Fall 2021    

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The Open Minds Project 

The Open Minds Project is a collection of materials produced by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs 
to promote meaningful and inclusive participation and empowerment of youth on disarmament and non-proliferation issues. Materials included below remind us that extraordinary things are happening. This newsletter helps you find them. 

Youth voices from around the world

A change is necessary, do you dare to be part of it?

A Teen Inventor’s Journey for a World Without Landmines

Keeping Youth in the Loop on "Killer Robots"

A Woman, a Latin American—and a future Force of Change

I Don’t Want to Be a ‘Hibakusha 2.0

The Power of One to ‘Knot the Gun’


Ya está disponible en español una selección de historias destacadas de nuestros miembros de #Youth4Disarmament


Latest news, opportunities, and activities

#Youth4Disarmament launches #YouthInAction for Disarmament Campaign

#Youth4Disarmament discuss youth engagement in disarmament with Pace University

Youth Rep. Ms. Momoka Narasaki's remarks at UN International #PeaceDay Youth Observance

"What If - Spesterra" entrants attend workshop to faciliate intergenerational dialogue on filmmaking

Youth around the world #StepUp4Disarmament to commemorate the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Secretary-General’s Video Message on International Youth Day 2021

High Representative delivers opening remarks via video message to Conference on Disarmament on International Youth Day

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth delivers opening remarks to Conference on Disarmament's session on Youth

#StepUp4Disarmament Campaign Invites Youth to Run, Walk in Support of International Day Against Nuclear Tests

HR delivers opening remarks via video message for the Youth Forum on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Seoul Youth Declaration for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation adopted by participants of the Youth Forum on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Preparations for UNODA and ROK's Youth Forum on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation begins with a virtual orientation session

Young disarmament and arms control experts make their voices heard

#Youth4Disarmament's call for volunteers to help translate the "What If - Spesterra" Youth Video Challenge

One year after UN’s call for global ceasefire, young leaders take stock

Secretary-General's message on International Girls in ICT Day 2021

High Representative delivers video message at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Online Student Spring Conference

Students pitch tech-based ideas for tackling peace and security challenges

 New! “What if – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge

(Press Release)

Secretary-General's video message for ECOSOC Youth Forum

UNODA & BASIC Webinar – Tenth NPT Review Conference: Empowering Emerging Voices

 High Representative delivers opening remarks at UNODA & BASIC webinar “Empowering Emerging Voices”

Young Scientists from the Global South Join the Second Edition of the Youth for Biosecurity Workshop

Students discuss how to innovate responsibly with artificial intelligence

Video message by High Representative on International Women’s Day

Young people weigh what makes women crucial to disarmament

Secretary-General's message for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

High Representative & ROK Deputy Foreign Minister discuss key disarmament milestones in 2021 & ways forward for empowering youth

High Representative’s message on the 75th anniversary of the first United Nations General Assembly resolution

Secretary-General's Video Message on the Occasion of the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Education

“They looked as if they were ghosts”: An atomic bomb survivor shares her memories