For the second year running the Permanent Mission of Norway has partnered with the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) to present the Trygve Lie Youth Challenge - an annual creative and educational competition named after the Norwegian politician and lawyer that became the UNs first Secretary-General. The competition seeks to get young people engaged in the key global issues of the day.
The 2012 Trygve Lie Youth Challenge sought to capitalise on the energy of the global protest movements while looking ahead to Rio+20 and the global sustainable development agenda. In January the 3000 NHSMUN delegates were sent the following Challenge: “if you were at a peaceful protest in Rio in June– what would your banner read?”
The winner of the 2012 Trygve Lie Youth Challenge – Carlisle High School - was announced to a packed UN General Assembly Hall during the closing ceremony of the National High School Model UN conference. In her speech Norway’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, stressed the importance of youth involvement in Rio.
“As you know, one of the main challenges we have, is to make the world more sustainable. What does this mean? It simply means that you – and also your children after that - should be left with an as good world as the one we have today. Ideally, we should build an even better world, like Trygve Lie helped doing 60 years ago.”
Ambassador Smith also drew a comparison between Trygve Lie, whose political career began when he was 15 years old, and the 69 people who were killed during the terror attack on the Norwegian island of Utøya last summer.
“All of them were from the same youth party where Trygve Lie started his political career. Like him, they believed in democracy, diversity and inclusiveness. After the attacks, many of them have reacted by becoming even more engaged in politics. More than ever, they feel how important is to stand up for what they believe in.”
The winning poster will be taken to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro and handed to a top Norwegian delegate there.