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The Global Advocate is the UN Youth NSW magazine which will seek to explore international affairs and global issues. For the first edition of the Global Advocate, we will be focusing on the theme ‘Community’. We will be exploring the ways in which our sense of community, identity and belonging help us navigate our way through the world, especially in our global society. More so, with the internet, technology and globalisation, we can be part of an international community more than ever, without even leaving our homes!

There’s no one set definition of community, and we value all the diverse ways which community can be formed. We define community as the ties and connections which bind people together. This can be anything from race and ethnicity, sexuality, shared values, beliefs, loves or fears; or even geography, blood ties or experiences. We acknowledge that community can often be difficult to define and grasp, and that it isn’t always clear-cut. No one person fits perfectly into one community, and most people fit into more than one community. Community is multi-faceted and fluid, and can often change throughout our lifetime. We want to hear about that too!

Our aim for this edition is to explore, discover and dive deep into what makes every community remarkable. We want to draw between seemingly different groups of belonging and find the ways which they all intersect and diverge. So, we want to hear from you, regardless of which community (or communities) you belong to, or which communities you feel isolated or disconnected from. 

 

From the Editors

“This year has marked history and the world, but in a way, it has also made our exploration of the themes around ‘community’ more relevant than ever. In our first-ever issue, we bring you stories that have lingered for generations but also that have been ignited in the past few months. Coming of age tales in periods of perpetual change, the bittersweet pause of time during lock-down, and reflections that question our familiarity with the ordinary. We hope this collection of voices while diverse and multifaceted, can also remind us of what we share even when afar. Just like a community.”
Arleen Wilcox, Editor

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