International Year of Youth: Dialogue and mutual understanding

The International Year of Youth will begin on the United Nations International Day of Youth, 12 August 2010 and continue until 11 August 2011

The General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 in December 2009, proclaiming the Year beginning on 12 August as the International Year of Youth. Under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,” the Year aims to promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religions and civilizations.

The Year calls upon Governments, the United Nations system, and civil society to recognize the contributions that youth make to society and to address the challenges they face. It encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to devote their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the promotion of inter-generational and cultural understanding.

On this year’s annual International Youth Day, 12 August 2010, the United Nations will launch the International Year of Youth at UN Headquarters in New York. It is a collaborative event organized by UN entities working in the field of youth and will consist of presentations by high-level Government and UN officials, youth leaders and activists as well as performances by young artists committed to the ideals of the UN and the empowerment of young people towards positive social change.

UN offices around the world will hold events on 12 August to demonstrate the UN system’s commitment to youth development, signifying the global spirit of the Year by showcasing youth contributions to development and promoting the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth.

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