Launch Event

Launch Event

The global launch of the International Year of Youth took place on Thursday, 12 August 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. The United Nations launched the International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 -11 August 2011), under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, to generate much needed attention for youth participation and youth development at local, national and global levels.



Messages for the Day:


Photos and Videos:

  • Photos of the event
  • Video of the Event [2 hours and 18 miunutes. RealPlayer software is needed to view this videos] 
  • United Nations public service announcement for the International Year of Youth 
  • Youth in Action: a Film on Youth Participation that was especially produced ADAP/UNICEF for the launch. This film has been produced by UNICEF especially for the launch of the International Year of Youth. This brings together voices and actions of young people from across the around the world on their Right to Participate. This short film is about understanding youth participation from young people’s perspective. These further shows, the process of young people’s participation e.g. participatory metrology, mobilizing youth networks, youth led organisations, etc. Finally it shows what youth participation results and impacts in from individual change to societal change for positive civic engagement leading to social transformation. 
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 The Brochure of the Year provides an overview of the importance of the International Year for young people. Everyone is invited to promote the ideals of peace, freedom, progress and solidarity towards the promotion of youth development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Brochure is available in all official UN languages.