Forbes 3 Apr 2020

Tattoo Artist Dani Egna On Staying Focused And Inspired


This week on Unfiltered we talk to Dani Egna, CEO and founder of Inked By Dani, about how she stays inspired, her jobs before she started her business and her irrational fear.

Under 30 Unfiltered is a show where we get candid with the members of the 30 Under 30 list. We ask them about what sacrifices they've made, what inspires them and more generally what's going on in their lives.

António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at the Petersberg Virtual Dialogue (Berlin, Germany)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.
As we recover, we must build back better for people and the planet.
We have the guides and tools we need -- the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Governments have pledged to present, within a year, new nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
This commitment must be maintained.
And the main economies, the G20 countries, must lead by example.
I have proposed six climate-positive actions for building back:
Invest in green jobs.
Do not bail out polluting industries.
End fossil-fuel subsidies.
Take climate risks into account in all financial and policy decisions.
Work together.
And, most important, leave no one behind.
Together, we can improve health, reduce inequalities and re-energize struggling economies.
Like the coronavirus, greenhouse gases respect no boundaries.
Isolation is not a solution.
No country can succeed alone.
Briefing by Jayathma Wickramanayake, Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth, on youth, peace and security, during the Security Council Open VTC.

She dedicated her statement to all the young people who are putting their communities ahead of them-selves, within war zones, refugee camps, favelas and settlements showcasing grit and leadership that sometimes the world fails to see in political leaders.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 2250, the Youth Envoy expressed that this is an opportune moment to take stock of the Youth Peace and Security Agenda.

Based on the report, Wickramanayake briefed the Council on the key recommendations which echoed the voices of young people who she has interacted with.

She reiterated that meaningful participation of all young people towards building sustainable peace should be ensured. She said, "participation is recognized as a human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All young people have the right to participate in the conduct of public affairs and thus are entitled to rights and freedoms."

The Youth Envoy continued, "such participation encompasses a wide range of actions, from formal participation in political, electoral or peace processes to informal participation at the community level and in digital spaces. Enabling spaces should be created for young people, where they are seen and respected as citizens with equal rights, equal voices and equal influence."

Noting that young people believe that strong mechanisms should be developed to protect young activists and peace builders, the Youth Envoy called on Member States support to "facilitate an inclusive, safe, enabling and gender-responsive environment in which young peacebuilders and young human rights defenders are recognized and provided with adequate support and protection to carry out their work independently and without undue interference."

Concluding her speech, Wickramanayake reiterated "if the UN and the Security Council fail to translate agreed Resolutions into action; in a nutshell if this agenda do not be brought down from a global policy level to a regional and country level with programmatic action; young people will lose opportunities to meaningfully participate and most importantly, their trust in institutions and multilateralism will further erode."

The Youth Envoy stated, "we cannot afford to lose the trust of young people, the greatest asset and greatest hope we have for a better future."

She urged the Council to "put young people at the heart of its efforts to bring global peace and security."

She said, "young people are ready and up for the challenge. The question is - are national, regional and international actors ready to bridge the inter-generational divide?"
António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the Launch of the Policy Brief on Older Persons

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world.
The fatality rate for older people is higher overall, and for those over 80, it is five times the global average.
Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. It is likely to have a particularly devastating impact on older people in developing countries.
As an older person myself, with responsibility for an even older mother, I am deeply concerned about the pandemic on a personal level, and about its effects on our communities and societies.
Today we are launching a policy brief that provides analysis and recommendations to address these challenges. Our response to COVID-19 must respect the rights and dignity of older people.
There are four main messages.

First, no person, young or old, is expendable. Older people have the same rights to life and health as everyone else.
Difficult decisions around life-saving medical care must respect the human rights and dignity of all.

Second, while physical distancing is crucial, let's not forget we are one community and we all belong to each other. We need improved social support and smarter efforts to reach older people through digital technology.
That is vital to older people who may face great suffering and isolation under lockdowns and other restrictions.

Third, all social, economic and humanitarian responses must take the needs of older people fully into account, from universal health coverage to social protection, decent work and pensions.
The majority of older people are women, who are more likely to enter this period of their lives in poverty and without access to healthcare. Policies must be targeted at meeting their needs.

And fourth, let's not treat older people as invisible or powerless.
Many older people depend on an income and are fully engaged in work, in family life, in teaching and learning, and in looking after others. Their voices and leadership count.

To get through this pandemic together, we need a surge in global and national solidarity and the contributions of all members of society, including older people.
As we look to recover better, we will need ambition and vision to build more inclusive, sustainable and age-friendly societies that are fit for the future.
Dr. Devra Davis, an epidemiologist and president of Environmental Health Trust, offered her take on #COVID-19 and proposed way to increase efficacy of containment in the U.S., check it out.

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