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A/RES/40/14


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

18 November 1985

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                                                       A/RES/40/14
                                                       18 November 1985
                                                       80th plenary meeting
 
         International Youth Year:  Participation, Development, Peace
 
     The General Assembly, acting as United Nations World Conference for the
International Youth Year,
 
     Recognizing the profound importance of the direct participation of youth
in shaping the future of mankind and the valuable contribution that youth can
make in all sectors of society, as well as its willingness to express its
ideas concerning the building of a better and more just world in which it can
attain the objectives of the International Youth Year:  Participation,
Development, Peace,
 
     Considering it necessary to disseminate among youth the ideals of peace,
respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, human solidarity and
dedication to the objectives of progress and development,
 
     Convinced that youth should be encouraged to contribute its energies,
enthusiasm and creative abilities to the task of nation-building, the
observance of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the
realization of the right to self-determination and national independence, the
respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of each
State, the economic, social and cultural advancement of peoples, the
implementation of a new international economic order and the promotion of
international co-operation and understanding to achieve the objectives of the
International Youth Year:  Participation, Development, Peace,
 
     Recognizing the important role of United Nations bodies, the specialized
agencies and the regional commissions in promoting international co-operation
in the field of youth and recognizing that they should continue to give more
attention to the role of young people in the world of today, to their ideas
and initiatives and to their demands for the world of tomorrow,
 
     Convinced that the preparation for and observance in 1985 of the
International Youth Year with the motto "Participation, Development, Peace"
have offered a useful and significant opportunity for drawing attention to the
situation and the specific needs and aspirations of youth, for increasing
co-operation at all levels in dealing with youth issues, for undertaking
concerted action programmes in favour of youth and for improving the
participation of young people in the study, decision-making processes and
resolution of major national, regional and international problems,
 
     Bearing in mind that the International Youth Year has served to mobilize
efforts at the local, national, regional and international levels in order to
promote the best educational, professional and living conditions for young
people, to ensure their active participation in the overall development of
society and to encourage their participation in the preparation of new
national and local policies and programmes in accordance with the experience,
conditions and priorities of each country,
 
     Conscious that the International Youth Year has contributed to
strengthening the rights, the ability and the willingness of young people to
participate in all activities relevant to them and to promote their own
interests,
 
     Commending the organizers of international youth conferences and
festivals and other specific activities devoted to the International Youth
Year for the results of those events inspired by the motto of the
International Youth Year, "Participation, Development, Peace",
 
     Noting with satisfaction the outcome of the World Congress on Youth held
at Barcelona, Spain, from 8 to 15 July 1985 under the auspices of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,
 
     Mindful that national committees or other mechanisms to facilitate the
planning, implementation and co-ordination of the activities related to the
preparation for and observance of the International Youth Year have been
established in a majority of States,
 
     Convinced that the timely and significant impetus generated by the
activities of the International Youth Year should be maintained and reinforced
with appropriate follow-up action at all levels,
 
     Expressing its appreciation to the Advisory Committee for the
International Youth Year and to the United Nations Secretariat for their
important contribution to the whole process of preparation and observance of
the International Youth Year,
 
     Having considered the report of the Advisory Committee for the
International Youth Year on its fourth session, held at Vienna from 25 March
to 3 April 1985,
 
     Having considered also the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of the guidelines and additional guidelines for the improvement
of channels of communication between the United Nations and youth and youth
organizations,
 
     1.   Endorses the guidelines for further planning and suitable follow-up
in the field of youth as contained in the report of the Advisory Committee for
the International Youth Year on its fourth session;
 
     2.   Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the guidelines for
further planning and suitable follow-up in the field of youth to all States,
United Nations bodies, the specialized agencies and regional commissions as
well as to other international organizations concerned;
 
     3.   Calls upon all States, all United Nations bodies, the specialized
agencies, regional commissions and intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations concerned, in particular youth organizations, to exert all
possible efforts for the implementation of the guidelines for further planning
and suitable follow-up in the field of youth, in accordance with their
experience, conditions and priorities;
 
     4.   Urges all States to make every effort to consolidate and build
further on the results of the International Youth Year;
 
     5.   Considers that, as the case may be, the continuing of national
committees and other appropriate co-ordination measures at the national level
devoted to the International Youth Year could be usefully considered, and
notes with satisfaction the intention of national committees in many countries
to ensure a proper follow-up, including adequate funding and the integration
of the results of the Year into future activities and policies in order to
continue to pursue the objectives of the International Youth Year:
Participation, Development, Peace;
 
     6.   Requests the appropriate United Nations bodies and the specialized
agencies to consider taking up in their programmes every year one or more
specific youth-related projects to be elaborated in close co-operation with
non-governmental youth organizations on such themes as communication, housing,
culture, youth employment and education;
 
     7.   Recommends that the Secretary-General keep under review the youth
element in the programmes of appropriate United Nations bodies and the
specialized agencies;
 
     8.   Requests the Commission for Social Development to examine, on a
regular basis, specific youth issues, in keeping with the objectives of the
International Youth Year:  Participation, Development, Peace;
 
     9.   Stresses again the importance of the active and direct participation
of youth and youth organizations in the activities organized at the local,
national, regional and international levels in the field of youth;
 
     10.  Emphasizes the importance of improving the active use of the
channels of communication between the United Nations system and youth
organizations, both at the national and international levels;
 
     11.  Invites Governments again to consider the regular inclusion of youth
representatives in their national delegations to the General Assembly and
other relevant United Nations meetings;
 
     12.  Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its forty-first
session the item entitled "Policies and programmes involving young people:
Participation, Development, Peace" and to evaluate, in this framework, the
results of the International Youth Year on the basis of a report of the
Secretary-General.