International Youth Day, organized by the United Nations (UN), is celebrated every year on August 12th. Where young people around the world are being acknowledged for their efforts in enhancing societies worldwide.

There is an increasing recognition that as “agents of change”, young folks are crucial actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 continues to be dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict transformation and prevention as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

International Youth Day

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The current youth generation, also called “Generation Z” is the biggest in history. Young individuals often comprised of nations marked with armed conflict or unrest, thus contemplating the needs and ambitions of youth in matters of peace and safety is a demographic imperative.

International Youth Day is an integral part of goal # 16 of the UN Sustainable Development.  Goal 16 intends to guarantee responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at any level.

The World Program of Action for Youth, which offers a policy framework and practical tips to improve the position of young men and women, which encourages the participation of youth in sustaining peace and security.

UN Goal 16 Targets:

Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children

Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance

By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime

Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development

 

Youth Day

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Keeping young people included in enhancing prosperous and peaceful societies is vital to develop and maintain peace.

The procedure for social inclusion of youth, including participation in decision-making as well as access to quality schooling, health care, and essential services promotes their position as active contributors to society and leaves young individuals with opportunities to attain their potential and achieve their objectives.

 

Discouraging young people from political, economic and societal spheres and procedures, poses an opportunity for risky behaviors and other forms of struggle.

We encourage all young people to get involved in your community. You are the visionaries of a sustainable future. If you are already involved in a community project utilize our platform to create momentum.

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