The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, recently undertook an official mission to Bangladesh on the occasion of the International Youth Day. The mission was graciously supported by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA). Below you can read about the highlights.
The UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Wickramanayake, arrived in Dhaka upon an invitation from the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Bangladesh to observe International Youth Day on 6 August 2018. Each year, International Youth Day is a celebration of the role of young people as essential partners in promoting human rights and development – at the same time, it is an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges and marginalization that many young people face around the world.
The 2018 theme for International Youth Day was “Safe Spaces for Youth,” which highlights the imperative need to ensure that young people have access to safe public, civic, physical, and digital spaces. As the Youth Envoy said in her official remarks, “Safe spaces are critical to the development and realizing the rights of young people as they allow them to come together, participate in activities that suit their tailored and diversified needs, engage in open discussion, and freely express themselves.” Ms. Wickramanayake added that, “without such spaces, it becomes increasingly difficult for young people to trust and believe in political institutions and constructively engage with them.”