International Year of Youth


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In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 proclaiming the Year, signifying the importance the international community places on integrating youth-related issues into global, regional, and national development agendas. Under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, the Year aims to promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religions and civilizations.

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International Year of Youth

  1. 1. InternationalYear of Youth12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011 Dialogue and Mutual Understanding asdf United Nations
  2. 2. “Youth deserve our full commitment – full access to education, adequatehealthcare, employment opportunities,financial services and full participation in public life.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  3. 3. The International Year of Youth is being celebratedfrom 12 August 2010 to 11 August 2011 and everyonehas a role to play!Why an international year of youth?In December 2009, the United Nations General Assemblyadopted resolution 64/134 proclaiming the Year,signifying the importance the international communityplaces on integrating youth-related issues into global,regional, and national development agendas. Under thetheme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, the Yearaims to promote the ideals of peace, respect for humanrights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religionsand civilizations.The world is facing many, often overlapping, crises © UNICEF/NYHQ2006-1481/Pirozziincluding financial, security, environmental and othersocio-economic challenges hindering the achievement ofthe internationally agreed development goals. Investingin and partnering with youth is key to addressing thesechallenges in a sustainable manner.
  4. 4. WHY YOUTH? The UN defines youth as those between the ages of 15 to 24. Today, youth represent 18% of the global population or 1.2 billion people. 87% of youth live in developing countries facing challenges brought about“As we expand our efforts, by limited access to resources, healthcare, education, we must do even more to training, employment and economic opportunities.reach out, to listen and tolearn from young people.” Member States of the United Nations recognize that young people in all countries are a major human resource for development, positive social change and United Nations technological innovation. Their ideals, energy and Secretary-General vision are essential for the continuing development of Ban Ki-moon their societies. Young people are not merely passive beneficiaries but effective agents of change. Dedicated, enthusiastic and creative, youth have been contributing to development by addressing society’s most challenging issues.
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  7. 7. Young people’s efforts have contributed to combatingpoverty and hunger in their communities, stemmingthe HIV/AIDS pandemic through peer educationand championing the protection of the environment.Youth have also been pioneers in encouraging dialogue,understanding and respect among people from diverse “Many young people remaincultural and religious backgrounds. marginalized, disconnected or excluded from theYouth often lead by example, such as by practicing green opportunities thatand healthy lifestyles, promoting innovative uses of new globalization offers.”technologies including utilizing mobile devices andonline social networks and by bridging gaps to foster thedevelopment of inclusive societies. Their contributions to General Assemblycommunity, national, regional and global development Resolution 62/126must be recognized and encouraged.Member States of the United Nations proclaimed theInternational Year bearing this in mind and with theknowledge that how these challenges are addressedand how youth’s potential is harnessed directly impactscurrent social and economic conditions.
  8. 8. YOUTH AND THE 15 Priority Areas of the worldUNITED NATIONS programme of action for youthIn 1985, the UN celebrated the first EducationInternational Year of Youth. On its 10th Employmentanniversary, the General Assembly Hunger and povertyadopted the World Programme of HealthAction for Youth, setting a policy Environmentframework and guidelines for national Drug abuseaction and international support toimprove the situation of young people. Juvenile delinquency Leisure-time activitiesToday, the World Programme of Girls and young womenAction for Youth plays a prominent Participationrole in youth development. It Globalizationfocuses on measures to strengthen Information and communication technologiesnational capacities in the field of HIV/AIDSyouth and to increase the quality and Youth and conflictquantity of opportunities available toyoung people for full, effective and Intergenerational relationsconstructive participation in society.
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  10. 10. © UNFPA The United Nations Programme on Youth serves as the focal point on youth at the UN. It undertakes a range of activities to promote youth development including supporting intergovernmental policy-making, conducting analytical research and increasing the effectiveness of the UN’s work in youth development by strengthening collaboration and exchange among UN entities through the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development.
  11. 11. WHATS YOUR ROLE INCElEBRATING THE YEAR?Everyone is invited to promote the idealsof peace, freedom, progress and solidaritytowards the promotion of youthdevelopment and the achievement of theMillennium Development Goals.Member States of the United Nationsare encouraged to hold national eventsin celebration of the Year and to raisepublic awareness about the importantcontributions of youth to their country’sdevelopment.Member States are also encouraged toreview their national youth developmentpolicies and programmes to fully UN Photo/Mark Gartenimplement the World Programme ofAction for Youth.
  12. 12. UN Photo/Martine Perret YOUth and Youth-focused Organizations are encouraged to initiate and participate in activities in celebration of the Year and its theme.
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  15. 15. • Organize an event: Use the Activities Kit for guidance and effective strategies on promoting your event. • Post an event on the official Calendar of Events: Post your event on the official calendar for the Year and submit a request to the UN for use of the official logo.IONAL INTERNATIONAL UN Photo/Sophia ParisR  YEAR  OF OFTH0 - 2011 YOUTH AUGUST 2010 - 2011R VOICE OUR YEAR OUR VOICE
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  17. 17. • Participate in local events: Visit the official • Talk to your leaders: Meet decision- calendar to find activities in your community makers to reiterate the importance of and learn about what others are doing youth participation in development and of around the world to celebrate the Year. fostering mutual understanding.• Raise public awareness: Download the • Subscribe to Youth Flash: Learn about International Year of Youth banner from what’s happening in the UN system and youth the official website and post a link on your organizations worldwide. Visit webpage. Promote the Year using online esa/socdev/unyin/flash.htm to subscribe social networking tools. to the montly e-newsletter of the UN Programme on Youth.• Contribute to online discussions: Join the monthly consultations on Facebook • Reach Out: Talk to your neighbours to learn ( and share more about their cultures and religions and your views on various issues. Previous encourage your friends to do the same. discussions focused on organizing low-cost For more activities and to download advocacy activities; increasing the effectiveness of materials for the Year, visit the official website youth participation and representation at for the Year at: the community level; engaging the media to raise public awareness; and making suggestions for the official slogan of the Year: Our Year. Our Voice.
  18. 18. WHATS HAPPENING? The Year, from 12 August 2010 to 11“Imagine a year when everyone from all August 2011, begins with launch eventssectors of society can engage in dialogue at UN Headquarters in New York and about issues affecting young people around the world showcasing youth — a year we all listen with respect and contributions to development and speak with dignity. The International promoting the implementation of the Year of Youth is this opportunity. World Programme of Action for Youth.This is our year to find, define, and make The UN Conference on Youth will be our voice heard — let’s not waste it!” a highlight of the International Year of Youth. Christopher Derige Malano, Pax Romana, member of the Many other events are scheduled International Coordination Meeting throughout the world to celebrate the of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) Year. Please visit the official Calendar of Events for more information at:
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