Cara Borg Aquilina Appointed as Malta’s UN Youth Delegate

 - Local - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:

In a significant step towards fostering youth participation in international dialogue and cooperation, Cara Borg Aquilina has been appointed as Malta’s United Nations Youth Delegate, succeeding Matthew Micallef St John and joining Emma De Gabriele in representing the voices of Maltese youth at the United Nations. Borg Aquilina was chosen out of 20 other Maltese youths who applied for the role.

Malta’s new UN Youth Delegate, expressed her honour and excitement to take on this crucial role. Cara’s foremost priorities include promoting gender equality and safeguarding the global climate. She underscored the significance of a secure environment as a prerequisite for all other endeavours, highlighting the fundamental interconnection between a safe world and various other developmental pursuits.

The role of UN Youth Delegate holds immense value, allowing young individuals to contribute to global discussions and engage with international affairs, underlining Malta’s commitment to empowering its youth in matters of diplomacy and peace. Matthew Micallef St John and Emma De Gabriele had paved the way as Malta’s inaugural United Nations Youth Delegates, selected through a competitive process that demonstrated their dedication and passion for global issues.

During a meeting, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ian Borg, emphasised the ministry’s commitment to empowering youth within the realm of international relations. Recognising the potential and qualities of young individuals, the ministry is keen on providing them with opportunities to contribute to global peace and security. Such initiatives not only enhance the representation of diverse perspectives in global discussions but also nurture a generation of future leaders who are well-versed in international affairs.

In a discussion that underscores Malta’s dedication to international collaboration and youth involvement in global matters, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ian Borg, and Malta’s UN Youth Delegates, Cara Borg Aquilina and Emma De Gabriele, shared their perspectives on vital issues, ranging from climate change as a security concern to the nation’s contributions to positive global experiences.

Reflecting on a landmark moment from last February in New York, Minister Borg recalled an event that is poised to leave an indelible mark on the global stage for the next three decades. Notably, for the first time, Malta raised the imperative connection between climate change and security. This forward-looking stance underscores Malta’s dedication to addressing not only the present but also future challenges that climate change poses to global security and stability.

However, Minister Borg’s comments extended beyond climate change. He illuminated Malta’s role as a positive influencer on the international stage by sharing successful practices with other nations. One such example is Malta’s innovative approach to water usage, purification, and production. By sharing these positive stories, Malta is effectively contributing to global progress and cooperation. Furthermore, Minister Borg emphasised Malta’s unwavering willingness to provide assistance and support to other nations. This commitment underlines Malta’s role as a responsible global citizen, ready to extend a helping hand in times of need.

As UN Youth Delegates, Cara Borg Aquilina and Emma De Gabriele are poised to engage with their peers in Malta and counterparts at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Their involvement in various international forums will amplify the voices of Maltese youth on a global platform, shedding light on their concerns and opinions on pressing global challenges.

The opportunity for Malta’s youth to actively participate in these discussions is instrumental in ensuring that their perspectives are considered in shaping international policies. The role of a UN Youth Delegate encompasses several crucial responsibilities. Prior to the General Assembly, the delegates engage in online dialogues with young people in Malta and beyond, capturing their concerns and opinions on global issues. 

During the General Assembly, they attend meetings and side events, providing insights into the behind-the-scenes workings of the United Nations through social media. Their involvement extends to accompanying diplomats from the Maltese Mission, contributing to global policy discussions, and engaging with youth delegates from other nations.

Upon returning home, the UN Youth Delegates share their experiences and insights with diverse audiences, acting as a bridge between the youth and the United Nations. Their online presence becomes a portal to the UN, enabling young people to stay informed and engaged. The delegates also participate in relevant events and conferences related to global issues, contributing to the dissemination of knowledge and the promotion of international cooperation.

This role is an exceptional opportunity for the chosen youths delegate to represent the future generation of Malta on the international stage.


Action Taken After PN MP Calls Out Marsa Bridge Abuse

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Action Taken After PN MP Calls Out Marsa Bridge Abuse

Nationalist MP Darren Carabott took to social media to commend the Community police and workers who addressed the abuse he called out last week taking place at a Marsa bridge. 

The MP had released a post outlining the abuse, illegalities and vandalism taking place on the bridge, which was inaugurated a year ago for around €3.5 million. 

The bridge became a hub for drug use, despite CCTV cameras on location. Following the MP’s calling out, the bridge was visited by police and workers to clean up the mess. 

Carabott also thanked those who raised awareness on the issue by sharing articles on the situation. ‘However, it is now crucial that this abuse stops permanently. This will happen if those moving drugs around in these areas face justice. I also hope that the victims of drugs are found and given help. I hope that the story does not repeat itself.’


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Here’s How Kalkara’s Villa Portelli Will Look Like

 - Culture - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:
Here's How Kalkara's Villa Portelli Will Look Like

Prime Minister Robert Abela, along with Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, visited Villa Portelli in Kalkara, a historical building dated back to the 18th century as it undergoes restoration thanks to Heritage Malta.

The restoration seeks to introduce community service and welcome the public for a learning experience, utilising digital technology and various other tools to enrich visitor experiences. 

The public would be able to enjoy the villa for free, with green garden with a size of around four acres offering a relaxing environment within the building itself. 


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The Prime Minister explained that this restoration project, ‘entrusted to the guardian of national heritage, is part of a number of changes on the communal level which will see historical and public buildings opened to families.’

Heritage Malta is expected to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the restoration of traditional boats. The project is a collaboration with MCAST students. In addition to these initiatives, Heritage Malta has plans for the villa to educate visitors about the impact of climate change on historical heritage. Currently, restoration work is underway, with a budget of €3 million, also addressing the damages caused to Villa Portelli by the Helios storm, which struck the Maltese islands last February.



Newcastle United Clinch Inaugural VisitMalta Sela Cup

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In a dazzling display of football brilliance, Newcastle United etched their name in history by capturing the inaugural VisitMalta Sela Cup in a scintillating final match held on a sun-kissed Sunday at St. James Park in Newcastle.

A resolute and skilful host side delivered a masterclass on the field, securing their second consecutive triumph and a place of honor.

The resounding victory was marked by a remarkable defensive record, as Newcastle United valiantly held their ground, denying their opponents any access to the coveted net.

A fierce contest culminated in Fiorentina claiming the coveted runner-up position, overcoming formidable odds with a hard-fought victory over Villareal earlier in the competition.

Jamaal Lascelles was presented with the illustrious VisitMalta Sela Cup trophy by Darren Eels and Malta Tourism Authority CEO Carlo Micallef.

However, amidst the jubilation of Newcastle United’s historic triumph, another heartwarming tale unfolded.

As the anticipation swelled and the exhilarating atmosphere enveloped the stadium, a heartwarming scene captured the essence of the beautiful game.

Just before kick-off, a young Maltese girl, Amelia Muscat, emerged from the tunnel, standing shoulder to shoulder with the esteemed Newcastle United team.

At a mere four years of age, Amelia was bestowed with a dreamlike moment that will forever be etched in her memory.

Amelia Muscat, who is from Mellieħa, embodied the aspirations of every football aficionado. With unwavering enthusiasm and a sparkle in her eyes, she shared the hallowed turf with her heroes, encapsulating the magic and wonder that football bestows upon its devotees.

The radiant smile on Amelia’s face mirrored the joy that the sport brings to countless hearts, serving as a poignant reminder that football is a universal language that unites people of all ages and backgrounds.


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