Watch the video below to see President Walter Alomar petition the Committee of 24 at the United Nations at the 2019 Decolonization Hearings.
Youth bring ideas, passion, innovation, along with unique perspectives and experiences to the United Nations. In turn, Department of Global Communication (DGC) acknowledges young people as an asset and creative change makers.
Are you 18-32 years old? Do you belong to a civil society organizaiton associated with DGC? Do you want to help make positive social changes – in your community, in your country and in the world? Would you like to gain experience to help reach your education and career goals? Contact the head of your organization to nominate you as a civil society Youth Representative to DGC. Each organization formally associated with DGC may appoint 2 youth representatives annually. Additionally, all young people, ages 18 to 32, are welcome to participate and engage with our youth programmes.
The UN Civil Society Conference explores ways and means for strengthening collaboration between local communities and global institutions. The three-day gathering of civil society organizations is organized by the Department of Global Communications (formerly DPI) in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee and the participation of its associated civil society organizations and NGOs that have consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
OCHO WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH UN DELEGATE AND NGOs IN ORDER TO WORK TOWARDS THE 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN ORDER TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD BY 2030. BELOW YOU WILL SEE SOME WAYS IN WHICH OCHO HAS PARTICIAPTED IN SAID GOALS AS WELL AS THE PLANS FOR FUTURE WORK:
Sustainable Goal #3
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING:
Utilizing funds from a grant funded program sponsored by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, OCHO was able to provide mental health counseling services to individuals struggling with mental health and gambling addictions. Particpants were identified in at-risk communities, with little/no health insurance or access to mental health care services. The services included individual, group, and family counseling, and was free of charge to all participants.
OCHO believes that in order to help our communities grow, they need to be healthy and strong. Too often mental healthcare is overlooked and underserved, and OCHO aims to change that. By helping those who need it get qulity mental health and subatance abuse services, we are working otwards good health and well being for all!
Sustainable Goal #10
One of the biggest threats to equal human rights for the people of Pueto Rico is its colonial status. That is why OCHO avdily supports the decolonization of Puerto Rico, and has addressed the Committee of 24 during the decolonization hearings. Below you will see a clip from one such presentation. In addition to participating in the Special Committee hearings each year, OCHO created a documentary titled "Colonization is Extinction", and has presented the film in venues all around the tri-state area, in an attempt to educate the communities, bring awareness to the crisis on the island that colonialism create, and help to motivate people to work towards change. The learn more about the film, go to www.colonizationisextinction.com