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From Diplomat Artist Buzz: Tourism is the better looking part of globalization, constituting 10% of the global GDP and 6% of world trade. –More–


From Toddler to Aged, Future Jobs are from Education to Care
Diplomat Artist Buzz on where the jobs are & link to ILO Report.
As we get older, we need more education & care, as is the case for the youngest of our global citizens. This is also where the jobs are …

ECOSOC Youth Forum spotlights education, employment & entrepreneurship, health, peace, security, & governance as the thematic areas of greatest concern for young people in the future.


As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8 every year, we remember the women who have made a difference in our families, communities, and the world at large. This holiday has its roots in the socialist/political events of the early 20th Century primarily in Europe and Russia when women first demanded equal rights, suffrage, and protested sexual discrimination.

In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 8 a “UN Day for Women’s Rights and Peace,” and the commemoration also became more popular in the West as it took on more human rights, economic, political, and social achievements. This year’s IWD’s theme is “Equality for Women Is Progress for All.” Says the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon:  “Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”

In the past few months, I have had the good fortune to become acquainted with a young woman who personifies International Women’s Day and its ideals to make the world a better place. She is a catalyst for change in taking on critical human rights, environmental, education, job, and social issues.  

Anesa Kajtazovic came to America’s heartland from war-torn Bosnia & Herzegovina as a young girl with her family 17 years ago, with nothing more than hopes and dreams. Her destiny and determination (graduated from college in 3 years with a double major) has carried her from an immigrant to the youngest woman (24 years) ever to be elected to the Iowa State House of Representatives. She is now running as a candidate for Congress.

Her energetic vision is a Real Progress, Real Progressive platform that includes measures that afford an opportunity for all to reach their dreams. She champions equal pay, jobs creation in Iowa, education, immigration reform, an extension of unemployment insurance, renewable energy, preserving natural resources, access to quality and affordable health care for all Iowans, and campaign finance reform laws.  Her political platform agenda is inclusive, fresh, and progressive:

SOCIAL SECURITY—  She calls for the expansion of Social Security benefits, not cuts to the program that is a vital lifeline for our seniors.

LGBT EQUALITY— In Congress, she will protect and promote equality. That includes equal rights for all and protection from discrimination in schools and in the workplace.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS— Women have an economic right to equal pay for equal work and a right for access to a full spectrum of reproductive healthcare options.

ENVIRONMENT— She will work toward ending dependence on foreign oil and move our country toward energy independence by investing in clean, renewable energy.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE— She is a champion for campaign finance reform. Our elected officials should be a representation of the people, not big corporations.

While fully assimilated into the American lifestyle, Anesa has never forgotten her roots and cultural identity. That was evident very much last weekend when Bosnia & Herzegovina celebrated its Independence Day, (March 1, 1992).  Ambassador Muhamed (Mo) Sacirbey and I drove to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, to partake in events within the Bosniak communities at the Bosnian/American Cultural Centers in each city.  Anesa Kajtazovic had driven from Iowa to Chicago to make an address to the community and discuss her platform. It was a proud day for me and Ambassador Mo to hear such a fresh vision and determination from a young member of the Bosnian diaspora. It made us proud to be Americans.  Although I won’t be able to vote in the Iowa elections, Anesa Kajtazovic has my vote for International Women’s Day.


New UN Program Aims to Help CAR Communities Heal/Rebuild

UNEP aims to help rebuild the social fabric in Central African Republic by reducing vulnerabilities in the social, economic & security spheres increasing earning potential for women & marginalized groups through vocational training bringing different ethnic groups together.

Rise in Global Tourism Forecast to Continue in 2014

strongest for destinations in Asia & the Pacific (up 6%), Africa (up 6 %) & Europe (up 5 %). Russia & China stand out as most important source markets.


Last June, at the G20 (Group of 20) leaders summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, tourism was recognized as “a vehicle for job creation, economic growth and development” and commitments were made to “work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth.”

This week’s publicized reports from the UNWTO and the World Tourism Council are most encouraging. Despite the global financial crisis, austerity measures throughout much of the world, panacea re the fiscal cliff, and lingering economic fears and instability, the United Nations projected tourism growth in 2013 following a robust increase in 2012.

535 Million tourists arrived in Europe to position Europe as the top destination last year, despite Eurozone volatility. Emerging markets experienced stronger growth; tourism in Asia and the Pacific grew 7%; Africa and the Americas reported 6 and 4% respectively.

The Americas, along with Asia and the Pacific, have capitalized on economic opportunities resulting from being the most open in terms of visa requirements, while Europe had more travel restrictions. According to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai,  “An overall restrictive visa policy means lost opportunities for economic growth and jobs, which tourism could bring to destinations. Travelers regard visas as a formality, which entails a cost. This can be a deterrent to travel if costs – whether monetary or indirect – including distance, wait times and service, exceed a certain threshold.”

UN News Centre Source

In a report released yesterday, however, the UNWTO urged European nations to relax their visa restrictions in order to promote a greater circulation of tourists and assist in the region’s economic rebound.

Underscoring the necessity of less stringent visa requirements as well as the facility of an electronic visa system, Mr. Rifai warned yesterday that “an overall restrictive visa policy means lost opportunities for economic growth and jobs, which tourism could bring to destinations.”

“Travelers regard visas as a formality which entails a cost. This can be a deterrent to travel if costs – whether monetary or indirect – including distance, wait times and service, exceed a certain threshold.”

In its latest forecast, the UN agency has predicted tourist arrivals to increase by 3 to 4 per cent in 2013, in line with its expectations as detailed by its Confidence Index, a report compiled from statistical analyses by over 300 international experts.

As a result, Mr. Rifai once again urged Member States to do more in sustaining tourism, adding that financial assistance for the tourism sector would also help in promoting economic recovery for regions hard hit by the recession. “Tourism is thus one of the pillars that should be supported by governments around the world as part of the solution to stimulating economic growth,” he said.

“Important strides have been made in recent times in terms of visa facilitation as more and more countries understand its implicit economic benefits,” Mr. Rifai said. “We welcome moves by the United States, the European Union and many other countries which have implemented or are looking into implementing more open visa policies, but we cannot ignore that visa procedures still represent an obstacle to tourism growth and we hope that these good examples can be followed by others.”

According to joint research conducted by UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council, improving visa processes could generate an extra $206 billion in tourism receipts and create as many as 5.1 million additional jobs by 2015 in economies that are part of the Group of 20 (G20) alone.

All of this information provides encouraging news for job opportunities in the hotel, car rental, package tours, travel agent, airline, cruise, and souvenir sectors. Seize the moment and pack those bags!

Susan Sacirbey

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