Humans of MY World: Netherlands

We are happy to introduce you to Jilt & Teun, who just embarked on a trip from Amsterdam to Cape Town – by bicycle! From now till the 12th of August they will be on the road, uploading pictures of the young people they meet along the way and sharing their priorities for the world in 2030. Join their journey across two continents, more than 20 countries and over 17,000 kilometers to connect, share and inspire!
From the vast deserts of the Sahara to the central highlands of Namibia, from rural communities to crowded metropolises, and everywhere in between, Jilt & Teun want to connect with young people on the ground, share stories and inspire one another to make changes for the world we want. With a special focus on MY World & the post-2015 agenda, they will try to answer the question: “how do young people at the grassroots level envision the world in 2030?” #bb2015UN
“He is Israeli, I am Palestinian. He likes cookies, I like cookies. And even though we do not agree on political aspects, we agree on one thing: we, the new generation, need a change. And most importantly, we are true friends! Therefore we decided to start the initiative “Make Hummus Not War”. A simple dinner between Palestinians and Israelis, in which we talk about this and that and try to find human in each other.”
– Netherlands
“My top priority is ‘Freedom from Discrimination and Persecution”’ I believe the Netherlands is very good when it comes to prevention of discrimination and unlawful persecution. It is among the best in the world. Open discrimination is easy to discover, but we should not close our eyes for disguised discrimination based on ethnicity, nationality, religion or political views. Discrimination is not only taking place in Africa or the Middle East, but also in western countries in Europe and North America.”
-Netherlands
“Basically this is what happens in the world: we do micromanagement on specific issues, like this UN-list. How are they not all interconnected? Let’s compare it to a dyke with holes. (Yes, dykes and holes, we’re in the Netherlands). There’s a “political rights hole”, an “ecology hole”, and an “health care hole”. How can we prioritize one issue over another, if prioritizing one hole means that water is still bursting out of the other holes? It might go better with human rights, but on other areas there will be flooding. We have to approach the world as a whole; all those issues are interconnected.”
-Netherlands