behaviours and at-titudes in our communities, using peer and non-ormal education methods such asthe International Federation o Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ “Youth asagents o behavioural change” initiative2. Include the most-vulnerable groups in decision-making processes3. Declare that discrimination o any kind is unacceptable in our Movement, includingdiscrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.
We call on the governments of the world and on the international community to:
1. Promote knowledge and respect or diversity and non-discrimination2. Ensure that education is applied in order to prevent violence and abuse aectingchildren and young people3. Respect international humanitarian law in armed confict and during peace, andensure all cases o violation are properly investigated4. Include international humanitarian law in ormal education curricula5. Improve the control o weapons with a special ocus on small rearms6. Seriously address the issue o children involved in armed confict, including theirreintegration into society in post-confict areas.
We, the youth of the International Red Cross and Red CrescentMovement, commit ourselves to:
1. Do our part in building stronger societies by using the invaluable knowledge, re-sources, energy, capabilities and networks o young people to carry the Movementthrough the 21st century2. Cultivate a more diverse base o youth volunteers, and address local needs o vul-nerable people3. Honest, transparent sel-assessment and regular review o policies and guidelinesat all levels, to strengthen global youth participation in the Movement4. Embrace equal leadership opportunities or young women and young men, andshare success stories5. Establish and strengthen regional networks to empower local and internationalyouth structures6. Further utilize social media and emerging technologies to advocate, share ideas,and communicate eciently.
We call on our National Societies to:
1. Empower, enable, educate and elevate young people by sharing responsibility,power and decision-making in a genuine partnership2. Involve young people in decision-making processes at regional and internationalstatutory meetings3. Work together as a Federation to address the urgent need or nancial and humanresources to support youth development at regional and national levels4. Provide resources and opportunities to develop, retain and transition volunteersthroughout their lives5. Commit to achieving gender equality, especially in leadership.
We call on the governments of the world and on the international community to:
1. Commit to greater accessibility o education and leadership opportunities or women2. Empower, enable, educate and elevate young people by sharing responsibility,power and decision-making in a genuine partnership.
Youth voices from Solferino for stronger societies.
 
We, the youth of the International Red Cross and Red CrescentMovement, commit ourselves to:
1. Ramp up prevention eorts or sexually-transmitted inections, including HIV,through peer education and, or example, condom distribution programmes andother suitable approaches2. Promote the “right to know” about substance-related harm, by increasing peer edu-cation and community participation3. Act to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with tuberculosis, HIV, anddrug use4. Promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation to save lives, promote healthyliestyles, and instill humanitarian values through programmes such as Club 255. Address road saety as a humanitarian challenge, by encouraging young people toact responsibly.
We call on our National Societies to:
1. Address tuberculosis treatment, HIV prevention and challenge stigma2. Support voluntary non-remunerated blood donation, targeting young donors.
We call on the governments of the world and on the international community to:
1. Address drug and alcohol abuse as a humanitarian challenge, not a criminal one2. Include rst aid and road saety in national education curricula, and allocate appro-priate nancial and logistical resources.
We, the youth of the International Red Cross and Red CrescentMovement, commit ourselves to:
1. Involve ourselves in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, including inno-vative solutions such as psychosocial support2. Live up to our commitments on climate change, and make little moves every day,using youth peer education to change communities3. Advocate strongly on climate change adaptation, including the protection o climatemigrants4. “Sae ood or sae lie”, by advocating on ood security5. Advocate or access to clean and sae water, and contribute to sustainable solu-tions.
We call on our National Societies to:
1. Follow through on existing commitments on climate change.
We call on the governments of the world and on the internationalcommunity to reduce vulnerability to disaster by:
1. Creating active and dynamic partnerships at all levels, to address climate changemitigation and adaptation2. Preparing or and responding to the emerging humanitarian eects o climatechange, such as the protection o climate migrants3. Renewing your commitment to nding sustainable water security or all.
Healthy youth make a healthy world.Adapting to climate change and addressing catastrophes.

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