SDG 2 Zero Hunger: because in my opinion food is the basic need for human beings, especially for newborns and children and children have the RIGHT TO RECEIVE VERY GOOD NUTRITION!
Andrea Milagros Davila Llimpe
Andrea's time at UNGA in 2015
Andrea met Graca Michal and handed her the 'Agent of Change' lanyard and had this very lovely exchange.
It was a big moment for Andrea as she met ex-President Humala and got to take the voices of Peruvian children to him and make him an ‘Agent of Change’.
For the first time all of Save the Children’s child delegates sat at the General Assembly. And the world saw the launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals. She even handed the 'Agent of Change' lanyard to Malala minutes before she spoke.
Talking about the experience, Andrea says
“the most amazing thing was to hear the Pope talk in my own language (Spanish). He was so inspiring that he captured the attention and inspired all the children, even if they weren´t catholic. It also felt empowering hear him to mention that the children are the leaders of the world and to know that he is aligned with our message of being Agents of Change. It was also an extremely powerful experience to be sitting so close to Malala, knowing that she is such an influential person, being only a child. That is very impressive and I think she is an inspiration to all of us.”
Andrea and her fellow child delegates brought in all their energy for the #LightTheWay action/2015 event, where they took the stage and encouraged everyone present to demand for change!
Andrea's thoughts on SDGs
It’s now been a year since you came to New York and participated in the United Nations General Assembly where the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted. How have the activities and events you participated in changed your life in any way?
In many ways I began to see everything differently and discovered what I really wanted to do in my life.
Did your experience in New York make you more aware of any particular important development issues and possible solutions that you weren’t aware of before?
Educating people about food wastage. People around the world waste plenty of food while also a lot of people are starving. This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman, and child can exercise their right to adequate nutrition. We need efforts to empower women; to give priority to family farming. This requires that the food systems are sustainable and resilient. We can not eradicate hunger if many people are not aware of the food they are wasting.
One year on, how do you think the Sustainable Development Goals have helped your country and community? Alternatively, if you don’t think they have helped, why do you think they haven’t made a difference?
It did not help much because this year the President of Peru was changed and therefore the former president who had pledged to be agent of change is not the President anymore. In my community I got the commitment from the Mayor but he hasn't dont anything either.
What is the one thing you want your government to do to make life better for the children in your country?
I want the government to be more serious about the issues that face children, to be committing to them and to ensure that every child receives quality education and quality health care.
How have you involved other children / youth or your community in your campaigning activities towards the Sustainable Development Goals since leaving New York?
I involved lots of children in my community and after my participation in UNGA70 I did workshops at school concerning everything I learned from the great experience in New York. This helped children to learn that we must be committed to our community and that not everything can be charged to the Mayor. Another thing they realised is that they should speak up about what they think must change. And, above all, that they should always fight for their rights, so that they are respected in the community.
How have you kept in touch with the other children / youth delegates who came to New York?
Yes, I still keep in touch with them until today. There is the language barrier, but the translator can do everything.
What advice you would like to give to other children / youth delegates who will be travelling to New York for the United Nations General Assembly this year?
To seize opportunities to participate in all possible activities and to not forget to pass on their culture, and especially not to forget to mention the different problems the children face around the world.