Renan Goncalves, Global Citizen: Brazil, Pitzer College and the United Nations

Renan Gonvalces

Renan Goncalves, a Brazilian student who is studying at Pitzer College spring semester 2011 on an International Exchanges program, was selected by the United Nations office in Brazil as a youth delegate to attend the UN Commission on Population and Development’s forty-fourth session. The theme of the commission is fertility, reproductive health and development and took place at the United Nations in New York City from April 11-15. He attended the discussions and meetings as an observer and will be writing  about his experiences for http://www.conversationsforabetterworld.com/  and http://www.juventude.gov.br/ in Portuguese and English.

Part of the reason Renan was selected for this honor is because of his work with indigenous and poor youth in his hometown of Boa Vista. Boa Vista is in the state of Roraima in northern Brazil where he attends Federal University of Roraima  as a Social Sciences major.

As part of an international exchange at Pitzer, Renan has been able to interact with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures that he would otherwise never would have been able to meet at his university in Brazil, from places as diverse as Italy, Bostwana, and Turkey, as well as across cultures and ethnic backgrounds in the United States. “I have learned to see the world through the eyes of others and this semester at Pitzer College has made me a globally engaged citizen,” he says.

August 2010-11 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Youth. Nearly half of the world’s population–nearly 3 billion people–are under 25; about 85 percent live in developing countries.

The United Nations is promoting events that include youth participation as part of this initiative. The Population Division is promoting youth participation to become meaningfully involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of all sexual and reproductive health policies and programs.

For more information:

Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division
www.un.org/esa/population/

Agenda for Forty-Fourth Session, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division
www.un.org/esa/population/cpd/cpd2011/cpd44.htm

International Year of Youth
social.un.org/youthyear/