|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAIMS 2010 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF YOUTH,
TO ENCOURAGE DIALOGUE, UNDERSTANDING ACROSS GENERATIONS
In efforts to highlight their contribution to society and help address the challenges they face, the United Nations is dedicating a year to young people by proclaiming 2010 the International Year of Youth, commencing on next 12 August.
Under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, the Year will aim at encouraging dialogue and understanding across generations. It will promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, as well as solidarity. It will also aim to encourage young people to dedicate themselves to achieving the objectives of progress and development, including the Millennium Development Goals.
In its resolution proclaiming the Year, adopted today, the United Nations General Assembly called on Governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the Year.
“The International Year is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society”, says Nicola Shepherd, Focal Point on Youth. “We encourage all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society.”
Several international events are already scheduled throughout the year. They include the Fifth World Youth Congress, to be held from 31 July to 13 August 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey, and the World Conference for Youth, in Mexico City from 24 to 27 August. Both gatherings will focus on youth and sustainable development in the context of the Millennium Development Goals. The inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (14-26 August), will aim at inspiring youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
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