SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Jemila Holaman represented St. Maarten at the 13th UNESCO Youth Forum at the 42nd session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France. The forum, which was held from November 13 to 15, 2023, saw the participation of over 150 young people from around the world.
This year, the UNESCO Youth Forum focused on the social impacts of climate change and the need to achieve an equitable climate transition. The participants were given the opportunity to bring forward concrete recommendations and actions to address this issue.
Ms. Holaman, who is a PhD (Medicine) student with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biomedical science, has a wealth of experience in academic research across several disciplines and in devising and validating conceivable interventions and solutions. She has been recognized for her accomplishments and was awarded the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Science, School of Health Sciences Student of Excellence (2020).
Coming from a scientific, research-focused background, she used her knowledge about the impact on human behaviours on the climate to contribute to the discussions at the youth forum. In addition, Ms. Holaman was invited to participate in a panel on the ethics of neurotechnology, where she gave her opinion on why a global standard-setting framework on the ethics of neurotechnology is needed today. She also discussed how the young generation is affected by the rapid advancements in neurotechnology and the role their unique perspective and input could play. Also she was given the opportunity to advise policy makers on the rapid evolutions in the field of neurotechnology and the ethical governance of these technologies.
“The Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO congratulates Ms. Jemila Holaman on her exemplary performance at the 13th UNESCO Youth Forum. Your contribution to dialogues on the social impact of climate change and the need for an equitable climate transition dialogue was well received, and your opinions provided during the panel discussions was valuable. You represented the island, and we look forward to you sharing what you learnt,” stated Marcellia Henry, Secretary General-UNESCO.
Jemila (right) and Marcellia (left) at the Youth Forum.