Young people around the world should utilize this new global culture characterized by technology, innovation and new media as tools not just for socialization but for greater good; to bridge social differences, build sustainable nations, advance economic growth, promote democracy and political stability. This will demonstrate to the world our potential and influence in engineering a sense of stability, peace and unity across geographical, gender, age, racial or ethnic divides.
As a young African with a vision of facilitating and ensuring the progressive nature of states through diplomacy, policy making and development, my selection to attend and participate in this week-long event that will bring together aspiring young leaders from around the world to enhance and develop their skills in areas around international relations is an honor. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to global leaders. As a Kenyan, my participation is a demonstration that African youth are ready for leadership and increasing awareness on our claim to be heard on the global stage is crucial, now more than ever.
Note: This is a guest post by Linda Okero, an aspiring diplomat and one of the successful Kenyan applicants to Young Diplomats Forum, 2016 to be held in London in July. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org. Images used were downloaded from Google Images, photo credits to the owners.