On 2 January 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon launched the #YouthNow campaign commemorating the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) during his opening remarks at the annual Economic and Social Council’s Youth Forum, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, provides a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people around the world. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action on Youth (WPAY+20). The WPAY remains highly relevant and inspirational, but unfortunately implementation lags behind the commitments made.
This campaign will also commemorate the landmark agreement’s 20th Anniversary leading up to a Special Session of the General Assembly on 28 May 2015, where the global community gathers to review progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and puts forth an ambitious and achievable vision for Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
#YouthNow is organized by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in partnership with UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, with support from the Office of President of the 69th session of the General Assembly, and in close collaboration with UN entities, international organizations, and youth organizations. Collaborating UN entities include: UNDP, UNEP, UNAIDS, UNFPA, ILO, UN-HABITAT, UNMC, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, UNWTO, ITU, GPP and others.
Weekly, in partnership with UN agencies and global stakeholders, #YouthNow will release relevant materials to raise awareness about youth development opportunities and challenges based on the 15 cross-cutting youth priority areas outlined in WPAY including: Education, Employment, Hunger and Poverty, Health, Environment, Full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision making, Youth in conflict, Girls and young women, Armed Conflict, HIV/AIDS, and Information and Communications technology.