Wantoe T. Wantoe

Wantoe Teah Wantoe speaking at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit held in Turkey in 2016.

Wantoe Teah Wantoe speaking at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit held in Turkey in 2016.

Out of 20 Finalists from hundreds of submissions received from all the continents Wantoe Teah Wantoe   Friendship Ambassador Foundation First Scholarship Recipient emerged as the Winner

 for the Global Young Voices 2018 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) World Cup. For his commitment to the SDGs and his project on Environmental Preservation in Liberia.   The Global Young Voices provides a platform for globally-conscious millennials who share factual and ethical stories from their countries to  alert cognizance about challenges injustices and impact stories  in order to promote the values of multi-culture, social inclusion and internationality.

Wantoe Teah Wantoe interacting with Former UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi in 2015.

Wantoe Teah Wantoe interacting with Former UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi in 2015.

Wantoe is currently an enrolled student of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York majoring in Public Policy. In 2017  Out of nearly 800 applicants submitted from around the world, Wantoe Teah Wantoe emerged as FAF First Merit Scholarship Recipient due to his unparalleled commitment to humanitarian and environmental action by mobilizing youth and empowering his community, advocating for global awareness on the Ebola outbreak at United Nations main events, Championing the rights of children in Liberia from domestic and sexual violence since the age of nine, and creating innovate solutions to pressing crises in his country. On August 12, he was awarded as the first Merit Based Scholarship Recipient of Friendship Ambassador Foundation He addressed the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; held in the United Nation Prestigious General Assembly Hall with participants over one thousand eight hundred from hundred plus countries globally.

In 2018, he was a Campus Ambassador for Friendship Foundation Winter Youth Assembly. He mobilized Liberians for the 2018 winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and was also certified as an Esteem Campus Ambassador at the winter Assembly.

In 2013, Wantoe was  a member of a Global youth committee that seeks to help steer, develop, and implement the “Global Voice for Change” project, which supports young people around the world to connect, learn and advocate together. The project, which  begin with him and few youth has within the span of just two years connects young people working with Plan International in over 14 countries advocating on issues including humanitarian action, climate change and girls’ rights at the start of 2014. In addition to the (GVC) project he has also been a champion for the fight against Sexual Gender Based Violence (#SGBV) since being 9 years old. Wantoe participates in advocacies, rallies, petition protests, awareness campaigns, as well as dialogues and meetings concerning national policies. In 2015, he was selected as a youth representative to the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia. 

In 2014, he was an active responder in the Ebola outbreak. He assisted by visiting quarantine e-zones partaking in media talk shows with prevention messages, provided psychosocial support for Ebola orphans and semi orphans, and advocated for them locally and internationally by  sharing their existing challenges and difficulties with the rest of the world through  Writing of Blogs  and creating Video  Vlogs.  Amazingly, he and his team, conducted the first assessments of Ebola orphans by estimating the number of orphans and semi-orphans during the Ebola outbreak and what they needed. They asked for support from NGOs and the government, and advocated and secured support for clothing, food, shelter and education for the orphans. Furthermore, he carried out a national petition to increase budgetary support for schools, because all schools nearby were closed and halted for a whole year due to the Ebola outbreak.

In 2015, He attended the World Humanitarian Summit Global Youth Consultation at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University – Qatar Foundation (HBKU QF) Student Centre Doha, Qatar. There, he interacted with the Former United Nations Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi by sharing his work. After reading his blog-posts, he highlighted the humanitarian challenges described in his work in his opening statement of the conference. While there, he participated in facilitated thematic themed discussions with over 300 students from diverse countries. Topics discussed ranged from youth contribution to humanitarian action to the creation of a space to allow the outlook and ideas of the youth to be incorporated into the UN Secretary-General’s report along with the then-pending World Humanitarian Summit. This conference provided a platform for me to enhance my knowledge on current global and regional challenges, in order to meet humanitarian needs. Together we crafted the Doha Youth Declaration on Reshaping the Humanitarian Agenda.

Young people who are privileged to attend international summits and capacity building training should strive to transfer their knowledge to their fellow young people and leaders within their respective countries, in order to drive change.
— Wantoe Teah Wantoe

In 2016, he  traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to attend and  Delivered a Preliminary Statement at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit was a global call to action by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Summit convened 9,000 participants from 173 countries, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from nongovernmental organizations with the goal of re-inspiring and reinvigorating a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles. In addition, it focused on initiating a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.

His statement featured the Ebola pandemic, and included a personal reflection particularly around mobilizing with other youth during the Ebola virus disease. It focused on the impact he had created on local leaders, the education petition that they gathered, and challenges he, along with the rest of his community, faced toward building back their resilience, health and health care systems in a humanitarian setting.

The Summit generated more than 3,000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people. While in Istanbul, he also had the opportunity to interact with the Former United Nation volunteer director Rachard Dictus and Unicef Director, Anthony Lake along with the European Union Commissioner Christos Stylianides with a series of other stakeholders, sharing his work and vision for resilience as well as campaigning for the endorsement of the youth compact. In 2018 he wrote an eye catching robust op-ed with The Youth Assembly blog on Huffington Post on the Day of the African Child analyzing the  lack of commitment from African Leaders for the realization of African Children Rights.

Currently, as a Public Policy Major at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York, He have started a club call Dolphins for Sustainable Change with a goal to Inspire Blogging through Cyber Presence on the SDGs, to Connect students to the Youth Assembly, implementing innovate impacting Service Projects and enlightening students Capacity through Professional Development workshops and forum and seminars.

In the future, Wantoe hope to continue serving as a potential change maker. He wants to work in a series of cross cutting humanitarian organizations with the aim of providing aid and enhancing lives, beginning with his country, then extending it to the rest of the world. His ultimate dream is to serve as the Head of Humanitarian service at the United Nations.

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