Getting a Cruise Package for Christmas

I never know what to get my wife for Christmas. This year, she has been not so subtle about letting me know what she wanted. Her sister and her husband went on a cruise this past summer and since then my wife has been telling me that she wants to go on her first cruise. She has left all kinds of pamphlets out on the table in the kitchen and has left many different websites up on the computer about different cheap Cunard cruises. I took the hint and started looking into these cruises.

It did not take long for me to find the package that I thought we would both enjoy. I found a great deal and thought that I should probably jump on it before the prices go up. I booked the trip for the beginning of next summer allowing us enough time to save up some money and make arrangements for the kids and for work. I wanted to be sure that we had more than enough time to plan the trip out so that we would not be left scrambling trying to get all of the details taken care of.

I have been thinking about the different ways that I can present my wife with her present this year at Christmas. I wanted to package it up in a way that she would be just as excited about the package as she will be the cruise itself. I decided to get a snow globe that was customized to include a picture of the tickets and the destination. This way, she can put it up on the mantel and be reminded each day until we leave that she got exactly what she wanted and that she has something to look forward to this summer. It is going to be great.

Using My Profits from My Site to Travel

One I learned about twin peak profits, I was able to create a site that was quite profitable. I have tried a few different sites over the years, but had not really had as much success as I would have liked. I decided to take some more time to research the steps and the processes that other webmasters have been using to make their sites such a success.

After spending a great deal of time learning what they were doing, I started making some changes to how I was doing things. I modified my keywords to better my search engine optimization outcomes. Once I did that and took some of the viral net profits information and put it to work, I began seeing some positive changes in the way that my site was ranking and the amount of traffic that was being drawn to it.

I have a deep love of travel and have been working hard to perfect a travel site that will help people find the best destinations for their money as well as find affordable ways to get there. It has taken me quite some time, but I think that I have finally gotten things to the point where I can call it a successful site.

I have begun making some decent cash off of the site and have been putting the money away so I can begin using the advice and the information that I have been posting for my readers. I think that if I can maintain a level of traffic and profits that I have been lately that I will be on a one month trip by this time next year. I love how well things are going and look forward to developing even more sites that will bring me even more profits making my trip even better.

Youth Flash Newsletter June 2012


In this issue of Youth Flash, you will find the following:

Feature Article:

  • 29 Committed Youth Travel to Istanbul for 2nd IYLA Training

News from UN offices

News from UN Information Centers (UNIC)

Youth in Action


Featured Article

By Elif Kalan and Saige Martin

29 committed youth leaders from seventeen different countries were selected to attend the 2nd International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA) training in Istanbul, Turkey. IYLA is coordinated by the Habitat Center for Development and Governance based in Istanbul. We were selected from a pool of more then 859 applicants. All of us came from different professional backgrounds, including NGO’s, Non-profits, and Civil Society Organizations. We travelled to Istanbul to gain skills and qualifications that would be useful to take actions to make meaningful changes to the lives of young people in our own countries.

Our training was led by Ravi Karkara, a Global Expert on Children and Youth, along with other experts from UN-Habitat and Save the Children. At the beginning of the training we attended the 2012 Youth Empowerment Forum of International Society for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (SPCAN). The forum this year was focused specifically on creating local, national, and international partnerships for protecting children against violence and abuse. The forum was very useful as it put emphasis on analyzing, strategizing, and understanding of children and youth rights, and we used these concepts throughout the IYLA training.

Throughout the week, we discussed various aspects of discrimination and dimensions of the cycle of oppression. We also analyzed the effects of policies and institutions on youth and others. Though the focus of our training was on youth and children, it also comprised many aspects of human rights and development. Ravi led us through a series of activities, discussions, and projects that stretched our attention to a broad range of issues, from youth rights to youth participation, social responsibility, inclusion of disadvantaged groups, and citizenship.


An important topic we discussed at the end of the training was the United Nations Post-2015 development agenda. In 2000 the United Nations Member States agreed to tackle the eight goals Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the year 2015. As 2015 approaches closer, the United Nations is asking youth and other stakeholders to be the part of the process of developing a post-2015 development agenda. After the discussion in the training, we decided to spread out our voices and to ask young people everywhere on the globe to raise their concerns on ‘The World We Want in 2015’. A video of the youth voices can be found in YouTube.

Tamar Tolordova from Georgia was asked about her plans after the training and she said: “I’m currently a volunteer in a Georgian youth organization and I’m trying to take part in different projects to become an active member of this organization. My past experiences include organizing different projects, event planning, and leading presentations and discussions at conferences. This training gives me the opportunity to use my experience, improve my abilities and understand my potentials. I hope the skills I have learned through this training would help me effectively organize more projects and events that will ultimately help the development of youth as well as my professional career”.

The training was full of passion and experiences, and culminated in an international effort to create change, to take action, and to mobilize local communities for 2015, and beyond. For more information about IYLA or Habitat please go to: and for more information on The World We Want 2015 initiative, go to:

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Establish a youth delegate programme

Participation in decision-making is one of the key priority areas of the United Nations agenda on youth. One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a country’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

The youth delegate programme is coordinated by the UN Programme on Youth at the global level, but it is the responsibility of the Member States to establish a youth delegate programme at the national level, and to decide who will represent the young people of their country. The roles of a youth representative varies from country to country, but normally includes providing input to their delegation on issues related to youth and participate in their delegation’s general work through attending meetings and informal negotiations.

Youth delegates can participate in several intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. Most official youth delegates participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

Youth Delegates to the General Assembly

The Third Committee is the arm of the General Assembly that deliberates on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues. Matters that pertain specifically to youth currently fall under the agenda item called “Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, persons with disabilities and the family”. Generally, this agenda item is considered in the Third Committee of the General Assembly during the month of October; however, this is subject to change based on the annual programmes of work adopted by Member States. The agenda of the General Assembly, including that of its Third Committee, is usually available in late summer at the web site of the General Assembly.

Youth Delegates to the Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

The Commission for Social Development is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The body is in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development and meets annually in February for one and a half weeks. It covers key social development themes such as poverty, employment and social integration and the issue of youth falls within the latter.

A youth resolution is traditionally adopted every two years. Typically the youth delegates that have been selected for the General Assembly also participate in the Commission for Social Development, since the work of the two bodies is closely linked.

The agenda of the Commission for Social Development is available.

Youth delegates to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) is responsible for reviewing progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on the Environment and Development, as well as providing policy guidance to follow up on the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) at the local, national, regional and international level. The CSD meets annually in New York during the month of May for two weeks, and is open to both governmental and non-governmental actors. Young people can participate either by being a member of their country’s official delegation, or by representing an NGO through the major group for Children and Youth. Participating NGOs must be in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), including those accredited on the CSD Roster.

Country profiles for the youth delegate programmes

In this section you will find detailed descriptions of the youth delegate programme of some Member States. Each Member State determines the selection process and the role the youth delegate should have at the intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations.

Related resources:

WFUNA: “Youth at the UN: A Handbook for Establishing a National Youth Delegate Programme to the United Nations”

This handbook is produced by the World Federation of United Nations Associations. The handbook is not produced by the UN system, and can assist you in developing a proposal and budget for a national Youth Delegate Programme, as well as taking you step-by-step through creating your own campaign for such a Programme.


1. Contributions from youth delegates and NGOs.