On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) 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.
Learn more about the Day here.
Join the International Youth Day Digital Surge!
Join the United Nations for a day-long global twitter take over to mark International Youth Day and celebrate youth civic-engagement. All day, we will be sharing inspirational stories of youth driving change in their communities, featuring reports on youth civic and public participation, and sharing ways that you can get involved in celebrating and supporting youth engagement.
9am-9:30am EST | Topic: A chat with Civil Society on Youth Engagement
9:30am-10:00am EST | #AskYouthEnvoy: A Chat with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
10am-1pm EST | Live Tweeting: International Youth Day Event at UN Headquarters in NYC
Topic One: Participation of Young People in Local and National Political Processes
Topic Two: The Power of Youth as Global Citizens
1:30pm – 2:00pm EST | My World: A Future Defined by 5 million Young People Globally
2:00pm – 2:30pm EST | Youth Civic Engagement and the United Nations
2:30pm-3pm EST | Topic: Youth Mobilization for Global Action and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
How to participate in the digital surge
The chat is organized and hosted by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth as part of the August month of advocacy to mark International Youth Day 2015. All month, the Office of The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth will be highlighting youth making a change in their communities.