UN, Jolly Rao, Miss Rao discussed on UN News

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Headlines there and now to our interview which follows the youth activist summit here at UN Geneva and a web TV this week, a chance to honor young changemakers who've been promoting sustainability while advancing human rights and an opportunity also to help them achieve concrete results, speaking at the youth activist summit on Thursday, the 6th invitees included 22 year old coral reef restorer tetrameric and 15 year old anti cyberbullying app inventor, git and jolly Rao, miss Rao, who is also Time Magazine's first ever kid of the year, explained how her smartphone app, which is called kindly, is designed to make bullies reconsider sending or revising potentially hurtful messages online. Using machine learning algorithms, it basically identifies words or phrases that could be considered bullying. If when someone's texting when someone's sending an email, anything, really even on social media. And it's able to almost act like the spell check of bullying. It says, this might not be the right thing to say, but it gives you the chance if you want to send it or not. I read an article that says it only takes 7 seconds for a teenager to reevaluate what they're sending. And I'm hoping to give them that 7 seconds they're kindly. Now, also taking part in the event our guest Melissa Fleming is no stranger to hearing inspirational stories after working for many years at the UN refugee agency since September 2019, Melissa has been busy as the United Nations under secretary general for the department of global communications. So in addition to her being my boss at UN news, she also oversees operations in 60 countries and platforms that reach millions of people in multiple languages. She's also the host of her own powerful podcast awake at night, which has its fair share of memorable interviews with top personalities. He said jealously. Melissa hi, thank you for being with us. But on you and catch up dateline Geneva. Great to be with you, Daniel. Now we've just heard why you're here in Geneva for the young activist summit during the climate cop 26 summit in Glasgow, we also saw passionate speeches from young activists calling for positive change. Can you perhaps highlight a few of the speakers at the young at the summit and perhaps explain how the UN can help to amplify their message and encourage real change? Well, we often talk about young people as the leaders of tomorrow, but actually they represent half of the global population. They're the leaders of today, and they've really been showing this in the climate action space. They don't want to wait. They already see their planet being destroyed before their eyes. And they see, of course, a future that looks really scary and really bleak. And they're not waiting for. The older generation to take action because they feel it's too little too late. And so it's just absolutely impressive to see them mobilized on the streets, but mobilized also in their communities doing projects, not just protests. And I think the young activist coming to the summit really represent that..

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