First Date UNYAA – The Post-Activity Note

By Kristi Çina

Everything stated or expressed by man is a note in the margin of a completely erased text. From what’s in the note we can extract the gist of what must have been in the text, but there’s always a doubt, and the possible meanings are many.” – Fernando Pessoa


At the end of the conference on Monday, with this great quote in mind, I had the idea of creating a post-activity note. These notes would not be the remains of the “erased text” (what was said during the conference) as much as reflections on what was not said, what was forgotten. In this way, beyond the pictures, the posts and everyone’s memory, there would be forever a small trace of what was waived, which would complete and conclude the event much better than any classical feedback.


Here is my first note:


Choosing to organize this conference on October the 24th was not a random choice. October the 24th is the International Day of the United Nations, the day we recall and promote the goals and values of the organization and this year, on the 71st anniversary, the main theme was “The Global Goals on Sustainable Development”. For this reason, we picked this date and this theme to launch our ambitious initiative. Of course, as often happens, the Albanian reality and our perception of it took over an enormous space, shadowing somewhat the global SDGs, which should have been at the heart of the debate. Therefore probably the nature of our organization was not presented as clearly as we intended.  Why youth association of the UN and not the EU? Or NATO? Or Western Balkans?


The SDGs are part of Agenda 2030, which is called “Transforming Our World” (the subtitle of our conference) and aim at the development of humanity and protection of the planet where we all live, meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising those of the future ones. The agenda is extremely important because the setting alone makes it possible to plan a roadmap towards achieving them; secondly, it gives people the knowledge and tools required for them to make their governments accountable, and in the third place encourages experts from various fields to develop specific strategies to achieve these objectives.


Conferences of this type include the last 2 elements. A general presentation of the global goals serves as a mental aperitif, to tease the appetite of young people to be more informed on the subject and find in them inspiration for various initiatives. It is our conviction that this topic makes everyone feel more responsible and closer to the international community. It is our conviction that by feeling like citizens of the world and by perceiving ourselves as such we can become better “Albanians”. Transform the world by transforming Albania. This is why we are the UN Youth Association of Albania.