The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, has called for more provision to be made to allow young people the opportunity to voice their opinions on matters that affect them.“We are here to hear your voices and what you hope to convey about your hopes…. We celebrate young people and their lives and we stand for their rights,” Fouet said on Tuesday evening, during an observation of World Children’s Day, held at Duke Lodge in Georgetown.Commending the Government for its emphasis on the development of youths, the UN representative noted that events such as these allow young peopleUNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouetto hold those accountable for promises made regarding their development.Chairperson of the Rights of the Child Commission (RCC) Aleema Nasir, said theorganisation, in partnership with UNICEF, has provided youths with opportunities that form a critical part of their education and shaping their ability to champion and advocate for human rights in Guyana. She noted that while it is good to reflect on the organisation’s progressive programmes for young people, there is more to be done for the provision of equal opportunities.“The RCC over the years enjoyed a fruitful partnership with UNICEF promoting and advancing the rights and interest of children in Guyana. We do look forward similarly to a healthy and vibrant future of partnership intended to activate and actualise the ambitious declarations of the United Nations Convention on the rightsScenes from the World Children’s Day eventof the child,” Nasir is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.In her address to the gathering, youth ambassador, Esther Marslowe remarked, “UNICEF is important as it helps to give children that are vulnerable, a platform to be strong; for those without a voice – a voice, and for those living in despair – hope.”Launched in 1954, the annual observation of World Children’s Day aims to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children. It also coincides with UN General Assembly adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
10 10 10 7) Schalke have 111.711 points – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – This season the German club ran current champions of Europe, Real Madrid, close in a memorable game at the Bernabeu in the last 16, though in recent seasons that is as far as they have gone. Schalke reached the semi-final in 2011 and the quarters a year later. 6) Portuguese giants Benfica are on 118.209 points – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Benfica have performed better in the Europa League, losing two finals in 2013 and 2014. In the last five seasons of the Champions League the Portuguese giants have made it out of the group stage once, when they reached the quarter-final in 2012. 10 8) Over the last five seasons Porto have 111.209 points – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Porto won the Europa League in 2011 and have jumped ahead of Arsenal having reached the Champions League quarter-final, where they lead Bayern Munich 3-1 after the first leg. 2) Over the last five seasons Barcelona have a total of 156.228 points – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Barca beat Man United to win the Champions League in 2011, but since then they have reached two semi finals and one quarter-final. They are on the verge of a place in the 2015 last four, with a 3-1 lead to defend at home against PSG in their quarter-final second leg. 10 9) Arsenal have slid to ninth, on 110.078 points over the last five seasons – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Arsenal’s inability to progress beyond the last 16 has seen them drop to ninth place. 10 10 3) German giants Bayern Munich have 149.711 points from their European exploits over the last five seasons – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Bayern lost the 2012 final to Chelsea, but returned to win the competition a year later when they beat rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. However, they have a huge task ahead of them against Porto if they want to reach a third final in five years they lost to winners Inter in 2010. getty images 10 10 10 5) Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid have 120.228 points – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Atletico have become a force in Europe in recent seasons. They won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and reached the Champions League final in 2014. In addition they beat Inter and Chelsea to lift the Super Cup following their Europa League triumphs, though no ranking points are awarded for those victories. The latest UEFA club rankings have seen Arsenal on the move… but which way?Take a look at the top 10 above and find out who Europe’s best club sides are.Here’s how the rankings are worked out…Champions League points system:First qualifying round elimination – 0.5 pointsSecond qualifying round elimination – 1 pointGroup stage participation – 4 pointsGroup stage win – 2 pointsGroup stage draw – 1 pointRound of 16 participation – four pointsSince 2009/10 clubs have been awarded an additional point if they reach the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals or final. Points are not awarded for elimination in the third qualifying round or play-offs, since those clubs move to the UEFA Europa League and are awarded points for participation in that competitionUEFA Europa League points system:First qualifying round elimination – 0.25 pointsSecond qualifying round elimination – 0.5 pointsThird qualifying round elimination – 1 pointPlay-off elimination – 1.5 pointsGroup stage win – 2 pointsGroup stage draw – 1 pointSince 2009/10, clubs have been guaranteed a minimum of two points if they reach the group stage and are awarded an additional point if they get to the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final.Coefficient calculationAccording to UEFA, clubs’ coefficients are determined by the sum of all points won in the previous five years, plus 20 per cent of the association coefficient over the same period (33 per cent before 2009).The rankings are updated after each round.Click the arrow above, right, to see the top 10. 10) According to the latest UEFA club rankings, Man United are the 10th best club in Europe, with 103.078 co-efficient points – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – UEFA’s club coefficient rankings are based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the Champions and Europa League. These scores then determine the seeding of each club in all UEFA competition draws. Man United were absent from European competition this season, but strong showings in recent campaigns maintain their place in the top 10. They reached the final in 2011, but lost to Barcelona. Wayne Rooney and co. look set to be back in the big time next season. 4) Chelsea have 142.078 points over the last five European campaigns – Click the arrow above, right, to see the top European team! – Chelsea are the only London club ever to have won the Champions League 1) SURPRISE! It’s Real Madrid with 167.228 points – Prior to their 2014 win, Real reached the last four in three straight seasons, but must overcome Madrid rivals Atletico for a place in this year’s semi-final.