Kids for Peace

By on 6-01-2010 in News, philanthropy

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Prishtinë/Pristina, 30 May 2010 – As part of ongoing efforts to give children a voice in society and to promote peace and tolerance among children and communities in Kosovo, and preceding other celebrations marking the Children’s Day (1 June), UNICEF and partners World Vision and Sport SansFrontières organised a series of arts and sports activities for several hundred children from all communities.

Today’s events were planned to take place in different locations in Mitrovice/a south and north, but unfortunately due to security concerns, UNICEF had to relocate the event to an alternative location outside Mitrovice/a, to a place called Koshtova. Activities were designed to help children from all communities to express their aspirations for the future and to interact with others. As such, the event, highlighted that all children share the same rights and that all communities have the obligation to work towards fulfilling the rights of children from all backgrounds. The children expressed during the event that they all share common aspirations in terms of education, health, friendship, peace and a safe and healthy environment. They urged adults to bear their best interest in mind and to find practical solutions that have a positive impact on their lives.

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Children have a lot to say and they have a right to be heard; it is our responsibility to listen and give them opportunities to interact with their peers from all communities” said Ms.Alyssa Milano, dedicated advocate for children and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador visiting Kosovo on the occasion of Children’s Day 2010.

This message is reinforced by children themselves, as Kids for Peace Clubs across Kosovo have also sent a powerful statement: “Children all over the world should be able to live without violence and to have hope for a better future. We represent the future of Kosovo, and our desire is to live in a place where people tolerate differences and respect each other. With the support of adults, let our ideas and our voices be heard.”

Eleven years after the conflict, and despite some progress, ethnic divisions still hamper the interaction between different communities in the Kosovo society and a high degree of mistrust among Kosovo’s ethnic groups remains palpable as it was witnessed today in Mitrovice/a. In this context, continued social tensions inhibit children and youth of different ethnic communities from communicating with each other. Thus, considering that more than 50 percent of Kosovo population is under the age of 25, it appears evident that sustainable peace is unattainable without the participation of children and young people and that there is urgent need to overcome ethnic divisions and build capacity for conflict resolution amongst children and youth.


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UNICEF expresses its strong regret that today’s event s with children could not take place on both parts of Mitrovice/a town as it had been planned. UNICEF urges local authorities, decision makers and communities to consider first and foremost the best interest of the child and their right to participate meaningfully in public life at all times. UNICEF believes that children are powerful agents for change and that each generation is a chance for a new and different beginning.

UNICEF would like to thank World Vision’s “Kids for Peace” and Sports Sans Frontières clubs for supporting today’s event and giving children from all communities the opportunity to get together and celebrate.

23 Comments

  1. It was very nice with you here in Mitrovica, The childrens were very happy with the organization of the CHILDRENS DAY 2010

  2. Looks like Alyssa fits right in.

  3. Thank you for visiting the youngest and most beautiful country on the face of the earth. You just match in there. May God bless you for your good work and effort. As a proud Albanian who now lives in NYC, I would like to join you in your efforts on making the lives of children all over the world much easier and happier.

    You have my email Alyssa, contact me.

    Greetings from Brooklyn.

  4. Alyssa you’re just amazing thank you to sharring with us all this pic and your experience. Peace,Light and Love Valentin

  5. hello alyssa,
    I am very happy that you make as many donations for world peace ! Even if you are a big star, you do a lot of thinks well !
    Like everyone I saw your movies (which I love) but I rarely seen a woman also involved in the society …
    Goodbye with peace and love ♥
    A french girl

  6. I’m from Serbia and I’m really glad Alyssa was in Kosovo today.

  7. Alyssa, I really love what you’re doing! This will have a lasting affect on these children. Blessed are those who help the children. :D

  8. hi all ,, a vlog would be great , reading is such a chore , your talant, charm and beauty would only aid there cause :)

  9. Alyssa, you are my Hero!!! You make the world a much better and brighter place with everything you do. You inspire me and all your tweeps on Twitter and we’re very proud of you too!!! We need more people like you in this world to spread love and hope to everyone especially the children!!! Nobody should have limitations on following their dreams. You help everyone see that nothing can stop us from following our dreams!!! You give a voice to the children who otherwise might not have a voice and that along with other things make you a truly Amazing and Sweet woman. Keep doing what you’re doing Alyssa, I along with everyone else has your back 100% :D

    “Love is a language we can all understand”- Sumner (I made that up yesterday!!)

    ~Hugs and Lots of Love to you Alyssa~ :D

  10. I have always been inspired by you. Over the years you have done some great things. People have judged you harshly in the past, but you managed to make them eat there words. I have two girls and it would be a true honor if they turn out half as amazing as you have. Good luck in the future. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

  11. You’re special, it’s really amazing what you do, I hope many people do the same, you’re an example for many people.

  12. hi like alyssa mlinao she is very easy going person and thats good she is still working and i hope she does more tv so she could still Get it Together

  13. God Loves you Alyssa for what you are doing.

  14. Alyssa,
    you’re a generous person and adorable. I wish you much happiness!
    Sorry for my English.

  15. You are my example of good human being and my pride!!
    Kiss

  16. Hi
    Is there anyway that you or your people can stop these people on Facebook from using your name and photos?? Every time you put something on twitter these phonies copy it and post it on their Facebook account using your name. Your fans really think it’s you!!

    I thought there was some kind of copy right infringement on this.

    Thanks

    ohh btw…I hope this web page is really yours. ;)

  17. Thank you very much for supporting these activities to promote peace, Alyssa! :)

  18. i love u. u rock u r the reason why i live. live u. thank u.

  19. I agree with you guys 100%. I am sick and tired of all this bullshit. The so called “leaders” of this country are nothing but a bunch of corrupt, self serving whores.

  20. Omg you hit it at the “dot” I are going to bookmark on Tweets in addition to Fb thanks

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