Do they know it's christmas time at all?

Publicado 25 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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It's exactly one month before Christmas and I'm looking forward for a break from my hectic life but I cannot help but think of all the children and young people in the world who won't even know it is Christmas. I think of the people who will be spending their Christmas without their relatives because MH 370 is missing, Ebola has stolen their lives and war and conflict has destroyed most things in sight. It feels like 2014 has been a year with many disasters and the year is comi...


Tolerance, mutual respect - together united for a shared future

Publicado 16 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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On the occasion of the International day of tolerance -16th November 2014- I pondered on the importance of tolerance. Tolerance is of great value and one I feel young people should promote. Having been brought up in a household where my mother, father and grand mother all shared different religious beliefs but still despite an occasional debates we lived together in harmony. Furthermore I grew up in a country where differences in political opinions has divided the country. Differen...


Leaving our lives in the hands of Heads of State

Publicado 11 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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I am writing this post after a whole day of observing negotiations at the ministerial meeting of Small Islands States in preparation for climate change summit in Lima. I was placed at a table towards the back on the room with a clear label: OBSERVER. A few government officials of the Seychelles came to visit to tease that now they were being observed they could feel more pressure. I am sure they were only teasing but I answered to confirm of course I am observing all to hold you ac...


Displaced by climate- what is your legal status?

Publicado 6 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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It has already started. The effects of climate change have meant that people are being forced to migrate. A case of a family from Tuvalu applied for asylum in New Zealand and although it was granted it was on humanitarian ground on the basis that there had close ties in NZ. In fact the bulk of the case was on the premise that they were being affected by climate change. This decision has drawn attention to the Refugee convention in place. The Refugee Convention currently in place do...


Convention of the Rights and Responsibilities of the Child

Publicado 28 de octubre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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I had a read through the Convention on the Rights of the Child before writing this post and thought it was missing something. With rights comes responsibilities and that should be acknowledged in the Convention. It is correct that children should be have a right to a family, education, health care, free from torture and degrading treatment and protection from mental, physical and sexual abuse but what if children begin to rely on the word 'right' to escape their responsibility?...


One Young World summit - We can learn from each other!

Publicado 21 de octubre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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From the 15th October to the 18th October I was privileged to attend the one young world conference in Dublin, Ireland. The moments that stood for me were as follows: 1. Children and young people should never have to go through such abuse: at the age of 13 Yeonmi Park watched her mother be raped so as to protect her from rape. The heart wrenching story did not leave dry eyes in the crowd. 2. Everyone who spoke called for action. Our world is going into dangerous territory wit...


Power of the People - consumerism

Publicado 7 de octubre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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I've always believed and advocated that power lies with the people, that is the majority rather the few at the top. This is based on the rationale that it is the majority that votes to put someone in a that position and therefore can vote to take them out. The power is with the people. I wonder if the same can apply in the consumer world. The consumer world works on supply and demand. Methane is as lethal or more lethal than carbon dioxide emission. One of the greatest emitte...


Does race or wealth determine your destiny?

Publicado 30 de septiembre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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"What the white used to say about the blacks we now say about the poor." Chinua Achebe (Anthills of the Savannah) Many people are born in the same country yet have different destinies. Whilst some people think it is out of our control whilst others believe it is in their complete control. What if the colour of your skin already decided your destiny? What if how wealthy your family is already decided your fate? Two people only a stone throw away from each other but on one hand...


STOP THE TALKING- IT IS TIME FOR ACTION

Publicado 20 de septiembre de 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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Things are heating up in New York as people mobilise for the world's largest march to bring about action to combat climate change and the Seychelles is no exception. The Seychelles National Youth Assembly decided to host an event to commemorate climate change global day of action. Today was about: Mobilisation. Education. Action. As young people gathered early Saturday morning as Mahe Island experienced torrential downpours we gathered in a cosy room in a primary school. The...


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