UN Observance: International Youth Day: Youth Civic Engagement, August 12

Teens Running Towards the Camera - Isolated
Teens Running Towards the Camera – Isolated

On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

The theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2015, is “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.

There has been recent increasing attention and policy and programming focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organizations, CSOs, youth and researchers. As part of its celebrations for International Youth Day, the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, led by the co-chairs, DESA and UNDP, is running an online campaign in the lead up to International Youth Day 12 August 2015.

Youth 2“In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world.”

(Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

To find out more on how to participate in this important please visit the official website at http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

(Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

To find out more on how to participate in this important please visit the official website at http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

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