Every year, the 12th of August sees the commemoration of International Youth Day. This day has been declared by the United Nations in 1985. A theme for the day is selected with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth development. The theme of International Youth Day 2017 is "Youth Building Peace".
Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.
Follow this year's camapaign online via @UN4Youth, #YouthDay, #Youth4Peace and #ActOn2250.
For more information on the International Youth Day 2017, see: United Nations / Division for Social Policy and Development - Youth.
Source: United Nations
Posted by: Katrin Schauer